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James L. Martin




Jim Martin’s complex commercial litigation practice is devoted to providing clients with advice and representation when they face significant financial or operational risks. He has been involved in litigated matters of every size and has assisted a wide variety of clients in resolving cases to a successful conclusion.

Most importantly, having now been in private practice for over 30 years, he understands and appreciates that clients demand and deserve efficiency, responsiveness, and a good listening ear. Additionally, Mr. Martin chairs the firm’s Recruiting Committee.


Boise State University Foundation

Executive Chair, 2023-2025

Secretary and Director, since 2019

Boise State University School of Public Service Advisory Council, Member

Pro Bono legal work for the Family Advocate Program (CASA), 25+ years

Trauma Invervention Program (TIP) of the Treasure Valley, Board Member

Volunteer attorney for the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program (IVLP)

Idaho State Bar Professional Conduct Board, Chairman

Idaho Association of Defense Counsel, Member, former Idaho State Rep.

Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member

U.S. District Court D. of Idaho Local Civil Rules Committee, Member

Idaho AGC (Associated General Contractors), Member

Boise Centennial Rotary Club, Charter Member, President 2015-2016

Idaho State Pro Bono Commission, Founding Member

Fourth District Bar Association

Past Chair

Local Pro Bono Committee, Former Member

Idaho State Bar

Idaho Academy for Leadership for Lawyers (IALL), Founding Member/Steering Committee

Professionalism & Ethics and Litigation Sections

Young Lawyer’s Section, Past Chair

Bar Exam Grader

Federal Bar Association – Federal Litigation, Judiciary Division

American Bar Association – Litigation Section

City Club of Boise, Member

Hillcrest Country Club

Board Member and Secretary

Member of Boise Open Committee

Member of various other committees (House, Golf, Invitational, Ad Hoc Patio)

Concordia Law School, Former Mentor


Law School:

University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 1990


Boise State University, B.S., 1987


Idaho State and Federal Courts

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


2021 Boise State University Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, since 2013

Martindale Hubbell – AV Preeminent Rating, since 2006

Idaho Business Review, Leaders in Law – Firm Partner, 2014

Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2017 – Litigation and Insurance

Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Litigation and Banking & Finance

Best Lawyers® – Banking & Finance, since 2007

Super Lawyers – Business Litigation, since 2009

Super Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers Mountain West 2018

Chambers and Partners – General and Commercial Litigation, since 2007

Rotary Paul Harris Fellow

Rotary “Ethics in Business” Nominee, 2011

Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award, 2008

CASA Lawyer of the Year, 2007

Family Advocates Volunteer of the Quarter, 2018


Lex Mundi Institute Advanced Leadership & Management Program, 2018


“A State-by-State Guide to Construction & Design Law: Idaho Construction & Design Law,” Second Edition, James L. Martin and Tyler J. Anderson, American Bar Association

CLE to Judge Winmill’s third year University of Idaho Law Students on “Discovery in Complex Litigation,” October, 2014, September, 2013, September, 2012, September, 2011

Multiple Presentations to Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers Classes, 2011-2014

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