Michael T. Spink, Partner at Butler Spink

Michael T. Spink, Partner

Michael’s practice is limited to mediation and alternative dispute resolution. His historical practice included commercial law, construction law, real estate transactions, business formation and litigation. He has significant experience in business formation and dissolution, residential development, sales and acquisitions, commercial lending, land use litigation, creditor/debtor rights and administrative law.

Areas of Practice

  • Butler-Spink-Icon-Mediation-Isolated
    Mediation

  • Butler-Spink-Icon-RealEstate-Isolated
    Real Estate

  • Butler-Spink-Icon-Business-Isolated
    Business Law

Education

  • Stanford University, B.A., 1972
  • University of Denver, J.D., 1977
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, 2012 (Certificate in Mediating the Litigated Case).

Bar Admissions

  • 1978, Idaho, 9th Circuit; 1981, U.S. Supreme Court; 2007, Oregon

Professional Associations

  • Idaho State Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association, Inactive
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Idaho Mediation Association
  • Oregon Mediation Association

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Dispute Resolution Section of the Idaho State Bar, Council Member, 2013-2015
  • Member of the real estate, commercial, bankruptcy, and litigation sections of the Idaho State Bar, and the real estate section of the Oregon State Bar
  • Faculty, Idaho Law Foundation Seminars on Mediation, Real Property Law, Boundary Law, Construction Law and Liens
  • Board Member, Boise Art Museum, 2009-2015 (President 2013-2014)
  • Board Member, The Cabin (Log Cabin Literary Center), 2000-06 (President, 2004-05)
  • Idaho State Bar IOLTA Committee, 1997-2002 (Chair 1999-2002)
  • Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Local Government Committee (Chair, 1988-89)
  • Deputy Attorney General, Idaho State Tax Commission, 1981-1982
  • 1stLieutenant, USAF, 1972-1975

Honors & Awards

  • AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Diplomate Member
  • Listed in 2019 Mountain States Super Lawyers® under Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Listed in the 2019 Best Lawyers® under Real Estate and Real Estate law (2006-2018)
  • Best Lawyers® 2019 Litigation – Real Estate, Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in the 2016 Super Lawyers – Business Edition® under Business Litigation
  • Listed in Chambers USA 2019® as a “Ranked Lawyer” under Real Estate

Reported Cases

  • DAFCO LLC v. Stewart Title Guaranty Company
    156 Idaho 749, 331 P.3d 491 (2014)
  • Canal/Norcrest/Columbus Action Committee v. City of Boise
    137 Idaho 377, 48 P.3rd 1266 (2002)
  • Boel v. Stewart Title Guarantee Co.
    137 Idaho 9, 43 P.3d 768 (2002)
  • Eagle Water Co., Inc. v. Idaho Public Utilities Com’n
    130 Idaho 314, 940 P.2d 1133 (1997)
  • Kawai Farms, Inc. v. Longstreet
    121 Idaho 610, 826 P.2d 1322 (1992)
  • Chittenden & Eastman Co. v. Leasure
    116 Idaho 981, 783 P2d 230 (1989)
  • Gardner v. Evans
    110 Idaho 925, 719 P2d 1185 (1986)
  • Murphy v. Etchegaray
    108 Idaho 814, 702 P.2d 852 (1985)
  • Greater Boise Auditorium Dist. v. Royal Inn of Boise
    106 Idaho 884, 684 P.2d 286 (1984)
  • Circle C Ranch Co. v. Jayo
    104 Idaho 353, 659 P.2d 107 (1983)
  • Department of Employment v. Brown Brothers Const., Inc.
    100 Idaho 479, 600 P.2d 783 (1979)
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Diplomate Member
2019 Best Lawyers - Layer of the Year - Real Estate - Boise, Idaho