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Idaho Business Review debuts awards program for top law professionals

Twenty one legal professionals are recognized in new awards program from IBR. File photo.

Twenty one legal professionals are recognized in new awards program from IBR. File photo.

Those who choose law as a profession know that experience counts. Dedication, hard work, skill, tenacity and excellence are expected. And compassion is essential. But, as in every profession, some go above and beyond, setting the bar for others.

Idaho Business Review presents the Leaders In Law awards to applaud those who have demonstrated superior skills in the field, and whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Idaho.

Of the nearly 100 legal professionals nominated, dozens returned completed applications, which were then reviewed by a selection committee of their peers. The result: 21 honorees. They were chosen based on professional achievements, leadership, community work, and the ability to set, reach, and, in many cases, go far beyond their goals. Most are from Boise, three are from Moscow, one is from Idaho Falls and another resides in Coeur d’Alene. And eight of the 21 are women.

Five are getting awards in the Firm Associated Partners category. Four, in their first 10 years of practice, are being recognized as Up and Coming Lawyers. There are three in two categories: Firm Associated Associates and In-House Counsel. There are two Sole Practitioners and two Educators. One Unsung Hero is a support staff member who went above and beyond behind the scenes. And there also is one Lifetime Achievement Award.

All of these law professionals have helped their clients succeed. They are members of professional associations, encourage high standards of ethics, are mentors and role models, work as volunteers, and are involved in their communities.

“It is time to recognize outstanding law professionals,” said Sean Evans, Idaho Business Review vice president and publisher. “From law librarian to partner, these legal professionals have shown they are exceptional in what they do and have garnered praise from within their communities and from their peers. Now it is our turn. Please join us as we salute them.”

Read their stories in a special section profiling these leaders in law. It will be published in the Idaho Business Review Friday, Nov. 15. An awards reception will be held 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14 at the University of Idaho College of Law in downtown Boise, which is also the presenting sponsor of the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to //idahobusinessreview.com/events/leaders-in-law/.

Idaho Business Review’s 2013 Leaders in Law

Erik Bolinder, Givens Pursley LLP, Firm Associated Partner, Boise

Donald L. Burnett Jr., University of Idaho, Lifetime Achievement Award, Moscow

James R. Dalton, Riverbend Group, In-House Counsel, Idaho Falls

Matthew Gordon, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Up and Coming Lawyer, Boise

Jeremiah M. Hudson, Fisher & Hudson PLLC, Up and Coming Lawyer, Boise

Wyatt B. Johnson, Angstman Johnson, Firm Associated Partner, Boise

Lisa McGrath, Lisa McGrath LLC, New Media Law Firm, Sole Practitioner, Boise

Cynthia A. Melillo, Cynthia A. Melillo PLLC, Sole Practitioner, Boise

Kerry Ellen Michaelson, Michaelson Mediation & Law PLLC, Up and Coming Lawyer, Nampa

Kinzo H. Mihara, Howard Funke & Associates P.C., Firm Associated Associate, Coeur d’Alene

Richard W. Mollerup, Meuleman Mollerup LLP, Firm Associated Partner, Boise

Christine Neuhoff, St. Luke’s Health System, In-House Counsel, Boise

Kris Ormseth, Stoel Rives LLP, Firm Associated Partner, Boise

Nicole Trammel Pantera, Hawley Troxell Ennis Hawley LLP, Firm Associated Associate, Boise

Alison Perry, Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley LLP, Unsung Hero, Boise

Adam J. Richins, Idaho Power Company, In-House Counsel, Boise

Michael Satz, University of Idaho College of Law, Educator, Moscow

Richard H. Seamon, University of Idaho College of Law, Educator, Moscow

B. Newal Squyres, Holland & Hart LLP, Firm Associated Partner, Boise

Cheryl Thompson, Holland & Hart LLP, Firm Associated Associate, Boise

Joy M. Vega, Jones & Swartz PLLC, Up and Coming Lawyers, Boise

About Jeanne Huff

Jeanne Huff is the special sections editor at IBR, editor of Women of the Year, Accomplished Under 40, CEOs of Influence, Money Makers, Leaders in Law, Corporate Guide to Event Planning as well as editor of custom publications including Welcome to Boise, Dining Decisions, Idaho Heartland Living and Travelog.