JON M. STEELE – Partner
Jon Steele is a founding partner of Runft & Steele with over 37 years of practice experience in the state of Idaho. His practice emphasizes trial and appellate litigation with a primary focus on claims including personal injury, insurance bad faith, products liability, consumer protection, zoning, real estate and land use, and administrative law. He has been repeatedly recognized among the top trial lawyers in the State of Idaho and has conducted over 20 civil jury trials.
Admitted to Idaho Bar; 1976,
Idaho Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, District of Idaho; 1982,
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1982.
Education: University of Iowa (B.A., 1973); Drake University (J.D., 1975); Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2011; National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1981; Advanced National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1982; Law Clerk, Iowa Supreme Court 1974-1976.
Memberships: Idaho State Bar (Litigation, Real Property sections); American Bar Association (Law Practice Management, Tort & Insurance Practice, Intellectual Property Sections); Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (Board Member 1981-1987); admitted to practice before the Idaho Supreme Court, U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
State and Local Government Service: Ada County Board of Adjustment, 1981-1982; Ada County Zoning Commission, 1983-1986 (Chairman 1985-1986).
Civic/Philanthropic Affiliations: Board Member, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of S.W. Idaho, Inc., 1983-1986; Board Member, Friends of Channel 4 Public TV, 1983-1985; Board Member, The Children’s School, 1985-1986; Board Member, Payette Lake Cabin Owner’s Association, Inc. 1993-1996 (President 1996); Board Member, Capital Youth Soccer Assn., 1992-2002 (Commissioner of Soccer 2000-2002); Leadership Boise Graduate, 1978; CASA, Guardian Ad Litem Program, 1996; Mediator, Fourth District Court, 1994-1995.
Additional Information: Adjunct Professor, Boise State University, 1993-1994; State of Idaho Special Deputy Attorney General, 1985-1986 for purposes of bringing anti-trust action against gasoline dealers for price fixing; General Counsel, Precision Craft Log Structures, Inc, 2001-2003; Associate General Counsel, J. R. Simplot Company, 1976 – 1978. Mr. Steele has served as a director of certain private corporations. He has also developed and owned apartment, office and subdivision property.