Duncan B. Koler | Coeur D Alene Personal Injury Lawyer

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Duncan B. Koler

Accident & Injury, Wrongful Death, Car Accident, Personal Injury, Admiralty & Maritime

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Duncan Koler is a practicing lawyer in the state of Idaho. Attorney Koler received his J.D. from the California Western School of Law in 1984.

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Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
• I represented a person who was injured by a piece of recreational equipment. Other attorneys were not interested in taking on the case, believing it would be too difficult. My client had a serious injury and needed two surgeries. I took on the case knowing that I would be taking on multiple defendants and their Big Firm attorneys. I knew they would do their best to bury me with paperwork and decided the best defense to that was a strong offense. I kept all three opposing attorney firms on their heels until the case settled, before significant costs were incurred, netting the client significant funds and getting all of her medical bills paid.

• A former injury client contacted me. His wife was “sold a bill of goods” regarding the conditions of her employment. It was a miserable place to work and she resigned. Her employer sued her for thousands of dollars claiming she did not fulfill her employment contract. The potential financial consequences could have been devastating to my client and her family. I took the case on a pro bono basis because I was outraged by the conduct of the employer. I went on the offence and got the case dismissed.

• For all of my injury clients, I go out of my way to help them understand how the system works, and do what is needed so that they are protected from the many legal and insurance-related pitfalls that exist. Most people do not know how to make sure their medical bills get paid so that they do not go to collections while they wait for a settlement. Representing a client is not just about getting them a good end result, it’s also about protecting them from adverse consequences until the case resolves. To get the best results, you have to know the law, know how insurance works, you have to be diligent, and you have to proactively deal with the issues. But you also have to be accessible and have good communication with your client.

How did you build a successful practice?
First, you have to know what you are doing. Law school only teaches you the basics. I tried to squeeze every bit of knowledge I could out of my law school experience and graduated summa cum laude, first in my class. Next, gaining experience was the goal. I went to work as judicial clerk for United States District Court Judge Rudi M. Brewster. In my opinion, there is no better job to get as a young attorney. In that job I gained exposure to the high standards of attorneys in federal practice, performed research, made decision recommendations (sometimes accepted) to the judge, and learned how things work in the legal “real world.” My judicial clerkship taught me how to analyze a case from both sides, instead of as an advocate for one side. After leaving the court I was recruited to join the San Diego law firm of Dyer, Brewer & Walton. Our firm had primarily a federal court practice and specialized in maritime and insurance law. I learned how to win, both at the trial and in appellate court. I made partner after four years. From there, I formed my own law firm - Koler, Kumpf & Prows, where I managed nine attorneys and their support staff. In 1997 I moved from San Diego to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to start a family, and started anew as a solo practitioner. Over the next 20 years I carefully built my practice, focusing on representing persons who were wrongfully injured, and using my knowledge gained from earlier practice defending against personal injury claims. I have gained a reputation for diligence, skill and integrity. This has allowed me to build a successful referral-based practice. I do not advertise and don’t like attorney billboards.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Experience, knowledge and genuine interest in helping the client, evidenced by the communication skills and performance of the attorney.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?
Local knowledge can help in most places, and can be essential in others. If you represent a client in a place unfamiliar to you, you better get the lay of the land. A good attorney knows how to gain the necessary information and neutralize home court advantage when presenting a case away from home. It sometimes helps to have local counsel vouch for the visiting attorney.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?
After getting the facts, I can identify for the client any pressing issues, discuss the likely strengths and weaknesses of the case and tell the client whether the case is worth pursuing further. I can also provide information about myself, and my approach to representing clients and handling their claims. I enjoy talking with people and helping when I can. A big part of that is making the client feel at ease in a situation they never wanted to be in, and inspiring confidence that they will be well represented. This starts with the first phone call between lawyer and client.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
The basic facts surrounding the case, personal contact information, and insurance information for both sides.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
I have over 30 years of experience, and have been very successful building a referral-based practice. Besides the results I get, I think my clients most appreciate my one-on-one, partnership approach to representing them. When a client calls, they either get me promptly on the phone or receive a prompt return call. They do not have to go through a secretary and two paralegals to get me. I communicate with my clients by phone and email regularly, so that they always know what is going on with their case, why, and what the next step(s) will be. I view my role as one of partnership with my clients. I understand they come to me for my knowledge and expertise. I provide that, give clients my advice on the pros and cons, and help them make the decisions that suit them best.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Working on a person-to-person basis to help solve big problems, with honesty and integrity.

What are your other interests in addition to law?
Raising a good family, staying healthy and enjoying the outdoors, being friendly and kind to others, being a good Christian and playing music.

Are you involved in your community?
Yes. I have been active with our schools, support our local music community and often help in community fund-raisers.

Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyLaw Office of Duncan B. KolerCoeur D Alene, IDPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
California Western School of LawJ.D. Law School1984  
Washington State UniversityBachelors1979
State / Court Date
Idaho1997
California1985
  • Member | California State Bar Association
    Member | Idaho State Bar Association
  • Summa Cum Laude Graduate (#1 in Graduating Class of 219) | California Western School of Law | 1984
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(1997) Licensed as Attorney in Idaho. Verified with Idaho State Bar.July 09, 2020
(1985) Licensed as Attorney in California. Verified with California Bar Association.July 09, 2020

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609 E Sherman Avenue
Suite 601
Coeur D Alene, ID 83814
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