PHILIP A. PETERSON
University of Idaho, J.D. cum laude, 1979; University of Idaho, B.S. Accounting, cum laude, 1969
Idaho State and Federal courts; United States Tax Court
Third District Bar Association; Idaho State Bar (2011 Professionalism Award; Member, Taxation, Probate and Trust Law Section); Southwest Idaho Estate Planning Council (Past President, current Treasurer); University of Idaho Extension Financial and Estate Planning Conference (regular Canyon County estate planning speaker)
Phil joined the firm in September of 1979 following his graduation from the University of Idaho College of Law. He has practiced since that time primarily in the areas of tax and estate planning, probate and trust law, business law, real estate and water law, with some specialized work in the areas of employee benefit plans and HIPAA matters.
In addition to his law firm practice, he has been active in voluntary community work for over 25 years. Among his community activities are: Nampa Kiwanis Club (past president, past treasurer, current children's reading programs coordinator, past Kiwanian of the Year); Canyon Area United Way (past president); Boise Philharmonic Association (past board member and treasurer); University of Idaho Alumni Association (past national board member; current local chapter treasurer); Lakeridge School Building Leadership Team (member); recipient of Idaho Education Association 2011 "A+ Friend of Education Award."
Born in 1946 in Lewiston, Idaho, he was raised in rural Nez Perce County, Idaho, graduating from Lewiston High School in 1964. After graduation from the University of Idaho in 1969 with a degree in accounting, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy, where he served in ships primarily deployed in the western Pacific and Indian Oceans. He also served as an instructor at the Navy Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia, where he trained supply officers for the fleet. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for service aboard USS VERNON COUNTY (LST-1161) while operating in and about the rivers of the Republic of Vietnam in 1969 to 1971.
Phil resides with his wife, Pam, and has one adult daughter, Liesl, who is a Ph.D. candidate in biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He enjoys gardening, sailing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, running, bicycling, bird watching, cooking, drawing, writing, music, reading, good food and good wine.