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Randall C. Budge

Agriculture Attorney at Pocatello, ID

5.0   11 reviews

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About Randall

Learn Randall’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Agriculture
    25%
    Real estate transactions, water law, estate, trust and succession planning for farmers and ranchers throughout southeast Idaho

    47 years, 500 cases

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    Estate and succession planning with trust formation and administration

    47 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Real estate
    25%
    Real Estate purchases, sales, leases and related transactions

    47 years, 500 cases

  4. Business
    10%
    Business entity formation and commercial transactions

    47 years, 500 cases

  5. Probate
    10%
    Probate, estate and trust administration

    47 years, 500 cases

  6. Energy and utilities
    5%
    Electric Utility rate cases before the Idaho Public Utility Commission and electric service contracts

    43 years, 75 cases

Raised on a family cattle ranch along the Bear River in southeast Idaho, Randy’s strong ethic for hard work and responsibility has translated into success as an attorney. He has long-held Martindale-Hubbell’s AV rating, awarded to attorneys whose peers rank their ethical standards and legal ability at the highest level. With more than three decades of experience, a deep knowledge of his core practice areas, and trust from the legal community, Randy has a proven ability to effectively and efficiently resolve legal problems that confront his clients.

Between ranching, fishing and hunting, Randy developed an early appreciation for natural resources. His legal career followed the same path, focusing on real estate and natural resource transactions and development. He now advises some of eastern Idaho’s largest mining, irrigation and agriculture enterprises, including Monsanto Company, Hess Pumice, Idaho Ground Water Appropriators, Aberdeen-Springfield Canal Company, Gehring Agri-Business, and Koompin Farms.

Randy is lead counsel in the ongoing monumental water disputes between surface and ground water users across southern Idaho, representing several ground water districts made up of businesses, municipalities, and farmers that irrigate nearly a million acres. His results-oriented approach to solving legal problems, and his ability to sort through complex legal issues and focus on the things that matter, has enabled ground water users to avoid curtailment despite multiple threats, ongoing litigation, and the worst drought in recorded Idaho history.

Randy also enjoys the personal connections that are built through strategic business and estate planning. Over the years he has organized businesses and prepared estate and succession plans for hundreds of farmers, ranchers, small businessmen and families. He understands that the maxim “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially germane to these events.

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Licensed for 46 years
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 1976
Updated 01/19/2023

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

Contact Randall

Racine Olson
201 East Center Street
Pocatello, ID, 83204-1391

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2016
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Randy is a very honest and knowledgeable attorney. He is also very detailed oriented. I have worked with him for a number of years. He is wonderful to work with and I would certainly recommend him.
Posted by David | March 16, 2016
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Review of Randy Budge
We've hired Randy for some complex real estate transactions. I've found Randy to very effective, ethical and professional. He has the reputation as one of the best attorneys in real estate in solving adversarial issues with integrity.
Posted by Marc Beitia | March 15, 2016
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City of American Falls AVVO review
In our eight year relationship and contract with Racine Law Offices, of which Randy Budge preforms the duties of Managing Partner, the City of American Falls has been exceptionally well served. The diversity of specialties within the firm's lawyers meets our every need. The firm's willingness to go above and beyond the expected has made my responsibilities as Mayor quite manageable. Their willingness to work one-on-one with our various departments has proven quite productive as well. It is without any hesitation that I highly recommend Randall Budge and the firm that he manages; they are Excellent, without question.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2016
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We continue to work with Randy Budge in regard to property and development related issues. He is thorough, articulate, an excellent communicator, and determined in his approach to reach a decision. We will continue to seek his advice.
Posted by Charlene | March 11, 2016
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An Attorney That Will Surpass Expectations
Randy is highly intelligent and very good at what he does. He has great attention to detail. Randy is very well-versed in business, agricultural, and water resource law, which is very helpful if you own a business or farm and need estate work, a will, or trusts done. He has done a tremendous amount of work for me and my family in various capacities over the last 24 years. Randy is very professional yet very personable. I am pleased with his confidence, his integrity and his credibility. He enjoys his work and it shows in the way he responds, the information he provides, and the professionalism he displays. He listens and understands your needs and develops a plan to fit those needs. I highly recommend Randy.
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Posted by anonymous | March 10, 2016
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Great Farm Attorney
Randy has done a variety of work for our farm and always done a good job. Everything is done quickly and correctly, we have never had any issues.
Posted by Bill | March 9, 2016
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President
Randy has been my attorney for 27 years. I am picky when it comes to legal matters, and if I stay for 27 years, that has to say something very good about Randy.
Posted by Shawn | March 7, 2016
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I've recommended Randy over and over again
Randy has been our family's attorney for many years. I've not only retained Randy to help with our family business, but I've used Randy and his firm in more than one complicated issues. I've never been disappointing.
Posted by Marvin | March 7, 2016
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Business Owner
Randy is a very competent and honest person, I would trust his advise, and have done many times. He is available and cares about his clients.
Posted by Mark | March 7, 2016
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One of the best...
My experience goes back many years, estate planning, and also resolving litigation with the federal government. Our case was resolved, after a five year battle, in my favor. Randy is very competent and knowledgeable...i credit him with preserving my career and my sanity. Through the years i have had occasion to seek his professional advice, and he has been very forthright and honest in his answers, some which i did not really want to hear but that proved accurate...he is a straight shooter, honest and trustworthy. I will continue to seek his legal counsel and appreciate his professionalism and great service.
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Posted by Robert | March 7, 2016
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Water Law and Litigation
Randall Budge not only has a vast knowledge of Idaho's water law, but he understands how the current regulatory agencies and judges interpret the law. His leadership and ability to think big has created a monumental change in how the groundwater users and surface water users interact in Idaho. Mr. Budge is willing to help his clients make the difficult decisions associated with how they utilize natural resources to run their businesses. He doesn't take shortcuts and he is willing to avoid litigation if a negotiated outcome with positive results for his clients is possible.
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Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Racine Olson
  • 1980 - Present

