Our Team

Sawtooth Law is proud of its talented, well-trained legal staff. 

Working in a collaborative team environment, our legal staff will promptly attend to your legal needs.

Daniel V. Steenson

Attorney at Law, Partner & Founding Member

Dan has over twenty-five years of experience in water rights, water quality, flood management, public and local land use, grazing rights, mining, agricultural, and environmental law.  Dan’s practice includes representing a variety of clients and entities in judicial and administrative proceedings at the local, state and federal levels.  He also has extensive experience crafting and presenting legislation to the Idaho legislature, and working collaboratively with diverse interest groups to develop innovative and effective solutions to Idaho’s natural resource challenges.

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S. Bryce Farris

Attorney at Law, Partner & Founding Member

Bryce practices in the areas of water, real estate, business, and natural resources law and general litigation.

Bryce’s practice includes representing a variety of clients and entities, including individuals, irrigation districts, canal companies and drainage districts regarding delivery and drainage systems, rural and urban issues, ditch rights-of-way, water rights, easement disputes, contracts and land use.

His practice also includes representing clients in contract disputes, including collections for leasing companies and other institutions, tort, business and commercial litigation.  Bryce has federal and state jury trial experience, federal and state appellate experience, and has presented oral arguments to the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho Court of Appeals.

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David P. Claiborne

Attorney at Law, Partner & Founding Member

David has experience with court and jury trials in both state and federal courts.  He counsels clients involved in litigation and business matters, including alcohol beverage licensing.  David also provides estate planning service, trusts and probate.

David is an Idaho native and enjoys spending time recreating in Idaho’s outdoors. 

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Andrew J. Waldera

Attorney at Law & Partner

Andy Waldera practices in the areas of water, land use, environmental/natural resources, and agricultural law.  He represents clients in judicial, administrative, and local government proceedings regarding water rights and land use matters under state and federal law, including under the Idaho Local Land Use Planning Act and the federal Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and hazardous waste management and defense matters under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

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Evan T. Roth

Attorney at Law & Partner

Evan’s practice primarily involves agricultural law, land use law, and business law.  Drawing on his agricultural background, Evan counsels individuals and entities on business matters and regulatory challenges.  He has experience representing clients in judicial, administrative, and local government proceedings. 

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Katie L. Vandenberg

Attorney at Law & Associate

Born and raised on an Idaho dairy farm with an active lifestyle, Katie developed a love for agriculture and the outdoors at an early age.  Drawing on this passion, she is devoted to assisting businesses, families, recreationists, and producers in agricultural and rural communities with their legal needs. 

Katie joined the firm as a law clerk in the summer of 2018, where she assisted the attorneys in many different practice areas as she finished her law degree.  In May of 2019, Katie graduated cum laude from the University of Idaho College of Law, with her grades placing her in the top 10 of her class.  Before joining Sawtooth Law Offices, Katie completed undergraduate degrees in agricultural economics and accounting with high honors.  She has interned for several agribusinesses and for the Office of Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, where she gained the skills necessary to be a well-rounded advocate for agriculture and those in allied industries. 

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F. Patxi Larrocea-Phillips

Attorney at Law & Associate

Patxi joined Sawtooth Law Offices in 2018. Prior to joining Sawtooth Law, Patxi spent a summer clerking for a local Boise law firm that specialized in civil litigation and insurance defense. In his last semester of law school, Patxi completed an externship during the legislative session with a consulting firm that specialized in government affairs for nonprofit agricultural clients.

Patxi assists the attorneys at Sawtooth Law on a number of issues including business entity formation, water rights, real estate transactions, estate planning services, government affairs and contract issues.

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Matthew A. Sturzen

Attorney at Law & Associate

Originally from a farm in northern California, Matthew and his family moved to Southeast Idaho where they farmed alfalfa hay and grain crops. Coming from a farming background, he developed a passion for agriculture and the outdoors which led him to attend the University of Idaho where he earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business. During his undergraduate studies, Matthew continued to help his family farm and interned at a hay export company in southern California. At Sawtooth Law, Matthew will continue to follow his passion for agriculture by serving the needs of fellow farmers and ranchers.

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Of counsel to Sawtooth Law and managing operations in our Challis office is:

James R. Bennetts (Retired)
1301 E. Main Street
P.O. Box 36
Challis, Idaho 83226
(208) 879-4488 phone
(208) 629-7559 fax

Challis Office Hours:
Mondays and Thursdays from  9:00 to noon, or by appointment.
Closed holidays.

In Boise, our dedicated legal staff includes:

Katie Kelly, Legal Assistant and Firm Administrator 

Debby Long, Legal Assistant

Boise Office Hours:
Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00.
Closed holidays.

In Challis, our dedicated legal staff includes:

Melodie Baker, Legal Assistant

Challis Office Hours:
Monday and Thursday from 9:00 to noon, or by appointment.
Closed holidays.

In Twin Falls, our dedicated legal staff includes:

LeAnn Taylor, Legal Assistant

Twin Falls Office Hours:
Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 5:00
Closed holidays.

Boise Office

  • 1101 W. River Street, Suite 110
    Boise, Idaho 83702

Challis Office

  • 1301 E. Main Street
    Challis, Idaho 83226

Twin Falls Office

  • 236 River Vista Place, Suite 301
    Twin Falls, Idaho 83301

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