Governor selects Hippler as Fourth District judge

October 18, 2013 

Boise attorney Steven Hippler will be the new Boise-based judge for the Fourth Judicial District, Gov. Butch Otter announced Friday morning.

Hippler, 47, has been a partner since 2002 in the Boise law firm Givens Pursley, focusing his practice on health care and litigation. A Boise native, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University and a law degree from the University of Utah. He and his wife, attorney Stephanie Clare Westermeier, have two young sons.

“Steve is an exceptionally talented litigator whose practice has run the gamut of civil law,” Otter said in a news release. “He brings to the bench a wealth of experience, especially in the complex and growing field of health care law.”

Hippler was among 14 candidates for the new district judge position, and the Idaho Judicial Council narrowed that list to four names submitted to Otter. Other finalists were Idaho Sen. Les Bock, District 16, Fourth District Magistrate Roger Cockerille and Boise attorney Jason Scott.

Three new district judgeships — in districts 3, 4 and 7 — were authorized by the Idaho Legislature last winter. Otter appointed Idaho Falls attorney Alkan Stephens to the new Seventh District position on Oct. 3, and he has yet to announce the new Third District judge, who will be based in Caldwell.

Third District finalists, forwarded to Otter on Sept. 12, are Deputy Attorney General Kenneth Jorgensen, Nampa attorney Christopher Nye, and Chris Topmiller, chief criminal deputy prosecutor for Canyon County.

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