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Sixth annual event honors Idaho law leaders

The 2018 class of Leaders In Law at the awards event on Nov. 15. Photo by Pete Grady.

About 150 people attended the Idaho Business Review’s sixth Leaders in Law event on Nov. 15 to honor 17 law professionals.

Nominated by their colleagues, reviewed by their peers and, ultimately, chosen by their own community, this year’s honorees represent “icons in the profession and those becoming icons,” said Jerrold A. Long, dean of the University of Idaho College of Law during the awards event on the 17th floor of the Eighth & Main building in downtown Boise.

Long delivered the welcoming speech to this year’s winners, who excelled in categories such as partner, associate, up-and-coming lawyer, sole practitioner, in-house counsel, educator, unsung hero and lifetime achievement.

To date, including this year’s award winners, the Idaho Business Review has honored 115 Leaders in Law, including six who have merited the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. They are Donald L. Burnett, Jr., the former interim president of the University of Idaho; Lawrence G. Wasden, Idaho attorney general; Scott D. Hess, of counsel for Holland & Hart; Linda Copple Trout, former Idaho Supreme Court justice; Candy Wagahoff Dale, U.S. Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the District of Idaho; and, this year, Roy Eiguren, a partner with the Eiguren Ellis Public Policy firm.

Eiguren took a few minutes to reflect on his career, noting, tongue-in-cheek, that he thought the award was “given posthumously.”

With family, friends and colleagues on hand, Eiguren, who has worked as a former official at the local, state and federal levels, said that he “greatly admires the services that lawyers provide to all of us in that context.”

Another form of service that a vast majority of lawyers provide is through their roles in charitable, philanthropic and other community organizations, said Eiguren, who is chairman of the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho. He noted that of the current members of the board, four of the 15 directors are lawyers.

Eiguren also paid tribute to his family’s humble roots in the Basque Region of Spain, a place his father left  during a time of political repression.

“My dad journeyed from Spain to a nation of economic and political freedom,” said Eiguren. When he arrived at the railroad depot in Boise, he had ten bucks in his pocket and a cardboard suitcase.

“What a stark difference his difficult journey made – in his life and that of our family – to leave a country with a repressive regime to a nation founded on the rule of law,” noted his son proudly.


2018 Idaho Business Review Leaders in Law

Jon Bauer, partner, Hawley Troxell, partner category

Liz Brandt, professor of law, University of Idaho, educator category

Jeffrey Brownson, Law office of Jeffrey Brownson, sole practitioner category

Roy Eiguren, partner, Eiguren Ellis Public Policy firm, lifetime achievement category

Robert Faucher, partner, Holland & Hart, partner category

Debra Groberg, associate attorney, Nevin, Benjamin, McKay & Bartlett, up & coming lawyer category

James D. Hovren, partner, Evans Keane, partner category

Clay Karwisch, associate attorney, Holland & Hart, associate category

Franklin G. Lee, partner, Givens Pursley, partner category

Jamie Moon, associate, Hawely Troxell, associate category

Bryan Norton, Boise office of the City Attorney, educator category

Shannon Pearson, associate attorney, Pickens Cozakos, up & coming lawyer category

Mark Peterson, partner, Hawley Troxwell, partner category

Chelsea Porter, associate attorney, Hawley Troxell, associate category

Shelli Stewart, senior counsel, Idaho Power Company, unsung hero category

Jason Stolworthy, director, technology deployment, Idaho National Laboratory, unsung hero category

Matthew Wilde, general counsel, Boise State University, in-house counsel category

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