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At IADC's 2020 membership meeting, Benjamin Ritchie, Hawley Troxell-Idaho Falls, accepted the role of President of IADC.  After several years of service on the Board of Directors, Mr. Ritchie will serve a one-year term as President.   


Robert Anderson, Anderson, Julian & Hull-Boise, was presented with IADC's Award of Appreciation and DRI's Exceptional Performance Award at IADC's 2020 membership meeting.  Both awards recognize Mr. Anderson's leadership and service on IADC's Board and as President of the association.  

Carl P. Burke Award of Excellence in Legal Defense bestowed on Boise attorney, Andy Brassey

Andrew Brassey (left), Brassey Crawford-Boise, received the award from IADC's newest Board member and fellow law firm member, Chris Graham (right). 

Andrew Brassey is a graduate of the University of Idaho Law School.  He was recognized by his peers at IADC for the utmost in professionalism and courtesy during his 40+ years of practice.  He is highly regarded by those he practices with, and against, for his skill in the courtroom and the manner in which he litigates: civilly, professionally and ethically.  Respect for Mr. Brassey runs deep and is well deserved.  In addition to being a long-time member of IADC, he is a Fellow in both the American College of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America.

As stated by IADC’s past president, Robert Anderson, “It is with great pleasure that the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel announces that Andy Brassey has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Carl Burke Award of Excellence. Andy’s over 40 years of defense practice has been a great example of how good trial attorneys prepare and try complex and difficult cases. His genuinely human approach to presenting cases to jurors and belief that all cases should be handled with the highest ethical standards are attributes all attorneys should strive to have. We believe Carl Burke would have been pleased with this selection.”

ABOUT THIS AWARD:  The Idaho Association of Defense Counsel’s Carl P. Burke Award of Excellence in Legal Defense was established by unanimous Board action in January 2019. The award honors IADC’s first president, 1964, Carl P. Burke, and his contribution to civil defense practice in Idaho. It celebrates and recognizes his distinguished service and extraordinary accomplishments in the field.

Burke was highly regarded for his civility and carried himself as a consummate gentleman, even in the depths of a tough case. He was known for his loyalty, professionalism and high standard of ethics. For those reasons, IADC’s Board saw naming the award after Burke as a way to honor his contributions and to set a standard for future award winners.

Former winners of the award are:  Jack Gjording and Richard Hall.


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