John S. Simko

John S. Simko

Professional Status:

Mr. Simko is of Counsel Attorney to the firm, practicing in corporate law, finance, securities litigation and mining.

Formal Education:

Obtained Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1966. Graduated in 1961 from University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Idaho Law Review, 1965-1966, Editor in Chief and Military Service, Lt. USNR, 1961 – 1977 (Active Duty 1961 – 1963).

Professional Affiliations and Bar Memberships:

Idaho Law Review, Editor in Chief (1965 – 1966); American Bar Association; Idaho State Bar: Commissioner (1978 – 1981); President (1981); Idaho State Bar: Sections on Real Estate and Corporate Law; Silver Institute, President (1992 – 1999); Silver Trust, President (1992 – 1999); Association of Publicly Traded Companies, Director (1998 – 2001); University of Idaho President’s Advisory Council (1999 – 2002); Idaho Research Foundation, President (1999 – 2007); Idaho Bancorp, a bank holding company, Director 2002 – 2014).


Presently, Of Counsel at Evans Keane LLP. Retired from Sunshine Mining & Refining Company in February 2002 and reentered the private practice of law. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sunshine Mining and Refining Company (NYSE) (1992 – 2001). Senior Vice-President and General Counsel of Sunshine Mining and Refining Company (1984 – 1992). Partner in Evans Keane LLP (1984 – 1987).

Ratings and Recognitions:

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating
  • University of Idaho Jim Lyle Award 2009
  • Best Lawyers 2010 Lawyer of the Year – Corporate Law
  • Best Lawyers 2015 Lawyer of the Year – Corporate Law

Additional Biographical Information:

John S. Simko’s background includes private practice from 1967 to 1984 and from 2002 to the present. His expertise is in corporate law, finance, securities litigation and mining, where he negotiated the acquisition of mines in Nevada and Utah, and their subsequent development. Mr. Simko was the primary attorney on the only extra-lateral rights or “Apex law” litigation in Idaho. In 1984, he joined Sunshine Mining Company (NYSE) as Sr. Vice-President and became CEO in 1992, where he initiated its mining operations in South America, primarily Argentina.