White Peterson Managing Director, Bill Nichols, has been appointed to the Legal Technical Analysis Team of the Association of Idaho Cities Legislative Committee for the 2016-2017 year. In addition to assisting the deliberations of the Association of Idaho Cities Legislative Committee, he will play an important role in reviewing and analyzing bills during the 2017 legislative session.
On September 30 and October 1, 2016, Phil Peterson, a firm estate planning attorney, participated in the Idaho State Bar’s 2016 Estate Planning Conference presented in Boise, Idaho, by the Bar’s Taxation, Probate & Trust Law Section, of which he is a member. Topics covered at the seminar included:
- Safeguarding the Estate Plan to Anticipate & Avoid Litigation;
- Gun Trusts and Planning for the Distribution of Firearms;
- Third Quarter Investment Outlook for 2016;
- Delaware Trusts;
- Elder Law, Medicaid and VA Benefits;
- Advanced Care Directives;
- Federal Tax Update;
- Trust Administration;
- Incorporating Charitable Giving into the Estate Plan;
- Demographics: Understanding Their Economic Impact;
- Using the Trust & Estate Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA); and
- Conservatorships and Guardianships in Idaho.
On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, firm estate planning attorney Phil Peterson attended a continuing legal education estate planning seminar in Boise entitled “Retrospective Testamentary Capacity: An Approach to Assessment.” The speaker was Camille LaCroix, M.D., FAPA, a forensic psychiatrist with Forensic Psychiatry Services of Idaho, PLLC., who discussed approaches to post-death assessment of a testator’s/testatrix’s testamentary capacity, including case studies based on probate litigation in which she had participated as an expert witness. Mr. Peterson is a 37-year member, past president, and current treasurer of Southwest Idaho Estate Planning Council, and this seminar constituted the September meeting of the group.
White Peterson is pleased to announce that effective May 1st, Brian T. O’Bannon, William L. Punkoney and Jay J. Kiiha became shareholders in the firm. O’Bannon has practiced law at White Peterson for seven years, Punkoney has practiced law at the firm for over five years and Kiiha joined the firm May 1st.
Mr. O’Bannon earned his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School graduating cum laude in 2008. His practice focuses on government, intellectual property, real estate and business law. He is licensed to practice law in both Idaho and Oregon.
Mr. Punkoney earned his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2010. His practice focuses on government, real estate, estate planning, business law and civil litigation, including estate litigation and family law. Bill is a member of the Caldwell Chamber Legislative Affairs Committee and a 2012 graduate of the Leadership Nampa program.
Mr. Kiiha earned his law degree from Northern Illinois University in 2000 and his LL.M. in Agriculture from the University of Arkansas in 2003. His practice focuses on government, administrative law, natural resources, criminal defense and general civil litigation. He is a former elected Prosecutor for Valley County. Jay is licensed to practice law in both Idaho and Washington. His practice is based out of the firm’s new McCall office.
At the annual conference of the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) held in Boise, Idaho on June 11, 2015, White Peterson attorney Bill Nichols was the featured speaker on the subject of municipal annexation in Idaho. His presentation reviewed the significant changes made in Idaho’s annexation statute in 2002, relevant case law after the 2002 enactment, and practical issues facing cities considering annexation. A member of the AIC Attorney Legislative Analysis team, Mr. Nichols has testified before the Idaho Legislature on multiple municipal law related issues.
On Saturday, February 7, 2015, White Peterson’s Managing Director, William Nichols, participated as a presiding judge on a three judge panel during one of the afternoon rounds of an undergraduate mock trial competition that was sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association and hosted by the University of Idaho at Boise, Idaho. Participating colleges and universities at the competition were Chemeketa Community College, Gonzaga University, University of Washington, Washington State University, University of Oregon, University of Idaho, University of Portland, Westminster College, Reed College, Eastern Washington University, Oregon State University and the University of California, Berkeley.
The American Mock Trial Association was founded in 1985 by Dean Richard Calkins of Drake Law School. AMTA serves as the governing body for intercollegiate mock trial competition. Through engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other institutions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as knowledge of legal practices and procedures. AMTA sponsors regional and national-level competitions, as well as providing interesting and complex case materials for academic use. Presently, AMTA hosts 25 regional tournaments, eight opening round championship tournaments and a national championship tournament each season. Approximately 600 teams from over 350 universities and colleges will compete in these tournaments. In total, AMTA provides a forum for over 5,300 undergraduate students each academic year to engage in intercollegiate mock trial competitions across the country.
White Peterson’s Managing Director, William Nichols, was part of a three person panel at a continuing legal education presentation on Ethics sponsored by the Idaho Law Foundation on Friday, February 6, 2015, at the Canyon County Administration Building in Caldwell. Other panelists were Hon. Jayme B. Sullivan and Tyler Rounds.
The presentation included a review of five hypothetical scenarios that presented ethical issues for lawyers handling a wide variety of matters including criminal defense, contract negotiation, family law, and office procedures.
On November 13th, 2014, municipal law attorney, Bill Gigray, presented at the Idaho Association of Highway Districts in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Bill presented insightful information to Highway District Commissioners, Highway District Secretaries and Highway Staff Professionals entitled How to Handle Encroachments.
Bill covered the following topics during his presentation: types and proof of right-of-way ownership, identification and location of encroachments, process and alternatives to abatement and elimination of encroachments, and a lively question and answer session.
Bill serves as one of the managing directors in the firm in addition to his role as the primary attorney for Golden Gate Highway District No. 3, Canyon Highway District No. 4 and Homedale Highway District. Bill also serves as the lead attorney for a number of fire districts, cities, school districts, recreational water and sewer districts, cemetery districts and irrigation districts represented by White Peterson. Bill also serves on the Supreme Court Civil Rules Committee.
On November 12th, 2014, municipal law attorney, Matt Johnson, presented at the Idaho School Board’s Annual Convention in Boise, Idaho. Matt presented valuable information to Board members, District Clerks and Education Professionals entitled Records Policies – Custody, Classification, and Maintenance of Records.
Matt’s presentation focused on the elements of school district records policies. Matt discussed Idaho Public Records law and federal laws (FERPA-Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) that impact records policies. Additionally, Matt directed his audience to the purposes and goals of records policy and the power authorizing school districts to adopt records policy. Matt then focused on policy guidelines, suggestions and ideas concerning public records requests and the classification, custody and maintenance (including proper destruction) of records.
Matt serves as the primary city attorney for the City of Melba and the City of Cascade, and also assists with legal counseling for cities, school districts, fire districts and irrigation districts represented by White Peterson. Matt is knowledgeable in matters relating to zoning and land use, water law, and environmental issues.
On November 7th, 2014, municipal law attorney, Bill Punkoney, presented at the Idaho State Fire Commissioners’ Association in Pocatello, Idaho. Bill presented valuable information to Board Commissioners, Fire District Secretaries and Fire Staff Professionals entitled Proactive Policy and Legal Solutions for Idaho Fire Districts.
Bill’s presentation covered the following topics: fire district policy code models, budget management and preparation, property acquisition and surplus, social media and internet use by first responders, acquisition and provision of new services and regulation of the sale and public display of fireworks.
Bill serves as the primary attorney for the Nampa Fire Protection District and also assists with legal counseling for cities, school districts, fire districts and irrigation districts represented by White Peterson. Bill is particularly knowledgeable in matters relating to public policy and administrative law, having served in the Governor’s office prior to his arrival to White Peterson and is fluent in Spanish.