Leon T. Vance Attorney

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Mr. Vance joined Faulkner Banfield, P.C. in 1983, following a clerkship with Judge James Barrett of the United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.  Mr. Vance focuses his practice on complex litigation, particularly in the areas of oil and gas tax and royalties, natural resources law, and defense of products liability, personal injury and professional malpractice claims. Working from Faulkner Banfield’s offices in Juneau, Mr. Vance has appeared before courts and administrative agencies throughout Alaska, handling matters arising all over the state, including issues concerning:


  • Oil and natural gas produced from Alaska’s North Slope
  • The TransAlaska Pipeline, running from the North Slope to Valdez, Alaska
  • Tankers carrying crude oil from the terminus of the TransAlaska Pipeline in Valdez, Alaska
  • Spill prevention and response vessels located throughout Prince William Sound
  • The nation’s first LNG-export plant, located at Kenai, Alaska
  • An oil refinery located near Fairbanks, Alaska
  • An electrical utility on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska
  • A silver mine located on Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska
  • Businesses and professionals operating in Juneau, Alaska


Mr. Vance served as Alaska counsel for Polar Tankers, Inc., in its successful United States Supreme Court appeal of a property tax that violated the Tonnage Clause of the U.S. Constitution (Polar Tankers, Inc. v. City of Valdez, 557 U.S. 1 (2009)). Mr. Vance holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Vance is a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and Commonwealth North. He has served ans still serves on a variety of professional, municipal and non-profit boards and committees, and acted as youth sports coach for many seasons.

  • J.D., with honor 1982, University of Wyoming College of Law
  • Editorial Board Member, Land and Water Law Review, 1980 – 1982
  • B.A. Geology 1979, Rice University


Alyeska Pipeline Service Company

Bitzer Canada, Inc.

BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc.

ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc.

Crowley Marine Services, Inc.

ExxonMobil Corporation

Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC

Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

Koch Alaska Pipeline Company, LLC

Koch Industries, Inc.

Polar Tankers, Inc.

Unocal Pipeline Company

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