C. Edward Cather III


Phone 208 528 5224
Office 208 522 6700
Fax 208 522 5111
Toll Free 800 422 2889


Ed Cather is a partner in the Idaho law firm, Moffatt Thomas.  His law practice focuses primarily in the areas of banking and finance, estate planning, probate, tax, and business law.  Ed practiced as a certified public accountant with one of the world’s largest professional service firms for several years prior to beginning his law practice.  His practice as an accountant focused on tax and business planning.  His extensive background in business and accounting enables him to provide a practical business and legal perspective, and to handle complex financial issues facing companies and business owners.

His banking and finance practice involves all facets of the lending process, from litigation to complex lending transactions.  He has been involved in countless workouts and loan restructures for financial institutions, which have involved the negotiation of claims, the analysis of priorities, and the evaluation of other factors necessary to bring such matters to successful conclusion.

Ed is also engaged in a broad tax and estate planning and tax controversy practice, assisting clients in structuring transactions and business relationships, dealing with tax issues that arise in the course of business, and in preparation of wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents.  He has represented various businesses and individuals before the IRS relating to income, employment, sales, and use tax issues.

The Idaho State Bar awarded Mr. Cather the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award in November, 2015, in recognition of the extraordinary time and effort he volunteered to resolve legal issues for low-income clients.

Mr. Cather recently presented “Estate Planning, Business Success and Asset Protection,” to the 36th Class of Leadership Idaho Agriculture in February 2016.

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  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1999
  • Masters of Accountancy, Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management, 1994
  • B.S., Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Management, 1994


  • Idaho State and Federal Courts

Professional & Civic Activities

  • Idaho State Bar
  • Virginia State Bar (inactive)
  • Eastern Idaho Estate Planning Council – Vice President
  • Pocatello Estate Planning Council – past President
  • ConnectShare, Idaho Falls
  • Idaho Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

Professional Publications

  • “Estate Planning, Business Succession and Asset Protection,” presented to the 36t Class of Leadership Idaho Agriculture, February 2016
    Presented to Leadership Idaho Agriculture at the Idaho Ag Summit, February 18, 2015.
  • “Eight Reasons NOT to have an Estate Plan,” presented by Ed Cather, Moffatt Thomas,
    for the Farm Family Business Ownership Succession Workshop
    Eight Reasons NOT to have an Estate Plan, by Ed Cather, Moffatt Thomas

Ratings & Recognitions

The Idaho State Bar awarded C. Edward Cather III the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award in November, 2015, for volunteering extraordinary time and effort to resolve legal issues for low-income clients.

As quoted in an Idaho State Bar press release: C. Edward Cather III and Benjamin C. Ritchie, both of Moffatt Thomas, were honored for helping a half-brother gain guardianship of a child whose mother had died. The minor was being cared for by the older brother when their absentee father arrived and took the child. The minor was able to escape and find police who helped him reunite with his brother. The lawyers’ work established sole guardianship and helped to create a long-term stable environment for the child.