Barbara J. Ritchie, Of Counsel

Phone: 907-586-3340

Barbara Ritchie's legal career has been devoted to public service in Alaska.  She has extensive experience in municipal and state law.  Her work style emphasizes problem solving and collaboration, and she has strong written and oral communication skills.

Barbara has worked with a wide variety of municipal and state boards and commissions.  She has extensive experience in public records, open meetings, ethics and conflicts of interest, administrative process and hearings, public employment law, elections, ordinances, resolutions, state legislation, public contracts, sales and property tax, public procurement, borough annexations, and land use issues.  

Barbara served on the Board of Governors for the Alaska Bar Association from 1990-1994, and she was the President of the Alaska Bar Association from June 1992 - June 1993.  She also served on the Alaska Legal Services Corporation Board (1989-1995), and she was President of the Alaska Municipal Attorneys Association (1988-1989).

Barbara earned her law degree, with honor, from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1977.

Barbara served as the City Attorney for the City and Borough of Juneau from May 1986 - July 1992.  Before becoming Juneau's attorney, she was an Assistant Municipal Attorney for the City of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough (1983-1986).  

Barbara worked for the Alaska Department of Law for 13 years, first as Supervising Attorney for the Governmental Affairs Section (1992-1994), then as Deputy Attorney General for the Civil Division from December 1994 until November 2002.  As Deputy Attorney General, she supervised the work of 135 attorneys located in Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Bethel.  She was responsible for presentation of the Division's budget to the Alaska Legislature, and statewide implementation of a budget of approximately $30 million.  During that time, she also served as the department's Indian law coordinator, supervising the state's legal response to issues in the complex area of federal Indian law, and she was the designated ethics supervisor for the Department of Law.  

From December 2002 until July 2005, Barbara served as the Chief of the Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics Section of the Department of Law.  In this position, she was responsible for ethics and conflicts of interest issues for the Executive Branch, as well decisions on what cases to appeal and the positions to be advocated, and legal opinions of particular significance.

In August 2005, Barbara returned to the City and Borough of Juneau as Deputy City Attorney, and she worked in that capacity until July 2010.

In September 2012, Barbara was retained by the law firm Hoffman & Blasco to work as a consultant on municipal and state issues.  She is currently Of Counsel with the firm, and has worked on a variety of issues including public records, open meetings, elections, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, and conflicts of interest and ethics matters.