Tim Seaver and Jennifer Wagner moved to Alaska in 1997, got married in 1999, and formed Seaver & Wagner in 2002. They have been providing legal services to Alaskan families, employees, businesses and non-profits for over 20 years.
Jennifer graduated from Union College with a degree in mathematics and psychology in 1987. After teaching high school mathematics for six years, Jennifer attended Georgetown University Law Center earning her law degree in 1996. Jennifer then served as a clerk first for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Alan Compton and then for the presiding judge of the Alaska Superior Court Third Judicial District, Elaine Andrews. Since then, Jennifer has focused her practice almost exclusively on family law. She has litigated literally hundreds of family cases of nearly every possible variety. She has handled divorce and domestic partnership cases involving relatively modest estates to high value estates involving complex business evaluation issues. Jennifer promotes a child centered approach to custody including modifications and encourages clients to seek a non-litigation resolution of custody disputes whenever possible.
Divorce, Domestic Partnership and Custody Consultation
In addition to representing a limited number of clients in divorce, domestic partneship and custody litigation, Jennifer also provides consultations for individuals at every stage of conflict resolution and litigation process.
Jennifer has represented clients in step-parent adoptions, grandparent adoptions and outside adoptions.
Informed Dispute Resolution
Jennifer, along with her husband and partner, Tim Seaver, is a co-creator of Informed Dispute Resolution. To learn more about IDR please select from the menu at the top of the page.
Tim graduated from Brown University with highest honors in 1987. After working for Philadelphia Legal Services for two years, Tim attended Harvard Law School and earned his degree with honors in 1993. Tim started private practice in Washington, D.C. where he focused on employment law and particularly on class action litigation on behalf of employees. After moving to Alaska in 1997, Tim joined the law firm of Middleton & Timme, where he handled a variety of litigation for various individuals and entities including Alaska Native Corporations and other businesses. In 2002, Tim and Jennifer formed Seaver & Wagner, LLC. Since then Tim has continued to engage in a variety of litigation for various individuals and entities. Tim has also served as a Hearing Officer for the Department of Early Education and Development. In that capacity, Tim has handled due process hearings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as a variety of other related matters. In addition to acting as a hearing officer, Tim has successfully mediated numerous disputes between school districts and parents.
Wage and Hour Litigation and Compliance
In addition to his general litigation practice, Tim has a focus on individual, multi-plaintiff and class action litigation on behalf of employees who have been improperly denied overtime compensation. Tim has successfully recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages and penalties on behalf of his clients. Tim provides free consultations to individuals who believe that they have been improperly denied overtime compensation.
Because of his experience handling the many complex issues arising under state and federal wage and hour laws, Tim is also uniquely qualified to assist businesses who want to make sure that they remain in compliance with those laws. Tim provides consultations and audits to businesses that are looking to stay on the right side of the law.
Tim provides consultations to a variety of employees regarding every aspect of employment. This includes, among other things, review and analysis of employment contracts and separation agreements; consultation regarding termination and disciplinary matters; and consultation regarding all forms of workplace discrimination.
Informed Dispute Resolution
Tim, along with his wife and partner, Jennifer Wagner, is a co-creator of Informed Dispute Resolution. In all aspects of their practice, Tim and Jennifer are a team. Consequently, Tim has substantial experience in and understanding of all aspects of family law. To learn more about IDR please select from the menu at the top of the page.
Gayle Michaelson is a lifelong Alaskan . She has been a trusted and integral part of Seaver & Wagner since 2013. Prior to 2013, Gayle worked for two different law firms that specialized in personal injury law. Gayle is the current treasurer of the Alaska Paralegal Association. Gayle is an active outdoorsperson and enjoys camping with her family.