Achievements in Idaho law

Job changes, new hires, good deeds and recognition.

February 19, 2014 

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Sinclair joins Holland & Hart

Holland & Hart LLP has added J. Walter Sinclair to its Boise office as a partner in the commercial litigation practice group.

Sinclair is recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Benchmark Litigation. Sinclair is also a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In 2011, he was selected by Best Lawyers in America as the Boise “Bet-the-Company Litigator” of the year.

His practice emphasizes business, corporate and complex litigation associated with agricultural product liability, antitrust, class action, complex commercial contract, mass tort, real estate and securities disputes. A trial lawyer, he has handled 30 jury trials and 11 bench trials.

“Walt Sinclair is well known among litigators in the region as a consummate trial lawyer,” says Boise litigation partner Walter Bithell.

In 2013, Sinclair was awarded the Exemplary Lawyer Award by the Idaho Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. The award recognizes federal practitioners who demonstrate professionalism, collegiality, service, mentoring, and quality legal representation.

Sinclair is a graduate of the University of Idaho Law School (J.D., 1978) and Stanford University (B.A., economics, 1975). He is admitted to the state bars of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon; the U.S. District Court for the Districts of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Mandell honored

Jeffery Mandell of The ERISA Law Group P.A. in Boise has been named to Best Lawyers in America 2014. In addition, Best Lawyers has honored him as a 2014 Lawyer of the Year.

Mandell has been reappointed on behalf of Idaho before the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Labor on the IRS Tax Exempt/Government Entities Pacific Coast Counsel regarding employee benefit issues of national and local importance. He has been elected as a board member of The Group Inc., a nationwide group of attorneys and Employee Retirement Income Security Act professionals.

Parsons firm adds real estate specialty

Parsons Behle & Latimer this month added the practice to its Boise office. Robert B. Burns, who has joined the firm as a shareholder, will lead it.

Burns formerly worked for Moffatt, Thomas, Barrett, Rock & Fields. His real estate work includes acquisition and sales, financing, development, leasing and conflicts over entitlement issues and commercial or residential property interests.

During the 1990s, Burns worked for one of California’s largest home builders, serving as president of The Baldwin Co.’s Los Angeles/Ventura Division. He was responsible for acquisition, planning and entitlement work for five master-planned communities, comprising 6,500 residential units.

Burns, who is licensed to practice law in Idaho, received his undergraduate degree from Boise State University and his law degree from Stanford Law School. He has been recognized for his work in real estate law by Mountain States Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Chambers and Partners, and also has an AV Pre-eminent rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Herberholz named Parsons shareholder

Registered patent attorney Dana Herberholz, who has been with Parsons Behle & Latimer since 2008, has been named a shareholder in the Boise office.

Herberholz’s practice emphasizes intellectual property litigation, with particular focus on patent litigation. His experience includes litigation over diverse technologies, including flat panel displays, digital projectors, wireless communication technology, and electronic vehicle braking systems.

For four consecutive years, Mountain States Super Lawyers recognized Herberholz as a Rising Star. He also has an AV Pre-eminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. Herberholz graduated from the University of Washington in 2002 with degrees in cellular & molecular biology and law, societies and justice, and he earned his law degree with honors from Gonzaga University in 2006.

Parsons Behle & Latimer recently relocated its Boise legal team to the 13th floor of Downtown Boise’s new Eighth & Main building.

Hawley Troxell marks 50th anniversary

The firm was founded as Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP on Jan. 1, 1964, when Jess Hawley Jr. and Jack Hawley combined their litigation practice with Robert Troxell’s business expertise and Paul Ennis’ experience in business and litigation. The founding fathers practiced law together for 15 years.

Hawley Troxell has been headquartered in Boise since its inception. It expanded its footprint to southeast Idaho in 1985 by opening an office in Pocatello. In 2003, it added an office in Reno, Nev., and in 2010 it expanded to northern Idaho with an office in Coeur d’Alene, which was expanded this month with the addition of three new municipal law attorneys.

Hawley Troxell is the largest full-service business law firm in Idaho with 19 practice groups, 56 attorneys and 58 support staff.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for making this anniversary possible with their continued support and business,” says Managing Partner Steve Berenter.

Heikkila receives WCA Twin Award

Hawley Troxell attorney Kara Heikkila has been awarded the Women’s and Children’s Alliance’s 21st Annual Tribute to Women and Industry award. The award honors women who have made outstanding contributions to their employers in executive, professional or managerial roles and recognizes them for their work performance and career achievements.

“Kara is an excellent attorney and an active member of the community through her extensive pro bono work for the WCA,” says Managing Partner Steve Berenter.

Heikkila is a member of Hawley Troxell’s employment and labor group. She focuses on employment and labor law, business law, complex and commercial litigation, alternative dispute resolution, health care law, maritime personal injury defense, and insurance law.

After spending 11 years working as a health care administrator in Oregon and Washington, Heikkila received her law degree, cum laude, in 1997 from the Seattle University School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel, and she was recognized by the legal directory Chambers and Partners in 2013 for her work in labor and employment.

Two partners elected to firm’s board

Hawley Troxell partners Thomas J. Mortell and Brad P. Miller have been elected to the firm’s Board of Partners. The board also includes managing partner Steven W. Berenter and partners Paula L. Kluksdal and Nicholas G. Miller.

Melville joins firm

Hawley Troxell has hired Jason Melville, who practices in business, corporate, tax and estate planning. Melville has practiced law for more than 16 years and has significant experience in estate planning, wealth preservation, business formation, transactions, mergers, acquisitions, succession planning, probate, administration of estates, estate litigation, tax deferred exchanges and tax planning and dispute resolution with federal and state taxing authorities.

Melville received his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1997 and received his master of laws degree (LL.M.) from the University of Washington School of Law in 2002. At Texas Tech he served on the Law Review as a note editor, and from 2002 to the present he has been the author of the ABA Sales and Use Tax Desk Book for the Idaho Chapter.

Melville is a member of the Idaho State Bar’s taxation, probate, and trust law section. He is Martindale Hubbell AV-Pre-eminent rated. He is also a board member for the Better Business Bureau, a member of the Treasure Valley Estate Planning Council and Boise Estate Planning Council, and a director of the Boy Scouts of America Ore-Ida Council.

Shoufler named to national board

Carey Shoufler, the Idaho Law Foundation’s law related education director, has been named to the board of directors of the National High School Mock Trial Championship.

Shoufler has organized Idaho’s Mock Trial competition for eight years, directing regional and state competition and preparing case materials for mock trial teams around Idaho.

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