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

Blue Cross of Idaho v. State of Idaho et al.

Represented bid challenger in state procurement contract bid challenge.

Vantage Diary Supplies LLC v. Teck American Inc.

U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho
Provided product liability defense of chemical manufacture.

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.

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.

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

Race and Religious Discrimination Claims

Represented international package delivery service company in successful settlement of employee/driver’s race and religious discrimination claims.

Misappropriation of Trade Secret Claims

Represented Idaho employer in prosecution of misappropriation of trade secrets claim against former employee in Virginia federal court.

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.

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.

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.

NEWS

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

RELATED INFORMATION

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