Education

  • University of Idaho
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Utah State University
  • B.S.
  • 1973

Associations

  • Idaho State Bar
  • 1976 - Present
  • Sixth Judicial District Bar Association
  • 1976 - Present
  • Idaho Fish & Game Commission
  • Chairman
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Idaho Fish & Game
  • Commissioner
  • 2006 - 2014
  • National Ski Patrol
  • 1970 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyers Business & Corporate
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Professionalism Award
  • Idaho State Bar
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Meeting
  • Eastern Snake Plain Water Wars and Their Impact on Idaho Cities
  • 2010
  • Idaho Water Law Conference
  • Surface Water Use v. Ground Water Use: The Case in Idaho
  • 2009
  • Conference of Western Attorneys General
  • The Complexities of State Management of Wildlife Under Federal Environmental Laws
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (7)
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Estate planning Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Randy is an exceptional and ethical lawyer in estate planning, water law, commercial law, real estate lawl"
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Many attorney's look to Randy as a mentor because of his experience, knowledge and practical approach to practicing law. He is hardworking and truly cares about his clients."
Business Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Randy is a great person and develops meaningful relationships with his clients and coworkers. He is a very experienced and talented lawyer with a creative legal mind, and he is able to efficiently resolve clients' problems without incurring great costs. Any client or coworker of Randy is lucky to associate with Randy."
Business Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"As a lawyer and a father, I have been mentored by one of the best! I didn't realize how exceptional my dad is as a lawyer until I got to watch him at work."
Agriculture Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known and worked with Randy for 24 years, and have never met a more knowledgeable person on water law and other agricultural issues."
Business Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Randy is a premier business lawyer in East Idaho. I recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Randy has a reputation for providing excellent service to his clients regardless of whether the client is an individual or large corporation. I highly recommend Randy."
Business Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer! Randy is not only a great lawyer but is also an outstanding mentor. Randy is knowledgeable, hard working, and a strong advocate for his clients. He is willing to share his knowledge and is generous in his help to other attorneys. Randy's practice is results oriented. He is respected by opposing lawyers and judges. If you need an attorney in the water law, business, or commercial areas, Randy is the attorney for you!"
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Randy has been practicing estate planning for over 3 decades. He is knowledgeable about the right estate plan for basically every circumstance. I trust and recommend Randy to evaluate and create the right estate plan for you."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"When it comes to personal estate planning, protecting your assets, and caring for your family, you can trust Randy to help you develop the best estate plan whether your net worth is millions of dollars or thousands of dollars. Randy is the best estate planning lawyer in the State of Idaho. Randy is personable. Randy's clients love him because he is down to earth. You will also find him to be fair in his billing practices."
Trusts Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"Randy does many types of law and is excellent at all of them. He is perhaps the best water law attorney in the state of Idaho. In addition he handles wills and trusts. Very good lawyer."
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Pocatello Agriculture Lawyer Randall C. Budge
Randall C. Budge
Agriculture Attorney
Pocatello, ID
Licensed for 46 years