George Petersen started practicing law in 1949. After over a decade of solo practice, he was joined in 1960 by Reed Moss. One year later, Reed convinced his good friend, Dennis Olsen, to join them, and Petersen Moss & Olsen was born. All three partners were dedicated to the principles that still guide the firm — professional, affordable, and excellent legal service.
Since that time, the firm has seen lawyers come and go — some to other firms, some to retirement, and some to the final retirement. Steve Hall and Earl Blower joined the firm together in 1979. Earl Blower was appointed to the bench in 1991 where he served for over 20 years before changing to senior judge status. Dennis Olsen, who served for many years as the Idaho Republican Party Chairman, died unexpectedly of a heart attack in 1985. Reed Moss retired in 1997 to serve as an LDS mission president in the former East Germany. And George Petersen practiced law faithfully until his death in 2010. A number of other reputable attorneys got their start at the firm, including Winston Beard, Greg Meacham, Chuck Carr (retired 2003), Scott Eskelson, and Karl Decker.
In 2011, Steve Hall was honored to partner with Dennis Olsen’s son, Nathan Olsen. To honor those who started the firm, and because the name had become so well-known in the community, the firm retained the familiar “Petersen Moss” as the foundation for its name, continuing the tradition started in 1960. The firm still strives to live up to the high standards its founders set.
Steve Hall has practiced law in Idaho Falls for over 35 years. He
earned his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at B.Y.U. where
he served on the Law Review and graduated magna cum laude. He
is admitted to practice before all Idaho courts, both state and
federal, and has been admitted to practice before the federal Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals.
Steve has intentionally maintained a diverse practice, assisting
clients in a wide variety of business and personal legal affairs, but
focusing on business, real estate, estate planning, probate, and trust matters. He has a strong commitment to pro bono work for worthy causes, having twice been awarded the Denise O’Donnel Day Award by the Idaho State Bar Association (1995 and 2009) and regularly volunteers to serve on boards of non-profit organizations in the community.
Steve’s approach to the practice of law is to focus on solving his clients’ problems, avoiding unnecessary fights where possible, but always vigorously representing his clients. He subscribes wholeheartedly to his mentors' philosophy - provide high quality, personalized legal services at a reasonable cost.
Nathan Olsen has been a partner with Petersen Moss Hall & Olsen
since 2011. He is honored to practice at the firm that his father,
Dennis Olsen, helped to found and had been a principal partner of
until his death in 1985. Before joining Petersen Moss, Nathan
worked with Beard St. Clair Gaffney PA in Idaho Falls for five years, a
downtown Washington D.C. firm for five years, and in various
positions for members of Congress from Idaho for six years.
Nathan has a general civil law practice, with particular experience in
the areas of real estate and business disputes, property rights and civil liberties, personal injury and malpractice disputes, and probate and guardianships. Because of his reputation and character, Nathan’s practice involves representing numerous clients including businesses, trade associations, and individuals in state and federal courts throughout the State of Idaho including before the Idaho Supreme Court.
Nathan’s approach to the practice of law is to provide thorough and personalized service to his clients. He is easily accessible to his clients and zealously represents their interests while, at the same time, giving them a straight and clear assessment of both the strengths and weaknesses of their case.
In addition to his litigation practice, Nathan has substantial experience in transactional law including commercial transactions and estate planning.
Jennifer Hawkins came to work for Petersen Moss in early 1991 as a
legal secretary for George Petersen. Her vast experience in law
office settings includes expertise in the documentation of estate
planning and probate cases, litigation support, and office
organization. Her support is invaluable to the lawyers as they work
their busy caseloads. She is always ready with a cheerful greeting as
clients call or arrive, and a smile as they leave. If she does not know
the answer to a client’s question, she knows exactly where to get it.