Attorney Dick Haggart was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1947. He attended schools in Anchorage, graduating from West Anchorage High School in 1966. He also has attended Columbia University in New York, and American University in Washington D.C. and received his J.D. degree from Antioch University School of Law in December, 1981, He is a member of the bars of the State of Alaska, the State of Washington, the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for Alaska, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Prior to his legal career, Dick Haggart was a staff assistant and speech-writer in Washington D.C. for two of Alaska’s U. S. Senators, E. L. "Bob" Bartlett and Ted Stevens. He also was employed with and was a partner in the Wall Street investment firm of G.A. Saxton and Company.
Haggart has handled a wide range of significant cases in his career, including one of the largest recoveries ever obtained under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (predecessor of the Americans with Disabilities Act), involving discrimination by the Air Force against a group of hearing-impaired civilian employees with aggregate recoveries in excess of $2 million. Other major cases include substantial verdicts or settlements involving the Municipality of Anchorage, Phillips Petroleum, AIG Insurance, the State of Alaska and State Farm Insurance.
More recently, Haggart represented several of the victims of the June, 1997, Ptarmigan Peak mountain-climbing disaster, which claimed two lives and seriously injured a number of University of Alaska mountaineering students. Recoveries on behalf of these clients exceeded $1.5 million. In 1999, Haggart settled a Kotzebue, Alaska, injury case on behalf of a disabled worker at the Red Dog Mine for $1.35 million. In 1999, he obtained a trial verdict of nearly $2.0 million in a fraudulent probate matter and successfully defended the verdict in two subsequent appeals to the Alaska Supreme Court.
In 2003, the firm settled a significant wrongful death case involving defective truck brakes at Valdez, Alaska, against Houston Contracting, Nana Corporation and the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for a confidential amount. Also in 2003, Haggart and of-counsel Paula Jacobson settled a medical malpractice case against the Alaska Native Medical Center for a sum in excess of $2.3 million. So far in 2004, the firm was successful in obtaining a $3.5 million judgment (as co-counsel with the Seattle firm of Barrett, Gilman) for insurance bad faith in a commercial fire damage case.
Dick Haggart is married, has two children in college, two dogs who should be in obedience school, and lives in Anchorage, Alaska.