Steve Berenter is the chair of the firm’s employment group. Mr. Berenter held the position of Managing Partner from 2008 to 2014 and a member of the Board of Partners from 2002-2016. Believing in a proactive approach, Mr. Berenter counsels clients regarding their rights and obligations under evolving principles of employment law and related statutes. He assists clients by auditing and revising employment contracts, employee handbooks, and other documents and procedures that may give rise to employment disputes. Mr. Berenter has significant experience before the Idaho Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and dedicates a significant amount of his practice to defending clients in employment discrimination cases and other employment related litigation in both federal and state court.
Prior to joining Hawley Troxell, Mr. Berenter served as a Deputy Attorney General, State of Idaho, Appellate Division, 1983-1984, and the Department of Education and State Board of Education, 1980-1982.
He has earned the highest ranking from Chambers and Partners for Labor and Employment in Idaho, the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell, AV and Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Employment Law – Management 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018.
Mr. Berenter maintains a broad employment law practice representing clients that include Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Blue Cross of Idaho, Simplot, Futura Corporation, College of Idaho, College of Western Idaho, Idaho Hospital Association, Primary Health Medical Group, Ardent Health Services, Madison Memorial Hospital, Boise Co-Op, Your Health Idaho, POWER Engineers and Oppenheimer Companies. He dedicates a significant amount of his practice to defending clients in employment discrimination cases under the Idaho Human Rights Act, Title VII; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
LAW SCHOOL: University of Washington, J.D., with high honors, 1980
Order of the Coif
UNDERGRADUATE: Stanford University, B.A., 1976
Board of Directors, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2009-2014
Member, Idaho Business Coalition for Excellence in Education, since 2009
College of Idaho Instructor, 1981-1982