JANUARY 3, 2023 – Sarah Gillstrom, an attorney with nearly 15 years of experience, has joined Davis Wright Tremaine LLP's market-leading real estate group in Anchorage.
Gillstrom comes to Davis Wright from Perkins Coie LLP, where she spent almost a decade representing construction companies, public utilities, telecoms, and other clients.
She will focus on real estate transactions and construction law at Davis Wright, handling all aspects of property ownership, acquisition, financing, and sales. She will advise clients needing assistance before state and local agencies on permitting, entitlement, and leasing.
"It's rare to find a lawyer of Sarah's caliber," said Lisa Peterson, co-chair of Davis Wright's real estate group. "She will not only deepen our bench and expand our client base, but also increase opportunities for collaboration across practice groups, including with our highly regarded energy and government contracts groups."
"I look forward to integrating my existing client base—from property owners and developers to contractors, banks, and investors—into the collaborative Davis Wright platform," said Gillstrom. "The firm's preeminence in Anchorage is unmatched, and so is its reputation as a dynamic home for women lawyers."
Gillstrom joins the Anchorage team at a time when the northernmost Davis Wright office is growing and becoming more diverse. The office has represented an ever broadening spectrum of the state's business community since opening in 1980.
"Sarah is a leader who has been well respected in the Anchorage legal market for years," said Lynn Manolopoulos, real estate co-chair. "Her experience delivering results for clients across multiple industries will grow our real estate footprint in Alaska and nationally."
Early in her career, Gillstrom practiced at Lynch & Associates in Anchorage, specializing in commercial insurance litigation and construction. She has argued cases in federal and state courts, including the Alaska Superior Court, where she previously clerked for the Hon. Peter A. Michalski. As a summer associate, she conducted investigations at the Securities and Exchange Commission and worked in the general counsel's office at Ameriprise Financial.
Gillstrom received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and her B.S. in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago.
About Davis Wright Tremaine
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is an Am Law 100 law firm with more than 600 lawyers representing clients based throughout the United States and around the world. In its most recent guide to the U.S. legal market, Chambers USA awarded Davis Wright's Alaska office its top ranking in three practice areas, including real estate. Learn more at www.dwt.com.