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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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Brent Bastian

Brent Bastian 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 Brent’s business litigation practice involves business torts and contract disputes. He has also litigated several cases involving governmental malfeasance, breach of fiduciary duty and crop destruction, to name a few. Brent is an effective commercial litigator with a long record of success in several difficult areas of expertise.

Representative Work

Some of Brent’s recent career highlights include:

Along with his partners, Brent won the second largest jury verdict in Idaho state-court history—over $52M. The suit was based on breach of a partnership agreement, and the extraordinary verdict was the result of an enormous and complicated eight-week trial against one of the largest firms in the country. Following trial, Brent defended the judgment before the Idaho Supreme Court, who upheld the award.

After a full trial, Brent convinced a bankruptcy court to slash its award against a client by approximately $350M, leaving the plaintiff to just a small fraction of the damages it had sought.

Brent secured the full summary dismissal of a multi-million dollar liability claim against an Andersen Banducci client, and then persuaded an appellate court to uphold that decision.

Brent reached a highly favorable settlement for a large local company in a high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation against an enormous multi-national lender. ...

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Alyson Foster

Alyson represents businesses, organizations, and individuals in commercial litigation in federal and state courts. She has successfully pursued relief for her clients in many areas, including commercial contracts, insurance recovery, class actions, business disputes, personal injury, construction defect, voting rights, affirmative action, employment and labor law, and consumer protection. In addition to her litigation practice, Alyson advises small business owners on contract and employment issues.

Alyson’s greatest strength is her ability to quickly understand the real issues her clients face and to develop an effective strategy to resolve them. ...

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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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Rachel Murphy

Drawing on her extensive experience representing individuals and entities in state and federal appellate courts, Rachel Murphy provides appellate and legal counsel to individuals and companies at all stages of civil litigation and before administrative agencies. Her areas of expertise include appeals, employment discrimination, and contract disputes. Rachel’s greatest strength is her ability to focus on and succinctly relay pivotal legal and factual issues, facilitating the quick and successful resolution of disputes.

Representative Work

While at Andersen Schwartzman Woodard Brailsford, Rachel has defended multiple international corporations against charges of employment discrimination before state and federal agencies. She was co-counsel in a hundred-million dollar title insurance dispute relating to a four-season mountain resort that resulted in a successful settlement on the eve of trial. And she successfully defended attorneys against misconduct allegations before the Idaho State Bar, including an appeal to the Hearing Committee of the Professional Conduct Board.

As an Assistant Attorney General, Rachel successfully defended the State of Illinois in high-profile appeals of first impression, including challenges to the moment of silence in schools statute, property tax cap law, and enforcement of the wage law. She also routinely defended against employment discrimination and constitutional tort suits, saving the State hundreds of thousands of dollars in liability. On the plaintiff side, Rachel successfully defended an appeal of an anti-trust action brought by the Attorney General against makers of LCD panels, convincing the appellate court that the suit was not a class action.

As an Associate with Paul, Weiss, Rachel represented a major bank in a massive securities fraud class action arising out of the collapse of WorldCom. She also advised major motion picture studios, Broadway producers, not-for-profit theaters, directors, and authors on all aspects of entertainment law, including rights acquisition, financing, and production.


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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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