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Today, clients seeking legal services are looking for experienced attorneys who can offer not just specialized knowledge in a given area of the law, but more structure, collaboration and predictability to the delivery of legal services. It is not enough to know what the law is; it has to be applied by an experienced attorney in the best way to efficiently achieve the best result under the circumstances presented. At Powers Tolman Farley, we know how to deliver those expectations and have the experienced trial attorneys to do it. All three named partners of the firm are longstanding Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a testament to the firm’s trial experience. Click on the links below to learn more about the attorneys in our office.

Boise Attorneys

Ray has practiced law for 35 years and has tried over 60 cases to jury verdict in every part of the state. Ray understands the art of persuasion having prevailed in the great majority of those jury trials. Many of those verdicts involved complex medical issues and significant injuries to the plaintiff. He possesses knowledge of the Idaho medical community that allows him to manage the medical issues arising in any civil tort complaint. Ray assists a host of savvy purchasers of legal services including insurers and hospitals. Ray also represents individuals who have sustained traumatic brain and spine injuries drawing upon his understanding of the medicine involved in those injuries.
Ray’s trial skills are well known throughout the community and he is sought out by doctors, lawyers and other professionals when they face challenges to their professional judgment.

Contact Raymond: rdp@powerstolman.com

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Raymond D. Powers

Partner

Ray Powers has practiced in Boise, Idaho, since 1981. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including complex litigation, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, professional licensing and privileging matters, personal injury and products liability. Mr. Powers is a trial lawyer with a successful record of trying and winning a broad spectrum of cases, including class actions against medical devices. His jury trial experience is extensive and encompasses a wide range of matters, from defending insureds in auto accident cases, corporate retailers in premises liability suits, product manufacturers in personal injury claims, architects in malpractice suits and breach of contract claims, to representing physicians in mult-million-dollar brain damaged baby cases.

For 2019, Mr. Powers was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of the Year in Boise in Product Liability Litigation-Defendants. He has defended pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers throughout his career in multistate litigation and class actions. His litigation experience ranges from contraceptive devices to pharmaceuticals to orthopedic implants.

Mr. Powers holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). He is annually recognized as a Mountain States Super Lawyer since 2010. He was named The Best Lawyers’ Boise Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in 2011. He is annually selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America for his litigation skills and experience, particularly his work in the fields of defending medical malpractice, personal injury, and products liability actions throughout the state of Idaho, and has been included in the 2013 Best Lawyers in America, 19th Edition, in these practice areas. He appears as an invited guest speaker on medical malpractice issues for Medical Insurance Exchange of California and for The Doctors Company.

EDUCATION

  • B.A., Alfred University, 1978
  • J.D., Ohio Northern University, 1981

Affiliations:

  • Admitted, all Idaho state courts
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Admitted, all Washington state courts
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Former Member, Idaho Brain Injury Association
  • Former Member, Board of Directors of the University of Washington Family Practice Residency Program

 

Don has been in private practice for 40 years and has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict for both plaintiffs and defendants with great success. Don understands the trucking industry, motor carrier and driver practices, and safety standards. Don has been a leader in defending product liability lawsuits during his career. Insurers seek his advice in suits throughout the State relating to fire cause and origin analysis.
Don has also developed the firm’s business law practice. He assists clients in the sale and acquisition of businesses and business assets. He works closely with the auto dealer and manufacturer industry. He appreciates the legal entities for business and professional practices which may be best suited to a client’s needs, and how to prepare the best governing documents for them. He understands how to handle business disputes to achieve a successful or negotiated resolution. He is also well versed in the obligations ERISA laws and regulations impose on business owners and fiduciaries. He knows how to reasonably protect a business and business owners’ interests against the loss of intellectual property, trade secrets or customers, as well as employer and employee rights in the event of termination or departure.

Contact Donald: djf@powerstolman.com

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Donald J. Farley

Donald J. Farley has practiced in Boise, Idaho, since 1975. He successfully brought to trial numerous cases in aviation, premises liability, truck and auto collisions, machine and equipment failure, pneumatic nailer cases, fire and property damage cases, intellectual property disputes, employment cases, commercial and business disputes and contract claims, and insurance coverage cases.

