Richard D. Monkman joined the firm in 2003 and became a partner in 2007. Mr Monkman advises tribes and tribal organizations in all aspects of their health care operations, including compliance, employment, contracts, medical staff organizational issues, accreditation, negotiation with federal and state authorities, and medical licensing and credentialing matters.  Mr. Monkman frequently represents tribes and tribal organizations in health care related litigation, including appellate cases, and represents Alaska Native corporations in a wide range of commercial matters.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Monkman was managing partner of an Alaska law firm, with a practice focused on health care and related matters.  He previously served the State of Alaska as Assistant Attorney General, Deputy Commissioner of Revenue and Deputy Commissioner of Commerce.  During his public service, Mr. Monkman represented the Alaska Public Offices Commission and the Alaska State Medical Board, was Alaska’s representative on the National Association of Attorneys General Antitrust Task Force, and represented the State of Alaska in the Tobacco Litigation. During his tenure at Northeastern University School of Law, Mr. Monkman had the privilege of interning with the Native American Rights Fund.


  • Mr. Monkman is named in the Alaska Super Lawyers list
  • William Jewett Tucker Fellow

Community Involvement

Alaska Geographic Association, Chair
Audubon Alaska, Board Member


  • Alaska Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference

Professional Affiliations

  • Alaska Bar Association, Member; Served on Ethics Committee since 1990
  • American Health Lawyers' Association, Member
  • Dartmouth Lawyers' Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, Indian Law Section

Reported Decisions

  • Ito v. Copper River Native Association, ___ P.3d ___, 2024 WL 1820277 (Alaska 2024)
  • McAllister v. Alaska Dep’t of Pub. Safety, ___ F.Supp.3d ___, 2024 WL 1658896 (D. Alaska 2024)
  • Washington State Health Auth. v. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 57 F.4th 703 (9th Cir. 2023)
  • Meglitsch v. Southcentral Foundation, 2023 WL 3940561 (9th Cir. 2023)
  • Oertwich v. Traditional Village of Tyonek, 29 F.4th 1108 (9th Cir. 2022)
  • Cole v. Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, ___ F.Supp.3d ___, Case no. 1:18-cv-00011-TMB (D. Alaska, 2019), aff’d sub nom. Cole v. Alaska Island Community Services, et al., 834 Fed.Appx 366 (9th Cir. 2021)
  • Wilson v. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 399 F. Supp. 3d 926 (D. Alaska 2019) 
  • Barron v. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 373 F. Supp. 3d 1232 (D. Alaska 2019) 
  • Matyascik v. Arctic Slope Native Ass’n,. Ltd., 2019 WL 3554687 *5, Case No. 2:19-cv-0002-HRH (D. Alaska, 2019)
  • Douglas Indian Association v. Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska, 403 P.3d 1172 (Alaska 2017)
  • Lewis v. Clarke, 581 U.S. 155 (2017)
  • Bodi v. Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, 832 F.3d 1011 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • State of Alaska v. Purdy, et al., 816 F.3d 580 (9th Cir. 2016)
  • Howard ex rel. U.S. v. Shoshone Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Reservation, 608 Fed. Appx. 468, 2015 WL 3652509 (9th Cir. 2015)
  • Healy Lake Vill. v. Mt. McKinley Bank, 322 P.3d 866 (Alaska 2014) 
  • Probert v. Family Centered Services of Alaska, Inc., 651 F.3d 1007 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Law Project for Psychiatric Rights ex rel. U.S. v. Matsutani, 2011 WL 5056363 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Blatchford v. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 645 F.2d 1089 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Larrison v. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Southcentral Foundation, 2008 WL 11340289,  Case No. 3:08-cv-0103-RRB (D. Alaska, 2008)
  • Pueblo of Zuni v. United States, 243 F.R.D. 436 (D.N.M. 2007)
  • Alaska Dental Society & American Dental Ass’n v. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, 2006 WL 1794742 (D. Alaska 2006)
  • Hartford Fire Ins. Co. v. California, 509 U.S. 764 (1993)
  • Eastman Kodak Co. v. Image Technical Services, Inc., 504 U.S. 451 (1992)
  • In re Insurance Antitrust Litigation, 938 F.2d 547 (Alaska 1991)
  • VECO International, Inc. v. Alaska Public Offices Comm’n, 753 P.2d 703 (Alaska 1988)
  • Storrs v. Alaska State Medical Board, 664 P.2d 547 (Alaska 1983)
  • Rosi v. Alaska State Medical Board, 664 P.2d 28 (Alaska 1983)


State Antitrust Practice (Chicago: American Bar Association, 2d ed. 1999)


Northeastern University School of Law, J.D., 1980

Dartmouth College, cum laude with honors, 1976

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Alaska, 1980
  • Washington, 2004
  • U.S District Court for the District of Alaska, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • Shoshone-Paiute Tribal Courts, 2009
  • Tlingit & Haida Tribal Courts, 2020