Overview

About Christopher

Christopher Pooser is the office managing partner of Stoel Rives’ Boise office. Christopher is an appellate attorney who represents clients before federal and state appellate courts, including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Idaho Supreme Court. His appellate practice focuses on helping clients assess their risk on appeal and ultimately positioning them for success on appeal. He also works with trial attorneys to ensure the facts and legal issues are carefully developed and presented and a complete trial record is preserved for appeal.

Christopher’s record of success is built on the recognition that a trial and an appeal are fundamentally different and require different perspectives and strategies. He understands the constraints of appellate decision-making and how to select and shape the strongest arguments in light of the standard of review. Christopher’s strengths are his thorough and focused review of the trial record and the controlling law and his ability to build and craft persuasive and compelling arguments.

Christopher is also working to advance appellate practice in Idaho. He is the co-founder and past chair of the Idaho State Bar’s Appellate Practice Section and was an editor and contributor to the Idaho Appellate Handbook (6th ed. 2019). He serves as an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, is a member of the Idaho Supreme Court’s Appellate Rules Advisory Committee, and regularly represents pro bono clients in appeals through the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program.

Christopher lives in Boise with his wife, daughter and son.

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Experience

Experience

  • Fitzpatrick, d/b/a Fitzpatrick Trucking v. Trail Creek Enterprises, LLC, et al., 2021 MT 32N, 2021 WL 457000 (Mont. Feb. 9, 2021). Successfully represented Respondent Western States Equipment (briefing only). The Court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of claims for conversion, emotional distress, and punitive damages under M. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6).
  • Jennifer Porcello et al. v. Estate Annie C. Porcello and Estate of Anthony J. Porcello, 167 Idaho 412, 470 P.3d 1221 (2020). Successfully represented Appellants Estates of Annie Porcello and Anthony Porcello. The Court reversed the trial court’s interpretation of a promissory note and deed of trust.
  • California Department of Water Resources, et al. v. Sunrise Power Company, LLC, et al., Case No. C085143, 14 Cal.App.5th 663 (Cal. Ct. App. 2019). Successfully represented Respondents Sunrise Power Co. and Chevron Power Holdings (with co-counsel; briefing only). The Court affirmed the trial court’s grant of demurrers on claims of breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, fraud, breach of implied-in-fact contract, and unjust enrichment.
  • Tradeline Enterprises PVT. LTD. v. Jess Smith & Sons Cotton, LLC, et al., 772 Fed.Appx. 585 (9th Cir. 2019). Successfully represented Appellee Jess Smith & Sons (with co-counsel; briefing only). The Court affirmed the trial court’s ruling compelling arbitration of an anti-trust claim.
  • Bergeman v. Select Portfolio Servicing et al., 164 Idaho 498, 432 P.3d 47 (2018). Successfully represented Respondent Select Portfolio Servicing. The Court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of claims of misrepresentation, trespass, and emotional distress under I.R.C.P. 12(b)(6).
  • In the Interest of: Jane Doe II, 164 Idaho 84, 425 P.3d 285 (2018). Successfully represented appellant (with co-counsel). The Court reversed trial court’s appointment of respondents as guardian of a minor child.
  • Cal Sierra Development, Inc. v. George Reed, Inc., C080397, 2017 WL 3599608 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 22, 2017). Successfully represented Respondent George Reed (with co-counsel; briefing only). The Court affirmed the trial court’s ruling that an arbitration award served as res judicata to bar lawsuit for trespass and nuisance.
  • Union Bank, N.A. v. North Idaho Resorts, LLC, 161 Idaho 583, 388 P.3d 907 (2017). Successfully represented Respondent Union Bank. The Court affirmed the trial court’s rulings on lien priority to real property.
  • Union Bank, N.A. v. JV LLC, 163 Idaho 306, 413 P.3d 407 (2017). Successfully represented Respondent Union Bank. The Court affirmed the trial court’s rulings on lien priority to real property.
  • Patricia Marek et al. v. Hecla Limited et al., 161 Idaho 211, 384 P.3d 975 (2016). Prepared an amicus brief for Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry concerning an exception to workers’ exclusive remedy under Idaho’s worker’s compensation law.
  • Jane Doe I and John Doe I v. Jane Doe II and John Doe II, 160 Idaho 311, 372 P.3d 366 (2016). Successfully represented appellants. The Court reversed the trial court’s appointment of respondents as co-guardians of a minor child.
  • Davies v. Davies, 160 Idaho 74, 368 P.3d 1017 (Ct. App. 2016). Successfully represented the respondent. The Court affirmed the trial court’s attorney fee and child support awards.
  • Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Co. v. Witherspoon, 159 Idaho 679, 365 P.3d 1033 (2016). Successfully represented Appellant Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Company. The Court reversed the trial court’s rulings on lien priority to real property and a commercial marina.
  • Gordon v. Hedrick, 159 Idaho 604, 364 P.3d 951 (2015). Successfully represented appellant. The Court reversed the intermediate appellate court’s ruling that a “mutual mistake” of fact is required to rescind a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity.
  • California Air Res. Bd. v. Franklin Fueling Sys., Inc., No. B252455, 2015 WL 8455538 (Cal. Ct. App. Dec. 8, 2015). Successfully represented Respondent Franklin Fueling Systems (with co-counsel; briefing only). The Court affirmed the trial court’s ruling that the California Air Resources Board failed to prove Franklin Fueling Systems violated an air pollution statute governing gasoline vapor recovery systems.
  • United States, et al. v. Coeur d’Alenes Co., 767 F.3d 873 (9th Cir. 2014). Successfully represented Appellee Coeur d’Alenes Company. The Court affirmed the trial court’s approval of a CERCLA consent decree.
  • Aspen Grove Condominium Association v. CNL Income Northstar, LLC, et al., 231 Cal.App.4th 53 (Calif. Ct. App. 2014). Successfully represented Respondent Aspen Grove Condominium Association (with co-counsel; briefing only). The Court affirmed the trial court’s mandatory injunction against upslope developers and property owners for seepage from a water retention basin.
  • Dornoch Holdings International, LLC, et al. v. Conagra Foods Lamb Weston, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:10-CV-00135-TJH (Idaho Fed. Dis. Ct. 2013). Successfully represented Defendant Conagra Foods Lamb Weston (with co-counsel; briefing only). The Court dismissed plaintiffs’ breach of contract and other claims with prejudice for discovery abuses.
  • State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company of UT, LLC, Case No. CV-0923700 (4th Dist. Idaho 2013). Successful represented Respondent Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company. The Court affirmed the trial court’s ruling that Enterprise was not required to provide liability insurance to permissive users of its vehicles as a self-insurer under Idaho’s Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law.
  • Kinghorn v. Clay, 153 Idaho 462, 283 P.3d 779 (2012). Successfully represented Respondent BRP, Inc. The Court dismissed the appeal, which sought to overturn the trial court’s denial of a motion to perfect an attorney fee lien.
  • Mueller v. Auker, et al., 700 F.3d 1180 (9th Cir. 2012). Successfully represented Appellee St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center. The Court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and battery claims against St. Luke’s.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Appellate, Business Litigation), 2013–2021
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Idaho) by Chambers USA (currently: Litigation: General Commercial), 2017–2021
  • Recipient, Idaho State Bar 2020 Service Award
  • Named one of Idaho’s Leaders in Law by Idaho Business Review, 2015
  • Co-founder, past-chair, and governing council member, Appellate Practice Section of the Idaho State Bar
  • Member, Idaho Appellate Rules Advisory Committee
  • Member, Litigation Section of the Idaho State Bar
  • Member, Stoel Rives’ Pro Bono Committee
  • Recipient, Stoel Rives Pro Bono Award, 2015 and 2016
  • Recipient, Stoel Rives Mentor of the Year, 2013

Civic Activities

  • Appellate Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2020–2022
  • Volunteer attorney, Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Board member and past president, Idaho Botanical Garden, 2004–2010, 2011–2017
  • Member and chair, City of Boise Historic Preservation Commission, 2007–2010
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • Idaho Appellate Handbook (6th ed. 2019), co-editor and author of Chapter 2 (Preserving Issues for Appeal) and Chapter 11 (Post-Decision Motions)
  • Idaho section of 50-State Survey: Toxic Exposure Claims (co-author), ABA, Oct. 2016
  • “The Benefits of an Appellate Lawyer,” The Advocate, Idaho State Bar, Aug. 2015
  • “How to Write, Edit and Review Persuasive Briefs” (co-presenter), Idaho State Bar, July 2012
  • “The Tension Between Promoting Product Stewardship and Protecting Liability Defenses” (co-presenter), National Complex Litigation Conference: A Symposium on Current & Emerging Issues, Chicago, Illinois, June 2012
  • “Can Sigmund Freud Help Us Improve Our Trial Skills and Legal Writing” (co-author), The Advocate, Idaho State Bar, March/April 2012
  • “Trial and Terror: When Product Stewardship Becomes a Legal Liability” (co-author), DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, Miami Beach, Florida, Feb. 2012



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