Phillip S. Oberrecht

Law Practice

Phillip S. Oberrecht graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ohio State University College of Law in 1976. Mr. Oberrecht concentrates his practice in general commercial, employment, and construction law and litigation, state, federal, local government and private contract claims, business formation and dissolution, labor negotiation and litigation, and state administrative law.

Mr. Oberrecht has successfully tried jury and bench trials throughout Idaho, frequently lasting from three to seven weeks, with the longest lasting three months in Federal Court in Pocatello.  He has handled cases in Arizona, South Dakota, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Utah, Nebraska, Colorado, Argentina, and Canada, with local counsel.  He has tried cases before the Armed Forces and Agricultural Boards of Contract Appeals.  He has tried labor and construction arbitration cases lasting up to five weeks, and has handled over one hundred administrative hearings, before county commissioners, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Idaho Department of Labor, the Oregon Department of Labor, the Washington Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Social Security Administration.  Mr. Oberrecht has also represented practitioners charged with ethics violations before the Idaho State Bar Association, and has served as mediator for various matters involving complex litigation.

bar admissions Bar Admissions

  • Idaho

court admissionsCourt Admissions

  • Idaho State Courts
  • United States District Courts in Idaho, Arizona & Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

education Education

  • Ohio State University College of Law, J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 1976
  • Ohio State University, B.A., Cum Laude with Distinction, 1970
  • CLE: Basic Civil Mediation; Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution, University of Idaho (5/18/09 - 5/22/09)
  • CLE: Advanced Civil Mediation: Breaking Through Impasse; Northwest Institute for Dispute Resolution, University of Idaho (5/27/09 - 5/29/09)

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Presentations & Publications

Mr. Oberrecht is the editor of the monthly Idaho Employment Law Newsletter published by HR Hero, a division of BLR (Business & Legal Resources). He has frequently lectured on construction contract and claims issues, labor and employment law, and architect, accounting and engineering liability, and has conducted numerous training and educational seminars regarding employment law for businesses and trade organizations. He has also authored and co-authored numerous articles regarding a variety of construction law, employment law, contract and general litigation topics.

Reported Decisions

  • Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company vs. Lockheed Martin Advanced Environmental Systems, Inc. and Lochkeed Martin Corporation, 2006 WL 2095876 (Attorney's fees allowed after three month bench trial in United States District Court for the District of Idaho, obtaining $70 million verdict and defeating $220 million counterclaim.  Represented Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company.)
  • Concrete Placing Company, Inc. v. The United States, 25 CL.Ct. 369 (1992) (District costs claim sustained against Departments of the Army and the Air Force and government counterclaim defeated with Equal Access to Justice Act fees and expenses granted.  Represented Concrete Placing Company, Inc.)
  • Garcia v. Brockway, 526 F.3d 456 (9th Cir. Ct. of Appeals 2008) (En Banc decision under the Fair Housing Act claim for failure to properly design and construct must be brought within two years of completion of construction, which concludes on the date the last certificate of occupancy is issued.  Represented Dennis Brockway.)
  • Hobson Fabricating Corp. v. SEZ Construction, LLC and State of Idaho, 154 Idaho 45, 294 P.3d 171 (2012) (Decision denying attorney fees to Hobson Fabricating Corp. and SEZ Construction after settlement of case tried for three weeks to a jury before mistrial declared because of court scheduling issues.  Represented State of Idaho, Division of Public Works.)
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