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IBR honors 17 as Leaders In Law

Ben Schwartzman, a partner at Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford PLLC, with Cindy Suffa, associate publisher of the Idaho Business Review, at the 2017 Leaders in Law program. Photo by Pete Grady.

The state’s legal hotshots are taking the spotlight for the Idaho Business Review’s 2018 Leaders in Law program.

Past award winners, plus one representing the University of Idaho College of Law, cast their ballots to determine this year’s honorees. Applicants were scored on four dimensions – leadership in their profession, achievements, volunteer work and leadership in the community.

In the end, 17 achievers were selected in eight categories: Associate, Educator, In-House Counsel, Lifetime Achievement, Partner, Sole Practitioner, Unsung Hero and Up-and-Coming Lawyer.

The Lifetime Achievement distinction is given to one person who has demonstrated a track record of success in the legal field. This year, the honor goes to Roy Eiguren, who has held lofty positions in Idaho since 1973, including deputy secretary of state, deputy attorney general and partner at a number of firms. Currently, he leads Eiguren Ellis Public Policy, which helps clients navigate Idaho’s state government and advocate for their issues.

“Roy is an exceptional lawyer and lobbyist,” John McCreedy, president and CEO of The Amalgamated Sugar Company, wrote in his letter of recommendation. “He is always well prepared; he has a keen understanding of the federal and state legislative and regulatory process; and he has consistently delivered outstanding results for our business.”

The 2018 Leaders in Law will be profiled in a publication included with the Idaho Business Review on Nov. 16. The University of Idaho College of Law is the presenting sponsor.


Jon Bauer, Hawley Troxell, Partner

Elizabeth Brandt, University of Idaho, Educator

Jeffrey Brownson, Law Office of Jeffrey Brownson, Sole Practitioner

Roy Eiguren, Eiguren Ellis Public Policy Firm, Lifetime Achievement

Robert Faucher, Holland & Hart, Partner

Debra Groberg, Nevin Benjamin McKay & Bartlett, Up & Coming

James Hovren, Evans Keane, Partner

Clay Karwisch, Holland & Hart, Associate

Franklin Lee, Givens Pursley, Partner

Jamie Moon, Hawley Troxell, Associate

Bryan Norton, Boise Office of the City Attorney, Educator

Chelsea Porter, Hawley Troxell, Associate

Shannon Pearson, Pickens Cozakos, P.A., Up & Coming

Mark Peterson, Hawley Troxell, Partner

Shelli Stewart, Idaho Power Company, Unsung Hero

Jason Stolworthy, Idaho National Laboratory, Unsung Hero

Matthew Wilde, Boise State University, In-House Counsel

About Kim Burgess

Kim Burgess is the editor of the Idaho Business Review.