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Recognized as an AV Rated attorney by his peers, annually selected as a "Superlawyer", acknowledged in Best Lawyers in America, by Benchmark Litigation and selected as the Idaho Trial Lawyer of the Year, Kurt's litigation skills have been recognized by clients and colleagues alike. He has demonstrated a career-long commitment to helping those injured by the actions of others.

Kurt is also an avid bicycle racer and 2-time Idaho State Criterium Champion.  He loves annoucing the racing action at Idaho's nationally known and loved Twilight Criterium each summer in downtown Boise.

Through the efforts of as a board member of LRC Kurt supports a wide variety of charitable efforts including The Idaho Foodbank, The Garden City Community Clinic, The Hidden Springs School, St. Alphonsus Life Flight, The Idaho Brain Injury Foundation, The Hidden Springs Community Farm and the White Knob Historical Preservation Society. Kurt also served two terms as President of the Hidden Springs Town Association Town Council.


Languages spoken: Italian

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 30%
    24 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    24 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Trucking Accident: 20%
    24 years, 50 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    24 years, 100 cases
  5. Brain Injury: 10%
    24 years, 50 cases



Contingent (20-50%)

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Kurt . He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Tyler Stanton Rounds

    Kurt and his firm are one of the best places to start looking if you need a personal injury attorney in Idaho.


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IDAuthorized to practice law199208/12/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2011 Trial Lawyer of The Year (James J.May Award)Idaho Trial Lawyers Association2011
Champion of JusticeIdaho Trial Lawyers Association2008
Initiative and Dedication AwardIdaho Trial Lawyers Association2001
Special RecognitionIdaho Chapter-American Civil Liberties Union1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderHolzer-Edwards2004 - Present
ShareholderMurphy, Holzer & Vaughan, LLC2000 - 2004
AttorneyHolland & Hart1993 - 1999
ClerkJudge Judith Billings-Utah Court of Appeals1992 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, Governmental Relations CommitteeChair2006 - Present
Idaho State Bar, Professional Conduct Board CommitteeMember2002 - Present
Idaho State BarMember1993 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1993 - Present
Idaho Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1993 - Present
Hidden Springs Town AssociationPresident2008 - 2011
Idaho Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2004 - 2005
American Trial Lawyers AssociationState Representative2002 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Phillips v. Erhart, 151 Idaho 100, 254 P.3d 1 (2011)$1,664,374 Jury Verdict
Gonzalez v. Thacker, 148 Idaho 879, 231 P.3d 524 (2009)Plaintiff Prevailed
Parsons v. Mutual of Enumclaw. Ins. Co, 143 Idaho 743, 152 P.3d 614 (2007)Plaintiff prevailed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Speaker Media PressIdaho Injury Law-A Guidebook for Injured Idahoans2011
The Advocate, Vol. 48, No. 2SLRA - Its Practical Application Requires Understanding Its Express Language2005
with John Fielder, M.B.A., and Dr. Bryan Storer D.C. (Self-Published Research)Jury Awards in Idaho: A Survey Study of Punitive and Non-Economic Damage Awards in Idaho Courts2003
Law Reporter, Consumer Lawyers of HawaiiThe Novice Expert: 20 Rules for Depo Testimony2000
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. 28, Number 2,Understanding and Proving Damages on Behalf of Adult Children in Wrongful Death Litigation, (Co-Author with Dr. Sharon Katz)1999
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Mesa State CollegeSelected Studies (Political Economy)BA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Rookie CampWhat it Means to Be a Lawyer: Cooperation, Collegiality & Mentoring2013
Subrogation SeminarSubrogation Issues in Personal Injury Cases2010
ITLA Fall SeminarThe How-To’s of Running a Thriving Law Practice in Today’s World2010
ITLA Fall SeminarPractical Advice for Young Lawyers2010
4th District Bar Association Annual MeetingUpdate on Idaho Tort Law2008
Fall SeminarNuts and Bolts of Uninsured and Underinsured Coverage Cases2007
4th District Bar Association Annual MeetingUpdate on Idaho Tort law2007
Federalist Society DebateTort "Reform" is bad constitutional law2005
Multiple Stand Alone CLEIntroduction to Small Lawsuit Resolution Act-2004