Commercial Law in Idaho
As companies look to expand operations in the Mountain West, Boise is becoming one of the fastest growing and most desirable cities in America. Located downtown in Idaho’s beautiful capital city, Mooney Wieland Boise provides a broad array of commercial legal services to clients ranging from small start-ups to international corporations.
Our Boise attorneys practice commercial litigation, employment law, corporate law, intellectual property law, alcoholic beverage law, and much more. Although we generally are lead counsel in both litigation and transactional matters, we also serve as local counsel for out-of-state companies.
Idaho is located in the U.S. Northwest, bordered to the east by Montana and Wyoming, by Nevada to the south, and Oregon and Washington to the west. Idaho is among the most remote states, but its remoteness is due in part to its tremendous, unspoiled natural beauty. Over 70% of the state’s land is publicly owned, leaving plenty of room for outdoor recreation. Idaho has numerous winter resort areas, vast wilderness, and among the best river systems in the world for rafting, kayaking, and canoeing.
The high quality of life combined with a strong local job market combine to make Boise a favorite pick year after year as one of the best places to live in the United States.
Economic Climate in Idaho
Idaho’s capital city, Boise, is located in the southwest corner of the state in the Treasure Valley region. Although the Boise metro area is the most remote metro area in the lower 48, its moderate climate and pristine natural surroundings have attracted professionals and entrepreneurs from around the country. The Treasure Valley’s diversified economy is based on light manufacturing, agriculture, government, healthcare, and a rapidly growing technology sector. Large local employers include two major hospitals, Boise State University, Micron Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Albertsons, and WinCo. In and around the Treasure Valley are dozens of local breweries and wineries, including the Sunnyslope wine region to the west.
The Boise area is among the fastest growing in the country. Its population is projected to grow at 1.4% annually through 2025 and to maintain robust economic growth during that time. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that Idaho has the nation’s 3rd highest anticipated job growth rate.
Although Idaho is rapidly modernizing, it is still a western state at heart. This means most industries are lightly regulated and taxes are relatively low. Idaho also has a well-structured code and a predictable commercial legal climate. Idaho’s legislature typically adopts the most recent iterations of uniform laws, including the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act and the Uniform Business Organizations Code.
Idaho Legal System
Idaho’s judicial system is divided into seven judicial districts, which in turn maintain district courts in each county. Because many remote counties are sparsely populated, some judges hold court in more than one county. The district courts generally handle larger civil disputes and felony criminal proceedings. The magistrate divisions of the district courts handle family-law disputes, lower-level criminal cases, and small civil matters. Most Idaho counties require court documents to be filed in hard copy or by fax, although Idaho’s district court system is slowly moving to an electronic-only filing system. Its two largest counties, Ada (which includes Boise) and Canyon, now use an electronic system.
All appeals from the district courts are made directly to the Idaho Supreme Court, which comprises five justices sitting in Boise. The Idaho Supreme Court will retain some of the appeals and send the rest to the Idaho Court of Appeals, the intermediate appellate court. The Idaho Court of Appeals, comprising four judges, sits in the same Boise courthouse as the Supreme Court. Litigants can seek further appeal to the Supreme Court from the Court of Appeals.