Our Team

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Joseph W. Borton

Joe Borton

Joe Borton serves as managing partner of Borton-Lakey Law & Policy. His practice is focused on business formation and dissolution, civil litigation, as well as real estate leasing and development, employment law, and estate planning. Joe also has an extensive litigation practice, having tried over 100 cases to judges and juries on a wide array of matters in both State and Federal Court. In addition to his legal practice, Joe has served 8 years as an elected Meridian City Councilman and is currently the City Council President. Joe has also served as an elected GOP precinct committeeman, and he remains very active in local politics and legislative activities.   In 2019 Joe was sworn in for admission to argue before the United States Supreme Court. 

Joe has served his community in many ways over the years, including as the President of the Meridian Education Foundation, President of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce, and President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, where he was a youth mentor (a "big") for eleven years.  Joe has also been an active baseball and youth football coach in Meridian. Joe’s dedicated service has been recognized by his peers, as he was selected as Idaho's "Big brother of the Year" for his dedicated service to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Idaho, honored by the Idaho Business Review as a "40 under 40" recipient in 2004, honoring the top 40 business professionals under the age of 40, and in 2014 the Meridian Chamber of Commerce selected Joe as Meridian’s "Man of the Year."  Giving back to his community has always been, and will always be, a large part of Mr. Borton’s priorities.

Joe was raised in Boise, Idaho and is a 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. In his spare time, he 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.

Reported Idaho Supreme Court Cases:

Fisk v Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, 141 Idaho 290 (2005)

Foley v Grigg, 144 Idaho 530 (2007)

Bridgetower Dental v Meridian Computer Center, Inc  152 Idaho 569 (2012)

City of Middleton v Coleman Homes, LLC, 163 Idaho 716 (2018)

Hardy v Phelps and Boise County, 165 Idaho137 (2019)

City of Eagle v Two Rivers HOA, Inc, 167 Idaho 70 (2020)

Carter v Gateway Parks, LLC  ___P.3d___ (Nov 2, 2020)


Todd Lakey

Todd 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 currently 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, healthcare, 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.

Over the years, Mr. Lakey has served his community in many capacities, including:  

  • 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)
  • Board Chairman of Valley Regional Transit, the regional public transportation authority for Canyon and Ada Counties.
  • Served on the Board of Directors for the Idaho Association of Counties and the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRMP)
  • Former member of the Board of Directors for Idaho Partners Against Domestic Violence.
  • Volunteers time with the Boy Scouts and coaches youth basketball

Reported Idaho Supreme Court Cases:

Coalition for Agricultures Future v Canyon County, 160 Idaho 142 (2016)

Victor Villegas

Victor Villegas

Mr. Villegas focuses his legal practice on land use and zoning, employment law, real estate transactions, corporate governance, auto dealer law, auto franchise law, 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 enjoys serving his community in many roles:

  • Served more than five years on the City of Eagle's Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Served as the Chairman for the State of Idaho's Board of Drinking Water and Wastewater Professionals,
  • Volunteer for youth soccer with Meridian's Police Activities League.

Additionally, Mr. Villegas has 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.

Reported Cases on Appeal:

Statewide Construction Inc v Pietri, 150 Idaho 423 (2011)

Hehr v City of McCall, 155 Idaho 92 (2013)

Buckskin Properties Inc v Valley County, 154 Idaho 486 (2013)

Brown v Greenheart, 157 Idaho 156 (2014)

White v Valley County, 156 Idaho 77 (2014)

Steven C. Bowman

Steven C. Bowman

Steve was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and is a fourth-generation Idahoan.   He did his undergraduate work at Idaho State University.  He then went to law school at the University of Idaho College of Law, graduating magna cum laude.

After law school, Steve was honored with a prestigious clerkship with the Hon. Harold L. Ryan, Chief Federal Judge for the District of Idaho.   In that position, he drafted opinions of the Court and was responsible for researching and resolving legal disputes in all areas of federal and state law.   During his tenure with the Court, Steve was specifically assigned to cases involving complex commercial litigation between businesses.

After his clerkship, Steve went to work for and became a partner with one of the nation’s largest and most well-respected law firms, with over 550 lawyers and offices in seven states and Washington D.C.   Steve is a highly successful litigator, and has successfully represented individuals, businesses, and government entities in hundreds of lawsuits.  During his years of practice, Steve has also worked closely with business owners and individuals to find the best ways to prevent crises before they occur, reduce risks, and solve problems as they arise.

