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.