Kurt D. Holzer

Kurt D. Holzer

Boise, Idaho

Kurt Holzer is a James J. May award winning trial attorney. He was selected by his fellow lawyers as the 2011 Idaho Trial Lawyer of the Year. He has earned an AV rating from Martindale Hubble, its highest; is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for insurance litigation; has been recognized as a “Local Litigation Star” for injury litigation by Benchmark Litigation; has received the SuperLawyer designation from Thomson Reuters for a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement; and, has a “Superb” rating of a perfect 10 from the rating organization AVVO. He is also a past President of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association.

In 2004, he joined with Caldwell native John Edwards to form the firm that became Holzer♦Edwards, Chartered . He previously spent four years as the Idaho litigation partner of a Madison Wisconsin-based law practice, Murphy, Holzer & Vaughan, LLC. Kurt began in private practice with the Boise office of Holland & Hart, LLP where he also focused on plaintiffs’ injury litigation.

As trial counsel, Kurt has obtained several jury verdicts in excess of one million dollars. He has also recovered well over ten millions of dollars in settlements for his clients.

A 1992 graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, Kurt was a William H. Leary Scholar and Executive Editor of the Utah Law Review. He clerked for the Honorable Judith M. Billings, Presiding Judge of the Utah Court of Appeals. He has litigated class action, trucking, dram shop, premises liability, products liability, insurance bad faith, Fair Labor Standards Act as well as many automobile cases. A graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Kurt has been a member of the Idaho State Bar since 1992 and a member of the Board of Directors of the ITLA since 1997. He currently serves as co-chair of its Governmental Relations committee. He is a former Idaho representative to the American Trial Lawyers Association. He continues to serve as he has since 1999 as a member of the Professional Conduct Board of the Idaho State Bar. Kurt worked with legislators and other groups to obtain passage of Idaho’s landmark Small Lawsuit Resolution Act. He has published a number of articles on trial preparation and litigation skills as well as a study on Idaho jury behavior.

Kurt is an avid bicycle racer and bicycle race announcer. Although he is a 2-time Idaho State Criterium Champion, Kurt is better at talking about bike racing than doing it. He currently runs the St. Luke’s Sports Medicine Cycling Race Team. He is also the general manager of USACycling’s local affiliate the Southwest Idaho Cycling Association. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Idaho’s largest cycling organization SLSM/Lost River Cycling. Through the efforts of as a board member of LRC, Kurt supports a wide variety of charitable efforts including The Idaho Foodbank, The Garden City Community Clinic, The Hidden Springs School, St. Alphonsus Life Flight, The Idaho Brain Injury Foundation, The Hidden Springs Community Farm, The Dry Creek Historical Society, and the White Knob Historical Preservation Society. Kurt served two terms as President of the Hidden Springs Town Association Town Council.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff

Bar Admissions

  • Idaho, 1992


  • The S.J. Quinney College of Law at The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1992
    • Honors: William H. Leary Scholar
    • Law Review: Member, Utah Law Review, 1990-1991, Executive Editor, 1991 - 1992
  • Colorado Mesa University , Grand Junction, Colorado
    • B.A. cum laude - 1989
    • Major: Political Economy

Published Works

  • Idaho Injury Law - A Guidebook for Injured Idahoans, Speaker Media Press, 2011
  • SLRA - Its Practical Application Requires Understanding Its Express Language, The Advocate, Vol. 48, No. 2, 2005
  • Jury Awards in Idaho: A Survey Study of Punitive and Non-Economic Damage Awards in Idaho Courts, February 2003, with John Fielder, M.B.A., and Dr. Bryan Storer D.C. (Self-Published Research)
  • The Novice Expert: 20 Rules for Depo Testimony, Law Reporter, Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii, March/April, 2000
  • Readying the Rookie Expert - 20 Rules for Translating Knowledge to Testimony, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. 28, Number 4, 1999
  • Understanding and Proving Damages on Behalf of Adult Children in Wrongful Death Litigation, (Co-Author with Dr. Sharo), Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. 28, Number 2, 1999
  • The Fundamentals of Preparing a Plaintiff for Deposition, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association Journal, Vol. 27, Number 2, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2005 - 2006
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, Governmental Relations Committee Co-Chair, 2007 - Present
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors Member, 1997 - Present
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, Publications Chairman, 1997 - 1999
  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1994 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Idaho Representative, 2000 - 2001
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1994 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Professional Conduct Board, Member, 2000 - Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Member, 1993 - Present
  • Southwest Idaho Cycling Association, Manager, 2004 - Present
  • Lost River Cycling, Board of Directors, 2003 - Present
  • Hidden Springs Town Association, President-Board of Directors, 2008 - 2010

Past Employment Positions

  • Hon. Judith M. Billing, Presiding Judge, Utah Court of Appeals, Law Clerk, 1992 - 1993
  • Holland & Hart, LLP, Attorney, 1993 - 1999
  • Murphy Holzer & Vaughan, LLC, Chief Idaho Trial Lawyer, LLC, 2000 - 2004

Pro Bono Activities

  • ACLU of Idaho various Litigation Matters, 1996 - Present