Professional Biography

Christine M. Salmi Senior Counsel

  • Boise

    D +1.208.343.3434

    F +1.208.343.3232

    Boise

    1111 West Jefferson Street, Suite 500

    Boise, ID

    +1.208.343.3434

    CSalmi@perkinscoie.com

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OVERVIEW

EXPERIENCE

Experience

Litigation

Capital City Development Company v. Boise Tower Associates LLC

Urban renewal agency recovery of stalled $63 million redevelopment project from private developer.

Gibson, et al. v. Credit Suisse AG/Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
Represented an international appraisal company in a multibillion-dollar ‘predatory lending’ claim by property owners alleging collusion between a lender bank and an appraiser to inflate the value of four U.S. and foreign resort properties.

State of Idaho v. Standard & Poor's/McGraw-Hill

U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
Defense of credit rating agency in Consumer Protection Act claim.

Hardinge Inc. v. Automated Solutions Inc., et al.

Prosecution and defense of contract claims arising from breach of distributor agreement.

Narasimhan, M.D., et al. v. Rahim, M.D., et al.

Represented client in state action involving defamation and tortious interference claims against physicians group.

SemMaterials, L.P. v. Alliance Asphalt Inc.

Represented client in underlying litigation of contract claim and subsequent adversary proceedings leading to successful denial of debtor's bankruptcy discharge based on fraud grounds.

Shinskie v. McDonnell – Douglas Corporation

U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
Wrongful death/product liability defense of aircraft manufacturer.

1,4 Group Inc./Balivi Chemical Corporation v. JMC Enterprises Inc., et al.

U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
Defense of patent infringement action.

Appellate

United States v. Apel

U.S. Supreme Court
Represented amicus curiae Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in First Amendment case.

The State of Idaho Potato Commission v. G&T Terminal Packaging Inc.

U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Alleged violation of no-challenge provision in certification mark licensing agreement.

Merrithew, et al. v. Part Pointe Realty Inc., d/b/a John L. Scott Real Estate, et al.

U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Successfully defended real estate broker clients in antitrust class action alleging tying violations in connection with real estate brokerage fees in residential development sales.

University of Idaho Foundation Inc. v. Civic Partners Inc.

Supreme Court of Idaho
Affirmance of award of attorney's fees and costs to City of Boise's urban renewal agency in declaratory judgment action challenging validity of payments made in lieu of taxes by tax exempt entities that lease commercial space in city's urban renewal district.

Arbitration

Insurance Coverage Dispute

AAA international arbitration regarding dispute over coverage under a Bankers Professional Liability insurance policy.

Construction of U.S. Air Force Aircraft Parts Storage Building

AAA arbitration of construction dispute involving validity of pay-when-paid clause and claims for breach of contract, delay and extra work; prevailed on client's substantive claims and defenses.

Employment Litigation

Wage Dispute / Retaliation Claim

Represented healthcare employer in successful settlement of physician's wage and retaliation claims.

Wage Mediation

Represented Idaho-based manufacturer in successful mediation of former employee's claims for wages and bonus compensation.

Gomez v. MasTec North America Inc., et al.

Defense of employment claims for unpaid wages/bonus compensation in district court and appeal.

Calvin v. Chelton Flight Systems Inc., et al.

Defense of employment claims for retaliation and wrongful termination of chief executive; successfully defeated motion for punitive damages.

Pre-Litigation Negotiation of Severance Agreement

Represented senior management personnel in negotiation of severance agreements with family-owned skincare business.

Citadel Broadcasting Company v. Peak Broadcasting, LLC, et al.

Prosecution of motion for punitive damages in unfair competition and trade secrets employment action; settled favorably before trial.

Clary v. Central Bank

Obtained successful pre-litigation resolution of non-compete/non-solicitation claims and trade secret claims against former bank executives.

Environmental Litigation

Jayne v. Sherman

U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Forest roadless area rule, counsel for defendant intervenors Idaho Association of Counties and Idaho Mining Association.

ONRC v. Forest Service

U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
NEPA, NFMA claims against ski area expansion; counsel for defendant ski area operator.

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Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Idaho

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho

Education

  • University of Idaho College of Law, J.D.,
    magna cum laude
    , 1997,
    Managing/Lead Articles Editor, Idaho Law Review
  • Illinois State University, B.S.,
    cum laude
    , 1990