Steve also assists clients in preparing the legal documents they need in their business and personal lives.   Having litigated scores of contracts, partnership and LLC agreements, wills, trusts, and other legal documents, and witnessed first-hand how courts and juries interpret and enforce these important documents and agreements, Steve is uniquely qualified to prepare and implement clear, safe, and effective contracts, partnership agreements, LLC operating agreements, business succession plans, business buy-sell contracts, estate plans, wills, trusts, and all other legal documents needed by his clients.

Steve is also very experienced in handling real estate transactions and litigation, construction litigation, business formation and governance, and planning, zoning, and project approval matters.

Steve provides to his clients more than twenty-five years of experience at the highest levels of the practice of law. Steve has dedicated his life to helping individuals and businesses in times of need, planning new ventures and new stages in lives and careers, reducing risks and preventing crises before they occur.

Stephanie Hansen

Stephanie Hansen

Stephanie’s work within the firm focuses mainly on estate planning, probate, business, real estate, and municipal law. She is also very skilled in handling civil litigation cases and appeals. Stephanie is committed to helping each client understand their options, achieve their goals, and secure their legacy, property, and legal rights. Stephanie is client-focused and considers it a privilege to advocate for each and every client no matter what their needs may be.

Prior to joining Borton-Lakey Stephanie worked in public service providing one-on-one assistance to individuals navigating the Idaho Court System and as a non-profit attorney representing domestic violence victims in Oklahoma.

Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree at the Minnesota School of Business. She earned her Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she was a three-year recipient of the school’s Public Service Grant. While in law school Stephanie interned with Virginia Beach District Judge Gene Woolard, assisting in the redrafting of legislation that amended the civil code related to driving infractions. During her third year in law school, Stephanie further developed her research and writing skills through advanced legal writing courses, as well as during her role as a law student member of the school’s Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law research team.

Stephanie currently serves on the Meridian Library Foundation’s Board of Directors and enjoys supporting and serving her community in meaningful ways. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and any other activity that gets her out exploring Idaho with her family which includes a husband, three children and a Corgi named “Finley.”

Ben Layman

Stephanie Hansen

Ben’s practice consists of corporate governance, contracts, real estate transactions, boundary disputes, auto dealer law, employment law, personal injury/auto accidents, construction law, criminal defense, municipal law, and litigation. He stays active with the Idaho State Bar’s Business and Corporate Law Section having served as the Section Chairman in 2017.. He has years of experience in settlement negotiations, courtroom appearances including many jury trials and representation on appeals. He strives to make sure his clients are listened to and provide them with the help they seek in achieving their legal goals.

Ben attended the University of Idaho College of Law and graduated with the Class of 2011. Ben is from Pocatello, ID. He completed his Undergraduate Degree in Political Science from Idaho State University, where he participated in Track & Field and was an All-American in the High Jump. Ben likes to give back to the community by coaching the high jump and other events as needed for Centennial High School. He enjoys spending time with his wife and his daughter when he is not at the office and he likes working on cars, computers and learning new things.

Maren Ericson


Maren received her associate degree from College of Eastern Utah and her bachelor’s degree from Boise State University while on volleyball scholarship at both schools. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho in 2013. While in law school, Maren served as a Managing Editor and member of the Idaho Law Review, and was selected to represent the University of Idaho College of Law on the National Moot Court team.

After law school, Maren worked for four years as an associate and three years as a partner at a private law firm where she focused mainly on municipal law, contracts, employment and human resources, and business transactions. In 2017, Maren was awarded the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association Rising Star Award for her work with public agencies.

Maren’s work with Borton-Lakey focuses on contracts, business transactions, employment and human resources, and municipal law. Maren is able to handle civil litigation and appeals in various areas of law. She is passionate about assisting clients in understanding the legal process, weighing the costs and benefits of all options, and working closely with clients to help come up with creative and cost-effective ways to solve problems. Maren stays involved in the community by coaching youth and club volleyball, most recently at Meridian’s own Treasure Valley Athletic Center. She also volunteers with one of her previous employers, the Boys and Girls Club of Ada County.