Making Good in Idaho Law

Job changes, new hires, achievements, good deeds and recognition.

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Andrus named as a 2013 Rising Star

Richard H. Andrus, Spink Butler LLP, has been selected by Super Lawyers for his work in the practice areas of real estate and land use. “Rising Stars” must be no older than 40 and in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are named to the Rising Stars list.

Spink Butler provides real estate, land use and business advice to clients throughout Idaho.

Bar honors 3 fromHolland & Hart

Walter Bithell, Scott Randolph and Scott Hess of Holland & Hart LLP were recognized by the Idaho State Bar in its 2013 awards series.

Bithell was honored with a 2013 Distinguished Lawyer Award, which recognizes Idaho lawyers who have “distinguished the profession through exemplary conduct and civility, devotion to clients, contributions to the pursuit of justice and unselfish public service benefiting the citizens of Idaho.” It is the highest award that can be bestowed on an Idaho attorney by the bar.

Bithell is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed as the Boise Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year for 2013 by The Best Lawyers in America. He has more than 40 years of trial experience counseling clients with respect to business and commercial litigation, construction litigation, individual and class action tort litigation, products liability, professional liability and general litigation.

Randolph was named 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer, which recognizes commitment to the legal profession through contribution of time and resources to benefit Idaho lawyers and the public. Randolph is a board member of the United Way of Treasure Valley and has served as a volunteer attorney for the Court Appointed Special Advocate program, working on behalf of neglected and abused children.

He was honored among the 2013 “Accomplished Under 40” by the Idaho Business Review. He represents clients facing complex business disputes and employment litigation, handling a range of matters involving commercial contracts, licensing agreements, trade secrets, noncompete agreements, disability discrimination, sexual harassment and wage and hour issues.

Hess was recognized with a 2013 Professionalism Award, which represents respect and commendation from the recipient’s professional peers and is one of the highest honors an Idaho lawyer can receive. The award is given to attorneys who, by their professional and personal conduct, have exemplified what it means to be a lawyer and have brought honor and distinction upon themselves and the profession.

Hess represents clients in many areas of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on complex business disputes. He has presented numerous appellate issues to the Idaho appellate courts and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Working Mother honors firm

Holland & Hart LLP has been named one of Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers’ “50 Best Law Firms for Women.” This is the third time the firm has made that list, which honors its excellence in creating flexibility and professional development programs designed to retain women and advance them into the leadership pipeline.

Firms were measured based on factors including representation, flexibility, child care, leadership, compensation, time-off policies and development and advancement of women.

Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, says, “The Best 50 Law Firms for Women have created the ultimate benchmark in the profession. They not only offer excellent flexibility and advancement policies to retain and grow their female talent, they fight for issues crucial to women worldwide through their powerful pro bono programs.”

The 50 firms will be honored at an awards luncheon and executive roundtable Sept. 25 in New York City.

Taylor back with Hawley Troxell

Nick Taylor has rejoined the firm as an associate attorney in the corporate and finance groups.

Taylor was previously with Hawley Troxell for six years and returned on Aug. 5. His practice involves mergers and acquisitions, securities and banking, and intellectual property and Internet. He represents corporations, lenders and investment firms regarding equity and debt-financing transactions, securities, banking and lending regulations, and corporate governance issues.

Taylor received his law degree from the University of Oregon in 2006, and he graduated magna cum laude from Western Oregon University with a bachelor’s degree in international studies in 2003. He is active in the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Boise Young Professionals and Kickstand, a local nonprofit program dedicated to connecting, inspiring and supporting local entrepreneurs.

Spink, Butler listed as top lawyers

Michael T. Spink and JoAnn C. Butler of Spink Butler LLP were included in the annual list. Best Lawyers has also recognized both Spink and Butler, naming Spink as Lawyer of the Year for Real Estate Litigation in 2013.

