In 2013, Steven Hippler was appointed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter as a District Judge for the 4th Judicial District Court, with chambers in Ada County. Judge Hippler graduated Order of the Coif from the University Of Utah College Of Law in 1991. In addition to his civil and felony criminal calendar, Judge Hippler presides over the Ada County Mental Health Court program. He also serves as the Deputy Administrative District Judge for the Fourth Judicial District.
Judge Hippler is a member of the Idaho Supreme Court’s Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, the Supreme Court’s Jury Committee and the Court’s Drug Court and Mental Health Court Coordinating Committee. He also served on the Supreme Court task force charged with modernizing the language of the Idaho Rules of Civil Procedure (changes implemented in July 2016) and is currently on the Court’s Civil Justice Reform Committee. He co-presents to Idaho Judges on developments in evidence at the annual judicial conference. He also teaches evidence at the new judge’s orientation each year.
Immediately prior to taking the bench, Judge Hippler was a Partner at Givens Pursley LLP. Before joining Givens Pursley in 2002, he was a partner at Hall Farley Oberrecht and Blanton. In private practice, Judge Hippler primarily represented doctors, hospitals and other medical providers in medical malpractice actions, business disputes, and in regulatory matters.
Judge Hippler is a Boise native. He graduated from Bishop Kelly High School, and for the past 6 years served on the Board of Directors for the Bishop Kelly High School Foundation. He served on the Board’s Executive Committee as the Secretary of the organization. Judge Hippler coached youth football for 5 years and continues to coach youth baseball.