Professional Biography
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Melanie G. Rubocki Partner

Boise Office Managing Partner

  • Boise

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    1111 West Jefferson Street, Suite 500

    Boise, ID 83702-5391




Melanie Rubocki is the managing partner and head of the Corporate Law practice for the Boise office. She is also the former co-chair of the firm's Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Law practice. With a foundation in finance and entrepreneurial studies from the Wharton School of Business, Melanie brings a business sensibility and reasonableness to her client relations and any negotiated transaction. She represents business clients through their entire life cycle, from startup formation to exit. Her approach to the client relationship is proactive rather than reactionary, endeavoring to help clients avoid legal pitfalls and traps for the unwary.

Melanie represents clients in a number of industries and regularly advises on emerging growth company issues, operating entity legal issues, and commercial transactions. She has led clients in all forms and stages of equity and debt financings and has an active mergers and acquisitions (M&A) practice, advising both buy- and sell-side clients on complex M&A and other strategic business joint ventures and arrangements. She also routinely counsels directors and officers on board management, corporate governance, and fiduciary duty matters.

Melanie is very active in the community and serves on multiple nonprofit boards.

Ranked by Chambers USA 17 Years in a Row


Professional Recognition

  • Recipient of “Professionalism Award” by the Idaho State Bar, 2022
  • Ranked by Chambers USA as “America’s Leading Lawyer” for Corporate/Commercial, 2007 – 2023
  • Named "Corporate Law Expert of the Year in Idaho" by The Lawyer Network, 2021
  • Nominated as a "Leader in Law" by the Idaho Business Review, 2020
  • Nominated as a "Women of the Year" by the Idaho Business Review, 2011
  • Named "Accomplished Under 40" by the Idaho Business Review, 2008
  • Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • City of Boise Economic Recovery Task Force, 2020 - present
  • Trailhead, Legal Counsel, 2013 - present; Executive Board, 2017 - present
  • Idaho Technology Council, Executive Committee, 2011 - present
  • Idaho TechConnect, Chairman of the Board, 2007 - 2011, Vice Chairman 2006
  • Business and Corporate Law Section of the Idaho State Bar, Governing Council, 2003 - 2010
  • Committee for Limited Liability Act Code Reform, 2007 - 2009
  • Venture Capital Task Force (subgroup of Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and Boise Metro Economic Development Council), Committee Member, 2000 - 2006
  • Committee for Corporate Code Reform, Member, 2002 - 2005
  • Idaho State Bar Association
  • Illinois State and Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association 

Community Involvement

  • Boise YMCA Swim Team, Council Member, 2011 - present
  • Bishop Kelly, President's Advisory Council, Member, 2011- present
  • Bogus Basin Ski Education Foundation, Board Member, 2011 - 2017
  • St. Joseph's School, Board Member, 2010 - 2016
  • Friends of Zoo Boise, Board Member, 2003 - 2011, Vice President, 2004 - 2006 
  • Boise Family YMCA Finance Committee, Member, 2000 - 2005
  • Notre Dame Club of Idaho, Board Member, 2000 - 2004
  • Boise Children’s Initiative Task Force, Member, 2003 - 2004
  • Leadership Boise Program, Participant, 2000 - 2002 

Related Employment

  • Holland & Hart LLP, Boise, ID, Associate, 2000 - 2003
  • Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Chicago, IL, Associate, 1997 - 2000; Summer Associate, 1996






Bar and Court Admissions

  • Idaho


  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1997, Executive Editor, Journal of College and University Law Review
  • Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, B.S., Economics, 1993
  • College of Arts & Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Psychology, 1993


  • Italian