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Brian Wonderlich

Partner

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

Brian helps clients solve complex real estate and commercial disputes and represents clients in matters before or involving government agencies.

Brian has substantial experience in state and federal courts and administrative bodies, including matters involving real estate transactions, government permitting and contract procurement, contract interpretation, securities fraud claims, construction disputes, lender liability claims, and creditors’ rights.

Experience

As a former member of the Idaho Attorney General’s office, Brian has great understanding of matters involving government agencies, and has represented clients both before and against agencies at the state and federal levels. He has represented small and large businesses, both private and public companies, from an array of industries, including real estate and construction, financial institutions, insurance, and retail. 

Brian previously clerked for the Honorable Stephen S. Trott of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Client Results

Representative Matters
  • Represented national retailer in dispute with landlord and developer in complex construction dispute lasting over three years, resulting in advantageous settlement for client.

  • Represented national government contractor in appeal of award of state contract worth over $100 million.

  • Represented tenant in dispute with international commercial brokerage firm, forcing the firm to dismiss its claims and settle on terms advantageous to our 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 over $1 million judgment against owner and defeated claims brought by subcontractor.
  • In civil enforcement action brought by the Securities & Exchange Commission, successfully resolved securities fraud 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 fraud 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.
  • In hotly contested bankruptcy case, successfully represented major creditor in pressing fraud claims against debtor, resulting in debtor being not obtaining discharge of debt owed to client.
  • 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 and provided legal and analysis regarding compliance with Idaho’s public procurement laws.
  • In high profile appeal involving Idaho’s public records act, successfully forced a high ranking 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.
  • Represented licensee in appeal before the Idaho Land Board.

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-present
  • Federal Bar Association, Idaho Chapter, Member, 2014-present
  • Boise School District Youth Court Program, Judge, 2010-2015
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