Brenda Bauges is an experienced litigator, having tried ten jury trials and numerous court trials since she began practicing in 2009. She started practicing employment law when she served as an attorney to a state agency as a Deputy Attorney General. In that capacity, she regularly gave counsel on how to avoid litigation on various employment law topics such as discipline, termination, retaliation, internal policies and procedures, and how to apply standards of law set forth in various employment laws such as the ADA, FMLA, and state laws and regulations relevant to government employers. She has experience in representing employers in administrative proceedings and hearings, including negotiating settlement resolutions. Having realized her passion for employment law, Brenda joined Idaho Employment Lawyers in January 2018 to focus exclusively on Idaho employment law issues.
Prior to practicing law, Brenda graduated summa cum laude from both her private liberal arts college, College of Idaho, and her law school, University of Idaho. Brenda began her career by clerking for the Idaho Court of Appeals. She then joined Holland and Hart, LLP as a general litigation associate before spending just under six years in public service. During this time, she served as a Deputy Attorney General and a Boise City Assistant Attorney. In the various positions she has held, Brenda has practiced in litigation and transactional law; civil, criminal, and administrative law; federal and state court; and has experience with legislation and administrative rule drafting. Brenda also prepares and provides training for various organizations, including having been an instructor for the National Attorneys General Training Institute and having served as a certified Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) instructor. She has taught lawyers, law students, law enforcement officers, and the general public in criminal topics, civil topics, and ethical topics. Brenda enjoys writing and has been published in the Idaho Law Review and The Advocate.
Brenda is also active in the Idaho State Bar and her community. She has served on the governing boards of the Idaho Legal History Society, Idaho Women Lawyers, Attorneys for Civic Education, and St. Mark’s Home and School Association. She is also an Adjunct Law Professor at Concordia University, School of Law. She and her family are avid whitewater rafters, and spend most of their summers enjoying Idaho’s wild and scenic rivers.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
- Idaho Business Review, Accomplished Under 40 Award (2016)
- Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (Class of 2016)
- University of Idaho, College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2009
- College of Idaho, Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Economics, summa cum laude, 2006