As the only son of an Alaskan long-liner, Isaak spent the majority of his youth baiting hooks in the glacial fed waters of Prince William Sound, the Gulf of Alaska, Cook Inlet, Kodiak, and the Bering Sea. Isaak’s father, R. Kent Hurst, a respected Valdez high-liner and current tugboat captain in Western Alaska, exposed Isaak to the hardships and dangers of the Alaskan maritime industry. Because of his maritime upbringing, Isaak gained an intimate knowledge of the issues affecting the Pacific Northwest maritime communities, and now strives to help these communities overcome the legal and regulatory challenges they face.
Isaak’s current list of clients includes shipowners, charterers, shipyards, freight forwarders, offshore oil and gas companies, mining companies, construction companies, and other entities and persons engaged in the maritime and transportation industry. Isaak is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Isaak has three Bachelor of Science degrees (Economics, International Studies, and Political Science), and one Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah. Isaak also spent an additional year studying Admiralty Law at the National University of Singapore—one of the world’s leading maritime law schools.
Prior to starting IMG, Isaak worked for maritime law firms in Singapore and Seattle, and worked for one of largest marine insurance brokerages in the world. Isaak also spent five years as a professional skier on the Atomic International Ski Team, and worked for the U.S. Department of State in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Over the years, Isaak has traveled to over 50 countries and twice competed in the X-Games and World Ski & Snowboarding Championships. Isaak is now happily married and enjoys skiing, surfing, mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, and traveling with his wife and daughter in his free time.