Daniel Winfree
Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court
In office
July 1, 2021 – February 6, 2023
Preceded byJoel Bolger
Succeeded byPeter J. Maassen
Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court
In office
February 13, 2008 – February 6, 2023
Appointed bySarah Palin
Preceded byAlex Bryner
Succeeded byJude Pate
Personal details
Daniel Edward Winfree

February 1953 (age 71)
Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Oregon (BS)
University of California, Berkeley (MBA, JD)

Daniel Edward Winfree (born February 1953) is an American lawyer who served as chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court from 2021 to 2023. He was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court by Governor Sarah Palin in 2008.[1] He was sworn in on February 13, 2008.[2] He retired in February 2023.


Winfree received a Bachelor of Science in finance from the University of Oregon in 1977, a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business and Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley School of Law both in 1981.[3]

Alaska Supreme Court

He was appointed to the court in 2008 by Republican Governor Sarah Palin to succeed former Associate Justice Alex Bryner. He retired from the court in February 2023.


  1. ^ Mandy Gillip (14 December 2020). "Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice to retire in June 2021 – Ballotpedia News". Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  2. ^ "Sarah Palin's Judicial Appointments - TalkLeft: The Politics Of Crime". www.talkleft.com. Retrieved 2021-01-16.
  3. ^ "Supreme Court Justice – Daniel E. Winfree" (PDF). public.courts.alaska.gov/. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
Legal offices Preceded byAlex Bryner Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court 2008–2023 Succeeded byJude Pate Preceded byJoel Bolger Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court 2021–2023 Succeeded byPeter J. Maassen