In the fall of 2003, Mr. Farley was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Farley is a member of the American Bar Association, its Tort and Insurance Practice and Litigation Sections, and the ABA’s Committee on Product Liability Litigation. He was named lawyer of the year in Product Liability Litigation in 2011 by Best Lawyers. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, and serves on its Casualty Insurance, Product Liability and Business Litigation Committees. He served on the committee that drafted the Idaho Rules of Evidence and is a former law clerk to the Honorable J. Blaine Anderson, District Judge, United States District Court for the District of Idaho. Mr. Farley also has been a lecturer and a contributing author to various programs sponsored by the Idaho Law Foundation and the National Business Institute.

Mr. Farley was a founding shareholder of Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton, P.A., in practice from 1988 to 2012. He served as the firm’s managing shareholder. Mr. Farley will continue to maintain his commitment to his clients at Powers Tolman Farley.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, University of Idaho, 1970
  • J.D., University of Idaho, 1973

Affiliations:

  • Admitted, All Idaho state and federal courts
  • Admitted, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Idaho State Bar Association
  • Member, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Jim understands the business and law of insurance as well as any lawyer in Idaho. This knowledge, combined with his litigation skills and thoughtful analysis, makes him the choice of some of Idaho’s largest insurance companies seeking guidance and advice in coverage analysis, policy interpretation, and bad faith litigation. Jim is called upon to train claims representatives and staff on best practices in handling claims in Idaho. Sorting through coverage issues or making decisions in claims handling requires timely and efficient advice, Jim provides that service. Jim is also an experienced trial lawyer, having tried several cases to juries and arbitration panels. Jim’s trial experience crosses a broad spectrum of cases involving motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, contract disputes, construction defects, fire losses, as well as insurance contract and bad faith litigation.

Contact James: jst@powerstolman.com

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James S. Thomson, II

Jim Thomson has practiced law in Idaho since 1997, representing individuals and businesses in a variety of legal disputes. For the past 15 years, Mr. Thomson’s practice has focused on general civil litigation, and has included serving clients in matters involving insurance breach of contract and bad faith, personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation claims, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, product defects, construction defects, construction disputes, contract disputes, civil rights issues, professional malpractice, medical & dental malpractice, professional board licensing actions, as well as error and omission claims against insurance agents. In addition to guiding and managing hundreds of disputes through pre-trial litigation, including negotiated resolutions and mediation, Mr. Thomson is an experienced trial lawyer, having tried several cases to juries and arbitration panels.

Mr. Thomson is uniquely qualified in the area of insurance coverage and bad faith law, having developed extensive experience evaluating coverage matters, as well as handling coverage and bad faith related litigation arising under both personal and commercial insurance policies. Through his experience Mr. Thomson has developed a vast knowledge base that includes a comprehensive understanding of insurance company operations and claims-handling practices, problems arising in claim-handling that can lead to breach of contract and bad faith-related claims, as well as numerous insurance policy coverage-related issues that arise across the spectrum of commercial and personal lines policies. Mr. Thomson’s insurance coverage practice has included insurance coverage litigation (declaratory judgment actions, breach of contract and bad faith claims) in both state and federal courts, insurance policy analysis and interpretation, examinations under oath, addressing various coverage issues arising under automobile and homeowner policies, commercial general liability policies (including construction defect litigation), professional liability policies, and umbrella/excess policies, as well as advising and training on insurance claims and underwriting practices, assistance in drafting proposed legislation affecting the insurance industry, and insurance policy drafting assistance.

Through his other broad range of experience, Mr. Thomson has developed knowledge of motor vehicle accident investigation and reconstruction techniques, fire investigations, causation of various physical and mental injuries and resulting damages, as well as construction methods, contracts, project management and claims pertaining to construction defects. Mr. Thomson has successfully represented home builders and other general contractors and subcontractors on matters ranging from injury claims to construction defect claims valued at several million dollars. Mr. Thomson’s personal injury practice also includes knowledge of work-related injuries and workers’ compensation claims. Mr. Thomson has attended the advanced level training for workers’ compensation professionals offered by the Idaho Industrial Commission.

Mr. Thomson joined the legal profession in 1997 and first came to Idaho as an active duty attorney with the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Department, stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. As an Air Force attorney, he prosecuted criminal cases before military courts-martial and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Idaho. He also worked in a variety of civil practice areas, including environmental law and government contract law. Mr. Thomson and his family made Idaho their home, and he departed the Air Force to begin his practice in civil litigation in late 2000.

