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OCT 2019

Your Story Matters Here F ighting for the U nderdogs

Then, six months later, the attorney I worked for closed up shop and took most of his clients with him. I was left alone, with not nearly enough clients to maintain the practice by myself. At that point, I almost called it quits and thought seriously about trying to get another job at the Ada County Courthouse. It seemed like I’d found myself in an underdog story of my own, and there wasn’t much chance of winning. That was 27 years ago. By the grace of God, and with the encouragement of friends and family, I stuck with the firm and made it work. Today, Skaug Law is the largest workers’ comp law firm in Idaho, and I have the help of 20 staff members to keep things running smoothly. Not bad for a kid from Jerome!

I’ve always loved a good underdog story. When I first decided to study law, it was with the intention that I would become a lawyer who fought for the underdog. I wanted to fight for the people who found themselves in lawsuits where they had little chance of winning. I wanted to be someone who could bring those people justice and closure. That’s still what I want for my clients today. My first job out of law school was as a prosecuting attorney for Ada County. I really enjoyed the work, but it wasn’t everything that I had hoped it would be. I could make sure the bad guy ended up behind bars, where he wouldn’t hurt my clients any longer, but I couldn’t be a part of repairing the damage that had already been done. For example, if they had been in a car accident, I couldn’t help them seek

Though we’ve seen our fair share of success, that doesn’t mean we’ve grown complacent. We work hard to defend the underdogs of the Treasure Valley and fight against the prejudices that might prevent our clients from getting the compensation and justice that they need. It can be difficult to overcome biases held by juries and defendants, but we’ve seen time and time again how a genuine desire for everyone to be represented equally before the law can win the day.

compensation for pain and suffering and hospital bills. It seemed like some of my clients were left picking up the pieces of a shattered life, and that there was nothing I could do about it. One day, one of the judges I worked with pretty regularly gave me some advice I will never forget. He put his arm around my shoulders and told me earnestly, “Get out of this job. Otherwise, you’ll become a judge like me one day, and I hate my job.” He must have seen some potential in me to succeed outside of my role at the Ada County Courthouse, and it was all I needed to hear. Soon

“We work hard to defend the underdogs of the Treasure Valley and fight against the prejudices that might prevent our clients from getting the compensation and justice that they need.”

We hope for many more years of fighting for the people of the Treasure Valley and beyond.

after, I took a job with a personal injury and workers’ comp firm in Nampa. It seemed like the perfect transition into a job where I could make sure every underdog had their day and got the compensation they needed.

Bruce Skaug

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