Michael D. Gaffney

Michael D. Gaffney
Michael D. Gaffney
T: (208) 557-5203
F: (208) 529-9732

Michael Gaffney is one of the most accomplished trial and appellate lawyers in Idaho.  Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, he has obtained some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the state on behalf of plaintiffs and defended individuals, companies and government agencies in some of the most difficult defenses in the state and surrounding region.  Mike has appeared in lawsuits throughout the country representing Idaho clients.  He has handled virtually every type of lawsuit, from simple evictions to national class actions, in virtually every area of the law, from personal injury to complicated business lawsuits. 

Mike currently focuses on business litigation, including IP, unfair competition, non-competition agreements, trade secrets and business torts.  He also has extensive experience in agribusiness, crop loss, LLC dissolution, minority oppression cases, antitrust and securities, medical and legal malpractice, physician licensure and privileges, and real estate and construction litigation. 

Mike is an approved mediator for state and federal litigation and has completed the American Health Lawyer's Association Dispute Resolution Services training. He is a published member of the Idaho Law Review and was recently listed for the seventh consecutive year in the 2014 Mountain States Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation. 
Mike grew up in the Dakotas and served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer from 1974 - 1976 in southern Africa. He and his wife Julie are avid golfers, skiers, and dog lovers.

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Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
  • Construction
  • Intellectual Property
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Trademark & Copyright Litigation


University of Idaho College of Law
Juris Doctor 1986

University of Colorado 
Psych. Certification 1980

University of South Dakota 
MA 1978

Regis College
BS 1974


Beard St. Clair Gaffney PA
- 1995 to Present

Quane, Smith, Howard & Hull
- 1986-1995