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We are a local Idaho family-owned business that prides ourselves on fabulous customer service. We can quickly and professionally address any of your legal concerns. Let us advocate for you and get you the outcome you need to continue your way of life. With over 50 years of combined experience in practicing law, our track record and customer service speaks for itself. Book a consultation or give us a call and see why we are consistently rated 5 stars. 

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William Smith
William L. "Bill" Smith

Bill is a lifelong resident of Idaho. Hailing from the Magic Valley, he graduated from Kimberly High School and attended Albertson College of Idaho, the College of Southern Idaho, and the University of Idaho.

Bill is a 1997 graduate of the University of Idaho and a 1999 graduate of the University of Idaho, College of Law.  He is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Idaho as well as the United States Court of Federal Claims.

During and after law school, Bill clerked for the late Honorable J. William Hart, District Judge, in Idaho’s Fifth Judicial District.  During his time serving the Judge, Bill was involved with the administration of many jury trials, court trials, hearings, and status conferences. Judge Hart was also a pioneer in mediating disputes at that time in the late 2000s.  Judge Hart is a great Idaho icon and his mentorship instilled in Bill a strong love of justice and the Courtroom.

Following his clerkship in 2000, Bill entered private practice in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was blessed to have an opportunity to experience a general practice and insurance defense firm in the collegial “small town” environment with one of the most respected and well-established law firms in Idaho.

After moving to Boise in 2003, Bill joined a law firm focused on construction and real estate law.
His law practice focused on the areas of real estate, real estate transactions, construction law, commercial litigation, complex litigation, business law, business formations, collections, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, finance, and employment law.

In 2007 Bill left his position as a partner with a large Boise law firm to found what has come to be known as “Smith Horras, P.A.”   Since 2007, Smith Horras, P.A. has added several talented trial lawyers and paraprofessionals and substantially narrowed the practice to focus on assisting victims of personal injury.

Bill is an Eagle Member of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association; a Member of the American Association for Justice; a Member of the Federal Bar Association; an Active Member of the Idaho Bar Association; an Associate Member of the Building Contractors Association of Southwest Idaho; a member of several sections of the Idaho Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

Bill is a passionate reader, mover, and influencer. A highly kinesthetic person, he loves games and sport of all types.  Bill serves as guardian ad litem in the local Courts, writes and lectures in various forums on legal issues, and volunteers in the local schools. He enjoys telling stories and studying storytelling. He also runs ultra-marathons, plays competitive golf, and trains dogs. In addition, Bill has been known to produce films, writes screenplays, and get tricked into acting sometimes.

His latest passion is the application of virtual reality to improving legal practice.

Ellen Smith
Ellen N. Smith

Ellen was born and raised in Idaho and graduated from Bishop Kelly High School.  Ellen attended college at the University of Idaho, earning a degree in Theatre Arts. She then continued to the University of Idaho College of Law, graduating in 1999.  Currently, Ellen is admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Idaho.

After law school, Ellen served as a law clerk for the late Honorable J. William Hart, District Judge, in Idaho’s Fifth Judicial District.  During this time, Ellen was involved with the administration of many jury trials, court trials, hearings, and status conferences. Following her clerkship in 2000, Ellen worked hard as a Jerome County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for two years where she gained additional jury trial experience. Thereafter, she entered private practice in Twin Falls, Idaho.

After moving to Boise in 2003, Ellen began further exploring other areas of law and obtained significant experience in worker’s compensation and family law, as well as general civil litigation and criminal defense.

In 2008, Ellen joined her husband to become a partner at her current firm that has come to be known as “Smith Horras, P.A.”   Since 2008 Smith Horras, P.A. has added other talented trial lawyers and paraprofessionals to primarily focus the practice on assisting victims suffering from personal injuries. Ellen’s practice also includes assisting folks in adopting children, one of her true passions.

Ellen Smith is a member of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association; a Member of the Federal Bar Association; an Active Member of the Idaho Bar Association; and a member of several sections of the Idaho Bar Association. In addition, Ellen recently became certified as a family law mediator in 2019.

Ellen enjoys many artistic endeavors including singing and drawing.  As of late, however, Ellen’s active artistic career has led her to study and pursue acting in films. Ellen’s favorite types of films to work on are independent, meaningful projects that give back to the community in their messaging.  Ellen is an active member of IMDb.

Joseph Horras
Joseph T. Horras

Joe obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in finance in 1999 from the University of Idaho and Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and obtained his Law Degree from the University of Idaho College of Law in 2004.

