From Governor Walker’s Office:
Governor Walker Releases Craig Richards’ Contract
July 22, 2016 ANCHORAGE–Governor Bill Walker made public today the contract with Craig Richards, the former Attorney General who is now in private practice.
“We are fortunate to retain an Alaskan with Craig’s talent and legal knowledge to advise us on oil and gas issues,” Governor Walker said. “I’m pleased we are able to continue to draw upon Craig’s expertise.”
The State of Alaska has retained Mr. Richards to provide legal counsel on oil and gas development matters, including the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas (AKLNG) project.
· Mr. Richards will be paid $275 per hour.
· The state has paid more than $859 per hour for similar counsel.
· Mr. Richards’ private practice billing rate prior to entering state government: $300 per hour.
Examples of former Attorneys General who moved on to work on oil and gas issues:
· After stepping down as Attorney General, Dan Sullivan was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources.
· Former Attorney General John Burns now works as outside counsel for the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation.
· Former Attorney General Wilson Condon represented the State as outside counsel in the Amerada Hess litigation after resigning his post.
Department of Law will oversee this contract, as it does all legal contracts for the State.
Attached: Craig Richards’ contract