Elam & Burke

Elam & Burke

Elam & Burke has a legacy of defending its clients in courtrooms all over Idaho. Elam & Burke provides effective legal services rooted in a grounded western perspective.

Firm Overview

A landmark in the Boise legal community since 1928, Elam & Burke offers a legacy of regional leadership for its clients. With a multi-generational team of attorneys, we provide skilled litigation and transactional advocacy in a wide range of practice areas. Reliable experience and practical solutions are our strong suit. For a firm with staying power, trust Elam & Burke.

Founded On Principle

We offer regional litigation capability, approaching each problem with the confidence that should all else fail, we will protect our clients in court.

We recognize the distinct problems and needs of the business and commercial worlds and view each legal issue with a focus on the business side of the solution.
Elam & Burke helps you go further when legal skill matters.

Our Clients Are Partners

Another philosophical point to note about Elam & Burke? In brief, you. We establish lasting partnerships with our clients, so you can rely on us over the long term.

Main Office

Main Office
251 E Front St., Ste 300
Boise ID 83702


(208) 343-5454

Workers Compensation

Medical Malpractice

Real Estate

John J. Burke, Shareholder

Elam & Burke

Mr. Burke joined the firm in January 2013. He is an experienced litigation attorney who focuses on defending cases involving professional and medical malpractice, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and civil rights (Section 1983) claims. He also advises hospitals and healthcare providers in health law. Before joining Elam & Burke, Mr. Burke practiced law at Farley, Oberrecht, Harwood & Burke, P.A. from 1992-2012.

PHONE: 208-343-5454
EMAIL: jjb@elamburke.com

Ryan Armbruster, Shareholder

Elam & Burke

Mr. Armbruster is the firm's Managing Director. He practices primarily in municipal law, redevelopment work on behalf of urban renewal agencies, and municipal financing. He is responsible for supervising the provision of legal services to the Capital City Development Corporation, the Idaho Falls Urban Renewal Agency, the Jerome Urban Renewal Agency, the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency, the Garden City Urban Renewal Agency, and several others. He has been instrumental in the implementation of Idaho's Urban Renewal Law and Economic Development Act, including numerous legislative efforts.

PHONE: 208-343-5454
EMAIL: rpa@elamburke.com

William G. Dryden, Senior Attorney

Elam & Burke

Mr. Dryden joined the firm in 1980. After graduation from law school, he clerked for the Idaho Supreme Court and for the United States District Court for the District of Idaho. While in law school, he clerked for the Oregon Attorney General. Mr. Dryden principally works in the litigation field. His practice includes environmental litigation, commercial litigation, construction litigation, banking litigation, and insurance defense work.

PHONE: 208-343-5454
EMAIL: wgd@elamburke.com

Jon M. Bauman, Shareholder

Elam & Burke

Mr. Bauman joined the firm in 2000. His practice emphasizes the defense of workers' compensation and workers' compensation coverage matters. From 1991 to 1993, he served as a referee (administrative law judge) at the Idaho Industrial Commission where he was one of the principal drafters of the Industrial Commission's Judicial Rules of Practice and Procedure.

Mr. Bauman has handled all phases of workers' compensation litigation, including trials, mediations, and appeals. In addition, he drafts legislation and administrative regulations and testifies before the Idaho Legislature on workers' compensation and governmental law issues. He also has experience dealing with initiatives and referenda. He has taught workers' compensation law for the University of Idaho College of Law since 1995 and legislation beginning in 2007.

PHONE: 208-343-5454
EMAIL: jmb@elamburke.com

Meghan Sullivan Conrad, Shareholder

Elam & Burke

Ms. Conrad's practice focuses on local economic development with extensive representation to urban renewal agencies throughout the state on issues including structuring of private-public partnerships, government contracts, tax increment financing, litigation, appeals and governmental relations. Ms. Conrad's practice also includes representation of a commodity promotion and research program, consumer and commercial lenders in foreclosures and collections, and she participates in insurance defense litigation. Ms. Conrad has had the opportunity to speak at numerous conferences on the topic of urban renewal. In 2014, Ms. Conrad was recognized by the Idaho Business Review as a Leader in Law, Firm Associated: Associate. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the University of Idaho College of Law Advisory Council and is a member of State Law Resources, Inc., Idaho Women Lawyers and the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel.

