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Brian Donesley

Family Attorney at Boise, ID

4.8   21 reviews

Licensed for 44 years

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Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%
    Misdemeanors. Felonies. Juvenile Cases. DUI. DWP. Domestic Violence. Drug Cases. Theft Charges. Assault/Battery. Probation Violations. No Contact Orders. Bond Reductions.

    43 years, 300 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Misdemeanor. Excessive DUI. Aggravated DUI. Felony DUI. Probation Violations. Injuries.

    43 years, 100 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    25%

    43 years

  4. Family
    25%
    Divorce. Custody. Modifications. Child Support. Guardianships. Conservatorships. Adoptions. Pre-Nuptial Agreements.

    43 years, 300 cases

Brian Donesley  delivers aggressive representation based upon 38 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.

Licensed for 44 years
State ID
Status Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 11/20/2022
State WA
Status Inactive
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
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Posted by Caleb | October 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Felony DUI
Brian represented me on my felony DUI case back in 2016. From the beginning he was transparent and realistic about my options and possible outcomes. He was able to get me a withheld judgement on my 3rd offense and zero jail time. I couldn't be more pleased with the out come. The only thing I'm upset about is the fact that I didnt get positive review of.him in after the case was settled... Better late than never I suppose! Thanks Brian!
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Posted by Benjamin | January 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
To the best lawyer in Boise
Mr. Brian Donesley is the one to call. He helped me through my DUI case with grace. Having him guide me through the process was the best decision I made. He is a fair and honest man who will help you through some of the most challenging and stressful times a person can experience. Without him on my case I would have felt completely lost and taken advantage of. He got me the best deal possible and made each step of the way comfortable for me. Thanks again Mr. Donesley!
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Posted by Jonny T. | July 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
Brian did an excellent job representing me. He has earned my trust and I would recommend him to anyone needing legal council.
Posted by Kevin | May 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dui....Help!
Brian did the best job representing me. He knew exactly what to do to help me through this process. He also has one of the best legal assistants. They helped me tremendously.
Posted by Jeremy | April 28, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great
I did my homework when looking to hire an attorney and I’m glad I did. I found that Brian was Stanford and U of I educated. Had a 40 year track record of success and was an expert of the law specifically dealing with alcohol related issues. I had a DUI case that was 11 years old due to work issues and moving around the country. Anyways upon return to Idaho I knew I would have to handle this and began seeking out an attorney. I hired Brian and he was able to get my 11 year old court case reduced down to reckless driving. I would recommend Brian to anyone needing a skilled attorney. I couldn’t be happier.
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Posted by Iris | January 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
¡Excelente abogado! Excellent lawyer!
El licenciado Brian Donesley ha sido un profesional de alta categoría en todo lo que abarca la palabra. Desde el momento en que él tomo mi caso hasta el momento en que este fue cerrado, actuó de manera diligente y eficaz muy humano y comprensivo. El seguimiento, la planificación y ejecución de lo establecido por el licenciado Donesley para mi caso fue todo un éxito, donde su talento como defensor y profesional de la ley brillo por todo lo alto, haciendo evidente su vasta experiencia y amplio conocimiento. Con su elocuencia, aplomo y determinación Brian Donesley es un gran defensor y ganador, lo recomiendo como abogado y profesional que se ha ganado mi respeto, admiración y amistad. ¡Gracias por su excelente trabajo! Mr. Brian Donesley has been a top-notch professional in everything that encompasses the word. From the moment he took my case until the moment when it was closed, he acted diligently and effectively, very human and understanding. The follow-up, planning and execution of what was established by Mr.Donesley for my case was a success, where his talent as a defender and professional of the law shine in style, making his vast experience and wide knowledge evident. With his eloquence, poise and determination Brian Donesley is a great defender and winner, I recommend him as a lawyer and a professional who has earned my respect, admiration and friendship. Thanks for your excellent work!
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Posted by Jeff | June 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A tough lawyer that is very adept at overcoming obstacles.
Brian provided excellent representation for me. He was immediately my trusted adviser and strongest advocate. I had a tough situation, and he was very adept at overcoming obstacles as they arrived, and staying the calm, cool, collected element when I couldn't be. He was extremely prepared when it came time for trial. His expertise tipped the scales in my favor and I am really grateful for his help. I would recommend Brian to anyone that needs representation from a tough experienced lawyer.
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Posted by Eldar | January 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best, Knowledgeable and Experienced Attorney
First of all I want to say thank you Brian and Sue I am super impressed for professionalism and for personal touch, and for making me feel that I am in great hands. Brian and Sue are both fantastic. They were always accessible to me throughout the process, and kept me well informed on the status of my case. They are aggressive and knowledgeable advocates. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Heather | November 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great, straight forward attorney that gets the job done.
Mr. Donesley provided excellent service and knowledge in getting our case resolved quickly and efficiently. The outcome was even better than we could have hoped for, and we will hire him again when we need an attorney. His rates were also very reasonable.
