BOISE, Idaho (Jan. 30, 2013) -- The legal landscape in Idaho just got more interesting. Two of the Gem State’s most noteworthy civil trial lawyers, Steven Andersen and Thomas Banducci, are forming a new law firm that boasts not only their own forces, but those of three talented rising stars: Benjamin Schwartzman, Wade Woodard, and Amanda Brailsford.

The resulting Boise-based trial practice firm—Andersen Banducci PLLC—specializes in complex, high-stakes litigation and represents both defendants and plaintiffs. Andersen Banducci trial attorneys were lead counsel for verdicts and settlements in excess of $400 million and have won landmark cases against some of the largest law firms in the nation. Attorneys in the firm specialize in litigation involving agribusiness, partnership disputes, bad faith insurance and banking claims, intellectual property matters, class actions, product and professional liability claims, securities fraud, multidistrict litigation, federal and state antitrust violations, injury and multiparty tort claims, labor and employment issues, and conflicts in the engineering and construction, financial, healthcare, and technology industries.

“This is the firm you simply don’t want to see on the other side of the case,” G. Steven Henry, General Counsel and Executive Director of Litigation Council of America, says.

Andersen Banducci takes a professional, cost-effective approach to high-stakes litigation. “We’re especially adept at providing unique insights into the motivation and strategies of our clients’ opponents and at presenting complex facts and cases to juries in a compelling, persuasive manner,” Mr. Banducci says. “We also proactively share advice to keep clients out of litigation in the first place, and we offer flexible fee arrangements that allow those without deep pockets to have their cases fairly and successfully tried.”

The firm’s five principals have pursued their elite practices for decades. Mr. Andersen has tried more than 100 civil cases to verdict, obtaining 10 such judgments in excess of $1 million, including a recent $56 million damages award for a defective agricultural chemical. Meanwhile, Mr. Banducci has litigated complex commercial issues in more than 20 states, including one of the largest jury verdicts in Idaho history—a $52 million award in a lawsuit against Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

The resumes of Mr. Schwartzman, Mr. Woodard, and Ms. Brailsford are also impressive. They have litigated some of the most successful and influential legal actions in the region, including a $3 billion nationwide antitrust damages settlement, a landmark agricultural recovery for Idaho farmers, and a historic $4 million jury verdict in a Federal Housing Act case.

In all, the firm boasts nine top-notch attorneys. In addition to the founding partners, the Andersen Banducci team includes partners Jennifer Schrack Dempsey and Brent Bastian and associates Dara Labrum Parker and Tim Kurtz.

The practice will be located in the U.S. Bank Plaza in downtown Boise at 101 S. Capitol Blvd., where it will occupy Suite 1600. The firm’s phone number is (208) 342-4411.

Andersen Banducci PLLC is a Boise, Idaho-based commercial litigation law firm comprised of attorneys who have handled some of the toughest and most complex cases in the Gem State. Andersen Banducci has extensive experience managing and trying complex civil cases in the State of Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and throughout the United States, and its attorneys are licensed to practice in Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, and the District of Columbia. Visit for more information.