John L. Runft


With over 48 years of practice experience in the state of Idaho John Runft has been repeatedly recognized among Idaho’s leading practitioners.His practice emphasizes business, commercial, corporate, and administrative law. He also has extensive business, contract, constitutional, and tort litigation experience and has appeared as lead counsel before courts throughout the state of Idaho and at all levels of state and federal courts, including the Idaho Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Education: College of Idaho (B.A., 1962); University of Chicago (J.D., 1965). Recipient, Justice Jackson Award in Constitutional Law, University of Chicago Law School, 1965.

Memberships: Idaho State Bar (Business & Corporate Law, and Litigation); American Bar Association (Business Law, Litigations sections), Idaho Law Foundation; admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of the State of Idaho, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Claims Court, and the United States District Court for the District of Idaho; (Founding) Member of Board of Litigation of Mountain States Legal Foundation, 1977 to date (Chairman 1998-2000).

U.S. Government Service: Served three years (1955-58) in the United States Army; Civilian Aide, Secretary of the Army of the United States, 1988-1995.

Business Affiliations: Director and shareholder in S.Crow Collateral Corporation; Founding Member of Capital Matrix, Inc.; and director of certain other private companies.

Civil/Philanthropic Affiliations: Trustee of the Idaho Aviation Hall of Fame, Inc., (2001 to date); Founding Member (1988 to date) and Director (1988-1996) of the Idaho Community Foundation; Boise Philharmonic Association (Board Member 1968-1993; President 1979-1981); member, President’s Partners, Albertson College of Idaho (1982-1990). Fraternal: Gem State Kiwanis Club of Boise, Idaho, (former member, Board of Directors).

Additional Information: Prepared and argued the case of Marshall v. Barlow’s, Inc., before the United States Supreme Court (436 U.S. 307, 1978), the decision in which case required OSHA (and similar government agencies) to obtain search warrants for searches of private business premises, including corporate premises.

Speaks, reads and writes the German language.