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Joan E. Callahan

Shareholder

Ms. Callahan’s practice concentrates on administrative law and administrative prosecution, municipality and public entity representation and defense, employment law, education law with an emphasis on higher education, all aspects of civil litigation, and wills, trusts, and probates.

  • Certified Title IX Investigator and Decision-maker.
  • Proven consensus builder, fair broker for multi-member public bodies working with interested parties on contentious issues.
  • Drafted numerous legislative proposals for statutory and regulatory changes that have been codified.
  • Former Registered Lobbyist, and successfully represented clients before the Idaho Legislature, including testifying before several legislative committees.
  • Represented and advised approximately thirty professional licensing boards and governmental entities.
  • Litigated numerous cases through trial and appeal in Idaho state and federal district courts.
  • Successfully handled cases before the Idaho Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, multiple Idaho state administrative boards, and the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.
  • Completed an externship in the Chambers of the Honorable B. Lynn Winmill of the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho.
  • Member of the 2012-2013 Idaho College of Law Economic Development Clinic, winner of the American Planning Association, Idaho Chapter=s 2012 Planning Excellence Award for Best Practice –Area of City Impact Agreements.
  • Member of the 2012 Idaho College of Law Criminal Procedure Moot Court team, winner for the Best Brief for Petitioners.
  • Published Work: Achieving Regulatory Reform by Encouraging Consensus, 56 ADVOCATE, February 2013 at 27 (co-authored with Richard Seamon, University of Idaho).

Education: Juris Doctorate, University of Idaho College of Law, 2013; Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Studies and Psychology, Stanford University, 2004.

Bar Admissions: Idaho 2013; U.S. District Court (Idaho) 2013.

Title IX Training: Investigator; Hearing Officer and Decision-Maker; OCR Title IX Regulations

Roger J. Hales

Of Counsel

Mr. Hales’ practice over the last thirty years has concentrated on client matters involving general business and corporate law, transactions, administrative law, legislative matters, real estate, secured transactions, contracts, employment, and technology agreements. Mr. Hales has represented approximately thirty professional licensing boards and various state, county, municipal governmental entities. His transactional practice has included the purchase and sale of real property, business assets and stock.  He has personally lobbied more than one hundred law changes before the Idaho Legislature, including testifying before relevant Senate and House committees.

  • Clerked for District Court Judge D. Duff McKee of the Idaho Fourth Judicial District.
  • Served as an Ada County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in its Civil Division.
  • Served as hearing officer for actions before the Idaho State Board of Medicine and Idaho Department of Finance.
  • Former registered lobbyist in Idaho.
  • Former commercial counsel for a NASDAQ 100 high tech company.
  • Served on national model legislation committee with the National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA).

Education: Juris Doctorate, University of Idaho College of Law, 1987; Bachelor of Science in Political Science, University of Idaho, 1984.

Bar Admissions: Idaho 1987; U.S. District Court (Idaho) 1987.

 

 

 

Tyler D. Williams

Shareholder

Mr. Williams’ practice concentrates on all aspects of civil litigation and government representation, with a particular emphasis in municipality and public entity defense, general litigation, and administrative prosecution. He also represents and advises private employers, public, and non-profit entities and individuals outside of litigation, including matters involving employment law, transactions, compliance issues, contracts, administrative law, and general representation and legal advice.

  • Litigated numerous cases in state and federal court, including through trial and appeal.
  • Briefed or argued appeals before the Idaho Court of Appeals, Idaho Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
  • Successfully defended cases before the Idaho Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and multiple Idaho state administrative agencies.
  • Volunteer attorney for Family Advocates in the Court Appointed Guardian ad Litem Program (CASA) and serve on its Attorney Advisory Panel.
  • Served as a volunteer attorney coach, Capitol High School Mock Trial Team.
  • Served as a volunteer pro tem judge, Ada County Youth Court.
  • Served as a volunteer attorney for Ada County Juvenile Court Services, Attendance Court.
  • Clerked for the Honorable Patrick H. Owen of the Idaho Fourth Judicial District, August 2010 through April 2012.
  • Member of the executive board of the Gonzaga Journal of International Law, supervising articles editor.
  • Completed a two-year internship at a plaintiff-oriented litigation firm in Spokane, Washington, during law school.

Education: Juris Doctorate, cum laude, Gonzaga University School of Law, 2010; Bachelor=s Degree in History, Utah State University, 2005.

Bar Admissions: Idaho 2010; U.S. District Court (Idaho) 2012; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2013; United States Supreme Court 2015.

Kirtlan G. Naylor

Of Counsel

Mr. Naylor has extensive litigation and appellate experience, and consults and advises in areas of municipality and public entity defense, civil rights defense, employment law, governmental liability, prisoner’s rights defense, law enforcement liability, and general litigation. He also provides extensive legal advice on employment issues and provides investigative services for employment law, law enforcement matters, and most areas requiring an independent perspective.

