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

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Zarian, West named ‘Super Lawyers’

John Zarian and Kevin West of Parsons Behle & Latimer have been recognized by Mountain States Super Lawyers. This marks the seventh time Zarian has made the list, and the third time for West.

Zarian is recognized for his work in the areas of intellectual property litigation and business litigation. West is recognized in the areas of health care and employment law. Fewer than 5 percent of the attorneys in Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are named to the Super Lawyers list each year.

In all, Mountain States Super Lawyers named 41 Parsons Behle & Latimer lawyers this year to its “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” lists.

Zarian has served as lead counsel in matters involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, class actions, contractual disputes, business torts, securities, antitrust, real estate, commercial law and wrongful death claims.

West practices in Medicare audits and investigations, HIPAA compliance and other regulatory matters. He does trial work in employment law, commercial litigation, professional malpractice, personal injury and insurance litigation.

Selections for the list are made by the research team at Super Lawyers, which is a service of the Thomson Reuters Legal Division based in Eagan, Minn. The selection process includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a check of good standing.

Comstock honored

David E. Comstock, Boise, is the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association’s James J. May Trial Lawyer of the Year. The award recognizes dedication to the practice of law, community involvement and commitment to preserving the civil justice system.

Comstock was born in San Francisco and raised in Pocatello. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Idaho, where he was pitcher for the baseball team and quarterback for the football team.

He is a partner in the Boise law firm of Comstock and Bush and is active in local and national professional associations. He was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1979 and has since been admitted as a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Idaho and American Bar Associations and served as president of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association in 2011-12.

Comstock has taken on cases ranging from wrongful death to medical malpractice, including cases that “a lot of lawyers would and did walk away from,” according to his longtime law partner, John Bush.

“He would actually rather try a case than settle,” Bush says. “While I suppose that is a character flaw at some level, his clients know that they have a lawyer who will fight for justice on their behalf.”

The award was presented at the association’s annual convention in Sun Valley in June. The award is named after the association’s founding member and first president, retired Fifth District Judge James J. May.

Thomson rated highly

Jeffrey A. Thomson, shareholder at Elam & Burke, P.A., has been selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell.

Thomson has appeared before the Idaho Supreme Court and Idaho Court of Appeals more than 25 times. He was recognized for his appellate practice, which requires an understanding of the appeals process and developing legal trends. Thomson also practices in banking, insurance and business litigation.

Boise lawyers designated IP Stars

Parsons Behle & Latimer has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading intellectual property litigation law firms by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. Three of the firm’s Idaho lawyers — John Zarian, Peter Midgley and Rexford Johnson — were also ranked among the magazine’s “IP Stars,” a comprehensive list of market-leading IP lawyers across the United States. In all, nine Parsons Behle & Latimer lawyers in Idaho and Utah were recognized.

Parsons Behle & Latimer is home to the largest intellectual property legal team in Idaho. It employs more than 35 attorneys, paralegals and support workers in Boise. The firm also specializes in employment, environmental and natural resources, health care, commercial litigation and real estate law.

Firm gains new shareholders

Todd J. Winegar and W. Ben Slaughter have become the newest shareholders in the firm of Jones Gledhill Fuhrman Gourley, P.A.

Prince joinsHolland & Hart team

Jason Prince is a partner based in the firm’s Boise office, focusing on Holland & Hart’s commercial litigation and export control/trade sanctions practices.

He represents businesses in litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation, specializing in complex jurisdictional and e-discovery issues.

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