Timothy C. Walton and Dennis Voorhees received top honors at the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association’s annual convention earlier this month.
Walton, from Boise, was named James J. May Trial Lawyer of the Year, while Voorhees, from Twin Falls, received the association’s Professionalism Award.
Walton was honored for his dedication to the practice of law, his active community involvement, and his commitment to the preservation of the civil justice system, the association said in a written statement.
Walton received his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law , graduating cum laude in 1977.
In recent years, Walton has primarily focused on obtaining justice for victims of childhood sexual abuse. He and his longtime law partner, Andrew Chasan, have represented 130 such survivors in a case against a Roman Catholic religious order in the Northwest.
The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, known as the Northwest Jesuits, agreed in 2011 to pay $166 million to more than 500 victims of sexual abuse. The settlement was one of the largest abuse settlements by the Catholic Church.
Walton and Chasan, the association’s 2014 recipient of the Professionalism Award, currently represent alleged victims of childhood sexual abuse in a case against the Boy Scouts of America and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in federal court in Idaho.
Walton has also served as a mediator in over 700 personal injury cases and is a past president of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association.
The award is named after ITLA’s founding member and first president, retired 5th District Judge James J. May.
The Professionalism Award given to Voorhees, is named after renowned Idaho plaintiff’s lawyer Walter H. Bithell of Boise. It recognizes commitment to integrity, excellence and professionalism as a lawyer for all clients, colleagues, judges and legal staff members.
Voorhees, a New Jersey native, has been practicing law in Idaho since 1978 and is a sole practitioner. He is certified as an elder law attorney and as a certified estate law planning specialist. He also serves as the Idaho representative for the Special Needs Alliance, a group of attorneys who specialize in the establishment of trusts for people with disabilities.
He also serves on the Idaho Supreme Court Committee on Guardianships and Conservatorship.
He and his wife, LeNee, have seven children.
The association is a voluntary statewide bar association dedicated to justice for all Idahoans and the improvement of the administration of justice.
The group’s 43rd annual convention was held June 5 in Sun Valley.s