Thomas J. Budge: Lawyer with Racine Olson Nye Budge & Bailey Chartered

Thomas J. Budge


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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Natural Resources
  • Business
  • Water Law
  • Energy
University Idaho State University, B.B.A., Business Marketing, 2003
Law SchoolUniversity of Idaho, J.D., 2006
Admitted2006, Idaho; 2010, Utah
BornLogan, Utah, October 24, 1977

T.J. Budge joined Racine Olson in 2006 after earning his law degree from the University of Idaho where he competed on the U of I National Moot Court Team, worked as a legal writing teaching assistant, and interned with the Office of the Idaho Attorney General in the Idaho Department of Water Resources. Mr. Budge’s practice is focused on real estate, natural resource, and water law.

Mr. Budge has assisted clients on a wide range of complex transactions, administrative proceedings, litigation, and appeals. Specifically, he has advised clients with regard to water rights, stream alteration, the Clean Water Act, real estate transactions, land development, agriculture, easements, eminent domain, mining, energy, and other areas. He has argued cases before the Idaho Supreme Court, Snake River Basin Adjudication court, Idaho Department of Water Resources, United States Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and planning and zoning boards throughout eastern Idaho.

Mr. Budge has conducted comprehensive water rights analyses for municipalities, corporations, developers, banks, irrigation companies, and large farming operations, and he played an integral role in recent monumental cases involving management of the Snake River and the vast Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. His comprehensive understanding of both the history and law of Idaho’s water resources enables him to provide clear and cost-effective solutions to complex water right problems that confront his clients.

Professional Memberships and Activities

Mr. Budge is licensed to practice law in both Idaho and Utah. He is on the board of the Water Law Section of the Idaho State Bar and the treasurer of the Portneuf Inn of Court. His article A Fluid Transaction: Buying and Selling Water Rights was published in The Advocate, the official publication of the Idaho State Bar. He has also made presentations to various civic and professional groups, including the Idaho Water Users Association and real estate agencies. He was named the 2010 CASA Attorney of the Year for the Sixth Judicial District.

Academic Degrees

Mr. Budge earned a degree in business marketing from Idaho State University in 2003, where he was active in student government and interned in the Washington, DC office of U.S. Senator Mike Crapo. He obtained his law degree from the University of Idaho in 2006.

TJ obtained his law degree from the University of Idaho in 2006. There he competed on the University of Idaho National Moot Court Team, was employed by the law school as a legal writing teaching assistant, and interned with the Idaho Attorney General at the Idaho Department of Water Resources.

Personal Information

Mr. Budge continues a long tradition of public service by the Budge family. He is a volunteer member of the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol, provides volunteer legal service to the CASA Guardian Ad Litem program and the Portneuf Greenway Foundation, and is active in his church. His wife, Heidi Bauer, is from Mud Lake, Idaho. They have four children.

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Thomas J. Budge

201 East Center Street
PocatelloID 83201


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