Breck and Julie Seiniger enjoy Boise’s beautiful Summer weather with staff at the firm’s outing in Julia Davis Rose Garden. And, after a round of stiff competition in a variety of games, they celebrated the season with a sumptuous picnic.
(Back row from left): Cheyenne House, Eileen Johnson, Mallory Seiniger, Breck Seiniger (Front row from left) Harmony Wright, Cassandra Sanchez, office dog, Julie Seiniger. Not pictured Cade W. Photo – May 2017 at Julia Davis Rose Garden, Boise Idaho.
Breck Seiniger donates time to help Coalition for BCSD Accountability fight excessive charges
Breck Seiniger is credited for helping the Coalition for BCSD (Blaine County School District) Accountability address excessive fees they were charged by the School District for a records request. The District charged the Coalition $3,210 for 704 public emails which was more than allowed by law. Seiniger is mentioned in a Mountain Express newspaper article by Madelyn Beck, published Feb 15, 2017.Find Beck’s article here.
Seiniger Law did about half of the work pro-bono, helping this small group of citizens reduce the expenses they incurred to make the School District follow state law regarding making public records available to the public.
Civil Litigation Mediation Services – A Better Path to Resolution
Seiniger Law has opened a civil litigation mediation services center in Downtown Boise, Idaho. Seiniger is an experienced litigator who is also trained in mediation. The mediation center helps clients find alternative solutions for peaceful resolution of their civil cases.
From the Seiniger for Idaho Supreme Court website – this is a letter sent following the Feb 26, 2014 Seiniger for ISC campaign announcement
Dear Fellow Idahoan,
I am running to succeed Joel Horton on the Idaho Supreme Court. The election is on May 20, 2014. I am a solo practitioner who has represented Idaho’s private citizens for over three decades. I have the highest rating for legal ability and integrity awarded to lawyers, and have bee listed for many years in Best Lawyers in America. My solo law practice has a Tier 1 listing in US News Best Law Firms in America. My wife is also an attorney. We have three grown children, all born in Nampa, and a twelve-year old daughter whom we adopted from China. You can obtain information on my background by clicking on my website www.seinigerlaw.com or my LinkedIn profile.
Balance must be restored on the Idaho Supreme Court
For a long time, I have been concerned that the political appointment process has resulted in a lack of balance on Idaho’s Supreme Court. I believe that the perspective of Idaho’s Supreme Court does not include the full spectrum of Idaho’s talented Bar or the vast majority of lawyers who represent the vast majority of clients. Achieving balance in the composition of the Idaho Supreme Court is the primary issue upon which I am basing my campaign.
Justice Horton and “Advocacy for Special Interests”
Justice Horton issued a news release last week announcing that he is running for re-election. He stated, “The Idaho Supreme Court is no place for self-appointed advocates for special interests.” Indeed, I agree that advocacy for special interests, or even the appearance of it, must not be tolerated on the Idaho Supreme Court. Justice Horton went on to claim that he has a 20-year history of impartiality as a judge. Since Justice Horton has chosen to make impartiality an issue in this race, let me share with you Greg Obendorf’s story. In 2008, Idaho Supreme Court Just Joel Horton was in another very tight race for re-election. (Justice Horton ultimately won that race by a razor thin (.02%) margin of 253 votes). During this time, the Idaho Supreme court deliberated on an appeal filed by J.R. Simplot, Co. to overturn a Canyon County jury’s $2,435,906 verdict in favor of a group of Idaho farmers, including Mr. Obendorf, and against Simplot. While the Obendorf case was under deliberation, Justice Horton appointed one of Simplot’s in-house attorneys as his political treasurer. After doing so, not only did Justice Horton fully participate in the Idaho Supreme Court deliberations on this case, he wrote the opinion which resulted in all of the damages by the jury were taken away, and the case being sent back for re-trial. Justice Horton’s opinion in favor of Simplot was issued on May 1, 2008 and Justice Horton was re-elected on May 20, 2008. Our justice system only succeeds when people have full confidence in the impartiality and fairness of the judges.” A judge must avoid all impropriety and appearance of impropriety.” (See, Idaho Code of Judicial Conduct. Canon 2 and comments.) By participating in the deliberations on this case AND writing the majority decision, Horton gave the appearance that the integrity of the Idaho Supreme Court was severely compromised. Justices are expected to identify any conflict of interest — or the appearance of any conflict of interest — that may cause them to be biased — or appear biased — while deciding a case and voluntarily recuse themselves from the case.
Why this election is so important
At a time when justices of the Idaho Supreme Court are trading accusations of “scurrilous and unfounded personal attacks,” lying, falsification of the record, lacking integrity, and deciding cases based on who they want to win, it is more important than ever to have Supreme Court Justices who honor and respect fairness and impartiality, and who conduct themselves with the highest levels of integrity. I believe that the Obendorf case shows just how out-of-touch a career government employee/judge like Justice Horton can get. Either Justice Horton did not even recognize the appearance of impropriety, or he simply chose to disregard the rule requiring him to withdraw from participating in deciding the case.
As published in the Idaho Statesman on Saturday, September 23, 2006 recognizing him within the Boise business community.
Publisher “Best Lawyers in America” has selected William Breck Seiniger, Jr for its biennial listings. The referral guide to the legal profession announced that Seiniger has been chosen by his fellow attorneys in the category of employee benefits law.
Seiniger has been practicing employment, personal injury, and workers’ compensation law in Idaho since 1979. He is an honors graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the University of Idaho College of Law. He previously received the highest peer-review rating from industry leader Martindale-Hubbell, and is a recipient of the Idaho State Bar’s award for outstanding service to the profession.