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.
Matthew Johnson has been elected to serve as Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Nampa. His term will begin July 1, 2012. Matt has been a member of Rotary for three years and has served on the Board for the past year. He has also taken an active role in helping with Nampa Rotary’s Paws for a Cause event which raises funds to support community service projects.
White Peterson is pleased to announce Matthew A. Johnson and Davis F. VanderVelde have become shareholders in the firm. Johnson has practiced law at White Peterson for five years and VanderVelde has practiced law at the firm for over four years.
Mr. Johnson earned his law degree and a master’s degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. His practice focuses on government, property, environmental and business law. Matt is a member of the Nampa Rotary Club and will be a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Nampa program.
Mr. VanderVelde earned his degree from California Western School of Law graduating magna cum laude in 2000. His practice is primarily focused on civil litigation, including personal injury litigation, estate litigation, employment matters and family law. Davis is a member of the Caldwell Exchange Club and a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Nampa program.
On December 20, 2012, Matt Johnson and Terry White successfully obtained judicial confirmation for the City of Nampa to proceed on a loan application for an Idaho Department of Environmental Quality State Revolving Fund. This was a critical hurdle for the City to overcome in order to pursue final IDEQ approval of the loan. Nampa ratepayers will save approximately $7.5 million that would otherwise be paid in additional interest. The judicial confirmation process was also done in a very short time period, made possible by the hard work of the City of Nampa wastewater team and the expertise of White Peterson in local government and judicial confirmation law.
Associate Matthew Johnson was recently elected as a Board Member for the Rotary Club of Nampa. His term will begin July 1, 2012.
Matt has been a member of Nampa Rotary for two years. Through Rotary Club he has worked on the Nampa Rotary Paws for a Cause dog walk which raises funds to support Rotary’s service projects in the community. For information on the 2012 Paws for a Cause visit http://www.paws4acause.us/.
Matt recently helped with the annual Nampa Rotary Club Dictionary Project which delivered 120 dictionaries to 3rd graders at Willow Creek Elementary. Overall, the 2012 Dictionary Project will deliver over 1000 dictionaries to area third graders.
Three White Peterson attorneys, Terry White, William Nichols, and Matthew Johnson, participated in the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Winter Workshop held in Meridian, Idaho on January 27, 2012. Discussion items included a municipal law legislative preview, dispute resolution for cities, an update on 42 U.S.C. section 1983, a municipal case law update, and a presentation from the University of Idaho College of Law’s new Economic Development Clinic. A roundtable discussion of current municipal law issues was held, including discussion of recent developments in stormwater funding and the City of Lewiston stormwater utility case. Matthew Johnson provided an update on recent legal challenges to the City of Nampa stormwater and drainage utility.
White Peterson has long been active in the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association [http://www.idahomunicipalattorneys.org/] The IMA provides for the continuing education of city attorneys and for ongoing discussion and deliberation on municipal law issues.
On Monday, January 17, 2011, Attorneys Matthew Johnson and William Punkoney of the Firm argued the case of Nelson v. NASA before the Mock Supreme Court at the College of Idaho. The case was a constitutional law question involving a public employee’s right to informational privacy. Johnson and Punkoney are both alumni of the College of Idaho who participated on the Mock Court as students. The Mock Supreme Court at the College of Idaho is unique because students take the roles of the nine justices, and Instructor Dr. Kerry Hunter invites local attorneys to argue the briefs before the Court. Students then draft opinions from the perspective of their assigned justice.
White Peterson associate, Matthew Johnson, was recently elected president of the Third District Bar Association. His term will begin April 1, 2010.
Matt joined the firm in December 2007. He serves as legal counsel to a number of municipalities and local government entities, including the City of Nampa, City of Melba, City of Wilder, Canyon Highway District, Golden Gate Highway District, and Wilder Rural Fire District. His practice also focuses on helping clients to navigate the complex waters of federal, state, and local administrative laws and regulations, particularly related to zoning and land use, water law, and environmental issues. Matt also advises and assists a number of homeowners associations with issues such as organization, administration and enforcement, and collections and liens.