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Thomas Jeremy Budge

Real estate Attorney at Pocatello, ID

5.0   11 reviews

also known as TJ Budge


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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Mr. Budge specializes in real estate, water rights, and natural resource 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, 2003
  • J.D., University of Idaho, 2006

 Speaking Engagements

  • Citizens Law Academy – Understanding Land Descriptions
  • Citizens Law Academy – Water Rights 101
  • Groundwater Hydrology, Law & Mitigation Seminar – Mitigation Plans Past & Present
  • Henry’s Fork Watershed Council – Water Court Pros & Cons
  • Idaho Water Users Association – The Supreme Court Speaks: Conjunctive Management Update
  • Idaho Water Users Association – Water Court Pros & Cons
  • Law Seminars International – Mitigation in Practice: Challenges and Strategies
  • Law Seminars International – Water Issues on Land
  • National Business Institute – Special Considerations in Farm & Ranch Transactions
  • Portneuf Inn of Court – Eminent domain practice and procedure
  • Portneuf Inn of Court – Understanding Legal Descriptions
  • Sixth and Seventh Judicial District Law Clerk and Staff Attorney Training Seminar – Land Descriptions and the Implications of Accretion and Avulsion
  • Sixth and Seventh Judicial District Law Clerk and Staff Attorney Training Seminar – Water Rights and Irrigation Easements

Personal Information

Mr. Budge is married to Heidi Baurer of Mud Lake, Idaho, and they have four children. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pocatello Pioneers Mountain Bike Team, he is on the City of Chubbuck Development Commission and the Portneuf Health Trust Endowment Board, he is a member of the Pebble Creek Ski Patrol, and is actively involved in church and other community activities.

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Licensed for 16 years
State UT
Status Active
Acquired 2010
Updated 01/07/2023
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 01/19/2023

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

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Racine Olson
201 East Center Street
Pocatello, ID, 83201

Reviews

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Posted by Curt | September 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing preparation and profession
We had a land use issue, that honestly I thought I was the only upset about. He called in the neighbors, we joined forces and he presented an amazingly well prepared presentation in front of planning and zoning. Honestly, when he was done, my first thought was 'really none of need to testify anymore'. We did anyway, and it was a unanimous decision in our favor. His background in P&Z was impeccable.
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Posted by Deb | April 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!
We had a road dispute with our city. We consulted and hired TJ to help us out. TJ was so knowledgeable that the city decided they had no chance on their own and they should hire an attorney. TJ was able to nullify any option the city attorney put forth. It took two years but we with TJ’s great knowledge and expertise won the case! TJ was so great to work with very personable and caring. He kept us informed all the way. He is definitely a go to guy when it comes to real estate rights.
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Posted by Paul | December 27, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgable, prompt, responsive and very helpful!!
I had a consulation with Thomas regarding a property line issue I was having with my county. He was extremely helpful and knowledgable. He was familiar with the exact laws that were relevent to my case. He was also very prompt and responsive. He went the extra mile and provided me with the legal information I needed to move forward with confidence for a resolution in my situation. I would highly recommend him for any real estate law needs you have in South East Idaho.
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Posted by Chad | October 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart and Efficient
TJ did a great job understanding my water rights question correctly. Then, he did the required research and answered my question efficiently. It was just the services I was looking for.
Posted by Billy | September 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Land and right of way issues
TJ handled our land dispute from an aggressive group of activists trying to take easements from private landowners. TJ did a fantastic job and helped us put this behind us. He always kept us informed and his knowledge and positive attitude was exactly what we needed.
Posted by Katie | May 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Strategic
TJ was hired for a non-profit real estate deal and they were very good with our purchase and sale transaction. It was well worth the money we paid to have him in our corner.
Posted by Ron | April 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with
I had a real estate issue that I needed help with. TJ was very timely and efficient and getting us the paperwork necessary. He also helped us when there was a minor glitch in the paperwork and making sure that everything worked out satisfactorily for us. I would certainly recommend him to anyone needing this kind of legal advice.
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Posted by Jason | March 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you for your hard work and organization!
T.J. recently helped me with a case and before the hearing he explained very well what would be happening. He came to the hearing very organized and was very professional in his conduct. He helped me understand what was going on and he also gave me confidence that we would win our case. T.J. is very good with people. I learned a lot from him, and he treats people fairly. I can give T.J. the highest recommendation without any reservation.
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Posted by Charles | August 28, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended
I consulted TJ about some fairly complicated mineral rights issues relating to a land purchase in Idaho. TJ gave me clear, practical guidance that helped me make decisions about how to proceed. Would definitely recommend TJ highly.
Posted by Madhavi | June 15, 2015
Focussed Clarity
TJ Budge handled two separate matters for us when we ranched in Idaho. One was related to water, the other a business issue. In both instances he quickly grasped the essentials, clearly offered options on how to handle the situations, and successfully represented our interests. He dealt with what needed to be addressed promptly and with clarity. Dealing with TJ was a real pleasure, and we are grateful for the successful outcomes he gained on our behalf.
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Posted by Don | May 3, 2015
focused negotiator
TJ has the ability to get a conversation rolling and keep the focus where it should remain, with the problem at hand. People are comfortable around him and he suggests solutions that are for the benefit of those he represents and frequently it is a better solution for the other party as well. A negotiated settlement was certainly better for our irrigation company than trying to prove our point in a court. The protestants actually were better off as well in that they were able to obtain a workable water management plan that fit both needs of irrigators as well as sustaining a viable fishery.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-275 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Racine Olson Nye Budge & Bailey, Chartered
  • 2006 - Present

Education

  • University of Idaho
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Idaho State University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Idaho Department of Lands Encroachment Permit Application No. L-11-S-171
  • Permit granted
  • Rangen, Inc. v. Idaho Dept. of Water Resources, __ Idaho __, 2016 Ida. LEXIS 53 (Idaho 2016)
  • The Supreme Court affirmed the district court decision on all counts, limiting Rangen's water rights to the terms of its water right decrees issued in the Snake River Basin Adjudication.
  • Acquisition of large commercial property
  • Transaction closed
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Associations

  • Idaho State Bar, Water Law Section
  • Past Board Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Portneuf American Inn of Court
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Real Property Section
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Business and Achievement Award Nominee
  • Southeast Idaho Business Review
  • 2017
  • Professional of the Year Nominee
  • Southeast Idaho Business Review
  • 2016
  • Overacheiver 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
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Portneuf American Inn of Court
  • Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure
  • 2016
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Thomas
Unknown Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Land use and zoning Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"TJ is who I go to when I have questions about land use and government issues. In addition, he is a water law attorney with years of experience. I highly recommend him."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"T.J. is a great water and real estate Lawyer. I highly recommend him."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. TJ is one of very few lawyers in Idaho who is competent in water law in Idaho. He has been involved in complex litigation involving Idaho water rights and I consider him a true professional in this body of law."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. I have consulted with TJ on several real estate issues. He is very knowledgeable and particularly understands the pitfalls to avoid and the means for a client to extricate themselves from a problem."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"TJ is one of the preeminent water and real estate lawyers in the state of Idaho. TJ has a keen mind that cuts to the real issues in a case quickly. He personable and approachable. He gets work done in a timely manner. He is dependable. TJ is a great lawyer."
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Pocatello Real estate Lawyer Thomas Jeremy Budge
Thomas Jeremy Budge
Real estate Attorney
Pocatello, ID
Licensed for 16 years