Peter C. Erbland's Biography

Portrait of Peter Erbland

Areas of Emphasis

Mediation & Arbitration

Business Litigation & Transactions
Civil Litigation
Civil Rights Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Complex Civil Litigation
Construction Litigation
Employment Law
Insurance Defense
Personal Injury Litigation
Real Estate Litigation & Transactions


Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1978

Saint Bonaventure University, B.A., cum laude, 1975


Idaho State Bar Association

American College of Trial Lawyers

Admitted to Practice

Idaho State Bar, 1979

U.S. District Court, District of Idaho, 1979

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1991

U.S. Supreme Court, 1994

Honors & Awards

Martindale Hubbell rating of “AV”
Peer-selected for listing in “Best Lawyers in America” and “Mountain States Super Lawyers,” from 2005 to present.​
Idaho State Bar Distinguished Lawyer Award 2018
Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award 2016


Peter C. Erbland has practiced law in Idaho for over forty years and has served as a mediator in thousands of cases over the past thirty years. In joining River’s Edge Mediation, Mr. Erbland brings the experience of having litigated and tried many civil cases of all varieties, including personal injury, business and professional disputes, as well as property, trust and estate matters.

Mr. Erbland also served as Chief of the Criminal Justice Division of the Office of the Idaho Attorney General and he was the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Kootenai County, Idaho. His civil litigation practice emphasizes the defense of individuals, business entities, insurance companies and governmental entities in state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels, with specific focus on employment and civil rights claims. His vast legal experience allows him to bring a breadth of knowledge and information, both legal and practical, to his mediation practice.

Mr. Erbland also regularly serves as an arbitrator and discovery master both through private selection and court appointment.

As a mediator, Mr. Erbland is known for his patience, respect of all concerned in the process and persistence in helping parties to reach decisions for resolution of their disputes.