Prior to joining Givens Pursley, Kersti was an associate with Stoel Rives LLP. Before that, she was a staff attorney with Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. at the Nampa Family Justice Center, where she represented domestic violence victims in family law matters including divorce, custody, guardianship, and civil protection order cases. During law school, she was an intern with the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies, and for the Honorable Alan G. Lance, Sr. at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. 

Kersti likes to read in the areas of history, philosophy, economics, psychology, and religion. She also enjoys being active and participates in running, hiking, and yoga. 

Recognition

  • Denise O'Donnell Day Pro Bono Award from Idaho State Bar, 2015

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • Executive Articles Editor, Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal
  • Boise State University, B.A., Anthropology, 2007, magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Idaho
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Idaho State Bar Appellate Practice Section
  • Idaho Law Foundation CLE Committee Member, 2013-2016
  • Concordia University School of Law Mentor, 2013-2016
  • Part of a team that successfully defeated million-dollar employment case filed against small family business. Claims included wrongful termination, breach of employment contract, and Fair Labor Standards Act claim. Most of case was dismissed on summary judgment
  • Achieved summary judgment for agricultural lender against third-party judgment creditor that had garnished proceeds of lender’s collateral
  • Second-chaired winning trial team that defeated a third party’s claim of apparent agency against LLC due to one member’s alleged actions. Drafted briefs that achieved partial summary judgment prior to trial. Also drafted briefs that allowed for recovery of all attorney fees incurred in this case
  • Second-chaired trial team in action by lender to obtain deficiency judgment against borrower
  • Assisted in large-scale Article 9 public auction of personal property collateral belonging to gravel and paving operation
  • Part of team that drafted successful motion for transfer of venue in federal court in franchise dispute brought against Enterprise Holdings, Inc
  • Part of team that successfully resisted motion for restraining order halting trustee’s sale of residence due to alleged violations of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and nonjudicial foreclosure statutes
  • Successfully negotiated favorable child custody order for pro bono client in anticipation of opposing party’s release from prison
  • "Life at a Large Law Firm," Panel Discussion, Concordia University School of Law, Aug. 2014
  • "Why Land Tenure Reform Is the Key to Political Stability in Tonga," Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, March 2012(republished in shortened form in New Zealand Law Journal, Nov. 2012)