Seven at AJH listedby Best Lawyers

Robert A. Anderson, Brian K. Julian, Alan K. Hull, Chris H. Hansen, Phillip J. Collaer, Michael P. Stefanic and Amy G. White of Anderson Julian & Hull have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Anderson was named Boise Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year,” and Collaer was named Boise Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.”

Hawley Troxell honored for flexibility

Hawley Troxell has been honored with the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.

This national award, part of the When Work Works project administered by Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, recognizes employers of all sizes and types in Idaho and across the country.

Workplace flexibility — such as flextime, part-time work and compressed workweeks — has been demonstrated to help businesses remain competitive while also benefiting employees.

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices and a confidential employee survey on the key ingredients of an effective and flexible workplace. All applicants are measured against national norms from the National Study of Employers.

When Work Works is a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace flexibility by sharing research and promising practices, and conducting the annual Sloan Awards.

Five honored byBest Lawyers listing

Wayne Meuleman, Richard W. Mollerup, Kimbal L. Gowland, Geoffrey J. McConnell and Jeff R. Sykes of Meuleman Mollerup were selected by their peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for their accomplishments in the fields of construction law, real estate law and employment law. Additionally, Gowland was named Best Lawyers 2014 Boise Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” and Mollerup was named Boise Litigation – Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year.”

Gowland has been practicing law for 25 years with emphasis in business law, estate planning and commercial real estate development. During the first decade of his legal practice, he primarily represented Albertsons and became familiar with matters of critical importance to major “anchor” retailers and consequently, to developers, landlords and lenders.

Mollerup has 20 years of experience as a real estate attorney with emphasis in commercial real estate and title insurance in matters arising out of title, escrow, foreclosures and regulatory issues. He served on the legislative committee for the Idaho Land Title Association, and he is a founding member of the City Club of Boise.

McConnell was recognized by Best Lawyers for his expertise in construction litigation and government contracts. He has 27 years of experience in trial representation of owners, contractors and design professionals in lawsuits and other disputes on public and private construction projects. He is a member of the LEGUS International Network of Law Firms, a network of small to mid-size law firms.

Meuleman, founding partner of Meuleman Mollerup LLP, was recognized by Best Lawyers for his expertise in construction law. He has 39 years experience representing clients throughout the western U.S. involving a variety of public and private projects. He serves on the board of directors of the Idaho Associated General Contractors and also served on its board from 1998 to 2003. He is the executive director of the Idaho State Building Authority, which provides bond financing of state governmental facilities for the State of Idaho.

Sykes represents businesses and individuals with legal problems and concerns involving contracts, construction, insurance, employment and real property matters.

He has 20 years of experience as a litigation attorney. Sykes serves on the board of directors of the Human Resource Association of Treasure Valley, and he is a member of the national Society for Human Resource Management. He has served on the board of directors of the YMCA Youth Government Program and as a judge pro tem for the YMCA Youth Court.

Sykes is a member of the Order of Barristers, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Idaho Associated General Contractors and the Idaho Land Title Association.

Hawley Troxell adds two associates

Matthew Bradshaw and Dustin Liddle have joined the firm’s business and finance groups.

Bradshaw, an Idaho native, received his law degree from William & Mary School of Law in May and his bachelor’s degree in business management in 2009 from the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University.

He worked as a summer associate at Beard St. Clair Gaffney in Idaho Falls and Steptoe & Johnson in Bridgeport, W. Va., in 2012. He also served as a chapter president of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Liddle received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in June and his B.S. in accounting from the University of Oregon in 2009. He served as a summer honors law clerk at the Securities and Exchange Commission and a legal extern for the Internal Revenue Service in 2012. He has completed all of the requirements for his CPA license and is in the process of obtaining his license in Idaho.

Zarian and West make Best Lawyers

John Zarian and Kevin West, of Parsons Behle & Latimer, were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

Zarian was honored for his work in commercial litigation, and West for his work in commercial litigation, health care law, insurance law and labor and employment litigation.

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