Extensive experience in all phases of civil litigation in arbitration, state and federal trial courts, and the Idaho Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Served as sole defense trial counsel in over five jury trials, court trials, and arbitration proceedings in Idaho and California state and federal courts.
Presented oral argument to the Idaho Supreme Court in four successful cases.
Have taken or defended well over 100 depositions, and examined over 25 witnesses at trials, including experts.
Regularly serves as local counsel to assist out-of-state companies and their general counsel with state and federal court litigation.
Nationally certified by Kroll Ontrack in E-Discovery and document retention and destruction practices.
Co-inventor of an issued patent and federally registered trademark.
Substantive areas of litigation experience include:
Trade secrets, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.
Breach of contract (enterprise software development and licensing, State of Idaho contract awards, employment agreements — covenants of confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation, UCC sale of goods, construction, lease agreements, real estate purchase and sale agreements, intellectual property purchase and sale agreements, franchise agreements, distributor agreements).
Shareholder derivative suits (counsel for prevailing party at district court and supreme court levels of litigation).
Limited liability company operating agreements (counsel for wrongfully terminated member of LLC and successfully obtained decision from Idaho Supreme Court holding that members of limited liability companies owe one another fiduciary duties of care and loyalty).
Partnership dissolution and winding up (counsel for prevailing party following the district court trial and two appeals to the Idaho Supreme Court).
Defamation (achieved no liability jury verdict for nationally known real estate brokerage company against one million dollar claims).
Product liability, tortious interference, negligence, trespass (co-lead defense counsel for helicopter applicator hired by the United States of America to apply herbicide provided by E.I. Dupont de Nemours and Co. to BLM land — achieved dismissal of all of plaintiffs’ claims seeking over $700,000,000 in damages).
Major Representative Clients
- State of Idaho (Department of Administration, Department of Health and Welfare)
- Microsoft Corporation
- URS (previously Washington Group International)
- SUPERVALU, Inc.
- Advantage Sales and Marketing
- Oregon Potato Company
- Western Mortgage
- Eniva Corporation
- Choice Hotels International
- Guru Denim, Inc.
- Home Warranty of America, Inc.
- Western Aircraft, Inc.
- Idaho Independent Bank
- Windermere Real Estate Company
- PakSense, Inc.
- CNCPROS.Net, Inc.
University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., 1995
USF Law Review, Executive Articles Editor
Publication: Survey of 1993 Nonprofit Case Law, 29 U.S.F. L. Rev. 397 (1995)
Awarded Best Oral Argument, USF School of Law Moot Court Board
Pepperdine University, B.A., 1992, cum laude, Political Science minor in Philosophy
Student Government Class President
Year abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, 1989-1990 (experienced fall of the Berlin Wall)
Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Boise Program graduate, 2000-2002