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Our Team

Joe Borton

Joe Borton serves as managing partner of Borton-Lakey Law & Policy. Mr. Borton, raised in Boise, Idaho is a local graduate of Boise High School. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Economics, with honors, from the University of Oregon, and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Idaho.

Joe's practice is focused on business formation, dissolution, and litigation, as well as real estate leasing and development, employment law, and estate planning. Joe also has an extensive litigation practice, having tried dozens of cases to judges and juries on a wide array of matters in both State and Federal Court. Joe also has a refined (and successful) appellate practice arguing before the Idaho Supreme Court. In 2006 Joe was elected to the Meridian city council and quickly became President of the council in 2007. In 2013 Joe was re-elected to the Meridian City council where he has continued his public service. Joe also serves as an elected GOP precinct committeeman, and he remains very active in local politics and legislative activities.

Joe also dedicates a large portion of his time to support several local business groups and charities. He has served as the President of the Meridian Education Foundation, helping raise funds for grants to local teachers, and was also the President of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce in 2001. Joe also served as President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, where he was a youth mentor (a "big") for eleven years. In 2002 Joe was selected as Idaho's "Big brother of the Year" for his dedicated service to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Idaho, and 2004 he was honored by the Idaho Business Review as a "40 under 40" recipient, honoring the top 40 business professionals under the age of 40. Giving back to his community has always been, and will always be, large part of Joe's priorities. As a result of his many years of community service In 2014 the Meridian Chamber of Commerce honored Joe as Meridian's "Man of the Year".

In his spare time Joe enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, traveling, camping with his family, and has been an active triathlete having completed 11 Olympic distance triathlons.

Todd M.Lakey

Todd Lakey graduated from Brigham Young University in 1990 with a Bachelor's Degree in International Business and a Minor in Spanish. In 1993 he received his Juris Doctorate degree from Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law where he was a member of the Cornelius Honor Society and the Moot Court Honor Board. In 1999 Mr. Lakey was elected and took office as a Canyon County Commissioner and served as Commission Chairman for over five years. He was elected to the State Senate in 2012 and current serves as the Republican Senator for District 12 located in Nampa, Idaho.

Mr. Lakey's practice focuses primarily on business and employment law, land use and zoning, real estate, public entity law, administrative law, health care, government relations and contracts. Mr. Lakey has worked as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Canyon County and as civil counsel for the County. Over his career he has handled real estate transactions and obtained zoning entitlements and approvals for thousands of acres of land throughout the region. He has overseen large complex residential, commercial, mixed use and industrial projects. He represents clients involving self-funded health benefit programs and medical administrative appeals. He has also represented private clients in obtaining necessary approvals with city, county, state and federal government entities.

Mr. Lakey has served as the President of the Idaho Association of Commissioners and Clerks, Chairman of Idaho Association of Counties Legislative Committee, Board Chairman of the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS), and Board Chairman of Valley Regional Transit, the regional public transportation authority for Canyon and Ada Counties. He served on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Association of Counties and the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRMP). He currently is a member of the Board of Directors for Idaho Partners Against Domestic Violence. He also volunteers time with the Boy Scouts and coaches youth basketball.

Victor Villegas

Mr. Villegas focuses his legal practice on land use and zoning, employment law, real estate transactions, corporate governance, and real estate brokerage and licensee matters. Mr. Villegas also has a well developed litigation practice including product liability, employment law, contract litigation, construction defect litigation, boundary disputes, and inverse condemnation. Mr. Villegas has represented clients in administrative proceedings before state agencies such as the Idaho Professional Engineers and Surveyors Board, Idaho Department of Labor, Idaho Real Estate Commission and Idaho Department of Transportation.

Mr. Villegas graduated in 1995 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and earned his law degree in 1998 from Gonzaga University School of Law. Prior to entering private practice Mr. Villegas served as a judicial law clerk in both the Idaho Supreme Court and the Ada County District Court, Fourth Judicial District for the Honorable Justice Daniel T. Eismann. Mr. Villegas has previously co-authored the Idaho Submission in the "Business Torts, A Fifty-State Compendium" (Aspen Publishing) and "Product Liability Desk Reference, A Fifty-State Compendium" (Little, Brown and Co.). Mr. Villegas was recognized as a Rising Star in the 2010 Mountain States (Idaho) Super Lawyers® directory.

