Current Positions: Retired state district court judge on senior status. Engaged in a private law practice limited to alternative dispute resolution services. Holds an “AV” peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers in ADR specialty. Recipient of Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award.
Professional overview: -- August 2000 to Present:
--- Approximately 80% of time is devoted to private ADR assignments, the majority being mediation of civil cases. Has mediated in excess of 2,000 civil cases from 1985 through 2015. Was an American Arbitration Association panel member on the Commercial, Construction, and Employment panels through 2013. Is listed on rosters of Idaho Supreme Court and Idaho Federal District Courtmediators for civil case mediation. Other ADR work has included assignments as special discovery master, special master in probate, and administrative hearing officer. --- Approximately 20% of time is devoted to judicial service as senior district court judge, consisting of trial and appellate cases as designated by the IdahoSupreme Court.
-- July 1985 – August 2000: State District Court Judge, Fourth Judicial District, State of Idaho. Chambered in Boise, Idaho. The district court is the trial court of general jurisdiction in Idaho. Handled an all-civil case calendar for last 10 years of this time. -- June 1964 – July 1985: Private practice of law, Boise, Idaho. Private practice generally concentrated on business and business litigation.
Advanced Mediation Training, University of Idaho Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution, May 1998, May 2005, May 2007. Basic Mediation Training, University of Idaho Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution, May 1997. Arbitrator II (advanced) Training, American Arbitration Association, San Francisco, November 2002. Arbitrator I (basic) Training, American Arbitration Association, Los Angeles, November 2001. Over 300 additional hours in continuing education seminars inaddition to basic and advanced training.
Idaho State Bar, 1964 to present. Member of the federal bar for the Federal District Court of Idaho, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Tax Court.
Idaho District Judges Association; Idaho State Bar Association (Sections on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation); American Bar Association (Sections on Dispute Resolution,Judiciary and Litigation); Association for Conflict Resolution; Bencher Emeritus, Boise Chapter of American Inns of Court (Founding member of Boise Chapter; Counselor of the Inn, 1990 – 2000.) National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
Education: --- Undergraduate: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. 1957 – 1959; University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 1959 – 1961 (B.S., Business, 1961) Undergraduate major is in accounting with minor in economics; passed entirety of CPA examination as an undergraduate in 1961.
--- Legal: University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho (J.D. 1964). Recipient of Wm Borah Award for academic excellence; member, Intercollegiate Moot Court Team; member, Idaho Law Review.