Michael Hales started Skidmore Hales when he was hired as a Business Management faculty member. When not in the classroom teaching business law and business writing, Michael enjoys assisting clients with their business/contractual legal matters. Skidmore Hales affords Michael the flexibility of mingling research interests with real-world legal solutions.
A graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law and Brigham Young University, Michael is licensed to practice law in both Idaho and Florida. Michael has worked at firms in California, Idaho, and Florida where he focused on business transactional law. He also has extensive courtroom experience, appearing in over 200 hearings before federal administrative law judges.
In 2012, Michael pioneered a relatively new and hyper-specialized area of law: assisting timeshare owners seeking to cancel their existing ownership contracts. At the time, the standard legal advice to timeshare owners was to sell. However, with little or no resale value, timeshare owners fell victim to countless upfront fee scams. Michael’s innovative solutions resulted in timely and cost-effective timeshare cancellation.
In his spare time, Michael is passionate about the outdoors. Depending on the season, you can find him skiing, biking, running, or hiking in the nearby Caribou-Targhee National Forest with his family. He also enjoys surfing when he's able to escape to Manhattan Beach, California for a few days.
Michael is fluent in Spanish, having lived in Honduras from 2000-2002.
Becki Lyn Skidmore
Becki Lyn Skidmore helped found Skidmore Hales while serving as a contract manager for a large university in Idaho. When she is not drafting and negotiating large software contracts, Becki Lyn enjoys helping clients navigate the application and appeals process for securing disability benefits.
A graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and Brigham Young University, Becki Lyn is licensed to practice law in both Idaho and Texas. She has extensive administrative court experience, appearing in over 700 hearings before federal administrative law judges. She has successfully argued for and secured disability benefits for clients throughout the United States.
Becki Lyn was recently recruited to teach a business law course at Brigham Young University-Idaho.
In her spare time, Becki Lyn can be found exploring the great Idaho outdoors with her dog Lucy or bundled up inside with a good book. She also enjoys visiting her family ranch in Texas whenever she can get away.