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Our History

Frank L. Stephan (Robert W. Stephan's father) established the firm in 1914. The firm opened in roughly the same office space which it currently occupies in what used to be called the Twin Falls Bank & Trust Building.

1914-1949 | FRANK L. STEPHAN

Sole practitioner was Frank L. Stephan. From 1917-1923 Frank was the Prosecuting Attorney for Twin Falls County. In the early 1920's Frank prosecuted the “Black Widow” - Lydia Sweet Trueblood. Frank was the Attorney General of Idaho from 1927-1928.

1949-1959 | STEPHAN, STEPHAN & HEAP

Partnership was comprised of Frank L. Stephan, Robert W. Stephan, and Edward H. Heap. Frank L. Stephan passed away in 1952.

1959-1960 | ROBERT W. STEPHAN

Sole practitioner was Robert W. Stephan. Edward H. Heap was appointed as a District Judge in December 1959.

1960-1965 | STEPHAN & HARVEY

Partnership was comprised of Robert W. Stephan and Larry Harvey. Larry Harvey was a partner until 1965 when he left to become Dean of the law school at Willamette University in Oregon.

1965-1966 | ROBERT W. STEPHAN

Sole practitioner was Robert W. Stephan.

1966-1972 | STEPHAN & BALLEISEN

Robert N. W. Balleisen became a partner with Robert W. Stephan. Daniel A. Slavin joined the firm in April 1970.

1972-1974 | STEPHAN, BALLEISEN & SLAVIN

Daniel A. Slavin became a partner with Robert Stephan and Robert N. W. Balleisen May 1, 1972.

1974-1976 | STEPHAN & SLAVIN

Robert Balleisen left the partnership in June 1974. The firm then consisted of the partnership of Robert W. Stephan and Daniel A. Slavin. Curtis H. Eaton joined the firm in May 1976. Thomas L. Stephan (Robert Stephan's son) joined the firm in December 1976.

1976-1977 | STEPHAN, SLAVIN & EATON

Partnership consisted of Robert W. Stephan, Daniel A. Slavin, and Curtis H. Eaton.

1977-1982 | STEPHAN, SLAVIN, EATON & STEPHAN

Partnership consisted of Robert W. Stephan, Daniel A. Slavin, Curtis H. Eaton, and Thomas L. Stephan. Michael Spink joined the firm as an associate in April, 1980 and left the office in December 1980.

1982-1983 | STEPHAN, SLAVIN, KVANVIG & STEPHAN

Partnership consisted of Robert W. Stephan, Daniel A. Slavin, Russell G. Kvanvig, and Thomas L. Stephan. Curtis Eaton left the partnership March 1, 1982. Russell Kvanvig joined the partnership November 15, 1982. Keith Hutchinson joined as an associate November 15, 1982.

1983-1984 | STEPHAN, SLAVIN & KVANVIG

Partnership consisted of Robert W. Stephan, Daniel A. Slavin, and Russell G. Kvanvig. Thomas Stephan left the partnership in 1983. Keith Hutchinson left the firm in October of 1984.

1984-1988 | STEPHAN, SLAVIN, KVANVIG & GREENWOOD

Partnership consisted of Robert W. Stephan, Daniel A. Slavin, Russell G. Kvanvig, and Richard D. Greenwood. Richard Greenwood joined the partnership December 1, 1984 along with William Langley as an associate. Daniel A. Slavin passed away March 1987. Laird B. Stone joined the firm in May 1987. William Langley retired in 1988.

1988-1989 | STEPHAN, KVANVIG, GREENWOOD & STONE

Partnership consisted of Robert W. Stephan, Russell G. Kvanvig, Richard D. Greenwood, and Laird B. Stone. Kevin F. Trainor joined the firm April 1989.

1989-1995 | STEPHAN, KVANVIG, GREENWOOD, STONE & TRAINOR

Partnership consisted of Robert W. Stephan, Russell G. Kvanvig, Richard D. Greenwood, Laird B. Stone, and Kevin F. Trainor. Robert W. Stephan retired November 1991. Robert C. Nicholson joined the firm as an associate June 1, 1993.

1995-2013 | STEPHAN, KVANVIG, STONE & TRAINOR

Partnership consists of Russell G. Kvanvig, Laird B. Stone, and Kevin F. Trainor. Robert C. Nicholson left the firm November 1996. Richard Greenwood left the firm April 1995. Robert W. Stephan passed away February 20, 2003.

2013 - | STEPHAN, KVANVIG, STONE & TRAINOR

Partnership consists of Russell G. Kvanvig and Laird B. Stone. Kevin F. Trainor withdrew from the partnership in 2013 and retired in February 2018. Jeremy C. Vaughn joined the firm as an associate on a part-time basis in February 2011 and later full-time in February of 2014. L. Clyel Berry joined the firm as Of Counsel in July 2016.


The following staff has left the office.

Esther Bopp:
Esther Bopp started work with Frank Stephan as his legal assistant on March 4, 1946. She became the office administrator in 1963. Esther retired in March 2001 after 55 years with the firm.
Donna Allen:
Donna started with Stephan, Kvanvig, Greenwood, Stone & Trainor in 1992. Donna did the billings for the firm and was legal assistant to Rob Nicholson. Donna left the office in June of 2002 after her husband was transferred to Boise.
Lisa Myers:
Lisa was employed on a part-time basis beginning October 1995. Lisa was the receptionist and co-legal assistant to Rob Nicholson. Lisa became a full-time employee July 1, 1996. Lisa left the office in 1998.
Loraine Jones:
Loraine started with the firm in April 1989. Loraine was Kevin Trainor's legal assistant until she retired in February 2005.
Lenora Moeller:
Lenora became a legal assistant with the firm in May, 1970 when it was Stephan, Balleisen & Slavin. Lenora was Laird Stone's legal assistant. She left the firm in January 2012.
Linda Heidemann:
Linda started with the firm on a part-time basis in 1978. She left for a short period of time and rejoined the firm on a full-time basis in February 1989. The firm was then known as Stephan, Kvanvig, Greenwood & Stone. Linda was Russ Kvanvig's legal assistant until she retired in January 2013.
Lucille Deagle:
Lucille joined the firm on a part-time basis in 1991. She did our large copying jobs and ran errands until she retired in March 2012.
Jane Foster:
Jane joined the firm in October 2008, on a part-time basis and then became full time. She was the receptionist and then went back to part-time and ran our errands and big copy jobs. She retired in July 2016.
Angie Roland:
Angie joined the firm in February 2012. She was Laird Stone’s legal assistant. She left the firm in April 2015 to be a full time mom.
Geri Temple:
Geri joined the firm in September 2012 as a legal assistant. She left the firm in November 2013 to move to North Dakota with her husband.
Joy Karavedas:
Joy joined our firm in August 2002, after Donna Allen left, to be our billing clerk. She left our office in July 2003.
Jayne Harris:
Jayne joined our firm in March 2005 as a receptionist and legal assistant. She left our firm in August 2008.

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