Jill S. Holinka’s practice emphasizes the areas of municipal and local government law, education, employment, land use, administrative law and general civil litigation. She represents and advises numerous cities, counties, school districts, water and sewer districts, fire districts and other special purpose districts in the areas of employment, special education, budgeting, land use, contracts, construction, eminent domain, intergovernmental and joint powers agreements, purchasing, administrative and general counsel matters. Ms. Holinka also represents private individuals and corporations in the areas of regulatory compliance, land use, construction and employment law.
Ms. Holinka regularly advises her local government clients on matters relating to compliance with state and federal employment laws, including the FMLA, FLSA, and ADA. In addition, she conducts personnel investigations, provides counsel on employee performance/disciplinary issues, and provides training to clients on employee evaluations, investigations and grievance procedures. She also provides guidance on employee contracts, and general administrative governance, including matters related to the Idaho Open Meetings Act and Idaho Public Records Act, procurement, and general contracting issues.
Ms. Holinka’s local government practice expanded in 2015 to include representation of school districts and charter schools across the state of Idaho. In her education practice, Ms. Holinka regularly advises school districts and charter schools on matters of school discipline, FERPA, personnel and board policy. She also provides advice and training on matters relating to special education, including compliance with the IDEA and Section 504. For the last three years, Ms. Holinka and other members of the firm have helped plan and present a day and a half long conference for Idaho special educators, Special Student Populations and the Law. In 2018, Ms. Holinka became a certified trainer through the Idaho State Board of Education in the areas of administrator evaluations, ethics and governance.
Ms. Holinka received her undergraduate degree in Political Science, cum laude, from Pacific University in 1996, and graduated from Willamette University College of Law in May 2002. Following law school, Ms. Holinka practiced at a local firm in Nampa, Idaho, where her practice emphasized civil litigation, including municipal, commercial and trust and estate litigation. Ms. Holinka joined MSBT Law (formerly Moore Smith Buxton & Turcke, Chtd.) in March 2008. She became a shareholder in the firm in January 2015.
Ms. Holinka is an active member of the Idaho State Bar, including participation in the Government and Public Sector Lawyer and Employment Law sections of the Idaho State Bar. She is also a member of the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for Idaho and all Idaho state courts. Ms. Holinka was recently appointed to a six-year term on the Idaho Code Commission. Ms. Holinka’s pro bono service has included providing legal counsel and training to a local non-profit school mentoring program, as well as volunteering to serve as counsel for Family Advocates’ guardian ad litem program.