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Russ G. Kvanvig

Partner

Russ was born and raised in North Dakota. He graduated in 1972 with a B.A. in accounting from Moorhead State College. He served in the U.S. Army Active Reserve and received an Honorable Discharge. He received a J.D. from the University of North Dakota Law School in 1975.

Russ was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1975 and is authorized to practice before all courts and agencies in Idaho. In addition to his law license, Russ is admitted as a Certified Public Accountant in Idaho.

When he first moved to Twin Falls, Russ practiced with the firm of Plankey & Johnson. Shortly thereafter, he formed the firm of Kvanvig, Stoker, & Stanger. In 1982, Russ joined this firm as a partner.

When not in the office, Russ enjoys flying in his airplane, chasing fish and wildlife in the woods, shooting firearms, reloading, cooking fabulous meals, and scouring every nearby estate sale, auction, and antique shop for “junk décor” to add to the collection he and and his wife Geri have acquired.

Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar Association
    • Bar Commissioner, 2002-2005; President of the Idaho State Bar – 2005
  • American Bar Association
  • Fifth District Bar Association
    • Professionalism Award – 2006
  • American Academy of Attorney-CPAs
  • Idaho Society of CPAs
  • Twin Falls Flyers
  • Jerome County Rod and Gun Club
  • American Legion
  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
Community Service:
  • Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce
    • Former Board Member; President – 1989
  • Magic Valley Regional Medical Center Foundation
    • Former Board Member; President – 1992
  • College of Southern Idaho Foundation
    • Former Board Member; President – 1996-1997

Laird B. Stone

Partner

Laird was born and raised in Gooding, Idaho, and graduated from Gooding High School. He is a proud Idaho Vandal, graduating from the University of Idaho in 1975 with a B.S. in Marketing. While at U of I, Laird was a member of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity. Laird obtained his J.D. in 1978 from the U of I, where he served as Attorney General for the student body. He is also a graduate of the College of Advocacy at Hastings Law School and the National College of Criminal Defense at the University of Houston.

Laird was admitted to the Idaho State Bar and all courts of Idaho in 1979. He served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Robert Newhouse. He then began his career as a litigator with the Ada County Public Defender’s Office in Boise (where he was Ada County Employee of the Year in 1981). He later moved to Twin Falls and worked as an associate at the firm of Nelson, Rosholt, Robertson, Tolman & Tucker. In 1987, Laird joined this firm as a partner.

In addition to his regular practice with the firm, Laird serves as a mediator for all manner of disputes. He is an administrative hearing officer for Idaho state agencies.

When not at the office, Laird enjoys spending time with his wife, Vickie (a fellow Vandal and a fabulous baker), his two sons, AJ and Grayson (also Vandals), their wives and his grandkids. When not spending his time with his family, or playing a round of golf, Laird spends his time working to make his community better for all, particularly for children.

Memberships:
  • Idaho State Bar Association
    • Pro Bono Award – 1993
    • Outstanding Service Award – 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Fifth District Bar Association
    • Former Board Member; President – 1990-1991
  • Theron W. Ward American Inn of Court
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Idaho Legal History Society
  • Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program
    • Former Board Member/Chairperson
  • Snake River Business Network
Community Service:
  • Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award – 2004
  • College of Southern Idaho Board of Trustees – 2012 to present
    • CSI Student Senate Eagle Award 2016
    • CSI Gavel Award 2016
  • Idaho State Board of Education – 2001 to 2008
    • Past Member and Past President
  • Governor’s Higher Education Task Force 2017
  • Twin Falls Kiwanis
    • Past Member of the Board of Directors
  • Danny Marona Performing Arts Scholarship Board
  • Baseball Coach for All-Star and Babe Ruth Teams 1995-2004; Assistant Coach for State Babe Ruth Teams (2000, 2003, 2004)
    • Twin Falls American Legion Hall of Fame 2007
  • Served on various high school booster associations, the All Star Baseball Board, and the American Legion Baseball Board
  • Boy Scouts of America
    • Former Council Board Member and Assistant Scoutmaster
    • Eagle Scout
  • Twin Falls Lodge No. 45, AF&AM
    • Officer and Committee Member
  • El Korah Shriners
    • President of Twin Falls Shrine Club – 1987, 2010, 2017, 2018
    • Ambassador – 1989 to present
    • Legal Counsel
    • Director of Shrine High School All Star Football Game for more than 30 years
    • Board of Trustees for El Korah Patient Travel Fund and Temple Preservation Fund
  • Valley House – Legal Counsel
  • Safe Harbor – Legal Counsel

Pro Bono:
  • Established Free Legal Clinics at the College of Southern Idaho and College of Western Idaho

