Andrea Reynolds

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Andrea Reynolds is an associate practicing in the firm’s Litigation group and advises clients in a variety of litigation matters. She has represented clients in commercial and corporate matters in state and federal court and is also experienced in appellate litigation.

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Idaho Supreme Court Awards Attorney Fees to a Prevailing Party Where Contempt Proceedings Were Dismissed Without Prejudice

Can there be a prevailing party when an action is voluntarily dismissed without prejudice?  According to the Idaho Supreme Court, the answer is yes.  Charney v. Charney, 2015 Opinion No. 59 (June 23, 2015), is a decision that should serve as a note of caution for Idaho litigators. Two months following their divorce, Dennis Charney … Continue Reading

Does a Judge’s Personal Background Matter in Appellate Decision-Making?

The extent to which a judge’s personal background influences his or her decision-making is a matter of debate. Before being appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor remarked that “[p]ersonal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see” and gave a speech declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “may … Continue Reading

A Recent Idaho Supreme Court Decision Shows the Care Litigants Must Take to Adequately Present Their Case at Trial and on Appeal

The Idaho Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that reveals the critical importance of case preparation. See Hilliard v. Murphy Land Company, LLC, No. 42093-2014 (May 21, 2015). In Hilliard, millions of dollars were at stake. The plaintiffs sold their farm to the defendant. Three million dollars of the sale price was placed in trust … Continue Reading

Idaho Supreme Court Can Award Attorney Fees Under a Federal Statute Even if Federal Courts Cannot

The Idaho Supreme Court recently made clear that its authority to award attorney fees under a federal statute is not constrained by United States Supreme Court precedent. In James v. City of Boise, 2015 Opinion No. 49 (May 21, 2015), the Court affirmed the judgment of the district court dismissing the plaintiff’s complaint seeking to … Continue Reading

Idaho Supreme Court and Idaho Court of Appeals’ May Calendars and Helpful Appellate Practice Links

The Idaho Supreme Court has released its May calendar [link]. It will be hearing arguments in Boise on May 4, 6, and 8, in Idaho Falls on May 12, and in Pocatello on May 13. For the hearings in Boise, you can watch the arguments via live streaming through the above link. The Idaho … Continue Reading

Amendments of Idaho Court Rules That Impact Appeals from Magistrates to District Courts Go into Effect on April 15, 2015

The Idaho Supreme Court is implementing rule changes that will impact, for the most part, intermediate appeals from the magistrate to district court. Idaho Rule of Civil Procedure (“I.R.C.P.”) 83(a) lists the judgments or orders rendered by a magistrate that can be appealed to the district court. Currently, Rule 83(a)(4) allows appeals of “[f]inal orders … Continue Reading

More Appellate Practice Tips on Oral Argument and Attorney Fees on Appeal from a Panel of Law Clerks from the Idaho Supreme Court and Idaho Court of Appeals

As mentioned in a recent post, a panel of law clerks from the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho Court of Appeals provided advice on the practice of appellate law, based on their experience as clerks, at the April meeting of the Idaho Appellate Practice Section of the Idaho State Bar. Here are some observations … Continue Reading

A Panel of Law Clerks from the Idaho Supreme Court and Idaho Court of Appeals Gives Tips on Appellate Briefs

The Idaho Appellate Practice Section of the Idaho State Bar held its annual meeting on Thursday, April 9. As part of the meeting, a panel of law clerks from the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho Court of Appeals discussed what they have learned regarding the dos and don’ts of appellate practice during their clerkships. … Continue Reading