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Grangeville attorney Matt Jessup was sworn in in Boise at the Boise Centre on the Grove, Oct. 2. He was admitted by the Idaho Supreme Court to practice as an attorney and counselor at law in all of the courts of the state of Idaho. He was also admitted to practice law in the United States Federal Court and Bankruptcy Courts in the District of Idaho (although he does not plan on doing any bankruptcy cases at this time).
As of Tuesday, October 7, 2014
GRANGEVILLE — Matt Jessup received some exciting news Sept. 11: He passed the bar exam.
“I was pretty excited,” Jessup smiled.
That bit of news has made way for him to open his practice at 401 W. North Street, Grangeville. He is in the same office building as attorney Adam Green.
“We graduated from Grangeville High School together in 1997,” Jessup said.
“At that time, coming back to Grangeville was the farthest thing from my mind,” he laughed.
Jessup went on to attend the University of Idaho where he graduated with degrees in human resources, information systems management and English. He met wife, Tema, who grew up in Coeur d’Alene, and the two began their life in Chicago.
“We spent four years there where I worked for an aircraft company,” he said. They then moved to Boise where Tema completed her residency. She is now a physician at Syringa Hospital.
“When we decided to move to Grangeville, I really wanted to do something to give back to the community and be useful,” he said. “It was actually Adam who suggested law. I shadowed him and I felt it was something I could do.”
He started that journey in 2011, attending the U of I again. He commuted as Tema worked and the two began to raise their family which now includes Joe, 4, Kayla, 2, and Leah, 4 months.
“It was hard balancing everything, not just for me, but for Tema, too,” Jessup said. “But my parents have been a great help with the kids and everything.”
During the summer of 2012, Jessup worked as an intern in Kirk MacGregor’s office doing research projects for MacGregor and the county. He also spent the summer of 2013 working as an intern with Deputy Prosecutor Green assisting him in research, writing legal memos and prosecuting infractions and misdemeanors in magistrate court under a limited license from the Supreme Court.
Jessup ended up fourth in his class of 103 (magna cum laude) and was sworn in both in Idaho and before the federal courts earlier this month.
He said he plans to work in family, civil and real estate law, but will not work with bankruptcy or trusts.
When not working, the Jessup family enjoys the outdoors, including snow sports and hiking.
“In fact, being up at Snowhaven when we were visiting a few years back made me stop and look at Grangeville with new eyes,” he said. “I saw all sorts of young families up there enjoying themselves and I really felt we could live here.”
Jessup said Tema is “in it for the long haul” and they enjoy rural life.
“Our son started preschool at Sts. Peter and Paul, where I also attended grades one through eight. “It’s funny, though,” he laughed. “Even though I grew up here, Tema is the one people know. It’s ‘Oh, you’re the doctor’s wife.’”
Jessup is taking new clients. Call him at 983-3089 or 983-2310 or stop by 401 W. North Street, Grangeville.