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Kurt Holzer

Kurt Holzer

Representing Injured People at Hepworth Holzer, LLP
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability...
  • Idaho
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Idaho Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2011, Kurt Holzer is a past President of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubble and has received a 10 from the AVVO rating service. As trial counsel, Kurt has obtained several jury verdicts in excess of one million dollars. A member of the Idaho State Bar since 1992 and a member of the Board of Directors of the ITLA since 1997, Kurt currently serves as co-chair of its Governmental Relations committee. He is a former Idaho representative to the American Trial Lawyers Association. He has served multiple terms as a member of the Professional Conduct Board of the Idaho State Bar. Kurt worked with legislators and other groups to obtain passage of Idaho's landmark Small Lawsuit Resolution Act. He has published a number of articles on trial preparation and litigation skills as well as a study on Idaho jury behavior.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Claims
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Asbestos & Mesothelioma
Additional Practice Areas
  • Semi Truck Collisions
  • Car Accidents
  • Insurance Bad Faith
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    We will review your facts and the law and provide insight into your situation for no charge.
  • Contingent Fees
    We practice almost exclusively on a no win/no fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Idaho
Languages
  • Italian: Spoken
Professional Experience
Trial Attorney, Partner
Hepworth Holzer, LLP
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Merger of Holzer Edwards, Chtd and Hepworth Janis & Kluksdal, Chtd. to form Hepworth Holzer, LLP- Life Changing Law
Trial Lawyer/Shareholder
Holzer-Edwards, Chtd
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Merged with HJK
Chief Idaho Trial Lawyer
Murphy, Holzer & Vaughan, LLC
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Attorney, Trial Lawyer
Holland & Hart LLP
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Law Clerk
Utah Court of Appeals, Judith M. Billings Presiding Judge
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Education
University of Utah
J.D. (1992) | Law
Honors: William Leary Scholar Executive Editor, Utah Law Review
Mesa State College
B.A. (1989) | Selected Studies-Emphasis in Political Economy
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Honors: President, Student Body Association, Columnist Criterion
Activities: Whitewater kayaking Instructor- Mesa State Outing Program. Bartender Blue Moon Bar & Grill
Awards
James J. May Award as 2011 Idaho Trial Lawyer of the Year
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
Selected by peers for excellence
Champion Of Justice
ACLU
Professional Associations
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
Co-Chair Governmental Relations Committee
- Current
Professional Conduct Board_Idaho State Bar
Member
- Current
Activities: Hearing committee member and panel chairman
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
President
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Speaking Engagements
Being a Plaintiff's Warrior, North Dakota Association for Justice, Fargo, North Dakota
North Dakota Association for Justice
Cooperation Collegiality & Mentoring- What it Means to be a Lawyer, ITLA Newbie School, University of Idaho LAw School-Boise
ITLA
Certifications
Practicing Attorney
Idaho State Bar
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered

Q. Daughter died in motorcycle crash. She has 3 kids my other daughter and husband have custody and care of. Who files?
A: First, I am so sorry to hear of this tragic loss. As to the law, wrongful death claims in Idaho are controlled by Idaho Code section 5-311. Under that statute, the children and you as parent all have wrongful death claims that can be pursued. Generally claims can either be brought by the personal representative of the estate of the decedent or individually by the various claimants. In this case, the claims of the minor children can be brought by their legal guardians. You can learn more here https://hepworthholzer.com/practice_areas/wrongful-death-attorneys/
Q. How does a personal injury lawsuit turn into a criminal case?
A: A personal injury case is a civil case. A civil case is a private lawsuit brought by a one person against another person. A civil case provides compensation to the injured person. On the other hand a criminal case is brought by the State of Idaho against a person for an act the law says is illegal. A criminal case provides punishment- either fines or incarceration -for breaking the law. While the acts underlying a civil case can also be a basis for a criminal case, the personal injury lawsuit does not "turn into" a criminal case. A person who brings a personal injury case might file a report with the police that a prosecutor decides to use to pursue a criminal case. Thus, while the cases can be related one does not change into the other one
Q. Can I go back to the insurance company and renegotiate my settlement - am finding the money doesn't cover care.
A: Generally speaking the answer is no. The whole point if a settlement is that you release the claim. Insurance companies often try to get people to settle for less than a claim is worth and that is one of the reasons to have a good attorney involved in evaluating your case in the first place. There is some Idaho law that will allow a person to rescind a prior settlement in very limited circumstances.
Q. Was driving a company car and got in an accident - will the other driver sue me or my company?
A: Not all collisions end in a lawsuit. I am assuming that you were the person who made the mistake and caused the collision. If that is true the injured person has the right to bring the claim against you, or if you were "within the course and scope" of your employment, your employer. Many time a claim is made against both. The important question is what insurance is applicable to the car at the time you were driving it. The best thing for you to do is simply report the incident to your insurance company and employer and then let them handle the initial parts of the claim.
Q. Does strict liability apply to dog bite cases in Idaho?
A: Idaho dog bite law is complex See Boswell v. Steele. https://cases.justia.com/idaho/supreme-court-civil/2018-45454.pdf?ts=1536256623
Q. Do I have a case if I was injured in an accident as an adolescent more than two years ago but suffer from pain still?
A: The Idaho statute of limitations is generally 2 years. If you are under 18 it can be extended for either an additional 6 years or until you turn 20 whichever comes first. SO if it been more than 10 years than the unfortunate answer is no
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Hepworth Holzer, LLP
537 W. Bannock
Boise, ID 83702
USA
Telephone: (208) 343-7510