Making Good in the Law: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements

May 7, 2013 


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McConnell named to ALA committee

Lynn McConnell, human resources manager at Hawley Troxell, will serve a three-year term on the Association of Legal Administrators International Relations Committee.

The committee advises the ALA board of directors and represents their interests in matters related to international initiatives, cooperation and affiliations. McConnell was chosen for her experience working abroad in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan. She is actively involved in the community, serving as vice chair of the board of commissioners for the Nampa Housing Authority and treasurer of the Society of Human Resource Management State Council of Idaho.

The ALA was founded in 1971 to provide support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies.

Kozlowski opens law office in Meridian

Kozlowski Law Office PLLC, opened by Joseph Kozlowski, specializes in estate planning and business law. The office is at 136 E. Idaho Ave., Suite 203. Phone 859-2700.

Meuleman named to BSU advisory board

Joe Meuleman will help advise the College of Engineering Department of Construction Management on issues such as curriculum, accreditation and opportunities for students in the construction industry.

Meuleman is an attorney with Meuleman Mollerup LLP, practicing primarily in the areas of construction law and commercial litigation. He represents contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties and project developers in a variety of construction-related disputes and transactions.

The Construction Management Department at Boise State is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education. The department offers a bachelor of science, a minor in construction management, and a certificate in construction management for industry professionals.

The advisory board includes leaders in the construction industry from a variety of professions.

Meuleman is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America and has been appointed to several committees including the Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee and the Contract Documents Forum Steering Committee. As a member of the Idaho Associated General Contractors, he serves on the Construction Leadership Council and the Legislative Committee.

Meuleman Mollerup attorneys have served the construction, real estate and business communities for more than 30 years.

Firm adds paralegal

Janelle Finfrock has joined the Boise office of Parsons Behle & Latimer. Finfrock has 10 years of litigation paralegal experience including intellectual property litigation. She also is familiar with automated litigation support.

Before joining Parsons Behle & Latimer, Finfrock worked for Micron Technology, Zarian Midgley, Syngenta Seeds Inc. and the Boise office of Stoel Rives LLP. Finfrock earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and a paralegal certificate from Boise State University.

Law firm adds new senior associate

Tracy J. Crane joined Anderson, Julian & Hull LLP in February.

Crane received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology at Idaho State University in 1996 and 2000. He received his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law, summa cum laude in 2003. He has experience in commercial and complex litigation.

Christensen named 1st District judge

Richard S. Christensen was appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John Luster.

Christensen is a New Jersey native who received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and his law degree from the University of Idaho. He was a prosecutor in Boise County, practiced law in Grangeville and Boise, and served as a deputy Idaho attorney general and a Benewah County prosecutor.

The Idaho Judicial Council submitted three candidates for Otter to choose from. The others were Kootenai County Deputy Prosecutor John Cafferty and Kootenai County Magistrate Scott Wayman.

Haws named partner at Belnap Stewart

Gabriel “Gabe” M. Haws specializes in commercial litigation, whistle-blower actions, employment issues and construction litigation at Belnap Stewart Taylor & Morris PLLC. He also will continue to expand the Boise firm’s areas of practice to include personal injury and criminal defense.

Haws earned his bachelor’s degree at the College of Idaho and his law degree from the University of Idaho School of Law, graduating with an emphasis in trial advocacy. Before joining BST&M, Haws worked for the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, where he served as felony trial team leader and specialized in complex criminal litigation.

Haws is a member of the Idaho Bar Association, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association and American Inns of Court. He serves as a student mentor at Concordia University School of Law.

Hunt joins Boise office of Perkins Coie

David Hunt is an associate in the firm’s litigation practice.

Hunt is experienced in pretrial, discovery and motion practice in general commercial litigation, contract disputes, class actions, appellate, intellectual property litigation, and oil and energy. He has drafted successful briefings to both state and circuit courts and provided bilingual consulting and factual investigation to clients in various industries.

He was previously an associate in the Dallas office of Baker Botts LLP. He received his law degree from Cornell Law School, where he was Note Editor for the Cornell Law Review, and a bachelor’s degree cum laude from Brigham Young University.

Other recent additions at Perkins Coie include Cheryl Allaire, who joined the firm from K&L Gates LLP in August 2012, and Stephen Hardesty and Nicholas Taylor who joined the Boise office in February 2012 from Hawley Troxell.

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