Teague Donahey, a partner in Holland & Hart's Boise, Idaho office, has been selected as a 2021 recipient of the Denise O'Donnell-Day Pro Bono Award by the Idaho State Bar (ISB). This award is presented to at least one attorney in each of Idaho’s seven judicial districts who has donated extraordinary time and effort to provide pro bono services to clients in the community.
Outside of his pro bono efforts, Teague focuses his day-to-day practice on litigating high-stakes intellectual property matters and complex business disputes for some of the world’s most significant technology companies. He regularly represents clients in intellectual property litigation matters throughout the United States in both federal and state courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and other administrative bodies. Teague is an active member of the Idaho State Bar Intellectual Property Law Section, American Intellectual Property Law Association, American Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association, among other organizations. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Greater Idaho.
Teague's pro bono cases center around assisting veterans, most commonly in disputes involving disability claims. For over 15 years, he has been managing pro bono cases on behalf of veterans in partnership with the National Veterans Legal Service Program’s Lawyers Serving Warriors program and Swords to Plowshares. Teague has been involved numerous veterans' pro bono cases during this period, managing one or two cases at any given time.
One notable example of Teague's recent pro bono work was the case of a veteran who had been exposed to Agent Orange-related chemical herbicides at a U.S. Army base during the Vietnam War. The veteran had originally filed his claim for compensation with the VA almost 15 years earlier, but had been unsuccessful. Teague and his team conducted an investigation and prepared a comprehensive legal brief that convinced the Board of Veterans’ Appeals to finally issue a favorable ruling on behalf of the client. Cases like this inspire Teague to continue assisting veterans with similar issues.
Teague will be presented with the Denise O'Donnell Day Pro Bono Award at the ISB’s District Resolution Meeting in the fall and is featured in the 2021 ISB Annual Meeting Awards publication.