Maritime Attorney
Founder & Principal Attorney

R. Isaak Hurst

As the only son of an Alaskan long-liner, Isaak spent the majority of his youth baiting hooks in the glacial fed waters of Prince William Sound, the Gulf of Alaska, Cook Inlet, Kodiak, and the Bering Sea. Isaak’s father, R. Kent Hurst, a Valdez high-liner and current tugboat captain in Western Alaska, exposed Isaak to the hardships and dangers of the Alaskan maritime industry. Because of his maritime upbringing, Isaak gained an intimate knowledge of the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest maritime communities, and now strives to help these communities manage the legal, regulatory, and commercial challenges they face.

Isaak’s current list of clients includes shipowners, charterers, shipyards, seafood companies, importers, exporters, freight forwarders, carriers, offshore oil and gas companies, mining companies, construction companies, and other entities and persons engaged in the maritime and transportation industry. Isaak is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in both Alaska and Washington, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Isaak has three Bachelor of Science degrees (Economics, International Studies, and Political Science), and one Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah. Isaak also spent an additional year studying Admiralty Law at the National University of Singapore—one of the world’s leading maritime law schools.

Prior to starting IMG, Isaak worked for maritime law firms in Singapore and Seattle, and worked for one of largest marine insurance brokerages in the world. Isaak also spent five years as a professional skier on the Atomic International Ski Team, and worked for the U.S. Department of State in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Over the years, Isaak has traveled to over 50 countries and twice competed in the X-Games and World Ski & Snowboarding Championships. Isaak is now happily married and enjoys skiing, surfing, mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, and traveling with his wife and two beautiful daughters in his free time.

Education

  • National University of Singapore – LLM
  • University of Utah – Jurist Doctorate (J.D.)
  • Economics (Bachelor of Science)
  • International Studies (Bachelor of Science)
  • Political Science (Bachelor of Science)

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Alaska State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court – Alaska
  • U.S. District Court – W.D. WA
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • World Trade Center Alaska
  • United Fisherman of Alaska (UFA)
  • Northwest Fisheries Association
  • Alaska Chamber of Commerce
  • American Waterways Operators (AWO)
  • Council for U.S. – Russia Relations
  • Alaska Miners Association
  • Resource Development Council – Alaska
  • Customs, Brokers & International Freight Forwarders Association

Awards and Nominations

  • SuperLawyers
  • Who’s Who Legal
  • Legal Elite
  • Avo

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