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251 East Front Street, Suite 300, Boise, Idaho 83702

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1539, Boise, ID 83701-1539

Established: 1928

Practice Areas

  • Agent and Brokers Errors and Omissions
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Automobile Liability
  • Aviation
  • Bad Faith
  • Business Law
  • Carrier Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Litigation
  • Coverage Issues
  • Defense Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Extra-Contractual Litigation
  • Fire Loss
  • First and Third Party Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Health
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Life Insurance
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal Law
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Punitive Damages
  • Self-Insured Defense
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Workers' Compensation

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About Us

Elam & Burke has been a leader in the Idaho legal community since its founding in 1928. We offer a full array of legal services on a regional basis. We are located in Idaho's state capital, in close proximity to both federal and state courts and numerous administrative agencies. Over time, we have developed a wide range of specialized capabilities to meet our client's needs, although our cornerstone remains our litigation, commercial, and business practice. The firm's clients include those in the corporate, business, banking, governmental, and insurance fields.

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

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Personnel Information

Founders


Laurel E. Elam — (1888-1974)


Carl A. Burke — (1898-1961)

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Shareholders


Ryan P. Armbruster

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1979
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Idaho Municipal Attorneys (Associate Member)
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Bradley University, B.A., 1973
  • University of Denver, J.D., 1975

Born: 1951


James A. Ford

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1993
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Fourth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Inns of Court
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • The University of Montana, B.S., 1982
  • University of Idaho, J.D., 1985

Born: 1960


Jeffrey A. Thomson

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1987
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of Idaho, B.S., 1981
  • University of Idaho, J.D., 1985

Born: 1959


Loren C. Ipsen

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1975
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Education:
  • Harvard University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1972
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1975

Born: 1950


Joshua S. Evett

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • California, 1996
  • Idaho, 1997
  • Oregon, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2006
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar
  • State Bar of California
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Inns of Court
Education:
  • Macalester College, B.A. (cum laude), 1987
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 1994
Language:
  • German

Born: 1965


Matthew L. Walters

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 2002
  • Montana, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana, 2014
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar (Employment and Labor Law Section)
  • Association of Ski Defense Attorneys
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • The University of Montana, B.A. (cum laude), 1997
  • University of Idaho, J.D., 2002

Born: 1975


Joseph N. Pirtle

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 2004
  • Oregon, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2006
Additional Biographical Details:

Serving the following cities in eastern Oregon: Ontario, Vale, Baker City, La Grande, Pendleton, Canyon City, Enterprise and Burns.

Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Oregon Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of Idaho, B.S., 2001
  • University of Idaho, J.D., 2004

Born: 1978


John J. Burke

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
Additional Biographical Details:

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Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Health Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Weber State University, A.S., 1981
  • Weber State University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1989
  • The University of Utah, J.D., 1992

Born: 1955


Meghan S. Conrad

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 2004
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Idaho Women Lawyers
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Colgate University, B.A., 1999
  • University of Idaho, J.D., 2004

Born: 1977


Jaclyn T. Gans

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 2013
  • Idaho State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 2014
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Idaho Women Lawyers
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • California State University, Fullerton, B.A. Communications, 2010
  • University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 2013

Born: 1988


David T. Krueck

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
Memberships:
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • American Bar Foundation
Education:
  • University of Idaho College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2000

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Of Counsel


Jon M. Bauman

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 1982
  • Utah, 1985
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2003
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar (Workers' Compensation Section)
  • Utah State Bar
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • The University of Utah, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1976
  • The University of Utah, M.A., 1980
  • University of Idaho, J.D., 1982
Fraternity Information:
Phi Beta Kappa

Born: 1953


William G. Dryden

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1998
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Fourth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • American Inns of Court
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • Brown University
  • Stanford University, B.A. (with distinction), 1975
  • Willamette University, J.D., 1978
Language:
  • Spanish

Born: 1953

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Attorneys


Thomas J. Lloyd III

Boise, ID

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Employment
Admitted
  • Idaho, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
Memberships:
  • American Bar Foundation
Education:
  • University of Idaho, B.A. (cum laude), 2003
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2007

Born: 1981


Kyle D. Duren

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 1998
  • Washington
  • Utah
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
Memberships:
  • Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of Idaho, B.S., 1992
  • University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 1996

Born: 1970


Jennifer L. Swajkoski

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 2016
Memberships:
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • The University of Montana, B.A., 2012
  • University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 2016

Born: 1988


Joyce A. Hemmer

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 2005
  • Idaho State Courts, 2005
Memberships:
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2002
  • William & Mary School of Law, J.D., 2005

Born: 1980


Julianne S. Hall

Boise, ID

Practice Areas
  • Insurance
  • Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Errors and Omissions
  • Appellate
  • Product Liability Defense
Admitted
  • Colorado (Inactive), 2004
  • Idaho, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
  • Idaho State Courts
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar (Professionalism and Ethics Section)
  • Idaho Women Lawyers
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Montana State University, B.A., 2000
  • University of Idaho, J.D., 2004

Born: 1978


Cheyenne M. House

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
  • Idaho State Courts
Memberships:
  • Idaho Women Lawyers
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of Oregon, B.A., 2003
  • University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 2011

Born: 1981


Amanda K. Schaus

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Idaho, 1997
Education:
  • The University of Kansas, B.A., 1994
  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., 1997

Born: 1972


Andrew J. LaPorta

Boise, ID

Admitted
  • Utah, 2015
  • Idaho, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
  • Idaho State Courts
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar (Sections: Health Law, Litigation and Appellate Practice)
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Brigham Young University, Idaho, B.A., 2011
  • The University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, J.D., 2014

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