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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


  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

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  • Ronald Robert Shepherd

    Brian is a very professional, competent attorney. I have had occasion to work with him on the other side of a couple of cases now. I gladly endorse him.


    Ronald Shepherd Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • 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

Contact info

Brian Donesley, Attorney

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


IDAuthorized to practice law197811/12/2015
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
OwnerBrian Donesley, Attorney1987 - Present
General CounselShoshone-Paiute Nation, Owyhee, NV2004 - 2006
SenatorIdaho State Senate1989 - 1993
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 AdvocacyN/A1985
FBI Legal Advisor Academy, Quantico, VACivil Rights LitigationN/A1982
University of Idaho College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Stanford UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1970