Moffatt Thomas Attorney Clay Gill: Boise Clients Secure Jury Verdict and Arbitration Award Exceeding $10 Million

Moffatt Thomas attorney Clay Gill and paralegals Leni Patton and Maria Gamboa played meaningful roles in helping their clients, Roger Thurston and Dawn Teply, secure a jury verdict and arbitration award that collectively exceed $10 million. The jury trial lasted four weeks.

Mr. Gill handled the jury selection, the examination of the damage expert, and participated with co-counsel Jim Mulcahy and Doug Luther in developing the general case and trial strategy. The jury rendered its verdict on December 21, 2016, awarding Roger Thurston $1,625,985 in compensatory damages and $4.75 million in punitive damages.

Moffatt Thomas paralegals Leni Patton and Maria Gamboa assisted with trial preparation and the electronic presentation of evidence at both the arbitration and trial. The lawsuit and arbitration primarily related to Safeguard Business Systems, Inc.’s failure to honor Roger Thurston’s and Dawn Teply’s commission rights and Safeguard’s subsequent fraudulent and deceptive practices to try and avoid its liability for those commissions.

More information regarding T3, Inc. & Thurston Enterprises, Inc. v. Safeguard Business Systems, Inc. & Deluxe Corporation is available in an article published by the Idaho Statesman on April 7, 2017.  Click the link below to read the article in its entirety.  “Two Boise business owners win millions from franchiser they say double-crossed them,”  by John Sowell.


C Clayton GillC. Clayton Gill is a member of the Board of Directors of the Idaho law firm Moffatt Thomas. Clay takes on each of his clients’ issues as if they were his own.  His passion and creativity distinguish him from most lawyers. On the litigation front he excels at trial strategy.  His business and financial background makes him a strong candidate for all commercial litigation matters. On the transactional front, his experience in corporate formation, corporate governance, commercial contracts, employment law and insurance make him an ideal candidate for small or medium-sized companies looking for outside general counsel.

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