Attorney Jeff Thomson focuses on insurance first-party bad faith defense, first-party insurance claims, and has a deep understanding of Idaho’s legal landscape with his nuanced understanding of the appellate process.
He has served as the cornerstone of Elam & Burke since 1987, where he heads the firm’s Appellate Section. His passion for appellate work has led him to appear before the Idaho appellate courts over 35 times, navigating complex cases dealing with first-party bad faith and insurance coverage. Whether guiding clients through complex legal processes or mentoring fellow attorneys at E&B, Jeff’s work is marked by a comforting presence and a keen understanding of individual needs and perspectives.
Born on an Air Force base in Japan, Jeff’s early life was one of resilience and adaptability. Later moving to North Idaho, he continued his education at the University of Idaho for his undergraduate degree. A year off to gain perspective and an earlier fateful meeting with a law school dean cemented his ambition to pursue law. He graduated from law school in 1985 and then completed a two-year clerkship serving under the Honorable J. Blaine Anderson, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Jeff’s legal prowess extends beyond his rich educational and professional background. His dedication to his clients is manifested in his comprehensive approach to legal matters. From initial claim to final appeal, Jeff provides a one-stop solution for first-party insurance work, expertly assisting in both litigation and claim management. His formidable track record in converting anti-insurance perspectives, alongside his aim to ensure district court victories on appeal, makes him a trusted advocate for his clients.
Jeff’s life, however, is not confined within the bounds of his legal career. He has a vibrant passion for theatre, immersing himself in various productions as an actor and director. Notably, he played a significant role in the revival of the Stage Coach Theatre. Jeff also thrives in the great outdoors, an interest reflected in his many mountain climbing feats, including reaching the peaks of all 12,000 footers in Idaho, Mount Hood, Mount Rainier, and 21,000 feet on Aconcagua.
Married to a retired banker turned attorney, and father to a daughter in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jeff balances his professional life with a rich personal one.