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Diane Pitcher

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Ms. Pitcher received her law degree from the University of Idaho College Of Law, graduating with Pro-Bono Distinction. While attending law school, Ms. Pitcher was Executive Editor of the crit Law Review Journal, president of a student bar organization, and was one of two women selected to work in the University of Idaho Small Business Clinic her 3L year where she honed her skills in business representation, as well as transactional skills such as small business start-ups, the 501(c)(3) recognition process, and contract and lease drafting. Ms. Pitcher also founded the College of Law's first Wills Clinic.

Ms. Pitcher completed her undergraduate work at Brigham Young University and Utah State University; graduating Summa Cum Laude from the latter, where she was president of several University Student organizations, one of which successfully lobbied Utah State University to change their housing and employment policies.

Ms. Pitcher worked as an interviewer-researcher for Johns Hopkins, Duke and Utah State Universities' joint longitudinal study of Alzheimer’s, and worked as a Mental Health Therapist in Portland, Oregon and a psychiatric technician and University of Utah Neuropsychiatric institute.

Ms. Pitcher is licensed in all state and federal courts of Utah and Idaho including their Supreme Courts. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, The Cache County Bar, Idaho's 6th Circuit Bar association, and is currently a founding member of the proposed Idaho Animal Law Practice section.

Ms. Pitcher’s practice areas also include: Criminal Defense, business transactional, business litigation, wills & trusts, divorce, paternity actions, and adoption. Ms. Pitcher has owned and maintained a sole proprietor retail business for almost 10 years.

Niche areas of practice: Ms. Pitcher has particular skills and advocacy capacity in the following areas:
*Spice civil regulation and criminal defense.
*Controlled Substance criminal defense.
*Paternity Actions
*Uncontested divorces (approximately 90% of her divorces are uncontested).
*Divorce Modification.
*Estate Planning and contract drafting for same-sex couples.
*Animal (and Owner) Rights representation.
*Breach of Contract for Sales of goods.

Ryan Holdaway

Mr. Holdaway has extensive experience in the field of civil litigation and criminal defense. He received his Bachelors degree from Boise State University in Criminal Justice Administration and his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho. While working on his J.D. Mr. Holdaway continued his training in the field of civil litigation and criminal defense through work completed with the Appellate Clinic. As a member of the Appellate Clinic Mr. Holdaway was able to work on, and argue, appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court.

As a practicing member of the Idaho bar Mr. Holdaway continues to handle appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Idaho Supreme Court. He also has handled civil cases covering personal injury, contract disputes, property boundary disputes, securities fraud, social security, and 1983 actions, and has worked on criminal cases dealing with first degree murder, theft, and controlled substances.

For over two years Mr. Holdaway has worked on and handled numerous cases involving “spice,” “potpourri,” “K2,” “bath salts,” and “bonsai plant food.”(AM-2201, AM-7220, ZZ1, B-122) These cases have ranged from simple misdemeanors to serious felonies. Mr. Holdaway has also acted as a lobbyist for spice groups in Idaho before the Idaho Board of Pharmacy as well as the Idaho Legislature and has testified concerning spice related issues before both the Idaho Board of Pharmacy and the Judiciary Committee of the Idaho Legislature.

As part of his spice work Mr. Holdaway has developed a good working relationship with many expert chemists in the field, has researched spice laws throughout the United States, and has a client list that includes some of the largest manufacturers, distributors, and/or retailers of spice throughout Idaho. In working on spice related cases and issues for several years Mr. Holdaway is familiar with the legal problems facing individuals seeking to exercise their rights as well as the various means and methods of producing and marketing spice.

Mr. Holdaway’s previous work experience includes time with the various departments of the Idaho Attorney General’s Office, the Moscow City Attorney’s Office, and the private firm of Charney and Associates, PLLC. Mr. Holdaway also maintains a current membership with the Idaho Trial Lawyer’s Association and American Bar Association. Mr. Holdaway is an aggressive litigator who works hard to advocate for his clients.

Brandt Hanslee - Legal Assistant

Brandt Henslee, a Presidential Full Scholarship winner and member of the Dean's list, currently maintains a 4.0 cumulative GPA as a computer engineering major at Utah State University. He has managed and directed staff of over 40 employees and has over 4 years of professional research experience. He worked as a group head on a proposal project lobbying Utah State University to increase the availability of shuttle transportation. Brandt is also fluent in Spanish and plans on attending law school after graduation. He joined Pitcher & Holdaway in 2012 and has amazed his employers with his innate sense concerning the practice of law. We hope he will return to the firm after law school has broken his spirit.