Joe is admitted to practice within all Courts of Idaho, the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Joe’s legal practice focuses on advocating for victims of catastrophic and personal injury, wrongful death, and criminal defense.  His focus is on advocating for those who are denied access or equal justice based on one’s status as LGBTQ+, those economically deprived, and those who are deprived of human rights based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, and gender.

Joe has prevailed in many cases and jury trials including arguing and prevailing before the Ninth Circuit En Banc in San Francisco, California in 2016.

Joe is a member of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association and the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Joe is a past member of The Friends of Zoo Boise Board. In his free time, Joe enjoys improv, opera, ballet, Broadway musicals, jogging, boating, watching college football, coaching Friday Night Flag Football, and spending time with his wife, Danielle, their three children, and two dogs.

Justin Volle
Justin R. Volle

Justin completed his undergraduate program at Boise State University where he graduated with honors.  He then went on to law school receiving his Juris doctorate from Concordia University School of Law in 2016 graduating in the top 10 of his class. While attending law school in the evenings, Justin worked for the Idaho Department of Corrections serving as a Felony Probation/Parole Officer.  As a Probation Officer, Justin received the Department of Corrections Silver Cross for life-saving efforts in an emergency situation

Justin’s legal practice primarily focuses on personal injury, business litigation, family law, and criminal defense.  Justin has been practicing law in Idaho since 2017 and is admitted to practice within all courts of the State of Idaho.

From 2004-2012, Justin was a soldier in the United States Army. He served two tours in Iraq as a Combat Engineer searching for and eliminating improvised explosive devices to ensure the safety and mobility of coalition forces as well as the civilian population. Justin received numerous honors and awards for his service and he now gives back to the veteran community through his legal practice by helping veterans with legal needs.

Client Testimonials

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 “Bill Smith helped me with my auto accident case. From day one he thoroughly explained the entire process with me, including how long it could take to settle. Bill is kind, professional, honest, and helped me be at ease during both my deposition and mediation. He worked with my best interest in mind, and I thank him very much for all his help and efforts on my behalf.”

Rebecca Lee

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“I called Smith Horras to get a free consultation and the receptionist was very kind and willing to accommodate my appointment. I ended up having an appointment with Ellen Smith. She was awesome! very knowledgeable, her expertise is outstanding. and the most important to me was that Ellen is very understanding and she listened to me very closely. Overall, I am very impressed with their professionalism and kindness.”

Marino Perea

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“Wow! Want ethical, hard-working people who take the time to fully explore your case, communicate thoroughly, and truly represent your interests?  This legal team is for you. Our son was hit by a teen driver several years ago and the driver’s insurance company was foot-dragging about settling. We are talking YEARS here. We turned to Joe Horras for help and within a few WEEKS, he had the case resolved.
Truly an amazing man.  Every communication from Joe was timely, respectful, informative, and helpful.  He was great about keeping us informed of his progress and next steps.
Everyone we met at Smith Horras was professional, compassionate, incredibly intelligent, and very knowledgeable.  I hope I don’t need an attorney again soon, but if I do, this is our team.”

Trudi Sabaj

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“The attorneys at Smith Horras give your situation personal attention and with great detail.  They are very quick in responding to anything we needed, WITHOUT making us feel we were bothering them, or they didn’t have time for us.  They are very knowledgeable in their fields and made the process quick and easy to understand. We have great confidence in them.  I would highly recommend them to anyone- and already do!  THEY ARE MY GO-TO TEAM FOR LEGAL NEEDS !!”

Matt & Kat Casey

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“I have hired Mr. Smith on several occasions to handle various legal issues that I’ve either needed legal advice or legal representation.  Mr. Smith and his team have always provided excellent advice and direction.  All of my matters have always been handled professionally and in a timely manner with all the results I expected.”

Nate McLean

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“Working with Smith Horras, P.A. has been an absolute pleasure. Through the duration of my case, they were both professional and courteous. Smith Horras P.A has the knowledge and experience to get fair and honest results. From beginning to end, their involvement made the difference that allowed my case to be settled. They were always willing to speak and act honestly and direct. I always had a good understanding of all angles involved throughout the duration of my case. This allowed me the confidence to make informed decisions producing a satisfactory result. There was never any guessing as to what would happen, Smith Horras P.A. was always clear and thorough. They provided options and a clear path of action needed to settle my case.  I would strongly recommend their services.”

Don Cuculich

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