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Hawley Troxell elects new equity partners

Hawley Troxell has announced that attorneys Mindy Muller, Ben Ritchie, Marvin K. Smith and Brent R. Wilson have been elected as equity partners in the firm.

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Mindy Muller

Mindy Muller (Boise Office) is a defense attorney representing clients against negligence claims for personal injury and economic loss, including premise liability, professional malpractice and general failure to exercise care. She also represents clients in matters involving contract disputes. She has helped obtain orders dismissing claims and has helped settle other cases. She understands how to value claims, how to reduce liability exposure with experts, and how to get legal matters resolved. She also understands how to read and interpret medical records, insurance policies, and contracts.

Muller served on Launch Ministries Inc.’s  board of directors from 2010-2015, as well was a volunteer from 2008-2015 for the First Baptist Church Refugee Ministry.  She is a graduate of Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Boise class of 2013-1015.  She serves as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate attorney representing abused and neglected children.  She received her J.D. from University of Idaho College of Law and her B.A. summa cum laude from Biola University.

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Ben Ritchie

Ben Ritchie (Idaho Falls Office) is a litigator specializing in insurance and liability defense and employment law. He provides coverage analysis for insurance companies; defends insurance companies against claims of breach of contract and bad faith; defends employers against claims under the ADA, FMLA, other employment laws; defends trucking companies in truck accident litigation; defends product manufacturers for claims relating to asbestos exposure and other product liability claims and defends landowners against claims for premises liability. In addition to his litigation experience, he also advises employers on employment matters, including paid time off, workplace harassment, drug policies and termination issues. He also advises trucking companies on human resource issues, regulatory compliance and freight brokerage issues.

Ritchie is on the Habitat for Humanity Idaho Falls Board of Directors, as well as serving as president of the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel.  He is a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate attorney in the Seventh District Court representing abused and neglected children.  He is also a pro bono attorney for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Association, and is a youth baseball coach.  He served on the Idaho State Bar Litigation Section Governing Council from 2014-2017.  He is a graduate of the Idaho Academy of Leadership for lawyers, class of 2011-2012, inaugural class. He received his J.D.  from University of Idaho College of Law and his B.A. from Idaho State University.

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Marvin K. Smith

Marvin K. Smith (Idaho Falls Office) is a native of Idaho Falls and concentrates his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, hospital law, collections, personal injury, employment law and wrongful death.  He defends hospitals and physicians through the pre-litigation and litigation stages of a medical malpractice action. He has litigation experience in both federal and state court as well as representing clients before the Idaho Human Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has written several appellate briefs to both the Idaho Supreme Court and U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and has appeared m before the Idaho Supreme Court.

Smith is on the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce board of directors and is an assistant master for the Boys Scouts of America.  He also coaches youth basketball and baseball. He received his J.D. from the University of Idaho College of Law and was on the Board of Editors, Idaho Law Review.  He received his B.A. cum laude in English Literature from Boise State University. 

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Brent R. Wilson

Brent R. Wilson (Boise Office) concentrates his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and finance.  He represents secured and unsecured creditors in the chapter 7, chapter 11, chapter 12 and chapter 13 processes, defends creditor proof of claims, represents creditors in adversary proceedings and represents creditors in exception to discharge and objection to discharge cases. He also represents a chapter 7 trustee in adversary proceedings and other matters.

In addition to creditor and trustee experience, Wilson has represented both individual and business debtors in chapter 7 liquidation proceedings and chapter 11 reorganizations. Among other cases, as lead counsel, he confirmed two individual chapter 11 plans over the objection of creditors in the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Wilson represents lenders in the documentation and due diligence necessary for securitized lending, compliance with Idaho’s commercial lending laws and regulations, loan documentation and collection. In addition, He has experience in perfecting security interests pursuant to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He received his J.D. from the John Marshall Law School cum laude and was on the Editorial Board, student publications editor, The John Marshall Law Review.  He received his B.A. from Indiana University.

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