Tonja has been an Alaska resident since 1980. She practices in probate administration, trust administration and protective proceedings (guardianships and conservatorships). She also practices corporate, commercial, and real estate law. She has extensive trial experience in all of these areas.

Educational background:

  • Northeastern University Law School, Boston, Mass, J.D., 1980
  • Harvard University, BA Degree, cum laude, 1977
  • Philadelphia High School for Girls, Valedictorian, 1973

Professional positions:

  • Member Manager, Woelber & Passard, LLC, 2009 to the present
  • Owner, Tonja Woelber, Attorney at Law, PC, 1991-present.
  • Assistant Attorney General, Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals. State of Alaska, 1988-1990
  • Staff attorney, Alaska Court of Appeals, 1983-’88
  • Staff attorney, United States Senate, 1981-’83
  • Law Clerk to Superior Court Judge Seaborn J Buckalew, 1980-’81

Speaking engagements:

  • Panelist: “Don’t Let the Jokers Drive You Batty!” Alaska Bar Association Ethics CLE, December 28, 2016.
  • Moderator: “Year-End Ethics CLE,” Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, December 6, 2016.
  • Moderator: “Women’s Health Care: What You Need to Know,” Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, January 29, 2016.
  • Panelist: “Year-End Ethics CLE,” Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, December 1, 2015.
  • Panelist: “Work-Life Balance for Lawyers: It Can Be Done,” Alaska Bar Association Annual Convention, May 14, 2015.
  • Moderator: “Financial Planning for Women,” Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, April 9, 2015
  • Speaker: “Work Life Balance” seminar hosted by Perkins Coie and the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, March 6, 2015
  • Moderator: “The State of the State: Arctic Development,” Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, February 20, 2015
  • Moderator: “Negotiating Skills for Women Lawyers,” Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, June 25, 2014.
  • Moderator: “What’s It Like To Be An Owner?” Alaska Bar Association CLE sponsored by the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, May 7, 2014.
  • Speaker: YWCA Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit, “The Art of Negotiation,” May 5, 2014.
  • Speaker: “Legal Issues in Charitable Giving,” St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Anchorage, Alaska, March 16, 2014.
  • Speaker with Christina Passard: “Disclaimers and Beneficiary Planning,” Anchorage ERISA Forum, March 5, 2014.
  • Speaker. “The Art of Negotiation,” YWCA Alaska Panel, February 24, 2014.
  • Chair and Speaker: Alaska Bar Association CLE: “Probate Litigation and Mediation,” February 1, 2013.
  • Speaker: “Estate Planning: What You Need to Do and When You Need To Do It,” Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, October 23, 2012.
  • Speaker: “Succession Planning for the Family Cabin,” Anchorage Estate Planning Council, February 27, 2012
  • Speaker: “Wills and Trusts in the Fine Arts,” Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Alaska Bar Assoc, December 13, 2011
  • Chair and Speaker: Alaska Bar Association CLE: “Five Easy Pieces: The Five Most Common Trusts in Alaska,” May 8, 2009
  • Co-Chair and Speaker: Alaska Bar Association CLE: “Ethics Issues in Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law,” October 16, 2008
  • Speaker: Alaska Bar Association CLE: “Business Valuations: What Is It Worth?” February 17, 1999
  • Chair and Speaker: Alaska Bar Association CLE: “Probate Practice: Learn Your Way Around Alaska’s Probate Court,” October 1, 1998
  • Chair and Speaker: Alaska Bar Association CLE: “Limited Liability Vehicles,” October 9, 1997
  • Speaker: Alaska Bar Association CLE: “1997 Probate in Alaska,” March 26, 1997

Civic and community activities

  • Co-President, Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, Ltd., 2015-2016
  • Trustee, Endowment Trust of the Anchorage Senior Activities Center, 2015-2017
  • Co-chair of Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Alaska Bar Assoc. 2011-2013
  • Advisory Committee Member of the Anchorage Schools Foundation, a fund of the Alaska Community Foundation, 2012-2017
  • Board of Directors for the Anchorage Senior Activities Center from 2010 to 2014
  • Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association, 2011-2017
  • Member of the Alaska Bar Association Fee Arbitration Committee, 2011 – 2017
  • Board Member, Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers, 2011-2017
  • Volunteer Coach for “The Color of Justice,” a program for minority students considering a legal career: 2011 Mentor Jet and mock trial coach; 2013 Mentor Jet.
  • President, Anchorage Estate Planning Council 2003 – 2004
  • Chair, Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Alaska Bar Association, 2007 – 2008; 1997 – 1999
  • Vice President, Anchorage Estate Planning Council, 2002 – 2003
  • Treasurer, Anchorage Estate Planning Council 2001 – 2002
  • Director, Anchorage Estate Planning Council, 1997 – 2001
  • Member, Law Examiners Committee of the Alaska Bar Association for nine years
  • President, Harvard Club of Alaska, 1994 – 1996 and from 2000 – 2002

Contact

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