Mike White began his legal career in Alaska, where he was appointed District Attorney of the northwest of Alaska, one of the largest geographical jurisdictions in the country. Prosecuting hundreds of cases, Mike achieved justice for crime victims throughout Nome, Kotzubue and dozens of villages in Alaska. He also worked to bring awareness of the problem of drunk drivers. After successfully prosecuting a man who killed two young brothers while drunk, Mike, along with the victims’ grandmother, formed Mothers Against Drunk Drivers in Alaska and Mike went on to serve on the MADD board. He then moved on to become an Assistant District Attorney in Anchorage where he worked on a wide variety of serious cases including legislative corruption and violent felonies.
In 1982 the Attorney General appointed him to open a new District Attorney Office in Palmer Alaska and to be the District Attorney of Palmer Alaska. Mike was honored with several awards, including the “Outstanding Service to the Community Award” from the city of Anchorage and the “Mayor’s award for Victim’s Assistance.” In Palmer, Mr. White supervised the growth of a new office in a fast-growing area. In Palmer he successfully prosecuted numerous murder and child abuse cases.
In recognition of his work for victims’ rights, Mike was appointed to the bench in 1985 by the Governor of Alaska. He served as a Judge for three years before joining the Anchorage Office of corporate law firm K&L Gates. At K&L Gates, Mike was managing partner of the Anchorage Office for two years before joining Rick Friedman and Jeff Rubin to form Friedman Rubin and White. Mike saw an opportunity at Friedman Rubin to continue to help injured people.
Mike moved to an of Counsel position with Friedman Rubin in 2007 in order to devote more time to working as General Counsel with an Alaska non-profit fishing company that supports Alaska Native Villages, providing jobs and scholarships to region residents. As of Counsel at Friedman Rubin Mike also represents injured people who have been hurt by falls at hospitals, been victims of malpractice by doctors or accountants, been hit by buses, and injured while at sea. During his career he has obtained settlements and verdicts for a wide variety of injured people in the $5,000,000-$10,000,000 range in cases ranging from fishermen injured on vessels to young adults damaged by a failure to promptly diagnose a serious condition.
Mr. White has attained the highest rating possible on the AVVO attorney rating website. There are many reviews posted by satisfied clients of Mr. White—all are the highest rating possible.
Steven Sharp Public Service Award
American Trial Lawyers Association
Anchorage Public Service Award
Municipality of Anchorage
AV Preeminent Rated
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 1979
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1976