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Stephen L. Adams - Attorney
Stephen represents insurance companies, hospitals and professionals involved in litigation ranging from professional malpractice to appellate to personal injury. Stephen plays an active role in the firm’s motion practice and his colleagues often refer to him as the “Rules guru” because of his ability to quickly identify the intricacies of the law and present the client’s position through innovative, persuasive and concise motions. Stephen really enjoys researching and writing because it is one of the few places where true creativity may be expressed in the practice of law. Stephen’s appellate experience includes briefing and arguing insurance defense, business litigation, and governmental defense (including: contractual litigation, employment litigation, statutory interpretation, and constitutional law) cases before the Idaho Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Stephen is an at-Large Board Member of the Idaho State Bar’s appellate practice section and he was on the editorial board for the last two editions of the Idaho Appellate Handbook. Prior to joining Gjording Fouser, Stephen was a staff attorney for the Honorable Lynn Norton, Fourth Judicial District Court. He was also previously an attorney at a Boise-based law firm where his practice focused on insurance defense, governmental defense and education law. From 2012 to 2014, Stephen was an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University in the Legal Studies Department of the Woodbury School of Business, where he taught Bankruptcy and Collections, Wills, Trusts and Probate, Introduction to American Law, Business Law, Evidence and Torts. Stephen is admitted to practice in Idaho and Utah.
At-large Board Member, Appellate Practice section, Idaho State Bar (ISB)
Author, “The Default Judgment Tool Kit,” The Advocate, Vol. 60, No. 2 (Feb. 2017) – The Idaho State Bar Real Property Section earned the distinction of “Best Sponsored Issue” of The Advocate in 2016-17 for this issue.
Author, “Listing the Canons of Construction,” The Advocate, Vol. 59, No. 5 (May 2016)
Co-Author, “Excerpts from the Idaho Appellate Handbook Show its Usefulness,” The Advocate, Vol. 58, No. 8 (Aug. 2015)
Co-Author, “Preserving Issues for Appeal: Leaving Breadcrumbs for the Way Home,” The Advocate, Vol. 58, No. 8 (Aug. 2015)
Author, “Following the Recipe: A Rules Reminder for Motion Practice,” The Advocate, Vol. 58, No. 2 (Feb. 2015) - Stephen was awarded “Article of the Year” for writing this article by The Advocate’s Editorial Board
Author, “Dealing with Sham Affidavits in Idaho Courts,” The Advocate, Vol. 57, No. 8 (Aug. 2014)
Author, “An Update on Attorney Fees in Cases Involving Governmental Entities,” The Advocate, Vol. 56, No. 8 (Aug. 2013)
Author, “Practical and Ethical Issues when Dealing with a Pro Se Litigant,” The Advocate, Vol. 54, No. 3/4 (March 2011)
Stephen once baked approximately 140,000 calories of cheesecake in one week. Amusingly, though Stephen makes a mean cheesecake, he doesn’t really like cheesecake all that much.
Stephen loves to ski. However, while he has lived in Utah and California, he didn’t learn to ski until he moved to Idaho and went to Bogus Basin when he was 28.
In 12th grade, Stephen participated in a science competition where he had to build a Rube Goldberg machine designed to get a golf ball into a paper cup (which started upside down) in exactly two minutes. When Stephen started the machine, it almost literally exploded, shooting the golf ball a good 20 yards away (luckily not hitting anyone). Despite this, Stephen still got 3rd place.
Brigham Young University, B.A. in Music, 2002
Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2006