In the realm of workers’ compensation defense, Jon Bauman distinguishes himself as a seasoned advocate, academic, and a dedicated legal professional. Jon joined the firm in 2000, bringing with him a wealth of life and professional experiences that have informed his legal approach and enriched his practice.
As a young man, Jon had a deep-seated belief that he could help people. This optimism was transformed over time as he grappled with the intricacies of the legal field, encompassing complex billing guidelines and ever-evolving technology. From reading a classic treatise on cross-examination as a high school junior, to critiquing lawyering during the Watergate hearings in college, Jon’s affinity for law was ignited early on.
Holding both a Bachelors and Masters in English, Jon spent two years teaching English composition before embarking on his legal journey. This path took him from the position of city prosecutor to working for the state, involving him in hundreds of court proceedings, including mental commitment hearings. Jon found these experiences profoundly meaningful, believing he was often able to aid those in need.
One of Jon’s strengths lies in his adaptability, evident in his willingness to take on any case, regardless of the side he represents. His passion for the courtroom is palpable; he firmly believes that it is the natural habitat of lawyers. Over time, his practice has evolved to focus on workers’ compensation and appellate work, traffic accident cases, and professional liability.
What Jon values most in his work are the interactions with doctors, fellow lawyers, and clients. Despite his mastery of law, he acknowledges the invaluable role of human connections. He thrives on these interactions and the opportunities they provide to help people navigate their challenges.
Notably, Jon’s achievements extend beyond his legal practice. Beginning in 1995, he taught workers’ compensation law, then also legislation, at the University of Idaho College of Law, a role he found immensely rewarding. His versatile skills also led him to win significant cases outside his practice area, such as in a case on Idaho term limits, demonstrating his willingness to venture into new legal territories.
Outside the courtroom, Jon values quality time with his family. His interests are diverse, ranging from fly fishing and hunting to classical music, opera, and a profound affection for international travel. His appreciation for art, beauty, and culture is reflected in his admiration for other countries with rich histories and his ongoing endeavor to learn foreign languages.