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Jeff R. Sykes

  • Founding Member, 2014




Jeff R. Sykes is one of the firm’s founders and is sought out to advise and represent clients on a variety of employment, personal injury, real estate and complex commercial litigation. His expert knowledge of trade secret litigation, fraud claims, sexual harassment claims, age, disability and other discrimination claims as well as wage claims, and breach of warranty and defective product litigation make him a go-to advisor for many area business owners and human resource professionals. From negotiations to drafting and enforcement of employment contracts, employee manuals, non-competition agreements, and non-disclosure agreements, Jeff knows the business implications of law as well as he knows law itself.

What’s more, Jeff is a versatile litigator with a well-earned reputation for accuracy, fairness and tenacity regardless of which side of the case he is on. Beyond the courtroom Jeff is skilled in arbitration and mediation of claims and disputes, construction claims and defense as well as real estate matters including title claims, easement disputes, access and boundary disputes.

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, and graduate of both Cal State Chico and Gonzaga University Law School, Jeff, along with his wife and two children, have been in Boise since 1993. Outside work he enjoys travel with his family, golf, Boise State sporting events and time permitting, a ride on his Harley. He gives back to the community through his involvement with the Treasure Valley YMCA youth government program as well as previous volunteer efforts for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

Areas Of Practice

  • Employment law
  • Personal injury
  • Real estate law
  • Commercial litigation
  • Insurance law
  • Construction litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Idaho
  • California, 1994


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D. - 1993
  • Cal State-Chico, Chico, California
    • B.A. - 1990

Classes / Seminars

  • The Do's and Don'ts of the Hiring(and Firing) Process, Sept. 25, 2014 Meeting
  • Idaho Real Estate, Title Insurance and Escrow Law, 2013, 2013
  • Employment Law Update, Idaho Irrigation Equipment Association Convention, 2013
  • Defending Against an Idaho Unemployment Claim, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Employment Law – Management
  • Best Lawyers in America: Litigation – Insurance
  • Forty Accomplished Under Forty, Idaho Business Review

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, and Employment and Employment Law Section
  • Human Resource Association of Treasure Valley (HRATV), Board of Directors, 2011 to 2013
  • Idaho Associated General Contractors
  • Idaho Land Title Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Order of Barristers

Past Employment Positions

  • Meuleman Mollerup LLP, Partner, 1997 to 2014
  • Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton, 1994 to 1997
  • Honorable Justice Linda Copple Trout, Idaho Supreme Court, Judicial Law Clerk, 1993 to 1994

Pro Bono Activities

  • Treasure Valley YMCA
  • Volunteer, Big Brothers Big Sisters