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Otter appoints Hippler as 4th District judge, passes over Bock

Gov. Butch Otter today appointed Boise attorney Steven Hippler to a new district judge position in the 4th Judicial District. Hippler, 47, has been a partner with Givens Pursley since 2002; click below for the governor's full announcement. In addition to Hippler, the finalists for the judgeship included state Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise; Roger Cockerille; and Jason D. Scott.

C.L. “Butch” Otter





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                          

October 18, 2013                                                                                                                            




(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced the appointment today of Boise attorney Steven Hippler to a new judgeship in the Fourth Judicial District.


Hippler, 47, has been a partner since 2002 in the Boise law firm Givens Pursley LLC. The Boise native received his bachelor’s degree from Boise State University and his law degree from the University of Utah.


Hippler was among four candidates submitted to Governor Otter by the Idaho Judicial Council. The judgeship he assumes was created by the Idaho Legislature last winter. The Bishop Kelly High School alumnus now serves on the Bishop Kelly Foundation Board of Directors.


“Steve is an exceptionally talented litigator whose practice has run the gamut of civil law. He brings to the bench a wealth of experience, especially in the complex and growing field of health care law,” Governor Otter said. “I’m confident his background and training have prepared him well to be a district judge, and the people of the Fourth District can expect him to be a fair, reasonable and hard-working jurist.”


Hippler and his wife, Stephanie Clare Westermeier, have two young sons.








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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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