Michael D. Gaffney
Michael Gaffney is of counsel with the firm. For over 30 years, Mike has been recognized as one of the most accomplished trial and appellate lawyers in Idaho and Western Wyoming.
Mike has represented clients in some of the toughest venues in the country, including the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan), the Central District of California (Los Angeles) and the Middle District of Florida (Tampa). Over his career, he has handled virtually every type of lawsuit, from simple evictions to national class actions. Mike is especially proud to serve by appointment as a Special Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho since the mid-1990s defending the state and state agencies in Eastern Idaho civil rights and tort claims.
Mike currently accepts a limited number of business and healthcare disputes, including medical malpractice. In addition, Mike is an approved mediator for Idaho state and federal litigation. He is one of only two mediators specially trained in the area of medical dispute mediation approved by the American Health Lawyers Association as a panel mediator in Idaho.
Mike grew up in the Dakotas and served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer from 1974 – 1976 in southern Africa. He and his wife Julie are avid golfers, skiers, and dog lovers.
Areas of Expertise
- University of Idaho College of Law, JD 1986
- Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution,University of Idaho College of Law
- Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law
- Mediating Medical Disputes, American Health Lawyers Association
- Idaho, Wyoming and Oregon State and Federal Bars
- U.S. Court of Appeals for 9th and 10th Circuits
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- American Health Lawyers Association
- Idaho Supreme Court Evidence Rules Advisory Committee
- Mountain States Super Lawyers
- 2008 – 2017 (Business Litigation, Medical Malpractice)
- City Club of Idaho Falls
- Idaho Falls Rotary
- Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
- Idaho Falls Citizen Review Committee
- Planning & Building (2014)
- Idaho Law Review