A native of southern Idaho, Bruce Skaug’s ancestors homesteaded near Lizard Butte in Canyon County.
Bruce graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1988 and served for three years as a trial attorney for the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office in Boise.
In 1992, he began civil practice with the Goicoechea Law Office, Nampa with an emphasis on personal injury, wrongful death and workers’ compensation litigation.
After 23 years of successfully representing injured people, and gathering a growing team of attorneys and support staff, Bruce changed the law firm name to Skaug Law, PC.
The law firm has helped thousands of clients win millions of dollars for their injuries and losses.
He is a member of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice.
I’ve always loved a good underdog story.
When I first decided to study law, I intended to become a lawyer who fought for the underdog. I wanted to fight for the people who found themselves in lawsuits they had little chance of winning. I wanted to be someone who could bring the long-shots justice and closure.
Fresh out of law school I took a job as a prosecuting attorney for Ada County. The work was enjoyable, but it wasn’t everything I had hoped it would be. I could make sure the bad guy ended up behind bars, where he wouldn’t hurt my clients any longer, but I couldn’t be a part of repairing the damage done. If they had been in a car accident, I couldn’t help them seek compensation for pain and suffering and hospital bills.
It seemed like some of my clients were left picking up the pieces of a shattered life, and there was nothing I could do about it.
One day, one of the judges I often worked with gave me some advice I will never forget. He put his arm around my shoulders and told me earnestly, “Get out of this job. Otherwise, one day you’ll become a judge like me, and I hate my job.”
He saw some potential in me to succeed outside of my role at the Ada County Courthouse, and it was all I needed to hear. Soon after, I took a job with a personal injury and workers’ comp firm in Nampa. It seemed like the perfect transition into a job where I could make sure every underdog had their day and won the compensation they needed.
Six months into my new job, the attorney I worked for closed up shop and took most of his clients with him. I was left alone, with not nearly enough clients to maintain the practice by myself. I almost called it quits and thought seriously about trying to get another job at the Ada County Courthouse. I was in an underdog story of my own, and it seemed there was not much chance of winning.
That was 27 years ago.
By the grace of God, and with the encouragement of friends and family, I stuck with the firm and made it work. Today, Skaug Law is the largest workers’ comp law firm in Idaho, and I have the help of some 20 staff members to keep things running smoothly. We have been able to help thousands of injury victims win full compensation.
Not bad for a kid from Jerome!
We’ve seen our fair share of success, but we haven’t grown complacent. We work hard to defend the underdogs of Idaho and fight against the prejudices that might prevent our clients from getting the compensation and justice they need. It can be difficult to overcome biases held by juries and defendants, but we’ve seen time and time again how a genuine desire for everyone to be represented equally before the law can win the day.
We hope for many more years of helping the long-shots of Idaho win the maximum for their injuries and find peace again.
Bruce served on the Nampa City Council from 2014 to 2020 when he chose not to run for re-election.
He served as Council President for four of his six years on the City Council. Nampa was rated as the nation’s Best Run City by Wallethub for three of the years of Bruce’s tenure.
Bruce has served on the board of directors for non-profit charitable organizations including the Salvation Army, Hands of Hope, Nampa Lions Club, The Joseph Project, The Canyon County Historical Society, College Church of the Nazarene, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Foundation Board, Nampa Babe Ruth, Lifeline Pregnancy Care Center, Nampa Christian Schools Foundation Board and the Nampa Public Library.
Lion Bruce Skaug (center) receives the Senior Master Key from Lions International for sponsoring 25 new members. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization dedicated to bettering the quality of life for the handicapped, the poor, the sick and the aged.
In November 2020, Bruce was elected as an Idaho State Representative.
Idaho Trial Lawyers Association; American Association for Justice; Idaho, Oregon, & Montana Bar Associations; Nampa Lions Club, President (1996-1997); District Patriotism Chair; Salvation Army Advisory Board (Former Vice President); Nampa Babe Ruth, Inc., Vice Chair, Secretary of the Board; Joseph Project, Inc. (China), Board Member, Nampa Library Board, Trustee (2006 – 2008); Life Member, National Rifle Association; Canyon Co. Historical Society, Former Board Member; Hands of Hope, Inc., Former Board Member; The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Foundation Board Member; College Church of the Nazarene, Former Board Member; The National Crime Victim Bar Association; Christian Legal Society; Ronald Reagan Foundation
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