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 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.
On September 16th, 2014, municipal law attorney, Matt Johnson, moderated Lorman Seminar’s training seminar What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Idaho to a number of Treasure Valley attorneys, Governor’s office staff, city clerks, local police department staff and fire district secretaries. This was Matt’s second time moderating this event for Lorman Seminar.
In addition to Matt’s moderator duties he also presented important material during session two regarding what a public record is, the statutory provisions surrounding public records, and what records can be disclosed when a public records request is received by an entity.
Matt serves as the primary city attorney for the City of Melba and the City of Cascade, and also assists with legal counseling for the cities of McCall, Nampa and Wilder, as well as other local government agencies represented by White Peterson. Matt is knowledgeable in matters relating to zoning and land use, water law, and environmental issues.
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.
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.
White Peterson partner, Terry White, was recently elected as a member of the Nampa Chamber Board of Directors. His term will begin June 1, 2010.
Terry’s practice focuses on municipal law, real estate, estate planning, probate, and general business. He is the current Nampa city attorney for all civil matters and serves as the firm’s Managing Director.
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.”