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Meet the Staff

Matt Wilde
Deputy General Counsel

Matt Wilde joined Boise State University and the Office of the General Counsel as Deputy General Counsel in January of 2013.  Prior to joining Boise State, Matt clerked for the Honorable Daniel C. Hurlbutt, former presiding judge for the Snake River Basin Adjudication, a general stream water rights adjudication, and gained trial experience in the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Boise City Attorney.

At the City Attorney’s Office for more than 16 years, Matt managed 10 employees and gained broad and deep experience representing many varied departments.  He was primary counsel to the Departments of Aviation (Boise Airport) and Public Works.  He has extensive experience in the areas of aviation and transportation law, public entity capital facility/infrastructure financing and construction, water law, and local and state legislative matters.

Matt received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pacific Lutheran University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1994.

Suzy Harbison
Associate General Counsel and Senior Counsel for Research, Intellectual Property and Industry Ventures

Suzy joined Boise State University as Associate General Counsel in May 2010.  She comes to Boise State from The University of Texas System, where she held the position of Senior Legal Officer for Intellectual Property for The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the largest research institution within The University of Texas System.  Suzy also spent 10 years in private practice, where she specialized in Patent Strategy and Enforcement for clients such as Merck & Co., Shell Oil Co. and Celanese Corp.  Suzy graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Molecular Biology and was a faculty Instructor of Genetics at Emory University while she attended law school in Atlanta, Georgia.

Timothy P. Fearnside
Associate General Counsel

Tim joined Boise State University in 2006 as Associate General Counsel. Before joining Boise State, Tim worked as an attorney in private practice with the Boise law firm of Givens Pursley LLP, where he focused on general civil and commercial litigation. Tim received his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University in his native Ohio and his law degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane.


Kendra Smith
Senior Paralegal/Director of Foreign Faculty Services

Kendra Smith joined Boise State University in 2001 as a paralegal. Before joining Boise State, Kendra worked in private practice as a paralegal where she worked in civil litigation and in criminal defense. Kendra received her undergraduate degree from University of Idaho her paralegal certification from the Denver Paralegal Institute.


Emily Burns, General Counsel

Emily Burns
Administrative Assistant II

Emily joined the General Counsel staff in July 2013. Previously, she worked as Office Administrator for Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville, NC. Emily graduated from Trinity College with bachelor’s degrees in English and Theatre/Dance.



Susie Seltzer
Administrative Assistant II