Achievements in Idaho law

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

January 15, 2014 

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Andersen Banducci welcomes attorneys

Aaron Chandler, Zach Zollinger, Susan Pierson, Rachel Murphy and Jason Rudd have joined Andersen Banducci PLLC, a Boise litigation firm specializing in civil-trial practice and commercial-dispute litigation.

Chandler was most recently an associate in the Chicago office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. He has represented individuals and businesses in many industries in disputes involving fiduciary liability, contract interpretation and enforcement, defamation and trade-secret misappropriation, among others. A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.

Zollinger is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan Law School, where he worked for the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, the oldest child welfare law clinic in the country.

Zollinger represented children and parents in Michigan state court foster-care proceedings, gaining litigation experience arguing motions, preparing for trial and helping clients reach their goals. He also interned at a large Chicago law firm and for U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in Idaho. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon.

Pierson began practicing law at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia. She has also practiced at Slivka Robinson Waters & O’Dorsio and Long & Jaudon in Denver. She has 10 years of experience representing clients in civil litigation, primarily in the areas of commercial and employment litigation.

A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, she received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

Murphy was most recently an assistant attorney general in the Civil Appeals Division at the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Previously she was an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York and law clerk for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Marjorie O. Rendell in Philadelphia.

A graduate of Stanford Law School, she received her undergraduate degree from Williams College.

Rudd counsels clients on commercial litigation matters. Previously he was an associate with Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk P.A. in Albuquerque, N.M., where he represented clients in litigated disputes ranging from personal injury and premises liability claims to complex construction and insurance coverage disputes.

He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.

Hawley Troxell expands office

Jerry Mason, Nancy Stricklin and John Cafferty have been added to Hawley Troxell’s Coeur d’Alene office. All three Idaho attorneys have practiced law in the Coeur d’Alene area for several years and will be members of the firm’s municipal law group.

They join partner Danielle Quade, who has been practicing finance and municipal law in the Coeur d’Alene office for eight years. The new office will be at 250 NW Boulevard, Suite 204.

Mason and Stricklin were previously partners at Mason & Stricklin LLP.

Mason has worked in Idaho for 40 years as a local government administrator and legal counsel to government officials. He served as counsel to the Association of Idaho Cities and the board of trustees of the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program, a 750-member local government liability and property insuring pool.

Stricklin has 23 years in local government legal practice. She served as deputy city attorney, acting city attorney and interim city attorney for Coeur d’Alene before entering private practice in 2001.

Mason and Stricklin have experience in land use, planning and zoning, property rights, municipal contracting, intergovernmental agreements, election procedures and general governmental powers.

Cafferty, an Idaho native and previous deputy civil prosecutor for Kootenai County, has 15 years of legal experience in governmental procurement procedures, public works construction, public records requests, open public meeting compliance, election law, land use, risk management and human resources.

Pooser joins Stoel Rives in Boise

Christopher Pooser is a new partner in Stoel Rives LLP.

Pooser represents clients in appellate matters and complex commercial litigation. His appellate practice focuses on trial-preservation and jury-instruction issues, case management, and drafting appellate motions and briefs. He is listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers for his appellate work and is a member of the Idaho Appellate Rules Advisory Committee.

Pooser earned his law degree from Tulane University and received a B.S. in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Lawyer honored for his career’s work

Joseph H. Baird, a Boise mining lawyer, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Exploration and Mining Association.

The award recognizes Baird’s work on behalf of the mining industry and on strategic minerals issues and the environment.

Baird serves on the board of American CuMo Mining Corp., which manages the Idaho-based CuMo Project, one of the world’s largest molybdenum deposits. He is a partner in the Idaho mining-law firm of Baird Hanson LLP.

The American Exploration and Mining Association, which was formerly known as the Northwest Mining Association, has membership that spans the U.S. and Canada. Baird has worked to advance the industry through AEMA since 2003. He served a term as president in 2011 and two terms as a board member.

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