Matthew A. Johnson – Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association Promising Newcomer Award

The Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association awarded Matthew Johnson the Promising Newcomer Award at the IMA Spring 2013 meeting on June 21, 2013. This annual award recognizes a young lawyer who is building their career in the practice of municipal law. The award is given for an attorney who “provides outstanding service, shows a willingness to learn and develop his or her expertise in municipal law, and puts forth an excellent attitude and reputation.” Matt serves as the primary city attorney for the City of Melba, and also assists with legal counseling for the cities of Nampa, McCall, and Wilder as well as other local government agencies represented by White Peterson. Congratulations to Matt on this recognition for your hard work.

Philip A. Peterson – 2011 Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award

At a recent meeting of the Third District Bar, White Peterson shareholder Philip A. Peterson was awarded the 2011 Professionalism Award from the Idaho State Bar. The Professionalism Award is an expression of respect, commendation and appreciation from the recipient’s peers. It is one of the highest honors Idaho lawyers can receive during their careers.

Honorees are lawyers who have a reputation for civility, ability, diligence, integrity, courtesy and cooperation – epitomizing what it means to be a first-class attorney. Attorneys who exhibit these qualities have distinguished the profession through their conduct and service.

Phil is Past President and current Treasurer for the Southwest Idaho Estate Planning Council and is a regular speaker for the Biennial Idaho Forest Taxation & Estate Planning Conference. He is a current member of the Idaho State Bar Taxation, Probate and Trust Law Section and has also served for years as an Idaho Bar exam grader.

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; Canyon Area United Way; Boise Philharmonic Association; University of Idaho Alumni Association; Parkview School Building Advisory Team; Nampa Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Steering Committee. Phil was recently presented the 2011 A+ Friend of Education Award by the Idaho Education Association for volunteer work with the Nampa School District Early Childhood Learning Center at Lakeridge School.

Commenting on the Award, Phil wrote: I view professionalism in the legal profession as a combination of technical competence, personal integrity, appropriate advocacy and concern for clients’ best interests, ‘bedside manner’ with clients, and respectful courtesy towards other members of the bar. In my experience the late Allyn Dingel and Albert Menard, together with contemporaries Donald Burnett, Edward Ahrens, Stephen Pruss, William Wellman, Carl Hamilton, and William Morrow, have particularly exemplified in their various practices, these attributes.

Phil is the fourth member of the firm to receive this prestigious award.

William F. Nichols – 2010 Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award

William F. Nichols of Nampa was awarded the 2010 Professionalism Award from the Idaho State Bar. The Professionalism Award is an expression of respect, commendation and appreciation from the recipient’s peers. It is one of the highest honors Idaho lawyers can receive during their careers.

Honorees are lawyers who have a reputation for civility, ability, diligence, integrity, courtesy and cooperation – epitomizing what it means to be a first-class attorney. Attorneys who exhibit these qualities have distinguished the profession through their conduct and service.

Mr. Nichols is Past Chair and Council member of the ISB Real Property Section; Past President, Idaho Municipal Attorneys; current member of the ISB Fee Arbitration Panel; current member of the Oregon State Bar Fee Arbitration Panel; former member, Oregon State Bar Local Professional Responsibility Committee; and Member of the arbitration panel for court annexed mandatory arbitration in Oregon Circuit Court. He earned his undergraduate degree from Linfield College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon.

He looked back on his early career to describe his major influences: 

In my career as a lawyer, my practice has been greatly influenced by the partners in my first law firm in Oregon. Those Oregon lawyers, Gene Stunz, Steve Fonda, and Burdette Pratt, taught me what it means to work hard as a lawyer, and how to treat clients, judges, court personnel, and opposing parties and their counsel. Integrity of word and deed were paramount in everything they did. They worked tirelessly for their clients, but did so in a manner that earned respect from the opponents and their lawyers. Some of those opposing parties became clients the next time they needed a lawyer.

Professionalism is a matter of respect – for the people we work with, the clients we serve, the courts and other forums in which we represent clients, and for the opposing parties and their counsel. Professionalism also requires preparation – knowing your case better than your opponent, and knowing law.

Mr. Nichols lives in Nampa with his wife and two daughters. His practice emphasizes municipal, real property, collections, business entities, estate planning and probate. He is a shareholder with White Peterson and has been there for almost 11 years, having been with his previous firm for almost 19 years.

William F. Gigray, III – 2006 Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award

William F. Gigray, III,  of  Nampa,  was recently awarded  the 2006  Professionalism  Award from the Idaho State Bar. The Professionalism Award is an articulation of respect, appreciation and commendation from the recipient’s peers. It is one of the highest honors Idaho lawyers can receive during their careers.

Recipients are lawyers who have a reputation for civility, ability, diligence, integrity, courtesy and cooperation – epitomizing what it means to be a first-class attorney. Attorneys who exhibit these qualities have distinguished the profession through their conduct and service.

Gigray is a shareholder with White Peterson in Nampa. His practice areas are municipal law, local government law, personal injury, estate planning, probate, and corporate law. He received his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1973. He is past president of the Third Judicial District Bar Association, past president and member of the board of directors for the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, and a member of the Trial Lawyers of America.

Gigray is a native of Caldwell. Over the years he has been involved in his church and community. He has served as president of the Jaycees, Optimist Club, Greenbelt Civic League of Caldwell, Inc., and the Caldwell Foundation for Education Opportunity, Inc.

He feels that professionalism is grounded in respect for each other and the rule of law he and his legal peers serve. “How we conduct ourselves in this practice toward our clients, with the people we deal with on behalf our clients, and with each other matters a great deal,” he said. “Without professionalism, there is no profession.”