Givens Pursley is proud to announce three new partners
Givens Pursley is proud to announce that Jeffrey Bower, Kersti Kennedy and Neal Koskella have been elevated to partners as of January 1, 2021.
Jeffrey Bower practices in the firm’s real estate, land use and civil litigation groups. A well-known figure at local planning and zoning and city council meetings, Jeff has quickly become the “go to” land use attorney for developers and new businesses coming to Idaho. Jeff joined the firm following a clerkship with Justice Joel Horton and Chief Justice Jim Jones of the Idaho Supreme Court. He was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and is actively involved in the community, including serving on the Board of the FACES of Hope Foundation. Jeff received his J.D. Magna Cum Laude from the University of Idaho College of Law, where he also served as Lead Articles Editor on the Idaho Law Review, and his B.A. Magna Cum Laude from the University of Idaho.
Kersti Kennedy practices in Givens Pursley’s civil litigation and employment groups and is an experienced trial and appellate attorney. She joined the firm after working with Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. and a regional law firm in Boise. During law school, Kersti 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. A native of Boise, Kersti has long been committed to providing pro bono services in the community, and was recognized for such service by the Idaho State Bar with its Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award in 2015. Kersti received her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, and her B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Boise State University.
Neal Koskella is a integral part of Givens Pursley’s taxation and estate planning group. Armed with degrees in both accounting and taxation, Neal offers a unique perspective to a business’s life cycle, from planning and formation to dissolution and winding up. Neal also consults with his clients and formulates personalized estate plans. Prior to joining the firm, Neal passed the CPA exam. Although he’s not currently licensed as a certified public accountant, this foundation allows Neal to guide clients through the federal and state tax labyrinth. Neal received his J.D. Magna Cum Laude from the University of Idaho College of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Idaho Law Review, his Masters of Science in Accountancy-Taxation Magna Cum Laude from Boise State University, and his B.B.A. Accountancy Magna Cum Laude from Boise State University.