On Tuesday, Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson announced he has selected local attorney Mario Bird to serve as the next municipal attorney.

Bird will replace Patrick Bergt, who recently joined Alaska Communications.

Born in Soldotna and a graduate from Nikiski High School, Bird received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame (magna cum laude).  He received his Juris Doctor from the Ave Maria School of Law (magna cum laude) in Naples, Florida and served on the Ave Maria Law Review.

He has been a practicing attorney for 10 years. Prior to pursuing a legal career, he worked as a photographer and editor for “The Alaska Channel” and as a teacher and coach for Holy Rosary Academy.  

Bird has been admitted to the Alaska Bar, U.S. District Court for Alaska, 9th Circuit Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He practices civil, constitutional, criminal and family law, is an award-winning freelance reporter and columnist, and occasional contributor to the Alaska Watchman as a legal analyst.

Bird’s appointment by the mayor must be confirmed by the majority of the Anchorage Assembly.

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Anchorage mayor appoints Mario Bird to serve as city attorney

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Now We Are Two says:

    …Mario Bird to serve as the next municipal attorney…
    I just wanted to see that beautiful line written one more time. Amen.
    Now we need to start a write-in campaign for when Dave gets too tired of dealing with the liberal wackos and retires…

  • Shifra says:

    If only he could actually serve as municipal attorney! But what are the chances that the assembly will confirm him? Nil?