Richard L. Stubbs



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Dick has a practice that includes insurance coverage litigation, professional liability defense, municipal law, products liability defense and civil rights defense. He has tried lawsuits throughout Idaho, and he has handled appeals before the Idaho Supreme Court, the Idaho Court of Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dick also has handled matters before various state agencies, including the Idaho Human Rights Commission and the Idaho State Board of Medicine, involving disciplinary and licensing disputes. Dick acts as the city attorney for the City of New Meadows.

Dick is a member of the Idaho State Bar, and has served as a member of the Idaho State Bar Character and Fitness Committee and the Conditional Admission Subcommittee. Dick is a member of the Defense Research Institute, and serves on the Insurance Law Committee, the CGL Subcommittee, and the Professional Liability Committee. Dick is also a member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, in which he is a member of the Professional Liability Committee and the Agents & Brokers Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. Dick is a member of the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association. Dick is "AV" Peer Review rated by Martindale Hubbell and is routinely recognized as a Mountain States SuperLawyer.

Recent cases:

  • Prevailed before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals successfully defending summary judgment where plaintiff alleged insurer had duty to defend breach of licensing agreement claim under personal and advertising injury portion of CGL policy.
  • Obtained declaratory judgment for insurance company in Idaho Federal District Court on claim brought by general contractor for coverage where retail insurance agent claimed it issued additional insured endorsement despite lack of authority.
  • Prevailed before the Idaho Court of Appeals successfully defending summary judgment on behalf of attorney and law firm sued for legal malpractice for failing to timely file notice of tort claim.
  • Obtained dismissal of professional malpractice and defamation claims against licensed professional counselor based on arguments that plaintiff did not allege a professional relationship with our client; that plaintiff did not allege that our client communicated defamatory matters concerning the plaintiff; that plaintiff did not allege that any statements purportedly made by our client were untrue;  and that communications made by our client concerning plaintiff were privileged and our client was immune from liability.
  • Obtained full collection on behalf of homeowner’s association from member who was in arrearages for three years of dues.

Dick earned a B.A. in English from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1979. After college, Dick worked as a claims representative for California Casualty Insurance Company in Los Angeles, California. He also worked as a legal intern at Foss, Schuman and Drake, a medium sized law firm in Chicago, Illinois.

In 1981 Dick entered Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, working full time during law school as a legal research specialist for Legal Information Access Service and as a certified legal intern for the law firm of Gallup, Duggan, Tubbs and Heurlin in Vancouver, Washington. During law school, Dick received the American Jurisprudence Awards in Torts and Constitutional Law. Dick graduated from law school in 1984.

Following law school, Dick served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Deborah A. Bail of the Fourth Judicial District of Idaho from 1984 to1985. In 1985 Dick joined the predecessor firm of Perkins Mitchell LLP as an associate attorney, and has practiced as an attorney with Perkins Mitchell LLP and its predecessor firm since that time. In 1998, Dick was one of the attorneys who started the firm now named Perkins Mitchell LLP.

Dick is a partner in the Boise office.