ohn W. Kluksdal has established himself as one of Idaho’s top personal injury litigators. He represents people injured by the negligence and recklessness of others. His current emphases is on motor vehicle accident and medical negligence claims.
Mr. Kluksdal began his legal career working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and then honed his appellate skills by working for two years for Chief Judge Darrel Perry of the Idaho Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the firm that is now Hepworth Holzer, LLP, Mr. Kluksdal was an attorney for a large Idaho insurance defense firm.
Mr. Kluksdal has been a principal attorney for the firm representing a variety clients. Among his successes are obtaining a $5,000,000.00 judgment for the death of our adult clients’ mother. In addition he was one of the leads in trial for and obtained a $2.2 million judgment for an employee based on breach of a severance agreement contract. In other cases he obtained a $2.93 million judgment in a medical malpractice case where the negligence resulted in a partial spinal cord injury, a $1.85 million judgment in a wrongful death case, a $1.123 million judgment for medical malpractice resulting in a serious infection, and a $1 million settlement in a medical malpractice wrongful death case. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rated by his peers in Martindale Hubbell.
Mr. Kluksdal is a member of the Idaho State Bar and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Idaho, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Court of Claims. His other professional associations included the American Inn of Court No. 130 and the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Kluksdal was chosen as a Rising Star by Mountain States Superlawyers from 2008-2012, and as a SuperLawyer from 2015-2020. Mr. Kluksdal is very involved with his undergraduate Alma Mater, the College of Idaho, and has served on the College of Idaho National Alumni Board. He has in the past served on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Rush Soccer Club.
Mr. Kluksdal graduated magna cum laude from the University of Idaho, College of Law in 1997. During law school, he worked in the University’s Legal Aid Clinic, was a tutor for first-year law students, was a member of the Board of Student Advocates, and was President of Delta Theta Phi. Mr. Kluksdal received his undergraduate degree in History from the College of Idaho, cum laude with a minor in Sociology/Anthropology. He received his State of Idaho Secondary Teaching Certificate and was Captain of the Varsity Baseball team.
Mr. Kluksdal is happily married to another attorney, and together they do their best to keep up with three children. In an effort to win the battle of the bulge, he has played city league sports and participates in a variety of other outdoor activities. Mr. Kluksdal has coached youth baseball, basketball and soccer because he enjoys the challenge of herding cats.
EDUCATION & ACCOLADES
- University of Idaho (JD 1997 magna cum laude)
- College of Idaho (BA 1994 cum laude)
- Martindale Hubble AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
- Listed – Superlawyers
- Superlawyers -Rising Star
- Idaho Trial Lawyers Association
- American Association for Justice
- Idaho State Bar
- American Inn of Court No. 130
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar
- Federal Court of Claims Bar