Mr. Villegas enjoys serving his community as well, including his current service on the City of Eagle's Planning & Zoning Commission where he has served for the past five years. He has also previously served as the Chairman for the State of Idaho's Board of Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals, and as a volunteer coach for youth soccer with Meridian's Police Activities League.

Becky Johnson

Becky Johnson serves as the Office Administrator at Borton-Lakey law offices and has been working in the legal industry since 1998. She has extensive experience in the areas of customer service and office administration. Becky serves as the primary point of contact at Borton-Lakey and assists in running the day-to-day operations of the firm including attorney scheduling, billing and client files. In her spare time, Becky enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and working on her home.

Michelle Grice

Michelle Grice serves as a paralegal at Borton-Lakey and started working in the legal industry in 2009. Prior to working for the firm, Michelle worked for the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Office in Mountain Home, Idaho. Michelle attended the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School and completed the Paralegal Apprentice Course in 2009, and has experience in civil and criminal law, including criminal prosecution and a range of civil litigation, to include personal injury, product liability, insurance defense, breach of contract claims, and family law. Michelle assists in organizing all pre and post-trial pleadings and discovery for the firm's litigation matters and offers support to four attorneys, using her skills to aid in legal research and drafting court documents in all stages of litigation. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and visiting with family.

Robert K Banks

Robert K Banks serves of counsel with Borton-Lakey practicing in its real estate development group concentrated in commercial development emphasizing supermarket and retail anchored multi-tenant developments. Robert has extensive experience in all aspects of site selection, financing and acquisition; property entitlement and development; and design, construction and management of grocery based retail developments throughout the United States. From 2008 to 2010 he served as the Vice President of Real Estate for Albertson LLC responsible for building new stores, remodeling existing stores, managing real estate properties, and disposing of surplus properties. Robert's community service includes United Way - Board Member & Investment Council Chairman from 2003 to present; Detox Steering Committee Member - Boise & Ada County from 2005 to present; George Fox University MBA/MAOL Guest Instructor from 2004 to present; Highway Ada County Steering Committee from 2003 to 2004; Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel - 2000; Commander of Idaho Air Force Academy Liaison Group from 1985 to 1992; Air Force Congressional Liaison Representative from 1985 to 1999; Albertson's Employees Federal Credit union, Board Member/Vice Chairman from 1983 to 1992.

Robert holds a Bachelor's Degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Masters Degree in Counseling & Guidance, from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX, a Master's Degree in Psychology from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX, an M.B.A. from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; and his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

James McCubbins

Mr. McCubbins focuses his legal practice on a wide range of business transactional work, litigation, and family law matters. Much of his transactional and corporate governance experience has come from working with captive insurance companies and the regulatory application and approval process. Mr. McCubbins also has a background in the bioenergy industry and policy from working with the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois. Mr. McCubbins has written and spoken on legal topics relating to bioenergy feedstocks, invasive plant species, forestry and natural resources. Some of his research has appeared in BIOSCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW, and the IEA BIOENERGY Task 40. Mr. McCubbins is currently an adjunct professor with the Concordia University College of Law, teaching Natural Resources Law.

Mr. McCubbins earned his J.D. in 2011 from the University of Illinois College of Law and graduated cum laude. While at the University of Illinois, Mr. McCubbins was a Member of the University of Illinois Law Review, and served in a number of leadership roles with various student organizations. He earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University in 2006. Mr. McCubbins is admitted to the bars of Illinois, California, and Idaho, and the Federal District Courts of Idaho and the Central District of California. Mr. McCubbins enjoys serving in his church and local communities. He currently serves on the board of non-profits and is actively pursuing opportunities to serve the communities of the Treasure Valley. As an advanced speaker of Mandarin Chinese, Mr. McCubbins is also serving the Chinese speaking community by providing legal guidance and counsel.

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