Education:

  • B.S. in Business Administration, University of Florida, 1990
  • J.D. with Honors, University of Memphis, 1996

Affiliations:

  • Admitted, all Idaho state courts
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted, U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Litigation
  • Member, American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member, American Bar Association Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee
  • Member, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Idaho State Bar Workers' Compensation Section (Mr. Thomson has also attended the Idaho Industrial Commission's advanced level training for workers’ compensation professionals) Member, Boise Adjuster’s Association (Past President (2009 and 2015))

Other Memberships / Activities

  • Streamliner Aquatics Board of Directors (Secretary, Sept. 2015 – Present)
  • Member, U.S. Masters Swimming

Presentations:

  • Defense of automobile injury cases
  • Insurance agent loss prevention
  • Discovery skills
  • Various client presentations on insurance coverage and bad faith-related topics

Portia is a native of Eastern Idaho. She and her family maintain business interests in Ashton, Idaho, where they continue to operate the same family seed potato farm she grew up on. Her experience with agriculture and understanding of farm related issues, combined with her litigation skills, make her uniquely suited to advise the firm’s clients in Southern and Eastern Idaho in farm and agricultural business disputes. Portia is lead counsel in several cases involving the business of farming.
Portia’s interest in medicine has resulted in an understanding of the body and the mechanisms of injury and has led to her recognition by the medical community as one of the firm’s leaders in health care law. Hospitals, physicians, nurses, and allied health care professionals know her to be the lawyer who can guide them through the challenging maze that defines the delivery of health care today, including appearances before state boards, agencies, and departments in disciplinary and licensure proceedings. Portia has tried a range of cases to a jury as both primary and secondary trial counsel. She has the experience to manage the most complex jury trial.

Contact Portia: plr@powerstolman.com

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Portia L. Rauer

Portia Rauer is a native of eastern Idaho and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of General Studies degree in 2003. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Idaho, College of Law in 2005. During law school, Ms. Rauer was Editor-in-Chief of the Idaho Law Review, vice-president of the Women’s Law Caucus, and winner of the Idaho State Bar Water Law Writing Competition.

She joined Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton as an associate in September 2005, with over 15 years of experience in the legal field. Before attending law school, Ms. Rauer was a paralegal in a general practice law firm in Rexburg, Idaho, where she gained knowledge in water law, real estate transactions, probate, and litigation.

Ms. Rauer is licensed to practice law in all courts of the State of Idaho, the State of Washington, the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, the United States District Court for the District of Eastern Washington, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Idaho State Bar, the Washington State Bar, and Idaho Women Lawyers. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on healthcare litigation; professional licensing, credentialing, and privileging matters for healthcare providers; professional liability claims; commercial and casualty litigation; product liability; and agriculture and employment law.

Throughout her legal career, Ms. Rauer has participated in over two dozen bench and jury trials. In addition, she has participated in a number of appeals before the Idaho State Supreme Court. Ms. Rauer also has experience in governmental relations as a registered lobbyist having appeared before the Idaho Legislature on healthcare issues.

Affiliations:

  • Admitted, All Idaho state courts
  • Admitted, All Washibgton state courts
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court for the District of Eastern Washington
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Idaho Bar Association
  • Member, Washington Bar Association
  • Member, Idaho Women Lawyers
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Boise Adjusters Association

Publications:

Portia Jenkins & John J. Burke, The Battle Continues … The New FDA Preemption Preamble, FOR THE DEFENSE, July 2007, at 40-46.

 

Mark litigates catastrophic, traumatic injury cases. Mark’s knowledge of traumatic injury to the spine and brain differentiates him from most lawyers. He works closely with the health care providers delivering care to those who experience traumatic injury and is able to manage the causation and proof challenges that are required in the litigation of these complex cases. Whether he is defending a trucking company following a horrific accident, or advocating for the interest of an injured individual, Mark applies his experience and knowledge to get the best possible result for the client. Mark represents both plaintiffs and defendants and his knowledge of both sides of litigation allows him to anticipate the opponent’s strategy in all phases of litigation.

Contact Mark: mjo@powerstolman.com

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Mark J. Orler

Partner

Mark counsels clients on a variety of complex civil litigation issues. Mark began practicing law in 2006 and associated with the firm upon its formation in 2008. He is a native of Billings, Montana, and graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science (Biology) degree and a Bachelor of History degree in 1995. Prior to attending law school, Mark co-founded a technical recruiting firm dedicated to pairing professionals in the hi-tech industry with emerging technology companies located in Silicon Valley. He worked in that industry for approximately seven years, gaining invaluable and practical real world experience.

After several years as a small business owner, Mark returned to school as a non-traditional student to earn his law degree. He received his Juris Doctorate degree with honors from the University of Idaho, College of Law in 2006. During law school, Mark was a member of the Idaho Law Review. Mark is admitted to practice law in all courts of the State of Idaho and the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.

