ANTIOCH SCHOOL OF LAW - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Juris Doctorate (1987). Top student in Evidence and Criminal Procedure.
ST. OLAF COLLEGE - NORTHFIELD, MINNESOTA
Bachelor of Arts in History (1983). Member of Student Senate and Hockey Team.
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY - LANCASTER, ENGLAND
Junior Year Abroad (1982). Studied Euro-Asian Comparative History (Japan, China, U.S.S.R.) and Irish Nationalism. Thesis: “A Tradition of Violence: The Irish Quest for Nationhood 1880-1923.”
Idaho State Bar (1987).
Minnesota State Bar (1989).
District Of Columbia Bar (1989).
United States Supreme Court (1994).
Nez Perce Tribal Court (2003).
Washington State Bar (2008).
Federal District Court for District Of Columbia (2011).
President Idaho State Bar (2015).
Commissioner Idaho State Bar (2013-2016).
Director Palouse Public Ice Rink (2011-2015).
Commissioner Magistrate Commission (Second District) (2011-2015).
Delegate American Association for Justice (2010-present).
President Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (2009-2010).
Evidence Rules Committee Idaho Supreme Court (2009-present).
Ice Hockey Referee Palouse Youth Hockey Association (2007-2012).
Commissioner Moscow Human Rights Commission (2006-2011).
Director Federal Defender Services of Idaho (2006-2011).
Regional Director Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (2005-2006).
President Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2001-2002).
Director YMCA Youth Government Program North Region (1992-1999).
President Trinity Group Homes (1995-1998).
Avoid These Eleven Common Evidentiary Mistakes, co-authored with Professor John Rumel, Advocate, Vol. 60, No. 10 (October 2017).
Eight Lessons from the Bullying Road Show, Advocate, Vol. 59, No. 1 (January 2016).
Confessions of a Recovering Bully, Advocate, Vol. 58, No. 9, (September 2015).
Untangling the Web of Prior Witness Statements, Advocate, Vol. 57, No. 5 (May 2014).
My Best Day as a Lawyer, Washington State Bar News, Vol. 66, No. 6 (June 2012).
My Best Day as a Lawyer, ITLA Journal, Vol. 40, No. 3 (Fall 2011).
Idaho’s Best Criminal Cases, (Editor) IACDL Publication (8th ed. 2010).
Is My Record Clear Now?, Advocate, Vol. 52, No. 6 (June 2009).
Nine Bad Ideas, ITLA Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Spring 2002).
Petition for Review Denied: What’s All the Shouting About?, Advocate, Vol. 33, No. 2 (February 1990).
December 1991 - Present
PRIVATE PRACTICE - COEUR D’ALENE & MOSCOW, IDAHO
Sole practitioner in Coeur d’Alene and Moscow, primarily personal injury litigation.
August 2000 - December 2013
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF TRIAL ADVOCACY - MOSCOW, IDAHO
Trial Advocacy and Evidence Adjunct Professor at the University of Idaho College of Law.
April 1989 - October 1991
DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER - COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO
State court trial defense litigator. Felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, child protective and appellate representation for indigents. Tried over thirty jury trials to verdict.
August 1987 - April 1989
IDAHO SUPREME COURT - BOISE, IDAHO
Judicial Clerk for Justice Stephen Bistline.
Fall 1986 - Spring 1987
ADULT MISDEMEANOR CLINIC - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Defended indigent adults charged with drug, prostitution and theft offenses. Argued case before District of Columbia Court of Appeals involving pro se indigents’ fundamental right of access to the courts.
January - August 1986
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COURT OF APPEALS - WASHINGTON, D.C.
Judicial Intern for Judge Julia Cooper Mack.
Lessons From the Masters: The Lawyer as a Lightning Rod
(Presentation with Coeur d’Alene attorney Michael Ramsden and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.)
Idaho State Bar Convention, July 14, 2017.
Make Ethics Great Again
ITLA McCall, October 7, 2016.
The Digital Evolution of a Technical Neanderthal
ITLA Sun Valley, June 29, 2012.
Ethics for the Idaho Personal Injury Lawyer (moderator)
ITLA Boise, November 18, 2011.
How To Keep Your White Hat White
ITLA Jackpot, NV, September 17, 2010.
Ethics for the Idaho Personal Injury Lawyer (moderator)
ITLA Boise, November 13, 2009.
Arguing Damages to the Jury
ITLA Boise, February 27, 2009.
The Fundamentals of Car Crash Litigation
ITLA Pocatello, October 26, 2007.
A Call for the End to Humiliation Litigation
John P. Gray Inn of Court, Coeur d’Alene, November 4, 2007.
A Dreamer’s Practical Guide to Winning Car Crash Jury Trials
ITLA Boise, February 25, 2005.
Trial Lawyer of the Year, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (2012).
Liberty Award, American Civil Liberties Union (2005).
President’s Award, Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1997).
Civil Trial Specialist, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (2013-present).
Criminal Trial Specialist, Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (2005-2015).
Death-Penalty Qualified Counsel, Idaho Supreme Court (2002-2012).
" When your lawyer cares, you can tell. He was good about explaining every step of the process. Hiring Tim allowed me to concentrate on rehabilitating my hip. "
" I was hit in a crosswalk while I was walking to work. My whole life changed. Tim guided me through the process. He’s experienced, honest, and hard-working. The judge treated Tim with respect—just the way Tim treats everyone. My award was higher than I expected. "
" I had been with State Farm for 40 years, but when I was rear-ended by an uninsured driver they cut off my medical. Tim took my case—even though my car had little damage from the crash. The Jury realized I was hurt. Not only did State Farm end up having to pay all my medical bills, they had to pay costs and attorney fees. Tim Gresback will make sure insurance companies keep their promises. "
" My injury put me in a wheelchair. Thanks to Tim and the legal team he put together, I now have a house and truck that accommodate my needs. My kids got money for college. Tim cares about me and my family. "
" I am a Vet who served in Afghanistan. When I got back home I stopped one snowy day to help a stranded motorist who was stuck. Another car plowed into me and I almost lost my foot. The driver didn’t have much insurance. Tim negotiated all of my medical bills and got me a settlement—even though my medical bills exceeded the available insurance. Tim handled my case for free. Our community is lucky to have a lawyer who cares more about people than money. "
" I was riding my bike to teach my class at the University when a car pulled out in front of me and hit me. I had the right of way. My broken arm required the surgical installation of a permanent metal plate. Somehow the police officer concluded that I caused the crash. Tim took the case all the way to trial and proved that the crash was 100% the fault of the other driver. I don’t know what I would have done without Tim’s help. "
" After he got me my settlement, Tim went the extra mile to help me make sure I was investing the funds wisely. He cares. "