  • Jeremy C. Vaughn

    Associate Attorney

    Jeremy was born and raised in the Magic Valley, graduating from Minico High School. After High School, he attended the University of Idaho. While at the U of I, Jeremy was the ASUI Faculty Council Representative and a member of the ASUI Senate, completing his term as Senate President Pro Tempore. He graduated summa cum laude in 2002 with a B.S. in Political Science and an minor in Native American Studies. While at the University of Idaho, Jeremy was selected as a member of several honor societies, and received the Outstanding Junior, Outstanding Senior, and Grace & Guy Wicks Awards, along with an Alumni Association Award for Excellence and was a recipient of the ASUI Distinguished Service Award.

    Jeremy attended the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, the oldest law school in the Americas. While a student there, he received the American Bar Association Award for Excellence in State and Local Government Law, and worked for the local county attorney, as well as a research assistant for his property law professor. He graduated with his J.D. in 2005 and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar later that year. Jeremy is a graduate of the Prosecutor’s Bootcamp at the National Advocacy Center of the National District Attorney’s Association.

    After law school, Jeremy practiced law in Burley for a short while and then worked as a judicial staff attorney for the Honorable Don L. Harding in Soda Springs. He later served as a deputy public defender for Twin Falls County. He served as a deputy prosecutor for Gooding and Camas Counties, and was Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Gooding County at the time of his move to this firm in 2014. Jeremy began working part-time with this firm in 2011, and joined the team full time in 2014.

    When not in the office, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his wife, cooking barbecue (ask him about the difference between grilling and smoking), woodworking, and various outdoor activities. He also enjoys playing worst game of golf you have ever seen, yet has actually had two holes in one.

    Memberships:
    • Idaho State Bar Association
      • Admitted to all Idaho State and Federal Courts
      • Graduate of the Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers
    • Fifth District Bar Association
    • Theron W. Ward American Inn of Court
      • Board Member 2014-2018; President 2016-2018
    • American Bar Association
    • Magic Valley Estate Planning Council
    • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers – Former Associate Member
    • Idaho Prosecuting Attorneys Association – Former Member
    • National District Attorneys Association – Former Member
    Community Service:
    • Masonic Fraternity
      • Local, State, Regional, and National Officer & Committee Member for Several Organizations
    • El Korah Shrine
    • Boy Scouts of America
      • Former Member and Adult Leader
      • Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor, Wood Badge, Young American Award
    • Job’s Daughters International
      • Local and State Adult Volunteer
      • Member of Honor

    L. Clyel Berry

    Of Counsel to the Firm

    Clyel is a local boy having been raised and educated in the Magic Valley area. His education following high school includes receiving his Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration at Washington State University in 1973; his Juris Doctrate at the University of Idaho in 1975; and, was admitted to the Idaho State Bar Association on April 12, 1976. Clyel’s practice has been primarily focused in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury law since that time.

    Clyel married his better-half Jill early on in life and together they have raised two sons in the Kimberly School system. Clyel enjoys traveling and is an avid hunter and fisherman, eventually having guided hunters in search of mountain sheep and generously provided black bears with his trophy caught salmon, in Alaska.

    Clyel joined the firm of Stephan, Kvanvig, Stone & Trainor as “of counsel” in 2016, where his focus remains assisting our clients in the areas of workers’ compensation and personal injury law.


    Kevin F. Trainor

    Retired Partner

    Kevin is a retired former partner of the firm. Kevin served in the United States Marine Corps as a pilot; he was honorably discharged as a captain in 1970. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1966, and a J.D. from the University of Idaho in 1975. While at the U of I, Kevin was an Associate Editor of the Idaho Law Review.

    Kevin began his legal career in Twin Falls as an associate attorney with Walker & Kennedy. In 1978, Kevin became a partner with Doerr & Trainor. In 1989, Kevin became a partner with the firm, and in 2013 became Of Counsel to the firm. Kevin officially retired from the firm in 2018.

    Kevin was formerly an adjunct professor for Boise State University in commercial law.

    Outside of the office, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, riding his motorcycle, and is a licensed river guide and contract charter pilot.

    Memberships:
    • Idaho State Bar Association
      • Senior Status 2018
    • Fifth District Bar Association
    • Former Member – Idaho Bankruptcy Institute
    • Former Member – American Bar Association
    • Former Member – Idaho Association of Defense Counsel
    • Former Member – Lawyer Pilots Association
    • Dartmouth Lawyers Association
    • Rotary

    Mr. Trainor is retired and no longer accepting or representing clients. Please contact the firm to inquire if one of our other attorneys may be able to assist you.

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