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Brian Nicholas Donesley

Brian Nicholas Donesley

Practice areas:

Family, DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Separation

About Me

Brian Donesley  delivers aggressive representation based upon 34 years of experience as an attorney in Idaho. Examine Brian Donesley’s qualifications carefully, and judge for yourself the range and scope of his abilities and outstanding experience:  personal injury, divorce and custody, criminal, DUI, employment law, business matters, administrative law, liquor law, governmental affairs and other legal questions. Experience includes: Public Defender; Chief Counsel Idaho Department of Law Enforcement, Idaho Liquor Chief; State Senator; FBI Legal Advisors Academy;  litigation; negotiation; mediation; unions; liquor law.


Languages Spoken: English, French

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1978

  1. Divorce & Separation: 25%
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    36 years, 300 cases
  3. DUI & DWI: 25%
    36 years, 100 cases
  4. Family: 25%
    36 years, 300 cases



Hourly ($175-250/hour), Contingent (25-45%), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (15 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Michael Cole Larsen

    Brian is an excellent attorney. He has many years of experience and knows everybody in the Boise legal community. Brian is very intelligent, honest and has a tremendous work ethic. I highly recommend Brian for any criminal or DUI case.


    Michael Larsen Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lauren E. McConnell

    Brian has a great deal of experience and a deep understanding of labor and administrative law. He is passionate in his advocacy because he truly enjoys is work. I highly recommend him.


    Lauren McConnell Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Brian Donesley, Attorney

802 W Bannock St Ste Lp106
Boise, ID, 83702-5837



IDAuthorized to practice law197808/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
General CounselShoshone-Paiute Nation, Owyhee, NV2004 - 2006
SenatorIdaho State Senate1989 - 1993
OwnerBrian Donesley, Attorney1987 - Present
Alcohol Beverage ChiefIdaho State Police1981 - 1987
Chief Legal CounselIdaho State Police1979 - 1987
AssociateNick Chenoweth, Attorney1978 - 1979


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Idaho State Bar, Family Law SectionMember2013 - Present
Idaho State Bar, Employment and Labor Law SectionMember2013 - Present
National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing AttorneysMember2012 - Present
Idaho Licensed Beverage AssociationLegal Counsel2009 - 2010
Idaho Licensed Beverage AssociationMember2009 - Present
Idaho State Bar, Lawyer Assistance Program CommitteeExecutive Committee Member2006 - Present
National Conference of State LegislaturesExecutive Committee1990 - 1992
Idaho Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1988 - Present
Idaho State Bar Fee Arbitration CommitteeExecutive Committee Member1980 - 1989
Idaho State BarAttorney Member1978 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Fuchs v. Idaho State Police, Alcohol Beverage Control, 279 P.3d 100, 153 Idaho 114 (Idaho 2012)N/A
Fuchs v. State, Dept. of Idaho State Police, Bureau of Alcohol Beverage Control, 272 P.3d 1257, 152 Idaho 626 (Idaho 2012)N/A
Lang v. Ustick Dental Office, P.A., 817 P.2d 1069, 120 Idaho 545 (Idaho 1991)N/A

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
National Institute of Trial AdvocacyTrial AdvocacyCertificate of Completion1985
FBI Legal Advisor Academy, Quantico, VACivil Rights LitigationCertificate of Completion1982
University of Idaho College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Stanford UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1970