His practice at Powers Tolman Farley focuses on complex civil litigation issues, with an emphasis on personal injury, trucking, wrongful death, brain injury, sexual abuse and insurance litigation. During his nine plus years of litigation practice, Mark has participated in jury trials and appeals before the Idaho State Supreme Court. Overall, he has been exposed to a wide variety of matters and his strength is his ability to understand the facts and applicable law governing the dispute at hand to obtain a successful resolution on behalf of his clients. Mark is ready to put that knowledge to work on behalf of the clients he has the honor and privilege of representing.

Education:

  • B.S. in Biology and B.A. in History, University of Montana
  • J.D. with Honors, University of Idaho, 2006

Affiliations:

  • Admitted, all Idaho state courts
  • Admitted, U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member, Idaho State Bar Business & Corporate Law, Litigation and Young Lawyers Practice Sections
  • Member, Boise Adjusters Association
  • Member, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel

Joyce manages all forms of civil litigation, from trial work to arbitration practice. She utilizes her broad experience to get the results our clients expect. Joyce has exceptional writing skills and is able to craft arguments to persuade the decision maker in favor of our clients. Joyce has been intimately involved in preparing cases for trial, arbitration, and mediation, working with experts to support our clients, and successfully arguing motions before the court. Joyce actively manages a variety of cases in Northern and Western Idaho.

Contact Joyce: jah@powerstolman.com

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Joyce A. Hemmer

Joyce A. Hemmer has practiced in Idaho since 2005. Ms. Hemmer received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication (News and Editorial Sequence) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. She earned her law degree at William & Mary School of Law in 2005. While in law school, she clerked for the Honorable Richard L. Voorhees, U.S. District Court Judge for the Fourth Judicial District, interned for the Virginia Court of Appeals Chief Staff Attorney, and served as Articles Editor for the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review.

Following law school, Ms. Hemmer moved to Idaho with her husband, a Boise native, and served as law clerk for the Honorable Joel D. Horton, District Judge for the Fourth Judicial District of Idaho, from August 2005 to June 2006. She joined the law firm of Brassey, Wetherell & Crawford as an associate in June 2006, and associated with Powers Tolman Farley, PLLC, in January 2010. Ms. Hemmer’s practice focuses on insurance defense, complex litigation, professional liability, products liability and healthcare law.

Education:

  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002
  • J.D., William & Mary School of Law, 2005

Affiliations:

  • Admitted: All Idaho State Courts
  • Admitted: U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Admitted: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member: Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member: Idaho State Bar Association
  • Member: Boise Adjusters Association

Since joining the firm in April 2013, Dustin has investigated and handled every aspect of preparing a case for trial. He has experience in the investigation of accidents, analyses of injuries sustained, and the need for future care. He has also worked with a variety of experts to understand not only how an accident occurs, but also the medicine involved in treatment of the injury. Dustin has successfully briefed and argued a wide array of motions, including complex motions for summary judgment.

Dustin is a native of the area, growing up in Emmett, and through that gained a wealth of knowledge regarding large equipment, farming practices, and general hard work. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.S. in political science and earned his law degree from the University of Idaho in 2011. After law school, Dustin clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge David W. Gratton of the Idaho Court of Appeals.

Contact Dustin: wdc@powerstolman.com

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W. Dustin Charters

Dustin is a native of the area, growing up in Emmett, and through that gained a wealth of knowledge regarding large equipment, farming practices, and general hard work. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a B.S. in political science and earned his law degree from the University of Idaho in 2011. After law school, Dustin clerked for the Honorable Chief Judge David W. Gratton of the Idaho Court of Appeals.

Education:

  • B.A. in Political Science, Gonzaga University, 2008
  • J.D., University of Idaho, 2011

Affiliations:

  • Admitted: All Idaho State Courts
  • Member: Idaho State Bar Business & Corporate Law

John represents a wide range of clients in all aspects of civil litigation. His clients include numerous businesses and individuals in the areas of corporate law, employment law, real estate development, insurance law and health care law. He has been in practice since 2000 and has extensive trial experience.

Contact John: jmh@powerstolman.com

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John M. Howell

John is a graduate of Saint John’s University in Minnesota. John continued his education at the University of Idaho College of Law, graduating in 2000. While in law school John worked on Governor Phil Batt’s staff, the Federal Defenders of Eastern Washington and Idaho, and also externed for the Honorable Edward J. Lodge of the Federal District of Idaho. Following law school John served as law clerk for the Honorable Cheri C. Copsey in the Fourth Judicial District for the State of Idaho. John entered private practice thereafter.

