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Brian Wonderlich

Partner

800 W. Main Street, Suite 1750, Boise, ID 83702

Brian represents clients in complex contract, real estate and business disputes, and to resolve matters involving government agencies.

Brian has substantial experience in state and federal courts and before state and federal administrative bodies. He is also experienced in resolving matters through various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and settlement negotiations.

Brian previously served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho. He also was a Law Clerk for the Honorable Stephen S. Trott of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Brian was recently appointed as Chair of the Transition Committee for Idaho Governor-elect Brad Little.

Experience

Commercial Litigation

Brian’s practice focuses on efficiently resolving disputes involving contract and business disputes involving corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, securities, and lender liability claims.


Real Estate and Construction

Brian regularly represents builders and design professionals in construction and design defect cases.  He also regularly represents buyers and sellers in real estate transactions and disputes over real estate transactions.  He also advises and represents brokers in disputes and in matters involving licensing.


Administrative Law

Brian represents clients in matters both before and involving government agencies at the state and federal level, including matters involving licensing, permitting, constitutional claims, tort claims, procurement, and FOIA or the Idaho Public Records Act. As a former member of the Idaho Attorney General’s office, Brian has experience and a strong understanding of the laws, administrative rules, and procedures controlling government agencies.
 

Client Results

Representative Matters
  • Represented national retailer in dispute with landlord and developer in complex construction dispute.

  • Represented tenant in dispute with international commercial brokerage firm, forcing the firm to dismiss its claims and settle on terms advantageous to client.

  • Represented multiple Idaho licensed real estate professionals before the Idaho Real Estate Commission, resulting in the Commission declining to pursue professional discipline against clients.

  • In representing general contractor in complex construction dispute, obtained judgment against owner and defeated claims brought by subcontractor.

  • In civil enforcement action brought by the Securities & Exchange Commission, successfully resolved claim against corporate officer of a publicly traded company without penalty to the officer.

  • In appeal of award of attorney fees to business seller, successfully briefed and argued the issues and obtained affirmance of fees award to client.
  • In lender liability action, won summary judgment dismissing consequential damages claim of over $9 million.
  • In securities action brought by large class of investors, obtained dismissal of all claims prior to trial.

  • In high profile permitting dispute, successfully represented an international energy company before the Idaho Transportation Department, Idaho district court, and Idaho Supreme Court in upholding permits issued to client, saving the client millions in lost revenue had the permits been denied.
  • Successfully represented plaintiff in obtaining payment on claims brought pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act against various federal agencies.
  • In appeal of award of government contract, served as determinations officer for the Idaho Department of Administration to determine compliance with Idaho's public procurement laws.

  • In high profile appeal involving Idaho’s public records act, successfully forced a county government official to disclose financial records, which ultimately led to the official’s resignation amidst accusations of misuse of public funds.

  • In action to enforce promissory note, obtained judgment against promisor for full amount of note.

News

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Education

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent® Rating 
    Brian’s peers reported the following to Martindale-Hubbell®:
    • “Mr. Wonderlich is a highly respected attorney reflecting the highest standards of ethics, professionalism and work product.”
    • “Brian's clearly framed arguments are a benefit for any client before an appellate court.”
    • “Brian brings a strong balance of analytical thought and diligence to record for all his cases.”
    • “Brian is an excellent attorney who is extremely well-respected despite his younger age. I recommend him unequivocally.”
  • Idaho Business Review, Accomplished Under 40, 2015
  • Idaho Business Review, Leaders in Law, Up & Coming Lawyer, 2014

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Appointed to the Civil Justice Reform Task Force by the Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court, Member, 2017 - present
  • Idaho State Bar, Character and Fitness Committee, Member, 2016-present
  • Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club of Ada County, Member, 2011-present
  • Idaho State Bar Association, Member
    • Appellate Practice Section, 2014-present
    • Government & Public Lawyers Section, 2012-present
    • Litigation Section, 2011-present
    • Young Lawyers Section, 2007-2017
  • Federal Bar Association, Idaho Chapter, Member, 2014-present
  • Boise School District Youth Court Program, Judge, 2010-2015
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