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

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State Bar honors Deb Kristensen

Deb Kristensen, a partner at Givens Pursley, has been named as one of eight recipients of the Idaho State Bar's Professionalism Award for 2013.

The award is an expression of respect and commendation from the recipient's professional peers and represents one of the highest honors an Idaho lawyer might receive during his or her career.

The award is given each year to Idaho attorneys who, by their professional and personal conduct, have exemplified for the members of the profession the epitome of what it means to be a lawyer, and who, by so doing, have brought honor and distinction upon themselves and the profession. Recipients must have a wide reputation for ability, diligence, courtesy and cooperation. They are regarded as effective advocates who can contend without being contentious.

They are lawyers who have demonstrated a devotion to public service, the improvement of the administration of justice and a career-long practice of civility, integrity and dignity.

Kristensen is a commercial litigator in state and federal courts. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California- Berkeley and her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law.

She served on the Idaho State Bar's board of commissioners from 2002 to 2005, including a term as president in 2005. She has served on many other bar and civil organizations and committees over the years. Kristensen received the Exemplary Service Award in 2011 from the Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for her work as a lawyer representative for the District of Idaho and service to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Clark admitted to Idaho Bar Association

Bret Clark of Hawley Troxell was admitted to practice law in Idaho on May 3. He is also licensed in Ohio, Washington and Utah. Clark is an Employee Retirement Income Security Act attorney and a member of Hawley Troxell's tax, estate planning and employee benefits group; employment and labor group; and corporate group.

Clark has experience in all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plan design, maintenance, and corrections; benefits committee and compensation committee consulting; Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service filings; and assisting in the benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions.

He is a frequent presenter about health care reform throughout the Treasure Valley.

Clark received a law degree, cum laude, from Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School, in 2004 and a bachelor's degree in political science from Brigham Young University in 2001.

Foundation helps prep learning garden

The Holland & Hart Foundation recently helped the Summerwind School of Math & Science prepare the school's Garden of Learning for the growing season.

Volunteers from the law firm weeded garden boxes and constructed a new fence.

The school will plant numerous vegetables and other plants and incorporate the garden into the school's teaching curriculum. Earlier this year the Holland & Hart Foundation awarded the school a $2,000 matching-funds grant to support the garden.

Boise firm ranks high in Chambers USA

Gjording Fouser, a Boise-based law firm, has been ranked in the highest category possible, band 1, in the Idaho Litigation: Medical Malpractice & Insurance Defense section by Chambers USA.

Gjording Fouser is the only law firm in Idaho to receive a band 1 ranking in this category, according to a news release.

Chambers USA rankings are based on an assessment of the firm's cases, interviews with the firm's clients, and interviews with other lawyers. The most weight is assigned to client feedback. Jack Gjording and Trudy Hanson Fouser are two of the 19 "key individual" lawyers in Idaho that were ranked by Chambers USA.

Six make list of Super Lawyers

Robert A. Anderson, Brian K. Julian, Chris H. Hansen, Phillip J. Collaer, Amy G. White and Tracy J. Crane of the Boise-based firm of Anderson Julian and Hull have been selected to the 2013 Idaho Super Lawyers List.

Hawley Troxell attorneys recognized

Hawley Troxell attorneys John Kurtz, Sheila Schwager, Nicholas Miller, Richard Riley, Steven Berenter, Brad Miller, Kara Heikkila, Craig Meadows, Merlyn Clark, Steven Schossberger and Brian Ballard have been recognized in Chambers and Partners USA Guide for 2013.

This recognition was the result of Chambers and Partners conducting in-depth interviews with attorneys and clients throughout Idaho, examining submissions, and performing additional research.

Partners Kurtz and Schwager were recognized for their work in bankruptcy and restructuring.

Partners Nicholas Miller and Riley were recognized for their work in the corporate and commercial areas.

Partners Berenter and Brad Miller and attorney Heikkila were recognized for their work in labor and employment.

Partners Meadows, Clark, and Schossberger were recognized for their work in general commercial litigation.

Partner Brian Ballard was recognized for his work in real estate.

The firm also earned recognition for the following practice groups: corporate and commercial, labor and employment, general commercial litigation, and real estate.

Chambers and Partners is a London-based company that has ranked firms and attorneys in a range of practice areas throughout America since 1990.

Chambers and Partners' team of 140 full-time researchers conducts thousands of interviews with attorneys and their clients worldwide.

Trial Lawyers group honors Kumm

Kelly K. Kumm, of Pocatello, has received the Walter H. Bithell Professionalism Award from the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association.

Kumm began his career as a social worker. He moved to Idaho in 1984 and worked for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. He began his own law practice in 1996.

In 1987, Kumm and Judge Dan McDougall formed the 6th Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates Program, which provides services to protect the rights of children.

Kumm served on the board of DisAbility Rights of Idaho from 2004 to 2010 and has served as an officer and president of Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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