John’s practice focuses upon business litigation and tort defense, including products liability and medical malpractice. He also has an active real estate, employment and corporate law practice. John further represents trusts and trustees in contested estate issues and handles collection actions for various creditors throughout Idaho. He serves on the Criminal Justice Act Panel in Federal Court. He is a frequent presenter to other lawyers for continuing legal education. John is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and all Idaho state courts.

Outside of the office John enjoys family time with his wife and four children. He is active in the Idaho hockey community and coaches teams that travel throughout the United States and Western Canada. John also serves as the Hockey Director and board member for the Idaho Jr. Steelheads hockey program.

Andrew has been a practicing lawyer since 2016 and is quickly establishing himself as an aggressive and successful litigator. Despite his relatively short professional career, Andrew has already taken several cases to trial. Prior to joining Powers Tolman Farley as an associate, he practiced in Salt Lake City, Utah handling a wide variety of matters ranging from small claims matters to a million-dollar real estate dispute. Andrew’s signature victory was the successful reversal of a half-million judgment wrongfully imposed on his client.

Contact Andrew: ajl@powerstolman.com

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Andrew J. LaPorta

Andrew is an Idaho native and graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho. He attended law school at the University of Idaho and graduated from the University of Utah College of Law. It was during his time at the University of Utah where he became engaged in the study of medical injuries and their relation to the law. Andrew’s final legal thesis was the analysis of medical malpractice forms throughout the United States.

After law school, Andrew served as the law clerk for the Honorable Joel E. Tingey of the Idaho Seventh Judicial District where he developed an appetite for legal research and writing, and, more importantly, the nuances of how to successfully litigate a case. Andrew’s practice will focus on complex civil litigation.

Education:

  • B.S. in History, Brigham Young University-Idaho, 2011
  • J.D. University of Utah, 2014

Affiliations:

  • Admitted in all Idaho State Courts
  • Admitted in all Utah State Courts
  • Admitted U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho

Twin Falls Attorneys

Very few lawyers in the State of Idaho have tried more cases to verdict than Steve Tolman. Steve is best known for his defense of physicians and hospitals. Steve is a master at presenting expert witness testimony in difficult cases involving medicine. He has the unique ability to make complex issues understandable to lay juries. Steve’s practice has required his appearance in every Judicial District in the State of Idaho. For years, Steve has been the lawyer of choice for smaller rural hospitals in Idaho because of his ability to defend cases in a reasonable and efficient manner.
After more than 40 years of practice, Steve’s name is always mentioned as one of the finest trial lawyers in Idaho by judges, lawyers and physicians. His integrity and reputation are unsurpassed.

Contact Steve: stolman@powerstolman.com

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Steven K. Tolman

Partner

Steven K. Tolman has been practicing law since 1975. Mr. Tolman has extensive trial experience in the following areas: Medical malpractice defense; products liability (ranging from ski fencing to farm equipment); commercial liability; general liability (casualty and personal injury); civil rights actions; professional liability for architects and engineers; toxic torts; environmental law; and employment law.

For the past 30 years, Mr. Tolman has been heavily involved in medical malpractice litigation. Mr. Tolman holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been recognized in the publication Mountain States Super Lawyer for his litigation skills and experience in the field of medical malpractice litigation. He represents a number of hospitals and numerous physicians in the area encompassing northern Idaho (Coeur d’Alene, Orofino, Cottonwood and Grangeville), eastern Idaho, central Idaho (the Sun Valley area), and south central Idaho (Twin Falls and extending west to include Mountain Home and Boise).

Education:

  • Brigham Young University, B.A. 1968
  • University of Utah, M.B.A. 1972
  • University of Idaho, College of Law, J.D. 1975.

Affiliations:

  • Admitted, all state courts of Idaho
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member, Idaho State Bar Association
  • Member, Fifth District Bar Association
  • Founding Member and Past President, Theron Ward American Inn of Court
  • Member and Past President, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member and Past State Representative, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, American Inns of Court
  • Past Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Member, International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Jennifer has a unique understanding of the delivery of health care in small hospital settings. Jennifer advises hospital CEOs, risk managers, and chief nursing personnel on a daily basis providing clarity and thoughtful advice on the day-to-day challenges of Idaho’s small rural hospitals. That said, she is counsel to one of Pocatello’s primary hospitals and regularly consults on the unique issues facing larger hospitals. She successfully defends these institutions in claims of malpractice, working closely with the co-defendant physicians and their counsel. Jennifer is a veteran in the courtroom and is well known to all of the judges in Southern and Eastern Idaho. She manages all forms of civil litigation from the Twin Falls office. Jennifer has tried multiple cases acting as primary and secondary trial counsel involving everything from auto accident disputes to complex medical malpractice litigation.

