Wyatt B. Johnson

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Education

Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College – J.D., 1998
Washington State University – B.A., Summa Cum Laude 1993

Bar Admissions

Idaho State Bar, 1998
United States Court, District of Idaho, 1998
United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2013

Honors & Distinctions

“Accomplished Under 40″ – Idaho Business Review, 2007
“Leaders in Law, Firm Associated Partner” – Idaho Business Review 2013

Professional Affiliations

Idaho Supreme Court Evidence Rules Advisory Committee

Idaho Supreme Court Judicial Recruitment Committee

Uniform Power of Attorney Act Drafting Committee

Idaho State Bar Litigation Section, Past Chairman and Vice Chairman

Idaho State Bar, Real Estate Section

Idaho Trial Lawyer’s Association, President Elect

Idaho Smart Growth, Board Member

Wyatt Johnson is a civil trial veteran. As lead trial counsel, he has tried multiple cases to juries and judges. He has personally argued published Idaho Supreme Court and unpublished Idaho Court of Appeals cases.

In addition to trial work, Wyatt engages in a transactional practice involving real estate and related business ventures. He also regularly practices before city and county planning and zoning authorities as well as various State administrative agencies.

Wyatt graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1993. In 1998, he graduated in the top quarter of his class from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

In conjunction with his professional practice, Wyatt is an active member of the legal community. He is currently serving a six-year term on the Idaho Supreme Court Evidence Rules Advisory Committee. He is also on the board of the Idaho Trial Lawyer’s Association. He is a past Chairman of the Idaho State Bar Litigation Section.

He regularly lectures at seminars and workshops providing continuing education for attorneys and other professionals.

Representative Matters

  • Represented owners of a four season, national destination resort against multi-million dollar claims by an international lending institution and investment consortium.
  • Obtained landmark decision from the Idaho Supreme Court regarding legal land descriptions and the Statute of Frauds.
  • Represented a large real estate brokerage in an antitrust class action by homebuyers against real estate agents and brokers.
  • Represented shareholders, members and partners in partnership and limited liability company disputes;
  • Represented guarantors in cases involving claims on personal guarantees;
  • Crafted and executed strategy for the purchase and sale of large residential subdivision and entitlements to close midway through construction and development.
  • Developed and executed strategy for complex loan workout transactions involving land developers, lending institutions, and various items of collateral including land, contract rights and other significant assets.
  • Consulted for commercial product supplier on multi-state government contract.
  • Represented utility provider on multiple land transactions.
  • Represented developer in resolution of water right priority claims for development land in Snake River Basin Adjudication.
  • Represented builders, developers and landowners before local land use and zoning authorities on matters such as land development entitlements, zoning disputes, variances and modifications.
  • Represented junior lien holder and debtors in judicial mortgage foreclosures of large commercial development land tracts.
  • Represented volume home builder in complex multi-party litigation with contract, forgery and fraud claims arising from an investment scheme involving numerous investors and properties.

Speaking Engagements

Halfmoon Education, Inc. “Determining Land Ownership and Access Rights, Boise, Idaho

Halfmoon Education Inc. “Idaho Engineering Law,” Boise, Idaho

National Business Institute “Legal Descriptions, Title Insurance and Surveys in Real Estate Transactions”

National Business Institute “Attorneys’ Guide to Local Government Law,” Boise, Idaho

Loriman Education Services “Legal and Practical Issues of Easements in Idaho”

National Business Institute “Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know,” Boise, Idaho

National Business Institute “Advanced Issues in Real Estate Law,” Boise, Idaho

National Business Institute “Boundary Issues and Easement Law,” Boise, Idaho

Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting “See What I Mean: Visual Aids in Trial Practice,” Sun Valley, Idaho

National Business Institute “Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the ‘Rambo’ Litigator,” Boise, Idaho

National Business Institute “Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers,” Boise, Idaho

National Business Institute “Boot Camp: Foreclosures and Loan Workout Procedures”

National Business Institute “Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know,” Boise, Idaho

National Business Institute “Advanced Issues in Real Estate,” Boise, Idaho

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Boise Chapter) and High Technology Crime Investigation Association “Idaho Fraud and High Tech Investigation Conference,” Boise, Idaho

Idaho State Bar Real Property Section “Basic and Advanced Real Estate Topics: Deeds, Title Insurance, Foreclosures, Appraisals, Water Rights, Bankruptcy,” Boise, Idaho

National Business Institute, “Real Estate Law: Advanced Issues and Answers,” Boise, Idaho

National Business Institute “Title Law in Idaho,” Boise, Idaho.

