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August 16, 2023

Holland & Hart Pro Bono Team Successfully Assists Alaska Client with Custody Battle

For the past three years, a team of Holland & Hart attorneys and business professionals worked tirelessly on a case involving a contested custody dispute, referred to the firm by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA). This is the third time the firm’s Anchorage office has represented (successfully) victims of domestic violence seeking custody of their children after leaving abusive relationships on a pro bono basis at ANDVSA’s request.

Our client, a mother of five, had been seeking custody of her children and permission to leave the state over the objections of her abusive ex-husband. There were a number of impediments to obtaining a decision in the case–including a 3-day trial stretched over five months, at which numerous witnesses from the father’s side testified falsely about our client. Despite these challenges, our efforts resulted in a final order awarding our client custody of all five children and granting her permission to relocate to Ohio. We wish her the best and hope she is able to put this difficult period behind her.

Numerous members of Holland & Hart’s Anchorage office assisted with the matter, across the dozens of motions and hearings and during the trial itself, including: Katy Brautigam, Chris Carpeneti, Wiley Cason, Jon Katchen, Will Crowther, Janet Tipton, Joyce Sheppard, Sharifa Hay, and Kari Reese.


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