We are commercial litigationexperts.


It’s who we are. It’s all we do. We’ve handled some of the toughest, most complex business cases in the Northwest. We’ve mastered the art of persuasion with the court in pre-trial and with juries at trial. And because we represent both defendants and plaintiffs, we understand your opponents’ motivations and strategies—and what it takes to win.

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Steven Andersen

Steven Andersen has represented both plaintiffs and defendants as trial counsel in over 100 jury trials throughout Idaho, the Intermountain West, West Coast and Pacific Northwest regions. He is a recognized expert in products liability, professional liability, business tort, insurance claims, governmental liability and agriculture.

Steven has represented clients at trial in partnership dissolutions, prosecution and defense of patent infringement claims, product defect cases, royalty disputes, professional liability, insurance bad faith, and engineering and construction disputes.

Steven is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts for Idaho, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Circuit.

He has extensive experience in contingent and alternative fee arrangements, general commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation (see below). ...

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Amanda Brailsford

For many years, Amanda has successfully represented clients in complex civil litigation in both federal and state courts. Her representation has included extremely complicated cases involving numerous parties and also multi-district class action litigation. Amanda has diverse expertise in numerous areas, including all aspects of employment law, trade secrets, agricultural law, products liability, bad faith insurance, professional legal malpractice, personal injury, business disputes, and state and federal antitrust violations. In addition to her trial work, Amanda has successfully handled many state and federal appeals.

Amanda’s overarching strength is her ability to master the facts and the applicable law of any dispute in order to bring about successful results as quickly as possible. She has been repeatedly recognized as a leading attorney in her legal community by Chambers USA. ...

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Aaron Chandler

Aaron has a diverse civil litigation practice representing individuals and businesses in many industries. He has litigated disputes involving fiduciary liability, contract interpretation and enforcement, defamation, trade secret misappropriation, fraud, foreclosure, guaranty enforcement and various other commercial issues.

Additionally, Aaron has represented diverse parties in internal and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions brought by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). On a pro bono basis, he has litigated cases involving wrongful conviction, housing discrimination and asylum. Prior to joining Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, Aaron was an associate in the Chicago office of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP (2008–2013).

Professional Activities

Member, American Bar Association ...

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Patrick Bageant

“I felt about Patrick the way Apsley Cherry-Garrard felt about Shackleton, ‘if I’m in the devil of a hole and want to get out of it, give me Shackleton every time.’”

-Former Client

Mr. Bageant – who advises and represents an equal number of plaintiffs and defendants – is a quick study with a restless curiosity for his clients and their situation; what sets his advice apart is his ability to take that insight, penetrate dense facts or rhetoric, and zero in on “the win” at the heart of any legal matter – from the simplest property dispute to the most complex bet-the-company multi-forum lawsuit. To that end, Mr. Bageant has tried cases for clients around the country, including to federal juries, arbitrators, and the United States International Trade Commission.

Mr. Bageant’s informed, matter-of-fact courtroom style reflects his professional philosophy in general: he believes his clients do not want a lawyer to work their legal problems – they want a lawyer to solve them, successfully, completely, and efficiently. Mr. Bageant does not believe in fighting for fighting’s sake, spending time or energy on expensive detours that are irrelevant to the ultimate outcome, or treating any two cases exactly alike. He believes that cases are won by thorough and early preparation, by learning more about the facts than the other side, its lawyers, or even the witnesses, and by making sure that every single task on behalf of a client contributes directly to a strategy that will produce the outcome it hired him for. ...

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Alyson Foster

Alyson represents businesses and individuals in litigation, arbitration, and pre-dispute counseling. She has successfully pursued relief for her clients in many areas, including commercial contracts, fiduciary disputes, insurance recovery, business disputes, personal injury, voting rights, affirmative action, employment, and consumer protection. Alyson also advises on pre-litigation disputes as well as employment, contract, and risk management issues. Represented industries include real estate, benefits administration, lumber retail, identity theft protection, agribusiness, and investment. ...

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Jason Rudd

Jason counsels clients on a variety of commercial litigation matters. Prior to joining Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, he was an associate with Modrall, Sperling, Roehl, Harris & Sisk, P.A. in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While there, Jason represented national and local clients in a variety of litigated disputes ranging from personal injury and premises liability claims to complex construction and insurance coverage disputes.