Posted by Melanie | September 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience with Brian Donesley
I have hired Brian in numerous capacities over the years from an employment law issue, family law and for the non-profit organization that I founded and continue to operate. I can always count on Brian to provide solid legal guideance in my personal and/or professional life. I especially appreciates his willingness to assist me in handling situations in non-legal ways that keep me from spending money needlessly. Brian is a dedicated professional who will do a great job for you. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Meredith | September 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Direct, Supportive
I worked with Brian recently and was impressed by his strategy. He got right to the point and helped me establish my goals. He offered options and recommended what was in my best interest - not what would make him the most money. I'm very impressed with Brian and highly recommend him as a direct, honest attorney.
Posted by Javier | September 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
Mr. Donesley is a great attorney. He was always available to me if I had any questions. Mr. Donesley made it a top priority to keep me informed on all aspect of my case. Many other lawyers take your money and disappear. If you don't want to gamble on if a lawyer is going to be there for you, then I highly recomend you call Brian Donesley
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Posted by Sam | June 12, 2015
Thorough, Agressive, and Considerate - The Best Attorney in Idaho
Brian is the best attorney I could've imagined as representation for my custody case. As a client with no previous knowledge of the legal system, Brian's expertise and experience was incredibly valuable and made the otherwise emotional process as smooth and straightforward as possible. He consistently asked for my preferences, kept me informed on any and all progress in my case, and always let me know what to realistically expect as possible outcomes. Brian was very efficient as he guided me through the process, never wanting to present an argument that could not be won. His insight with Idaho law, as well as the judges and other attorneys gave me the assurance that my case was in the best, and most qualified hands. In addition to helping make sense of the legal process, Brian helped illustrate how potential arrangements would apply to life after court. Brian's attention to detail was immaculate. He was thorough in addressing not only my immediate concerns, but also any potential issues in the future. Brian made it evident that he truly cared about my case and diligently fought for my child's best interest. I cannot express enough praise for all of Brian's hard work and will most definitely utilize and recommend his services in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2014
Thoughtful and Professional!
I sent Brian Donesley an email and voice mail on a Friday night. He responded on Monday, apologizing for not getting back with me over the weekend! That set the tone for our conversation. While my situation didn't result in a formal partnership, I was so thoroughly impressed with his sincere follow through, in a very timely manner! He cared, asked thoughtful questions, gave me some very helpful insight and direction. I can only imagine how many calls and emails he receives and to take the time to reply in a very professional and thoughtful manner, when there was not a "pay off" for him, was thoroughly impressive and much appreciated!
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Posted by Andrew | July 31, 2014
Persistently exceeded expectations
Bryan's vast knowledge base and extreme attention to detail produced exceptional results. I never left a phone call or a meeting with Brian without feeling entirely confident. There is no hesitation in my recommendation of this fine and capable lawyer.
Posted by Benjamin | July 16, 2014
Great representation for my company and personal matters.
I have been working with Brian for several years now. Unfortunately, the business I am in, comes with regular need for legal representation and review of legal documents. Brian has been a instrumental part of our success as a company. He is also firm and straight forward in his communication style, which has been extremely useful in a world of "yes men". Brian does not hesitate to tell me his insight, share his personal experience and guide me through difficult decisions.
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Posted by Colleen | July 11, 2014
President of Lakewood HOA #2
He addressed our problem with knowledge & concern. He kept us informed every step of the way. He went with us when we had to meet with the company concerning our dispute. Since he won for us, that indicates he knew what he was doing and he did it well & professionally. .
Posted by Daniel | July 10, 2014
Brian Donelsy, Attorney at Law
Brian Donesley has demonstrated of being an exceptional lawyer when representing his clients. Brian's knowledge of the law is of great caliber when advising someone on legal matters. He has counseled many of our members for our organization. And we will continue to use Brian as an legal advocate. So, if you need to 'lawyer up.' Lawyer up with Brian Donesley.
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Posted by Rebecca | July 10, 2014
Boise's best attorney
Mr. Donesley is an attorney that actually cares about his clients. He kept me informed during every step of the legal process and asks for his client's input in the case. Brian worked for me for more than two years on a wrongful termination case against the State of Idaho. I was reinstated and received full back pay and benefits for the case. Brian truly has his client's best interest at heart.
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Posted by Thomas | June 23, 2014
Excellent Employer/Labor Relations Attorney
Brian Donesley represented me in a very public employment case. He was diligent, and compassionate with me and my family regarding a wrongful termination. He knew the law and the State of Idaho Personnel rules. During the time that he represented me, he worked hours and hours preparing and presenting an excellent case on my behalf. The end result was total exoneration for myself and reinstatement with all back pay and benefits. The State of Idaho also presented me with a large settlement as a result of Mr. Donesley's efforts. This case made history in making sure state agencies, do the right thing, follow the rules and insure that employees are not unduly terminated.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-45%
  • Retainer Sometimes

