Downes, Tallerico, & Schwalm Law Firm, LLC is a full service law firm with over 100 years
of combined legal experience in multiple areas of law. 

Meet Your Advocates, Our Lawyers.

Robert B. Downes
Robert B. Downes(RETIRED) SENIOR PARTNER
Areas of Practice: General Law, Criminal Law, Personal injury
Robert B. Downes graduated from Boston College Law School in 1969. He was admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and practiced there for approximately two years before moving to Alaska to work as an Assistant District Attorney in Fairbanks. Four years later, Robert entered private practice with Jay Hodges. When Mr. Hodges was appointed as a Superior Court Judge, Robert joined Richard Cole at the Law Firm of Cole & Downes which focused on civil and criminal litigation. Robert later formed a new law office with Dennis McKelvie. That firm eventually evolved into the Law Offices of Downes, MacDonald & Levengood. He is a member of the Alaska Bar Association.
Amy Tallerico
Amy TallericoPARTNER
Areas of Practice: Personal Injury, Wills, Probate, Business Organization, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Criminal Law
Amy J. Tallerico was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Amy grew up playing hockey and other sports, and after graduating from Monroe Catholic High School, played Division I hockey at the University of Maine and Boston College. Amy graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Political Science and earned her Juris Doctor (Cum Laude) from Thomas M. Cooley law School, with a concentration in Litigation.
During law school, Amy worked as an intern for the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office and the former Law Office of Downes, MacDonald & Levengood. Upon graduation from law school, Amy was employed as a law clerk for the Honorable David C. Stewart of the Alaska Court of Appeals where she worked on a variety of criminal law issues. After her clerkship, Amy was employed as an Associate at Zimmerman & Wallace where she gained extensive experience in different areas of civil law. Amy is a founding partner of Downes & Tallerico Law Firm, LLC, which later became Downes, Tallerico, & Schwalm Law Firm, LLC. Amy is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Alaska State Court and Federal District Court.
In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family, coaching youth hockey, and being on the Good Pastor River at the family cabin.
Kirk Schwalm
Kirk SchwalmPARTNER
Areas of Practice: Family, Criminal, Wills, Landlord/Tenant Law
Kirk F. Schwalm graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Cum Laude) in 2002. He earned his Juris Doctor (Magna Cum Laude) from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2010. Prior to law school, Kirk co-owned and operated Down Under Guns in Fairbanks. During law school he clerked for the U.S. Attorney’s office both in Fairbanks and Portland and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Anchorage. Upon graduating from law school he clerked for both the Honorable Michael P. McConahy of the Alaska Superior Court and the Honorable Justice Daniel E. Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court. After clerking, Kirk served as a District Court Magistrate and then worked as an Assistant Attorney General assigned to the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Kirk is admitted to practice in Alaska and the United States District Court. He is a member of the Alaska Bar Association.
Eric K. Ringstad
Eric K. RingstadASSOCIATE
Areas of Practice: Family Law, Personal injury, Probate and Estates
Eric K. Ringstad graduated from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He earned his Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2021. During law school Eric was an intern for Clapp Peterson Tiemessen Thorsness & Johnson LLC and for the Honorable Justice Daniel E. Winfree of the Alaska Supreme Court. Prior to undergraduate and law school, Eric grew up in Fairbanks where he played tennis, hockey, and soccer. He is a member of the Alaska Bar Association.

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