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251 East Front Street, Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 208-343-5454
Fax: 208-384-5844
Toll Free: 866-343-5681
E-Mail: eblaw@elamburke.com
www.elamburke.com
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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
ACE American Insurance CompanyAtlantic Mutual Insurance Company
Attorneys Liability Protection SocietyBanner Life Insurance Company
Berkshire Hathaway Homestate CompaniesCAMICO Mutual Insurance Company
Capitol Indemnity CorporationCertain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London
CNA Insurance CompaniesFarmers Insurance Group
Global Aerospace, Inc.The Hartford
Idaho State Insurance FundIndemnity Insurance Company of North America
Northwest Physicians Insurance CompanyOld Republic Insurance Company
Philadelphia Insurance CompaniesRegence BlueShield of Idaho
Sublimity Insurance CompanyUnited Heritage Life Insurance Company
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Personnel Information
Shareholders and Associates
Laurel E. Elam — (1888-1974)
Carl A. Burke — (1898-1961)
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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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:
A.M. Best Law Digest Revisor
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
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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
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Matthew C. Parks
Boise, ID
Admitted
  • Idaho, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar
Education:
  • Providence College, B.A., 1994
  • The University of Mississippi, J.D., 2006
Born:1973
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Jade C. Stacey
Boise, ID
Admitted
  • Idaho, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2013
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Boise State University, B.A., 2004
  • University of Idaho, J.D., 2008
Born:1977
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Joseph F. Southers
Boise, ID
Admitted
  • Idaho, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 2015
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Kansas University, B.A. Economics, 2008
  • University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 2014
Born:1985
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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
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Geoffrey M. Baker
Boise, ID
Admitted
  • Idaho, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1996
  • Idaho State Courts, 1996
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, B.A., 1992
  • University of Idaho College of Law, J.D., 1996
Born:1970
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Of Counsel
James D. LaRue
Boise, ID
Admitted
  • Idaho, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1975
Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar (Litigation Section)
  • Idaho Association of Defense Counsel (Past President)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Education:
  • University of Idaho, B.A., 1968
  • University of Idaho, J.D., 1975
Law Review:
Idaho Law Review, 1974-1975
Honors:
Order of Barristers
Born:1946
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Idaho Insurance Law Digest
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(Revisors of the Idaho Insurance Law Digest for this Publication)