Samuel transitioned into a legal career after more than fifteen years in agriculture. During that time, Samuel worked on cattle ranches in five states, including his home state of Idaho. Most recently, he was a manager at a large commercial cow/calf operation in Northern Nevada.
In his role as a ranch manager, Samuel worked with state and federal agencies to graze cattle on over one million acres of state, federal, and private rangelands. His responsibilities exposed him to a wide range of legal issues including custom feeding contracts, land leases, water rights, and particularly, issues related to grazing on public land. A highlight of his legal education was his research on federal grazing issues and a subsequent opportunity to help draft a complaint for judicial review of a decision by the Bureau of Land Management that terminated an Idaho rancher’s grazing preference.
Samuel’s experience in agriculture has shaped his legal practice. He now practices administrative law helping his clients navigate federal, state, and local agency regulations. Specifically, he works on road, easement, and access issues; public land grazing regulations and associated issues; water rights and other regulations pertaining to water; and local land use and development law.
Samuel still regularly dons his riding boots and crawls on the back of a horse to stay in touch with old friends and spend time with his family. He also uses leather and rawhide to create western art and working gear.
Juris Doctor, University of Idaho College of Law
- Chief Managing Editor, Idaho Law Review
- Outstanding 3L Award
Dean’s Award of Excellence, New Mexico State University
Master of Science, Agricultural Economics, New Mexico State University
Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Brigham Young University – Idaho
U.S. District Court (Idaho)
Memberships and Affiliations
Idaho State Bar
Agricultural Law Society, Inc, Board Member
Summer Associate, Givens Pursley LLP
Legal Extern, Office of General Counsel, Boise State University
Legal Intern, Office of General Counsel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints