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Tim Gresback

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Tim Gresback practices law in Moscow, Idaho. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, he is one of twelve children. Following his graduations from St. Olaf College in 1983, and the Washington, D.C., public interest Antioch School of Law in 1987, Tim clerked for Idaho Supreme Court Justice Stephen Bistline. He then served as a public defender in Kootenai County.

In private practice since 1991, Tim has taught Trial Advocacy at the University of Idaho College of Law. He served as president of the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2001) and the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (2010). Tim not only has been certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist (2005-2015), but is also an ITLA Certified Civil Trial Specialist. He is only the second lawyer in the history of Idaho to attain both certifications. In 2012 Tim was named ITLA Trial Lawyer of the Year. In 2013 Tim was elected as an Idaho State Bar Commissioner. In 2015 Tim served as president of the Idaho State Bar.

Tim’s wife, Dr. Sarah Nelson teaches French at the University of Idaho, where she is an associate professor. Tim enjoys fly fishing trips in his refurbished 1963 Dodge Camper. His most ambitious community project is to help get a full-sized non-profit ice rink built in his hometown of Moscow.

Location: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Phone: 208-665-5778
Fax: 208-676-1683

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  • Idaho, 1987
  • Minnesota, 1989
  • District Of Columbia, 1989
  • United States Supreme Court, 1994
  • Nez Perce Tribal Court, 2003
  • Washington, 2008
  • Federal District Court for District Of Columbia, 2011

Antioch School Of Law, Washington, D.C.

  • Juris Doctorate – 1987

St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

  • Bachelor of Arts in History – 1983

Lancaster University, Lancaster, England

  • Junior Year Abroad – 1982
  • Studied Euro-Asian Comparative History (Japan, China, U.S.S.R.) and Irish Nationalism
  • Thesis: “A Tradition of Violence: The Irish Quest for Nationhood 1880-1923.”

Lessons From the Masters: The Lawyer as a Lightning Rod

  • Idaho State Bar Convention, July 14, 2017
  • Presentation with Coeur d’Alene attorney Michael
    Ramsden and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden

Make Ethics Great Again

  • ITLA McCall, October 7, 2016

The Digital Evolution of a Technical Neanderthal

  • ITLA Sun Valley, June 29, 2012

Ethics for the Idaho Personal Injury Lawyer (moderator)

  • ITLA Boise, November 18, 2011

How To Keep Your White Hat White

  • ITLA Jackpot, NV, September 17, 2010

Ethics for the Idaho Personal Injury Lawyer (moderator)

  • ITLA Boise, November 13, 2009

Arguing Damages to the Jury

  • ITLA Boise, February 27, 2009

The Fundamentals of Car Crash Litigation

  • ITLA Pocatello, October 26, 2007

A Call for the End to Humiliation Litigation

  • John P. Gray Inn of Court, Coeur d’Alene, November 4, 2007

A Dreamer’s Practical Guide to Winning Car Crash Jury Trials

  • ITLA Boise, February 25, 2005
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Liberty Award, American Civil Liberties Union, 2005
  • President’s Award, Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1997
  • Eight Lessons from the Bullying Road Show, Advocate, Vol. 59, No. 1 – January 2016
  • Confessions of a Recovering Bully, Advocate, Vol. 58, No. 9 – September 2015
  • Untangling the Web of Prior Witness Statements, Advocate, Vol. 57, No. 5 – May 2014
  • My Best Day as a Lawyer, Washington State Bar News, Vol. 66, No. 6 – June 2012
  • My Best Day as a Lawyer, ITLA Journal, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Fall 2011), reprinted in Washington State Bar News, Vol. 66, No. 6 – June 2012
  • Idaho’s Best Criminal Cases, (Editor) IACDL Publication – 8th ed. 2010
  • Is My Record Clear Now?, Advocate, Vol. 52, No. 6 – June 2009
  • Nine Bad Ideas, ITLA Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1 – Spring 2002
  • Petition for Review Denied: What’s All the Shouting About?, Advocate, Vol. 33, No. 2 – February 1990
  • President Idaho State Bar, 2015
  • Commissioner Idaho State Bar, 2013-2016
  • Director Palouse Public Ice Rink, 2011-2015
  • Commissioner Magistrate Commission (Second District), 2011-2015
  • Delegate American Association for Justice, 2010-present
  • President Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, 2009-2010
  • Evidence Rules Committee Idaho Supreme Court, 2009-present
  • Ice Hockey Referee Palouse Youth Hockey Association, 2007-2012
  • Commissioner Moscow Human Rights Commission, 2006-2011
  • Director Federal Defender Services of Idaho, 2006-2011
  • Regional Director Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, 2005-2006
  • President Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2001-2002
  • Director YMCA Youth Government Program North Region, 1992-1999
  • President Trinity Group Homes, 1995-1998
  • Civil Trial Specialist, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, 2013-present
  • Criminal Trial Specialist, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, 2005-2015
  • Death-Penalty Qualified Counsel, Idaho Supreme Court, 2002-2012
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