Jeff R. Sykes


Jeff R. Sykes is one of the firm’s founders and is sought out to advise and represent clients on a variety of employment, personal injury, real estate and complex commercial litigation. His expert knowledge of trade secret litigation, fraud claims, sexual harassment claims, age, disability and other discrimination claims as well as wage claims, and breach of warranty and defective product litigation make him a go-to advisor for many area business owners and human resource professionals. From negotiations to drafting and enforcement of employment contracts, employee manuals, non-competition agreements, and non-disclosure agreements, Jeff knows the business implications of law as well as he knows law itself.

What’s more, Jeff is a versatile litigator with a well-earned reputation for accuracy, fairness and tenacity regardless of which side of the case he is on. Beyond the courtroom Jeff is skilled in arbitration and mediation of claims and disputes, construction claims and defense as well as real estate matters including title claims, easement disputes, access and boundary disputes.

A native of the San Francisco Bay area, and graduate of both Cal State Chico and Gonzaga University Law School, Jeff, along with his wife and two children, have been in Boise since 1993. Outside work he enjoys travel with his family, golf, Boise State sporting events and time permitting, a ride on his Harley. He gives back to the community through his involvement with the Treasure Valley YMCA youth government program as well as previous volunteer efforts for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

Areas of Expertise

  • Employment law
  • Personal injury
  • Real estate law
  • Commercial litigation
  • Insurance law
  • Construction litigation

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Trade associations leadership and membership:

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, and Employment and Employment Law Section
  • Human Resource Association of Treasure Valley (HRATV), Board of Directors (2011-2013)
  • Idaho Associated General Contractors
  • Idaho Land Title Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Order of Barristers


  • Best Lawyers in America: Employment Law – Management 2013-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America: Litigation – Insurance 2017
  • Forty Accomplished Under Forty, Idaho Business Review 2005

Professional experience:

  • 2014 – Present: Partner, McConnell, Wagner, Sykes + Stacey PLLC
  • 1997 – 2014: Partner, Meuleman Mollerup LLP
  • 1994 – 1997: Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton in Boise, Idaho
  • 1993 – 1994: Judicial law clerk to Honorable Justice Linda Copple Trout, Idaho Supreme Court