  • Served as an Ada County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Criminal Division.
  • Former Chairman and member of the Governor’s Task Force on Children at Risk 2000-2016.
  • Idaho Law Foundation, served as the Chairman of Law-Related Education Committee and on numerous committees.
  • 1997 recipient of the Idaho State Bar Pro Bono Award for his extensive service for the Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem Program (CASA) for abused children since 1988.
  • Significant cases include: Garcia v. Brockway, 526 F.3d 456 (9th Cir. 2008); Mueller v. Auker I, 576 F.3d 979 (9th Cir. 2009); Mueller v. Auker II, 700 F.3d 1180 (9th Cir. 2012); Athay v. Stacey, 146 Idaho 407, 196 P.3d 325 (2008); Billington v. Smith, 292 F.3d 1177 (2002).

Education: Juris Doctorate, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 1986; Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Brigham Young University, 1983.

Bar Admissions: Idaho 1986; U.S. District Court (Idaho) 1986; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 1993; United States Supreme Court 2002.

 

Jake H. Naylor

Shareholder

Mr. Naylor’s practice concentrates on municipality and public entity representation and defense, law enforcement litigation, employment law, and administrative law. Mr. Naylor joined the firm in 2011.

  • Successfully defended cases before the Idaho Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and multiple Idaho state administrative agencies.
  • Argued or briefed cases for prevailing parties before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Served a one‑year clerkship with the Honorable Cheri C. Copsey of the Idaho Fourth Judicial District.
  • Completed externships with the Idaho Fourth Judicial District and the U.S. Attorney=s Office for the District of Idaho.
  • Serves as Board Member for Idaho Parents Unlimited, Inc.
  • Idaho Bar Government & Public Sector Lawyers Section At-Large Board Member
  • Former Member of American Inns of Court
  • Member of the 2010 Idaho College of Law Evidentiary Moot Court Team; Distinguished Scholar: James E. Rogers Scholarship Recipient.

Education: Juris Doctorate, University of Idaho College of Law, 2010; Bachelor’s Degree, Brigham Young University, 2007.

Bar Admissions: Idaho 2010; U.S. District Court (Idaho) 2011; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Eric F. Nelson

Shareholder

Mr. Nelson serves as the prosecuting attorney for over 30 professional licensing agencies while also providing advice on regulatory compliance and administrative enforcement matters. Additionally, his practice incorporates all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on municipality and public entity representation and defense, employment law, and real estate law. Mr. Nelson joined the firm in 2010.

  • Successfully prosecuted dozens of professional licensees in contested case hearings before administrative hearing officers and through the judicial review process.
  • Negotiated and drafted hundreds of settlement agreements with professional licensees for various statutory and regulatory violations.
  • Argued and briefed cases before all federal and state courts in Idaho including the Idaho Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Successfully litigated civil rights cases involving constitutional claims, personal injury, Idaho’s “whistle blower” statute, First Amendment free speech, and wrongful termination.
  • Successfully defended employers before the Idaho Human Rights Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against unwarranted allegations of retaliation, sexual harassment, and discrimination.
  • Volunteer attorney for Family Advocates in the Court Appointed Guardian ad Litem Program (CASA).
  • Served a two-year clerkship for the Honorable John A. Manglona of the Supreme Court of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Member of Creighton University Law Review, Moot Court Team, and Mock Trial Team; national runner-up and regional champion in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition based on arguments presented before judges seated on the United States Courts of Appeal.

Education: Juris Doctorate, cum laude, Creighton University School of Law, 2007; Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, Brigham Young University‑Idaho, 2004.

Bar Admissions: Idaho 2007; U.S. District Court (Idaho) 2010; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2011.

Landon S. Brown

Shareholder

Mr. Brown’s practice concentrates on municipality and public entity representation and defense, real estate, land use, planning and zoning, business and real estate transactions and litigation, employment law, general litigation, and administrative law. Mr. Brown joined the firm in 2014.

  • Provides legal counsel on land use issues to local government entities.
  • Represents government entities and applicants with planning and zoning issues, including subdivisions, vacations, and planned community applications.
  • Provides legal counsel regarding title issues, property boundary disputes, and foreclosure/evictions.
  • Litigated numerous cases in state and federal court.
  • Briefed and argued prevailing appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Handled cases before the Idaho Human Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Idaho’s professional licensing agencies.
  • Volunteer attorney for Family Advocates in the Court Appointed Guardian ad Litem Program (CASA).
  • Clerked for the Honorable David W. Gratton of the Idaho Court of Appeals, 2012‑2014.
  • Managing Editor of the Idaho Law Review and member of the D. Craig Lewis Trial Team.

Education: Juris Doctorate, cum laude, University of Idaho College of Law, 2012; Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Brigham Young University‑Idaho, 2009.

Bar Admissions: Idaho 2012; U.S. District Court (Idaho) 2014; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 2014.