Lorman Education Services “Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations,” Boise, Idaho.

Lorman Education Services “Real Estate Development From Beginning to End in Idaho, Court Challenges to Decisions by Local Land Use Authorities,” Boise, Idaho.

National Business Institute “Boundary Disputes: Resolving Client Conflicts, Resolving Boundary Disputes without Going to Trial, Boundary Dispute Trial Preparation and Litigation,” Boise, Idaho.

Lorman Education Services “Development Process in a Changing Market, Court Challenges to Decisions by Local Use Authorities,” Boise, Idaho.

National Business Institute “Resolving Real Estate Title Defects, Ethical Considerations Section,” Boise, Idaho.

Lorman Education Services “Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations,” Boise, Idaho.

National Business Institute “Boundary Disputes: Resolving Client Conflicts,” Boise, Idaho.

National Business Institute “Resolving Real Estate Title Defects,” Boise, Idaho.

Lorman Education Services “Construction Lien Law in Idaho,” Boise, Idaho.

Lorman Education Services “Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations in Idaho,” Boise, Idaho.

Lorman Education Services “Construction Delay Claims,” Boise, Idaho.

National Business Institute “Managing Residential Property: Avoiding Tenant Disputes and Evictions,” Boise, Idaho.

Lorman Education Services “The Appraisal Process – How to Read or Review a Report,” Boise, Idaho.

Boise Legal Secretary Association, Boise chapter of NALS “Documenting a Real Estate Transaction,” Boise, Idaho.

National Business Institute “How to Obtain Good Title in Idaho Real Estate Transactions,” Boise, Idaho.

Lorman Education Services “Title Examination In Idaho,” Boise, Idaho.

National Business Institute, “Estate Planning and Probate for the Paralegal/Legal Assistant in Idaho,” Boise, Idaho.

Publications

“A Brief Writing Guide for Litigators” The Advocate (March/April 2008)

“Beware the Simple Real Estate Transaction” The Advocate (February 2005)

Reported Cases

Decisions of Interest

Unreported Cases

  • Adade Adjei-Twum v. Russ Gibson d/b/a Gibson Homes, Docket #34249 (Opinion filed July 7, 2008) (Idaho Court of Appeals)
  • Jessica Blanksma v. Weitz & Co., Inc., et al, Docket #30888 (Opinion filed October 26, 2005) (Idaho Court of Appeals)

Jury Trials

  • Lancaster v. Amos
    • CV-00683-CWD
    • Trial – January 2014
  • Ringel v. Swanson
    • CV 2006-559C, 4th District, Valley County
    • Trial – May 2009
  • Jones v. Mead
    • CV 2006 93, 4th District, Boise County
    • Trial – January 2008
  • Jacinto v. Bailey
    • CV OC 05 08147D, 4th District, Ada County
    • Trial – March 2007
  • Zorn v. Hobbs
    • CV OC 0305034D, 4th District, Ada County
    • Trial – January 2006
  • Melichar v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co.
    • CV OC 03 05033D, 4th District, Ada County
    • Trial – January 2005
    • Appeal to Supreme Court
  • Jeffreys v. Blocher
    • CV OC 0207367D, 4th District, Ada County
    • Trial – January 2004
    • Mid-trial settlement following plaintiff case in chief

Court Trials

  • Beneficial Financial I, Inc. v. Dingelein
    • CV 114-3604, 3rd District, Canyon County
    • Trial – October 2014
  • Griffith v. Amend
    • CV OC 07 03784, 4th District, Ada County
    • Trial – February 2009
  • Barrett Business Systems, Inc. v. Northwest Real Estate Capital Corp.
    • CV OC 0714048, 4th District, Ada County
    • Trial – June 2008
  • Ray v. Frasure
    • CV OC 06-05365, 4th District, Ada County
    • Trial – May 2007
    • Appeal to Supreme Court
  • Ideal Concrete v. Kay Knapp
    • CV 2001-9249, 3rd District, Canyon County
    • Trial – July 2004
  • Blanksma v. Weitz
    • CV 02-01332, 3rd District, Adams County
    • Trial – April 2004
  • Webb/Regency v. Johnson
    • CV OC 0103833D, 4th District, Ada County
    • Trial – January 2004
  • Pinnacle Engineers v. Anders
    • CV OC 0200186D, 4th District, Ada County
    • Trial – June 2002
  • Action Collection Service, Inc. v. Jim D. Fultz
    • CV OC 9907061M, 3rd District, Canyon County
    • Trial – July 2001

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