James Holman

James Holman

James Holman has thirty-plus years of courtroom experience in the areas of employment law, insurance defense, worker’s compensation, domestic relations, mediation and plaintiff’s personal injury cases. In the field of employment law, Mr. Holman won two substantial age discrimination verdicts against Motel 6. The two cases, tried in Idaho Federal District Court, resulted in jury verdicts totaling well over $500,000 for his clients. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the jury verdicts and awarded substantial attorney fees. Mr. Holman has gone on to garner significant verdicts and settlements for wage claims, unpaid overtime claims and disability discrimination. Idaho Falls Attorney James Holman also successfully engaged in a protracted four-year litigation on behalf of Gem State Staffing, obtaining injunctions to enforce two non-compete agreements, thereby preventing significant harm to his client.

Since 2011 James Holman has been an Instructor of Labor and Employment Law for the University of Idaho. He is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (1975) and obtained his law degree, with distinction, from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1978. Following graduation James Holman clerked for the Hon. Hale McCown of the Nebraska Supreme Court. A transplanted Nebraskan, James Holman has practiced in eastern Idaho since 1981. He is an avid snow boarder, is a Civil War history buff and enjoys studying American history.



Northwestern University B.A., 1975
University of Nebraska College of Law J.D., 1978, with distinction
Executive Editor, Nebraska Law Review
Order of the Coif

Idaho Supreme Court
United States District Court of Idaho
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Nebraska Supreme Court



Instructor, University of Idaho, Employment and Labor Law



Denise O’Donnell-Day Pro-Bono Award, two-time recipient


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