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James C. Dale
Jim Dale is a partner in Stoel Rives' Labor and Employment practice group. He
routinely advises and represents some of Idaho's largest private employers on virtually
every aspect of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination,
harassment, wrongful termination, contract, wage and hour, and ERISA issues. Jim has
also served as lead defense counsel on class and collective actions seeking recovery of
unpaid wages. He also represents management in traditional labor disputes and
provides counsel on union avoidance. Jim has handled numerous labor arbitrations
addressing discharge, discipline, scope of work and management rights. He regularly
appears before administrative agencies charged with enforcing human resources
issues, including the Idaho Human Rights Commission, EEOC, NLRB, U.S. Department
of Labor, Idaho Department of Labor, and the Idaho Industrial Commission. Employers
also seek his counsel on workplace policies and training for all levels of employees.
For many years Jim has been recognized in Chambers USA: Guide to America's Leading
Lawyers for Business as a first-tier employment lawyer in Idaho. He is also listed in
Best Lawyers in America® and Mountain States Super Lawyers®. Jim is a founding
member of the Management Labor and Employment Roundtable, a national, invitation-
Boise, ID
(208) 387-4282 direct
(208) 389-9040 fax
only employment law practice group.
[email protected]
Representative Work
Represented a semiconductor manufacturer in conjunction with one of the first
J.D., 1982
multi-plaintiff claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Led the defense of a large manufacturing business named in a multi-plaintiff age
discrimination lawsuit that included claims of disparate impact that were
Member, Idaho Law Review
Obtained dismissal in numerous claims advancing breach of contract and other
theories intended to circumvent the doctrine of at-will employment and broaden
the existing public policy exception recognized under Idaho law.
District Court for the Districts of Idaho
Professional Honors and Activities
Selected by Best Lawyers® as Employment Law-Management Lawyer of the Year,
Boise, 2013; Labor and Employment Law Lawyer of the Year, Boise, 2011 ;
Litigation-Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, Boise, 2015
Listed in Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Employment Law-Management,
Litigation-Labor & Employment Law), 2006-2016
University of Massachusetts at
Amherst, B.A., 1979
dismissed on summary judgment.
University of Idaho College of Law,
Elected as a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for
sustained outstanding performance in the profession
and Utah
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
James C. Dale
Recipient of International Law Office and Lexology Client Choice Award in Idaho for Labor & Employment Law, 2014
Named one of Idaho's Leaders in the Law by Idaho Business Review, 2014
Selected as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" (Idaho, Star Individual) by Chambers USA (currently: Labor &
Employment), 2006-2016; one of only three Idaho attorneys selected as a "Star Individual" – the highest ranking available in
Chambers. Chambers' commentary and client quotes include: "Jim Dale is the clear standout employment lawyer in Idaho, and is
acknowledged as such by clients and peers alike. 'Jim knows more about employment law than anyone else in the state,' one
source enthused" (Chambers USA 2012). He is known to be an "[e]xcellent labor and employment lawyer who understands the
law and always keeps up to date with the most recent changes." Clients also note his ability to draw on his extensive experience
and to give detailed responses quickly. One client said, "[E]ven though we are one of his small clients, he responds like we are a
big client" (Chambers USA 2011).
Listed in International Who's Who of Management and Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2012
Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Employment and Labor), 2007-2015
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
Member, Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program Policy Council, 2006-2010
Member, Idaho State Bar; co-chair, Employer Liability Subcommittee for Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, 2004-2006
Editor, Idaho Employment Law Newsletter, 2001-2004
Board of Directors, Management Labor and Employment Roundtable, 2001-present
Member, Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
Member, Editorial Review Board, Idaho Labor Letter, 1995-1996
Editor-in-Chief, Idaho Labor Letter, 1996-2000
Civic Activities
University of Idaho College of Law Advisory Council, 2006-2011: Member Emeritus, 2012-present; Chair, 2011-2012
Board of Directors, Ballet Idaho, 2001-2004
Reported Decisions
Paolini v. Albertson's, Inc., 149 P.3d 822 (Idaho 2006)
Mitchell v. ZiLOG, Inc., 874 P.2d 520 (Idaho 1994)
Albertson's, 116 LA 635 (2002)
Idaho Dep't of Health & Welfare v. Syme, 714 P.2d 13 (Idaho 1986)