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Paula L. Kluksdal




Paula Landholm Kluksdal is Co-Chair of the Banking practice group and was a member of the Board of Partners from 2012-2020. She focuses her practice in the areas of real estate and finance, and represents a wide variety of lenders and borrowers in the documentation and due diligence necessary for securitized lending, compliance with Idaho’s commercial lending regulations, loan documentation, and collection. She has extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of legal opinions on commercial lending laws. She actively represents various municipalities and 501(c) (3) borrowers in the negotiation, documentation, and compliance in connection with public finance transactions.

Paula Kluksdal has significant experience in real estate transactions, including the negotiation of purchase and sale contracts, assignments, leases, and subleases, as well as resolution of property management issues (including the restrictive covenants and easements). She has facilitated numerous multi-million dollar real estate closings.

Paula recently became the first woman to receive the Idaho State Bar Richard C. Fields Award, which is given to honor those who provide the highest standard of service, professionalism, and leadership within the Idaho State Bar.


  • 100+ megawatt wind turbine development spread over four counties, equity buy-in, and construction/term financing approaching $500 million
  • Due diligence, legal structure and legal opinion for numerous multi-million dollar transactions
  • Tax-exempt and municipal financings for multiple multi-million dollar transactions


Idaho State Bar Richard C. Fields Civility Award, 2021

Best Lawyers – Real Estate, since 2016

Idaho Business Review, Leaders in Law – Partners, 2015

Idaho Women Lawyers, Setting the Bar award recipient, 2013

Idaho State Bar, Outstanding Service Award Recipient, 2011

Women’s & Children’s Alliance, Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Award Committee Chair, 2011

Idaho Business Review, Women of the Year Award Recipient, 2008

Women’s & Children’s Alliance, Tribute to Women & Industry (TWIN) Award Recipient, 2007

Idaho Partners Against Domestic Violence, Grapes Against Wrath Executive Committee 2004-2014 and Chair 2005-2014

Idaho Business Review, Accomplished Under 40 Award Recipient, 2002

Faculty Award of Legal Achievement, 1997

IOLTA Scholarship, 1997

University of Idaho, Alumni Award for Excellence, 1996


Law School:

University of Idaho College of Law, J.D. summa cum laude, 1997

Idaho Law Review, Editor in Chief 1996-1997


College of Idaho, B.A. cum laude, 1994


Law Clerk, Honorable Cathy R. Silak, Idaho Supreme Court, 1997-1998




American Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Idaho Women Lawyers, Member

College of Idaho Board of Trustees

The Board President for Capitol Youth Sports Association, Inc. d/b/a Idaho Rush Soccer Club, an Idaho nonprofit corporation

Law Advisory Council for the University of Idaho College of Law


2020 Women and Leadership Conference, The Andrus Center, “The Power of Negotiation”

Presentation: Legal Forum on Business Entity Organization, Idaho Small Business Development Center, Small Business Administration, 2000

“The New Idaho Death Penalty Statute: Will it Reduce Appeals,” 1996, Idaho Law Review

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