Idaho lobbyist Eiguren hangs another shingle, joining third firm in a year

Longtime lawyer-lobbyist Roy Eiguren has formed the Eiguren Fisher Public Policy Firm, the third outfit for which Eiguren has worked in the past year.

According to the firm’s new website, their expertise “includes procurements, retail, natural resources, mining, energy development, hazardous materials, communications, construction, engineering, education, manufacturing, food processing, charity and more.”

Eiguren’s clients during the 2013 Legislature included Amalgamated Sugar, Caterpillar, CWI Inc., iSchool Campus, Northwest Grocery Association, U.S. Ecology and Verizon.

Last fall, Eiguren left Sullivan Reberger Eiguren, which he joined with fanfare in December 2010. That old-line firm was founded by Pat Sullivan, a former aide to the late-Sen. Jim McClure, and Phil Reberger, chief of staff to former Sen. Steve Symms and Gov. Dirk Kempthorne.

Eiguren split the sheets with Sullivan and Reberger shortly after the disclosure that the firm, which represented key advocates of Superintendent Tom Luna’s “Students Come First” laws, paid for City Club luncheon seats for Luna staff and guests. Luna repaid the firm out of his own pocket after the disclosure.

In December, Eiguren formed Arkoosh Eiguren in partnership with lawyer Tom Arkoosh. Arkoosh Eiguren included Gloria Totoricagüena, an expert on Basque politics and culture, along with four other professionals and three support staff, according to an Arkoosh Eiguren news release.

Eiguren Fisher also includes Totoricaguena. Eiguren’s named partner is Nate Fisher, a former administrator of the Idaho Office of Species Conservation and aide to GOP Govs. Kempthorne, Jim Risch and Butch Otter.

Fisher’s 2013 clients included Atlanta Gold, the Girl Scouts, Idaho Press Club and Thunder Mountain Gold. Totoricaguena’s clients list mirrors Eiguren’s.

Eiguren was a leading figure in the University Place scandal, which cost then-University of Idaho President Bob Hoover his job in 2003. In 2007, the Idaho State Bar publicly censured Eiguren after he admitted violating conflict of interest rules and “failing to adequately and timely consult with and explain to the University of Idaho Foundation the implications and risks of his firm’s representation of another client in a common transaction and to receive the Foundation’s informed consent of such representation.” Eiguren left the Boise firm of Givens Pursley shortly after the censure.

A news release about Eiguren’s new venture follows:

Seasoned governmental policy veterans form new lobbying consultancy

Roy Eiguren, Nate Fisher and Gloria Totoricagüena have experience in natural resources, telecommunications, education, public-private partnerships, health care and other policy areas

May 14, 2013
Three of Idaho’s top policy experts and lobbyists are forming Eiguren Fisher Public Policy Firm.

The firm, consisting of Roy Eiguren, Nate Fisher and Gloria Totoricagüena, offers extensive experience in lobbying and public policy, in Idaho and internationally. The partners specialize in assisting clients with procurement, telecommunications, education, retail, health care, mining, appropriations, energy development, natural resources and environmental issues.

“Our partners have produced results and successful advocacy for a wide variety of clients and we have each cultivated areas of expertise over the decades,” Eiguren said. “As public policy advisors, Eiguren Fisher has the best combination of experience, knowledge and connectedness to assist practically any industry.”

Eiguren, who is also an attorney, is one of Idaho’s most prominent lobbyists, providing strategic counseling and advice to a wide variety of clients. He has over thirty years of experience in public policy development as well as regulatory management. Eiguren regularly represents clients as a lobbyist before departments and agencies of the state and federal governments. His experience includes successfully managing a wide range of complex issues in the energy, transportation, health care, education, energy development, telecommunications and other industries. Eiguren earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law and is a graduate of the executive management program of the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business.

Fisher is former Administrator for the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation and brings more than 25 years of experience in natural resources, renewable energy, conflict resolution, inter-agency collaboration, governmental affairs and wildlife issues. Fisher has helped design and advance Idaho’s natural resource policies, serving as official adviser to Idaho Govs. Philip E. Batt, James E. Risch and C.L. “Butch” Otter.  He also served as Regional Program Manager for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, coordinating water quality programs statewide. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in English.

Totoricagüena has 20 years of experience in public policy in Idaho and internationally. Totoricagüena is also the Coordinator for the Idaho Council of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, a bi-national regional economic and political alliance including public and private sector leadership.  As a lobbyist, she represents clients with issues related to transportation, education, retail sales, recycling, international commerce, economic development, and local government regulation. Totoricagüena holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as other degrees. She serves on several advisory boards for foundations, research centers and universities.

Eiguren Fisher Public Policy has its offices in the Hoff Building in downtown Boise. For more information, visit www.efpublicpolicy.com.

 

 

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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