Anchorage, Alaska


Business Law. Estate Planning & Probate. Trusts & Estates. Tax Returns.

Steven T. O'Hara



J.D., Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 1984

  • Served as an Editor of Northwestern Journal of International  Law & Business
  • Special thanks to:

  1. Tax Professor Charlotte Crane;
  2. Tax Professor Philip Postlewaite;
  3. Tax Adjunct Prof. Roy Adams;
  4. Tax Adjunct Prof. Skip Fox; 
  5. Trusts & Estates Adjunct Prof. Carter Howard; 
  6. Securities Prof. & SEC Commissioner David Ruder. 

B.A., University of St. Thomas, 1979

  • Nominated for Rhodes Scholarship
  • Special thanks to:

  1.  Pre-law Professor Nancy Zingale, PhD; 
  2.  Pre-law Professor Carl Heidenreich, PhD, JD, LLM. 


2016 Lawyer of the Year, Trusts & Estates Law-Anchorage, Alaska, Best Lawyers in America

2013 Lawyer of the Year, Tax Law-Anchorage, Alaska, Best Lawyers in America

Selected 26 consecutive years to Best Lawyers in America, including for Tax Law, Trusts and Estates Law, Corporate Law, and Litigation - Trusts and Estates, 1993 - Present

Super Lawyers, Estate Planning and Probate

Practice Areas

Steve has a career-long passion for serving private clients. He also sets aside time to serve as an expert witness. And he's available as a mediator in select cases as well as a lawyering coach. 

 Steve's work includes:

  • Accounting Reports in Trusts and Estates
  • Business Formation and Governance
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Business Valuation
  • Buy-Sell Agreements/Shareholder Agreements
  • Buying and Selling Businesses/Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Charitable Planning
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Complex Estate Structures
  • Corporate Law
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Tax Return Preparation and Audits
  • Estates and Trusts Litigation
  • Expert Opinions
  • Family Foundations
  • Fiduciary Law
  • Generation-Skipping Tax Return Preparation and Audits
  • Gift Tax Return Preparation and Audits
  • Life Insurance Due Diligence
  • LLC Law
  • Mediation
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Partnership Law
  • Probate Law
  • Risk Management
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Tax Compliance
  • Tax Law
  • Trust Administration
  • Trust Planning
  • Trust Reformation/Modification


  • Column, Estate Planning Corner, The Alaska Bar Rag (1989-Present)
  • Thinking Outside The Code, 116 (No. 8) Tax Notes 679 (August 20, 2007)
  • Working In A World With The GST Tax, 137 Trusts & Estates 47 (1998)
  • Using Ascertainable Standards for Distributions from Trusts, 10 The Audio Estate Planner (Summer 1994)
  • In Search of the Meaning of Income: Glenshaw Glass Revisited, 127 Trusts & Estates 50 (1988)
  • The Creation, Operation and Dissolution of a Limited Partnership in Alaska, 2 Alaska L. Rev. 271 (1985)
  • Worker Adjustment Assistance: The Failure & The Future, 5 Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business 394 (1983)
  • Boxing website: The Jim O'Hara Story: Boxing, Dignity & Street Smarts


O'Hara Tax Lawyer LLC, 2018-Present

Bankston Gronning O'Hara, P.C., 1982-2018

Civic Involvement

Pro Bono Counsel to Nonprofit Organizations

Past Member, Alaska Pacific University Foundation Board of Directors

Past Member, Southcentral Alaska 

Chapter of the American Red Cross Board of Directors


Professional Activities

Fellow, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Past Chair, Alaska Bar Association Section on Estate Planning and Probate

Speaker before estate planning groups

Faculty Member, Springing the Delaware Tax Trap: Drafting Limited Powers of Appointment to Increase Income Tax Basis, June 28, 2016, a live interactive webinar, Stafford Continuing Education, Atlanta, Georgia

Courts Admitted To Practice

State of Alaska, 1984

United States Tax Court, 1985

United States District Court for the District of Alaska, 1985

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1986


Born in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Lifelong Christian (Catholic).

Married to Rebecca O'Hara since 1983.

Three children, two grandchildren.