John Robert Kormanik

John Robert Kormanik

Boise, Idaho

JOHN R. KORMANIK is a founding partner of the Boise law firm of KORMANIK & SNEED LLP. His practice focuses almost exclusively on criminal defense. John represents clients in both Federal and State courts as well as before various departments of the State of Idaho.

In 1998, John earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. Prior to founding KORMANIK & SNEED LLP, John served as a law clerk for the Honorable Darrel R. Perry of the Idaho Court of Appeals, as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho and as a shareholder with the White Peterson law firm. John is a member of the Idaho State Bar as well as the State Bar of California.

John is a member of the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (IACDL) and the National Association of  Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He serves on the District of Idaho Criminal Justice Act panel of attorneys and is assigned to represent indigent criminal defendants in federal court. John is also a member of, and past-Seminar Chairperson for, the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), as well as a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ).  Finally, John is a member of the Professional Conduct Board of the Idaho State Bar as well as various committees of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.

Outside of the office, John has many interests, especially activities involving his family. John is a three-time Ironman triathlon finisher -- Coeur d'Alene 2009 in a time of 15:32; Arizona 2010, in a time of 13:33; and Coeur d'Alene 2011 in a time of 13:43. John has competed in various open water swimming events, including Deer Creek Marathon Swim - 5k, and CAST Classic - 10k. John believes setting the goal of successfully completing and training for various sporting events allows him to develop the skills necessary to assist him in the vigorous representation of his clients while providing a proper work-life balance .

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Employment Law - Employee/Employer
  • Litigation & Appeals

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Idaho, 1998
  • California, 1998
  • U.S. District Court District of Idaho, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2006


  • California Western School of Law, San Diego, California
    • J.D. magna cum laude
    • Law Review: California Western School of Law, 1996 - 1997
  • University of Redlands, Redlands, California
    • B.S.
    • Major: Business and Management

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, Seminar Chairperson, 2004 - Present
  • Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member, 2007 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, 2004 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • White Peterson, P.A., Associate/Shareholder, 2003 - 2006
  • Office of Idaho Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, 2000 - 2003