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Brian Donesley, Attorney
  • 1987 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • Shoshone-Paiute Nation, Owyhee, NV
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Senator
  • Idaho State Senate
  • 1989 - 1993
  • Alcohol Beverage Chief
  • Idaho State Police
  • 1981 - 1987
  • Chief Legal Counsel
  • Idaho State Police
  • 1979 - 1987
  • Associate
  • Nick Chenoweth, Attorney
  • 1978 - 1979
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Education

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1985
  • FBI Legal Advisor Academy, Quantico, VA
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1982
  • University of Idaho College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Stanford University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1970
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Legal Cases

  • Henson v. Department of Law Enforcement, 684 P.2d 996, 107 Idaho 19 (Idaho 1984)
  • Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley Indian Reservation v. United states, 889 F.Supp. 1292 (D.Idaho 1995)
  • Fuchs v. Idaho State Police, Alcohol Beverage Control, 279 P.3d 100, 153 Idaho 114 (Idaho 2012)
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Associations

  • Idaho State Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Employment and Labor Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Idaho Licensed Beverage Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Lawyer Assistance Program Committee
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Idaho Licensed Beverage Association
  • Legal Counsel
  • 2009 - 2010
  • National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Executive Committee
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Idaho State Bar Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1980 - 1989
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Sky League Football MVP
  • Culver City High School
  • N/A
  • Sky League Batting Champion
  • Culver City High School
  • N/A
  • All CIF Football Selection
  • California Southern Section
  • N/A
  • Varsity Football, Baseball and Rugby
  • Stanford University
  • N/A
  • Idaho State Senator
  • District 16, Boise, 1989-93
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a hard-working, experienced attorney. He is well-respected, and I often refer friends and clients to him."
General practice Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a zealous and spirited advocate for his clients and is vested in achieving the best possible result for each of them. He is highly knowledgeable, professional and well-respected in the legal community. I endorse Brian without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."