Peter J. Smith IV, 2019 Leaders in Law

Peter J. Smith IV, 2019 Leaders in Law

From the Idaho Business Review

Photo by Brady Campbell, courtesy of Smith + Malek

While attending Walla Walla University, Peter J. Smith IV took a year away from college to volunteer in Monteverde, Costa Rica, where he and a friend taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.

“We spent the year living in an 8- by 10- foot shack attached to the school in the cloud forest,” Smith says. “We met a lot of great people and I hope we positively influenced the kids. When I came back, I knew I wanted to be an attorney.”

Smith pursued that dream and attended Pepperdine University School of Law. Then, he went to work as an associate attorney for Lukins & Annis in Coeur d’Alene, making partner in 2009.