White Peterson gets new shareholders
Matthew A. Johnson has practiced law at White Peterson for five years, and Davis F. VanderVelde has practiced law at the firm for more than four years.
Johnson received a bachelor's degree from the College of Idaho in 2000. He received a master's degree in political science and a law degree from Washington University of St. Louis. His practice focuses on government, property, environmental and business law. He is a member of the Nampa Rotary Club and will be a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Nampa program.
VanderVelde received a bachelor's degree cum laude from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1998 and his law degree magna cum laude from California Western School of Law in 2000. His practice is primarily focused on civil litigation, including personal injury and estate litigation, employment matters and family law. He is a member of the Caldwell Exchange Club and a 2011 graduate of Leadership Nampa.
Holland & Hart wins client-service honor
The Boise firm is the only Idaho law firm to have been named a winner of the 2013 Lexology/International Law Office Client Choice Award in Idaho.
Established in 2005, Client Choice awards recognize law firms and partners around the world that stand out for excellent client service. Criteria for the awards focus on the ability to add real value to clients' business above and beyond other law firms in the market. This is the first year that winners were selected by state.
Hawley Troxell elects Busacker as partner
Bret Busacker returned home to the Treasure Valley in 2011 to join Hawley Troxell after practicing law in Ohio for 10 years.
He is a member of Hawley Troxell's employee benefits and executive compensation practice group, as well as the employment, tax and corporate groups.
Busacker's practice focuses on employee benefits and executive compensation matters with privately owned and publicly traded clients in Idaho and nationally. He is a frequent speaker on varied employee-benefit topics, including health care reform and the fiduciary and governance requirements applicable to employer-sponsored benefit plans. He advises clients on tax and benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions, negotiating employment and severance agreements, managing DOL and IRS audits, and complying with tax and securities laws that impact employee benefit arrangements and incentive plans.
Cluff is new partner at Irish Bernhardt
Timothy G. Cluff has been with the firm for three years.
Cluff assists the disabled with a practice focusing on Social Security and veteran's disability claims.
"Tim is very compassionate and goes the extra mile for his clients," said managing partner Debra Young Irish.
Before joining Irish Bernhardt, Cluff worked as a registered patent agent at the Bateman IP Law Group in Salt Lake City.
Cluff received his law degree from Brigham Young University, graduating magna cum laude. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in electronics engineering technology, graduating cum laude.
Cluff joins partners Debra Young Irish and Jacob Bernhardt. The firm provides advocacy from the administrative levels through federal court appeals for those pursuing benefits.
Firm to sponsor tour
Irish Bernhardt says it will sponsor the Bob Lebow Bike Tour in June to benefit Terry Reilly Health Services.
Cranney joins Hawley Troxell as associate
Justin Cranney is a new member of the firm's real estate group.
His practice includes commercial and real estate litigation, real estate development, and drafting contracts, leases and purchase agreements.
Cranney received his law degree, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2008, and his bachelor's degree in psychology from Weber State University in 2004. During his time at Case Western, he was the president of the Hispanic Law Student Association, a member of the Student Body Budget Committee, involved with the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and selected to work with the Federal Trade Commission. He received the School of Law Leadership Award and the CALI Excellence Award for the Future in both immigration law and scientific evidence for criminal litigation.
Cranney volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate attorney, representing guardians ad litem for children in state custody. He also works with the Boy Scouts as a merit badge counselor.