Thomas J. Budge

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  • Partner at Racine Olson (20 Attorneys)
  • 201 East Center Street, Pocatello, ID 83201
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Biography

Mr. Budge specializes in real estate, business, and water law, representing cities, corporations, banks, developers, and landowners throughout Southern Idaho in a wide range of transactions, administrative proceedings, litigation, and appeals. He has worked on some of Idaho’s largest real estate developments, was intimately involved with the Snake River Basin Adjudication, and has advised clients in connection with more than $100 million in real estate transactions. His experience includes land use, planning and zoning, agriculture, water rights, the Clean Water Act, easements, road disputes, boundary disputes, eminent domain, mining, and energy.

T.J. approaches legal challenges with the goal of identifying solutions that can be implemented quickly and cost-effectively. He has argued cases before the Idaho Supreme Court, Idaho Department of Water Resources, Idaho Department of Lands, United States Environmental Protection Agency, and local government boards throughout eastern Idaho. The legal, historical, and practical insights gained from these experiences enable T.J. to provide clear and cost-effective solutions to the most difficult legal challenges that face our clients. Professional Memberships and Activities Mr. Budge is licensed to practice law in both Idaho and Utah. He is the current President of the Portneuf Inn of Court, a past Board member of the Water Law Section of the Idaho State Bar, and a current member of the Real Estate Section and the Water Law Section of the Idaho State Bar. His article A Fluid Transaction: Buying and Selling Water Rights was published in The Advocate, the official publication of the Idaho State Bar.

Awards

Mr. Budge has been awarded the highest AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbel, maintains a 10.0 rating with AVVO, was named the 2010 CASA Attorney of the Year, and has been a finalist for the Idaho Business Review Overachievers Under 40 (2015), Professional of the Year (2016), and Business & Achievement (2017) awards. Academic Degrees

B.S., Idaho State University, 2003J.D., University of Idaho, 2006

Speaking Engagements

Citizens Law Academy – Understanding Land DescriptionsCitizens Law Academy – Water Rights 101Groundwater Hydrology, Law & Mitigation Seminar – Mitigation Plans Past & PresentHenry’s Fork Watershed Council – Water Court Pros & ConsIdaho Water Users Association – The Supreme Court Speaks: Conjunctive Management UpdateIdaho Water Users Association – Water Court Pros & ConsLaw Seminars International – Mitigation in Practice: Challenges and StrategiesLaw Seminars International – Water Issues on LandNational Business Institute – Special Considerations in Farm & Ranch TransactionsPortneuf Inn of Court – Eminent domain practice and procedurePortneuf Inn of Court – Understanding Legal DescriptionsSixth and Seventh Judicial District Law Clerk and Staff Attorney Training Seminar – Land Descriptions and the Implications of Accretion and AvulsionSixth and Seventh Judicial District Law Clerk and Staff Attorney Training Seminar – Water Rights and Irrigation Easements

Personal Information At the center of Mr. Budge’s life is his wife, Heidi, and their four children. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pocatello Pioneers Mountain Bike Team, has spent more than 16 years as a volunteer member of the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol, and is actively involved in church and other community activities.

LICENSE

State

Status

Acquired

Updated

UT

Active

2010

03/13/2016

ID

Authorized to practice law

2006

03/12/2016

AWARDS

Award Name

Grantor

Date Granted

Overachiever Under 40

Southeast Idaho Business Journal

2015

AV Preeminent Rated

Martindale-Hubbell

2015

2010 CASA Attorney of the Year for the Sixth Judicial District

CASA

2010

WORK EXPERIENCE

Title

Company Name

Duration

Partner

Racine Olson Nye Budge & Bailey, Chartered

2006 - Present

ASSOCIATIONS

Association Name

Position Name

Duration

Idaho State Bar, Water Law Section

Past Board Member

2006 - Present

Portneuf American Inn of Court

N/A

2006 - Present

American Bar Association

N/A

2006 - Present

Idaho State Bar, Real Property Section

N/A

2006 - Present

LEGAL CASES

Case Name

Outcome

Clear Springs Foods, Inc. v. Spackman

IDWR Director's decision upheld

In re Application for Gunbarrel at Shotgun Village Subdivision

Subdivision approved

Grand Teton Canal Company water right transfer no. 76065

Water right transfer approved

PUBLICATIONS

Publication Name

Title

Date

The Advocate (Idaho State Bar)

A Fluid Transaction: Buying and Selling Water Rights

2011

EDUCATION

School Name

Major

Degree

Graduated

University of Idaho College of Law

Law

JD - Juris Doctor

2006

Idaho State University

Business Marketing

BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration

2003

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Conference Name

Title

Date

Water Law in Idaho

Mitigation in Practice: Challenges and Strategies

2015

Sixth and Seventh Judicial District Law Clerk and Staff Attorney Training Seminar

Water Rights and Irrigation Easements

2015

Sixth and Seventh Judicial District Law Clerk and Staff Attorney Training Seminar

Land Descriptions and The Implications of Accretion & Avulsion

2015

Summer Water Law & Resource Seminar

Water Court Pros & Cons

2014

Portneuf American Inn of Court

Understanding Legal Descriptions

2014

Henry's Fork Watershed Council

Water Court Pros & Cons

2014

Groundwater Hydrology; Law & Mitigation Seminar

Mitigation Plans Past and Present

2014

Citizens Law Academy

Water Rights 101

2014

Water Law Seminar

Water Issues on Land

2013

Summer Water Law & Resource Issues Seminar

The Supreme Court Speaks - Conjunctive Management Update

2011

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Real Estate
  • Natural Resources
  • Water Law
  • Energy
  • Business

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
208-684-0907  Phone
208-232-6101  Phone
(208) 232-6109  Fax
www.racinelaw.net
University Attended:
Idaho State University, B.B.A., Business Marketing, 2003
Law School Attended:
University of Idaho, J.D., 2006
Year of First Admission:
2006
Admission:
2006, Idaho; 2010, Utah
Memberships:
Idaho State Bar (Member, Sections on: Water Law, Past Board Member; Real Property)
Birth Information:
Logan, Utah, October 24, 1977
ISLN:
919209594
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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