Contact Jennifer: jbrizee@powerstolman.com

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Jennifer K. Brizee

Jennifer K. Brizee has been practicing law in Idaho since 1994. Her trial experience includes: medical malpractice defense; products liability; commercial liability; general liability (casualty and personal injury); civil rights actions; professional liability for architects and engineers; and employment law.

Ms. Brizee currently represents a number of hospitals and numerous physicians in both northern and southern Idaho. Her practice extends from Coeur d’Alene to Boise, and from Weiser to Rexburg. She has or is currently handling cases in the following cities in Idaho: Preston, Montpelier, Malad, Pocatello, Blackfoot, Rexburg, Driggs, Soda Springs, Idaho Falls, Salmon, Rupert, Burley, Twin Falls, Sun Valley/Hailey area, Jerome, Gooding, Mountain Home, Weiser, Boise, Nampa, Caldwell, Orofino, Cottonwood and Coeur d’Alene.

Education:

  • University of Washington, B.A. in Journalism, 1988
  • University of Idaho, College of Law, J.D., 1994

Affiliations:

  • Admitted, all state courts of Idaho
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Admitted, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Member, Idaho State Bar Association
  • Member, Fifth District Bar Association
  • Member and Past President, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, and Past President, Theron Ward American Inn of Court

Nikki is a resident of our Twin Falls office and represents clients throughout the State. She knows litigation both as an advocate and a judge. Her prior judicial experience is invaluable in advising clients on the best approach to success in court. Nikki represents physicians in medical malpractice actions and is particularly well known for her defense of emergency room physicians in trial. She has been successful in defending these cases to jury verdict. Like all of the firm’s lawyers, Nikki understands medicine and the human body. In any given week, Nikki may be arguing a motion in Idaho Falls, representing a physician in Boise in front of the Board of Medicine or meeting with an insured client in her office in Twin Falls.

Contact Nicole: ncannon@powerstolman.com

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Nicole L. Cannon

Nicole L. Cannon has been practicing law since 1998. For over 11 years, she was a deputy prosecuting attorney, then prosecuting attorney, in Minidoka County, Idaho. During this time, her primary area of emphasis was criminal prosecution, during which she gained extensive courtroom and trial experience. She specialized in the prosecution of child sexual offenses, drug offenses and DUIs. She trained law enforcement officers regarding legal matters. Ms. Cannon was also heavily involved in civil work for the county, including planning and zoning, personnel issues, administration, and advising the county commissioners and other elected officials on legal matters.

After leaving public office, Ms. Cannon joined the law firm of Powers Tolman in January 2009. She currently handles cases involving medical malpractice, product liability, commercial liability and general liability (casualty and personal injury).

Education:

  • Utah State University, B.S. in Political Science, minor in philosophy, 1992, cum laude
  • University of Utah, College of Law, J.D., 1996

Affiliations:

  • Admitted, all state courts of Idaho
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the District of Idaho
  • Member, Idaho State Bar Association
  • Member, American Inns of Court
  • Council member, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Past member, Idaho Prosecuting Attorney’s Association

Tyler Cobabe has been a practicing attorney in Idaho since 2016 and is admitted to both the Idaho and Utah State Bars. Mr. Cobabe received a B.A. in American Studies from Brigham Young University in 2010. He earned his law degree from Brigham Young University in 2013. While in law school, Mr. Cobabe was a member of the Trial Advocacy team and interned with the Utah Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services.

Contact Tyler: tcobabe@powerstolman.com

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Tyler Cobabe

Following law school, Mr. Cobabe completed a fellowship with the Office of General Counsel for the Utah Transit Authority before moving to Idaho. Mr. Cobabe has previously served as an assistant public defender in Lincoln County, Idaho. He joined Powers Tolman Farley, PLLC in March 2017.

Mr. Cobabe is fluent in Spanish. He honed his analytical skills and legal research and writing through his varied work background. He also has courtroom experience as an assistant public defender, arguing numerous motions on behalf of criminal defendants and representing clients in cases involving the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. These skills and experiences are a welcome addition to the firm and are a valuable asset in assessing cases, evaluating defenses, and vigorously defending clients.