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Hawley Troxell adds five attorneys to legal firm

This article was updated on November 5 to correct a misspelling.

Hawley Troxell has announced five new attorneys, three of whom are new graduates and two with a few years of practicing law. Joining the firm are Fernando Aceves, Noah Bush, Amy Knight, Patrick Ngalamulume, and Nicole O’Toole.

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Fernando Aceves

Fernando Aceves, recently joined from Michigan, is originally from Coeur D’Alene. Aceves provides employee benefits and executive compensation counsel to publicly owned, nonprofit, private and government employers. He will focus his practice on providing ERISA, IRC, DOL, PPACA, COBRA and HIPAA compliance advice for qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans. He will be working closely under the guidance and mentorship of partner John C. Hughes. Fernando received his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School in 2018.

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Noah Bush

Noah Bush is a litigation attorney. Prior to joining Hawley Troxell, Bush served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Roger S. Burdick of the Idaho Supreme Court. Bush received his J.D. from the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he graduated with high honors, and served as associate editor on the Utah Law Review, as well as served on the Utah Law Review’s executive board. Bush was a top performer in the moot-court competition and was selected to compete for the school’s trial-advocacy team. He also received the CALI award for the highest grade in employment law, and outstanding academic achievement in evidence.

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Amy Knight

Amy M. J. Knight is an associate attorney in the real estate and banking practice groups, and a recent graduate of Concordia University-Portland’s School of Law in Boise, receiving her J.D., magna cum laude, as a non-traditional student. While studying law and taking courses at night, Knight worked full-time for the firm and, prior to 2018, in the in-house legal department of a local commercial real estate lender, earning CALI awards and Dean’s List honors along the way. Knight previously earned her bachelor’s degree and paralegal degree from Boise State University in night school, also while working full-time. Her unusual career-and-education path spans 20 long and determined years. Knight has volunteered for many Treasure Valley charitable causes, including the Girl Scouts of Silver Sage Council, for which she led all of the troops in the Canyon County area.

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Patrick Ngalamulume

Patrick Ngalamulume is an associate attorney and recent graduate of the University of Idaho College of Law, where he received his J.D. in May 2020. Ngalamulume was vice president of the Black Law Student Association. During law school, Ngalamulume was also the Student Ambassador, promoting and representing the Boise Law Campus to prospective students. He was also active with the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic during his 2019–2020 academic year where he successfully assisted a client with trademark prosecution, which was then published with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. While in the ELC, Ngalamulume worked on transactional legal matters and provided assistance to business owners and entrepreneurs in Idaho. Further, Ngalamulume assisted a local nonprofit with drafting a website terms of service, release of liability, and confidentiality agreement. He presented an intellectual property protection overview to Healthwise, Inc. Ngalamulume speaks several languages including English, Nyanja and Swahili.<

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Nikki O’Toole

Nikki O’Toole is an associate attorney and recent graduate of the University of Idaho’s College of Law, where she received her J.D in May 2020. While in school, O’Toole was a managing editor of the Idaho Critical Legal Studies Journal and a student attorney for University of Idaho’s Federal Low-Income Tax Clinic, where she worked closely with clients in their disputes with the IRS. Before joining Hawley Troxell, O’Toole worked as a legal intern for a local company’s in-house counsel in the health care field. Prior to law school, O’Toole spent over six years as an independent consultant in the retail industry training talent, developing market trends and implementing client vision, successfully developing over 30 client relationships. Further, O’Toole has experience as the owner of a small, e-commerce business, with expertise in international product sourcing, design, packaging and marketing. O’Toole has volunteered as an intermediary with Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, as well as the Intermountain Fair Housing Council where she assisted with legal research and drafting memoranda. She is also involved with the special needs community as a support broker and advocate for children in Medicaid’s developmental disability program.

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