Michael Gerald Palmer

Michael Gerald Palmer

Partner
Location:
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Phone:
208-665-5778
Fax:
208-676-1683
Email:

Michael G. Palmer graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, in 1993, receiving his degree in Communications. Michael earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1996.

After law school, Michael passed the bar in the both Oregon and Idaho. He began his career at the Kootenai County Public Defender's office in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, becoming a zealous litigator for his criminal defense clients and a staunch advocate of individual rights. In 1999, he was awarded with the prestigious title of "Jury Trial Attorney of the Year." In that same year, and again in 2001, Michael was acknowledged by the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys for trying the most cases to a jury by any criminal defense attorney in the State of Idaho. His criminal defense skills are incomparable. In 2003, Michael entered private practice and became a managing partner overseeing Family and Criminal Law matters. From 2003 through 2005, Michael was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Idaho College of Law where he taught Practice Court, a trial skills course from up and coming young lawyers. Also in 2003, Michael was invited to join the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors, sat on its Executive Board from 2010 until 2013 and, in 2011, Michael was elected President of the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Today his primary focus is in criminal defense litigation. He practices before both the State and Federal judiciary, and he is continually called upon by his peers throughout the State of Idaho for advice and counsel. Michael is a member of the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Michael is also currently a member in good standing with the Idaho State Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law

Bar Admissions

  • Idaho, 1996
  • Oregon, 1996
  • U.S. District Court District of Idaho, 1996

Education

  • University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho
    • Juris Doctor - 1996
  • University of Idaho, College of Letters and Sciences, School of Communication, Moscow, Idaho
    • Bachelor of Science - 1993
    • Major: Communication
  • North Idaho College, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
    • Associate of Arts & Associate of Science - 1991
    • Major: Communication (A.S.)
    • Major: General Studies (A.A.)

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Instructor: Practice Court (Trial Skill Class), University of Idaho, College of Law, 2003 - 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Jury Trial Attorney of Year, Kootenai County Defender's Office, 1999
  • Cited for Trying the Most Cases to a Jury by any Criminal Defense Attorney in the Organization by the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 1999
  • Cited for Trying the Most Cases to a Jury by any Criminal Defense Attorney in the Organization by the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member, 1997 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member, 2003 - Present
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Directors, President
  • Idaho State Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Kootenai County Defender's Office, Senior Staff Attorney, 1997 - 2003
  • Asotin County Prosecutor's Office, Intern, 1995 - 1996

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda