Making Good in Idaho Law

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Nye takes the bench

Christopher Nye, a Caldwell attorney, has been appointed by Gov. Butch Otter to the new 3rd District judgeship created by the Idaho Legislature last winter.

Nye, a partner with White Peterson in Nampa, is a Kansas native who has been practicing law in Idaho since 1983. He served as a deputy prosecutor for Canyon County, then as a deputy public defender in Nampa before entering private practice in 1990. His practice has focused on civil litigation and family law.

Nye was among three candidates nominated by the Idaho Judicial Council for the new position.

Nye and his wife of 34 years, Vicki, have a son who is a student at the College of Idaho in Caldwell.

Federal court picks new representative

Howard Burnett, a partner at Hawley Troxell, has been appointed as the newest lawyer representative for Idaho's United States District and Bankruptcy Court. He was selected from applicants from the state's 6th and 7th judicial districts and will serve a three-year term. His duties will include representing the state bar to advance opinions and suggestions for improvement, helping the court implement new programs and procedures, serving on court committees and developing curriculum for training programs.

Burnett is the resident partner in Hawley Troxell's Pocatello office. His practice focuses on transactional matters, commercial litigation and general business counsel and advice, with particular experience in the semiconductor industry. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America since 2010 for his commercial litigation and corporate law work. He received the Idaho State Journal's Professional of the Year award in 2011.

Best Lawyers honors Boise firm

Andersen Banducci PLLC, a commercial litigation firm, has been named to Best Lawyers' 2014 "Best Law Firms" rankings. Andersen Banducci received a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking for Commercial Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and a Metropolitan Tier 2 ranking for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

Firms' rankings in the 2014 "Best Law Firms" list are based on client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews and information provided by the law firms.

To be eligible for the ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Earlier this year, Best Lawyers recognized Thomas Banducci for his work in commercial litigation and Steven Andersen for his work in commercial litigation and personal injury litigation.

Boring-Headleewins court award

Susie Boring-Headlee, alternative dispute resolution coordinator for Idaho's U.S. District Court, received the Robert F. Peckham Award for ADR Excellence from the 9th Circuit ADR Committee.

Boring-Headlee, who has served as the ADR coordinator in the district of Idaho for the past four years, was recognized for promoting alternative dispute resolution in the state and federal courts. She has served as a presenter and panelist at ADR workshops for judges, arranged training of mediators in conjunction with the Northwest Institute of Dispute Resolution at the University of Idaho College of Law, organized "settlement week" programs and collaborated with information technology staff to streamline collection and management of ADR deadlines and other activities using the court's electronic case-filing system.

Since 2012, Boring-Headlee has served on the Federal Judicial Center's ADR Study Group, which is analyzing the costs, benefits and effectiveness of ADR programs in the federal district courts. The study group will provide guidance to national committees in determining best practices and future funding of court ADR programs.

Hawley Troxell adds 2 to patent practice

Philip McKay and Sean Lewis have joined Hawley Troxell in the firm's new full-service domestic and international patent practice.

McKay and Lewis joined the firm from the Silicon Valley, where they practiced patent law in-house and as outside counsel for a combined 35 years. They maintain some of the largest patent portfolios in the Silicon Valley for major technology companies. The patent group strengthens Hawley Troxell's intellectual property group chaired by partner Brad Frazer, which includes trademark, copyright, licensing, trade secrets and Internet law.

McKay has worked on hundreds of domestic and foreign patent applications. He helps clients achieve strategic business objectives, prepares noninfringement and validity opinions and provides strategic technology licensing and portfolio management counseling to numerous technology companies. He is a member of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is licensed to practice law in California. Before joining Hawley Troxell, he founded McKay & Hodgson LLP, a patent firm in Monterey, Calif, and was senior patent counsel for a Fortune 100 corporation. He received his law degree from University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1993 and his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1990. He was senior editor of the USC Tax and Interdisciplinary Law Journal and received the Southern California Intellectual Property Law Award in 1992.

Lewis has assisted companies of all sizes nationally and internationally. His practice includes working on U.S. and international patent and trademark applications, technology and patent licensing, writing opinion letters, managing invention review committees, and assisting with mergers and acquisitions. He received his law degree from Western State University College of Law in 1994 and his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of California, San Diego in 1987. He is a member of the Fresno County Bar Association and the American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project.

'Best Law Firms' lists Hawley Troxell

Hawley Troxell says 11 of its practice areas have been recognized in the top tier of the 2014 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers' "Best Law Firms." Rankings were determined by more than 330,000 law firm assessments submitted by 12,000 attorneys and 20,000 evaluations submitted by thousands of clients. Receiving a top tier designation reflects high regard from other lawyers and clients in the same communities and practice areas.

Hawley Troxell practice areas recognized in Tier 1 were commercial litigation, corporate law, employment law management, health care law, banking and finance litigation, labor and employment litigation, real estate litigation, real estate law, securities/capital markets law, tax law, and trusts and estates law. The firm also was recognized for insurance law, labor law management, mediation, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, and real estate law.

Litigation guide honors Boise firm

Gjording Fouser, a Boise-based law firm, is ranked as a "recommended" litigation defense firm in Idaho in the latest edition of Benchmark Litigation. The firm is one of only seven defense law firms in Idaho to be ranked in the edition.

Benchmark Litigation bases rankings on law firms' recent casework and interviews with clients and other lawyers.

Benchmark Litigation is a publication that focuses exclusively on U.S. litigation.

Gjording Fouser represents businesses, hospitals and professionals in a variety of areas, including employment and labor, insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, product liability and professional malpractice defense.

Holland & Hartnoted for water law

Holland & Hart LLP was named the 2014 "Law Firm of the Year" for Water Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms."

The firm also was named a Tier 1 national "Best Law Firm" in four practice area: environmental law, litigation – environmental, oil and gas law and technology law. The firm also received 91 metropolitan first-tier rankings across its footprint in the Mountain West and Washington, D.C.

In Idaho, Holland & Hart earned Tier 1 designation in: bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, commercial litigation, environmental law, health care law, litigation – bankruptcy, litigation – environmental, litigation – labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions law, and personal injury litigation – plaintiffs.

The rankings are based on client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms.

To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in the 19th edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty.

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