Jason has also successfully negotiated favorable outcomes for individuals and businesses. And as part of the New Mexico Second Judicial District’s Volunteer Attorney Program, he offered pro bono legal services to individuals in property and landlord-tenant disputes.

In his free time, Jason enjoys exploring Idaho’s outdoors with his wife and two dogs.

Professional Activities:

American Bar Association, Member

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Benjamin Schwartzman

Benjamin Schwartzman conducts a diverse complex litigation practice that includes extensive involvement in high-value corporate defense, federal and state class actions, government agency enforcements and multi-plaintiff recovery suits. He has won numerous successful trial verdicts, settlement awards and procedural dismissals for multinational business actors, particularly within the field of agronomic and agricultural disputes. In the realm of consumer fraud, securities fraud, and antitrust and civil rights, Benjamin has prosecuted and defended class action claims of national significance. He has also directed and achieved the full vindication of rights for corporate officers, directors and high net-worth investors through the pursuit and defense of inter- and intra-entity recovery efforts.

Because of his distinguished track record, Benjamin was named a member of the class action “dream team” by a prominent national legal advocacy group. He has also been called a “rising star” of litigation by state bar publications. ...

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Jennifer Schrack Dempsey

Jennifer Schrack Dempsey serves as litigation counsel for individuals and companies of all sizes in all phases of civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. A substantial part of Jennifer’s business litigation practice involves business torts, contract disputes and employment litigation. Jennifer has also litigated several cases involving crop destruction, breach of fiduciary duty and derivative claims, to name a few.

Jennifer is frequently called upon to advise clients on their rights and obligations as partners and members of closely-held companies. She is also continually called upon to advise corporate clients on their rights and obligations as employers under federal and state laws and regulations. ...

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Zach Zollinger

Zach counsels clients on a variety of complex civil litigation issues. Prior to joining Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, he attended law school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While there Zach spent time working for the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, the oldest child welfare law clinic in the country. He represented children and parents in Michigan state court foster-care proceedings, gaining valuable litigation experience arguing motions, preparing for trial and successfully helping clients reach their goals. He also interned at a large Chicago law firm and for a federal district court judge.

At the University of Oregon, Zach participated in community economic development and coached the University of Oregon Women’s Club Soccer team. For his community involvement he received the Centurion Award, given only to 100 undergraduate students who exhibit leadership and a commitment to the community.

Zach is an Idaho native who enjoys spending his free time camping and fishing the Idaho outdoors with his wife and two dogs. During football season you’ll find him in front of a TV cheering for the Oregon Ducks.

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Wade Woodard

Wade Woodard is a trial attorney with over 15 years of experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases. His practice has focused on complex commercial litigation, bad faith insurance claims, land-use appeals, product liability claims, securities fraud and employment issues.

Wade has been top rated by his peers in Martindale Hubble with the rating of AV Preeminent. His trial work with his partner, Thomas Banducci, has attracted national attention—they procured a jury verdict of $63.5 million in 2007 and $52 million in 2011. These rank among the top 100 verdicts handed down by U.S. juries during those years. They also obtained a four million dollar jury verdict in 2010 on a Fair Housing Act claim, one of the largest recoveries in the history of the Act. In a related case, Wade obtained the dismissal of Boise County’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy petition. ...

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Daniel Mortensen

Danny represents and counsels clients on a variety of complex civil litigation issues. Before joining Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, he served as a law clerk for Justice Warren E. Jones of the Idaho Supreme Court and to Magistrate Judge Karen S. Crawford in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Prior to his judicial clerkships, he worked at the San Diego, California law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP.

Danny attended Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief for the school’s administrative law journal (J. NAALJ), was a teaching assistant for the legal research and writing program, interned for a federal magistrate judge, and spent a summer at a civil defense firm in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A proud graduate of Pomona College, Danny played varsity football and threw the javelin for the track and field team (Go Sagehens!). In his free time, he enjoys stand up paddle boarding and exploring Idaho with his wife, two daughters and English bulldog.

Professional Activities:

American Inn of Court No. 130 (Boise, Idaho), Associate

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