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)

Joe Southers

Joe Southers

Joe Southers is a trial lawyer with extensive experience handling high-stakes litigation matters on behalf of clients. He has first-chaired jury trials throughout Idaho in a broad range of cases: from personal injury actions, wrongful death cases, insurance coverage disputes, malpractice claims, to breach of contract claims where alleged damages exceeded several million dollars. In serving his clients, Joe has handled matters in all phases of litigation including pre-suit investigation, fact discovery, expert discovery, summary judgment, and trial.

Joe received his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law where he was a member of the Public Interest Law Group. Joe received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas (Rockchalk Jayhawk!), where he was also a member of the Kansas baseball team.

Joe was selected to the 2022 Mountain States Rising Stars list! Each year, 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.