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Attorney Anderson a working-class advocate

Letter: Ford Elsaesser attorney at law, Sandpoint

Grangeville and North Central Idaho lost one of its true gems with the passing of Ken Anderson. Ken was a great lawyer helping poor and middle class folks reorganize their finances, but more importantly, he was a great and caring human being. As a classmate of Ken’s at the University of Idaho College of Law, I have had the opportunity to work closely with him on literally thousands of cases during the past 30-plus years. Ken’s specialty was helping middle class families who were struggling with financial crises to reorganize their finances, mainly through Chapter 13, which also provided substantial payments to their creditors over time.

He was a tireless and compassionate advocate who was totally devoted to his clients, and truly “felt their pain.”

Ken was a dynamic leader in the bankruptcy section of the Idaho State Bar, producing a nonstop array of educational materials to keep all consumer bankruptcy lawyers up-to-date on the law. Every month for many, many years, he hosted luncheons for such lawyers to bring them up to speed on the latest developments. Perhaps the most remarkable part about Ken was his myriad of outside interests that he managed to maintain, despite his incredibly busy practice.

In a day when politicians are now all claiming the mantle of being a friend or champion of the average working-class family, Ken set a very high bar — he was their champion. He was always willing to stand up to the largest banks and mortgage companies to protect the interests of his clients, and had the universal respect of those who represented such institutions.

I believe I speak for the entire bankruptcy bar and legal community of North Central Idaho when I say that Ken will be sorely missed.

Ford Elsaesser

attorney at law,



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