PHONE: 208-343-5454
EMAIL: msc@elamburke.com

Joshua S. Evett, Shareholder

Elam & Burke

Mr. Evett is a civil litigator, with an emphasis on business and commercial litigation, banking litigation, professional liability defense (medical malpractice, accounting, notary and surety defense), motor vehicle dealer bond defense, civil rights defense under 42 USC 1983, general insurance defense, insurance coverage, product liability, medical device and pharmaceutical litigation and mass toxic torts. Mr. Evett provides consultations on a range of business-related topics, including business formation, partnership and shareholder disputes, and corporate dissolutions. He also works on a pro bono basis representing parties involved in child custody disputes.

PHONE: 208-343-5454
EMAIL: jse@elamburke.com

James A. Ford, Shareholder

Elam & Burke

Mr. Ford joined the firm in 1987. Prior to joining Elam & Burke, he practiced law for two years with an insurance defense firm in both its Boise and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, offices. While in law school, he participated in summer internship programs with the Ada County and Valley County Prosecuting Attorney offices. Mr. Ford's practice consists primarily of insurance defense (personal injury), workers' compensation, and civil litigation.

PHONE: 208-343-5454
EMAIL: jaf@elamburke.com

Matthew L. Walters, Shareholder

Elam & Burke

Mr. Walters joined the firm in August 2003 and became a shareholder in 2009. He practices primarily in the area of civil litigation with an emphasis in employment law, ski industry litigation and fiduciary disputes. Prior to joining Elam & Burke, Mr. Walters served a one-year clerkship for The Honorable Ronald J. Wilper, District Judge, Fourth Judicial District of Idaho.

PHONE: 208-343-5454
EMAIL: mlw@elamburke.com

Joseph N. Pirtle, Shareholder

Elam & Burke

Joe Pirtle is a shareholder of the firm focusing his practice on commercial and business litigation, contract disputes, lien claims and insurance litigation. He also helps businesses with entity formations and transactions.
Joe joined Elam & Burke in 2005. He has extensive experience representing individuals and businesses in all facets of litigation in Idaho and Oregon. His significant engagements include successful prosecution of mechanic's lien claims in one of Idaho's largest ever lien foreclosure actions, defense of professional malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims, and pursuing creditor claims in bankruptcy. Joe also successfully pursued substantive consolidation of two business debtors in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings in Idaho, resulting in the dismissal of adversary claims against contractors totaling $330 million.

PHONE: 208-343-5454
EMAIL: jnp@elamburke.com

Loren C. Ipsen, Shareholder

Elam & Burke

Mr. Ipsen joined the firm in 2001. His practice emphasizes estate planning, probate, real estate, tax and pensions, with extensive experience in ERISA cases. He also has significant experience in environmental, contract, and business litigation cases. Mr. Ipsen has authored articles for the Idaho Law Review, Taxation for Lawyers and Taxation for Accountants, and was a co-author of Idaho Practical Probate.

PHONE: 208-343-5454
EMAIL: lci@elamburke.com

Jeffrey A. Thomson, Shareholder

Elam & Burke

Mr. Thomson joined the firm in 1987. His practice consists of banking law, insurance bad faith defense and first party insurance claims, insurance coverage, complex commercial litigation, and business law, and he heads the firm's Appellate Section. Prior to joining Elam & Burke, Mr. Thomson served a two-year judicial clerkship for the Honorable J. Blaine Anderson, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Thomson has authored several articles on securities arbitration and litigation practices and has spoken extensively on insurance and appellate issues.

PHONE: 208-343-5454
EMAIL: jat@elamburke.com