Best Lawyers in America, a foremost guide to legal excellence in the U.S. for more than 40 years, has recognized 56 Parsons Behle & Latimer (Parsons) attorneys as the Best Lawyers in America for 2023, including five as “Lawyer of the Year” – a category that is presented to only one attorney in a given geographical region and practice area for each year’s edition – and 10 attorneys as “Ones to Watch” – new attorneys who are notably climbing the legal ranks. The 2023 Best Lawyers in America list includes attorneys in Parsons’ Boise and Idaho Falls, Idaho offices, Reno, Nevada office and Salt Lake City office. Parsons is also currently ranked as a top law firm in 59 practice areas in Idaho, Nevada and Utah collectively.

According to Best Lawyers™, attorneys recognized in the 2023 issue were nominated by their peers for their professional excellence in 146 practice areas. The publication analyzed 8.3 million nominations of which 62,000 lawyers, (approximately 5% of attorneys in private practice in the United States) were chosen. “Lawyer of the Year” status was conferred on attorneys with extremely high overall feedback within specific practice areas and metropolitan regions. The “One to Watch” status was conferred on up-and-coming attorneys in their respective practice areas.

Parsons’ attorneys who achieved Best Lawyer ranking and “Lawyer of the Year” status are as follows:

“Lawyer of the Year” 

Salt Lake City office:

David R. Bird, Government Relations Practice

Vicki M. Baldwin, Energy Law

Julianne P. Blanch, Insurance Law

Shawn C. Ferrin, Real Estate Law

Michael J. Malmquist, Mining Law

 Parsons’ attorneys recognized as “Best Lawyers in America” include:

Salt Lake City office:

Richard J. Angell, Vicki M. Baldwin, Lawrence R. Barusch, J. Thomas Beckett, Thomas G. Berggren, Thomas T. Billings, David R. Bird, Julianne P. Blanch, Jonathan K. Butler, Lynn Cardey-Yates, Erik A. Christiansen, Gary E. Doctorman, Angus Edwards, Raymond J. Etcheverry, Shawn C. Ferrin, David R. Hall, Timothy C. Houpt, Stephen J. Hull, Lucy B. Jenkins, Christina M. Jepson, Lisa A. Kirschner, John R. Lund, Michael J. Malmquist, Geoffrey W. Mangum, Margaret Niver McGann, Michael Patrick O’Brien, Hal J. Pos, Cory D. Sinclair, John A. Snow, C. Kevin Speirs, Craig B. Terry, Nathan D. Thomas, Charles H. Thronson, Michael J. Tomko, Paul D. Veasy, Katherine E. Venti, Juliette P. White, Francis M. Wikstrom, Michael A. Zody.

Boise office:

Robert B. Burns, Richard H. Greener, Dana M. Herberholz, J. Kevin West

Reno office:  

Jim B. Butler, Rew R. Goodenow, Michael R. Kealy

“One to Watch” attorneys include:

Boise, Idaho office:

Andrew R. Alder, Jason R. Mau

 Idaho Falls office:

Robert J. Couch, John E. Cutler, Kelsie A. Kirkham

Reno office:

Gregory Morrison, Ashley C. Nikkel

Salt Lake City office:

Graham J. Gilbert, Gregory H. Gunn, Jason D. Steiert

Parsons congratulates these deserving attorneys. For more information about individual attorneys, visit