Givens Pursley History

Givens Pursley was founded in 1977 by attorneys Ray Givens, Chuck McDevitt, Ken Pursley and Jay Webb. These four young lawyers came together and formed Givens Pursley on two founding principles. The first founding principle held that attorneys should be equally dedicated to their communities as they are to practicing law. The second was that clients should be served by attorneys with experience relevant to their needs. Over the 40 years since its inception, Givens Pursley has upheld these principles by employing more than 100 of Idaho’s brightest legal minds with records of public service, extensive experience in their practices, and a desire to better serve clients and the community. Now, occupying a historic building across the park from the Capitol, Givens Pursley is one of the largest and most diverse law firms founded and headquartered in Idaho.

1977: Givens Pursley is founded by Ray Givens, Chuck McDevitt, Ken Pursley and Jay Webb, with primary practice areas of Business and Real Estate, Commercial Litigation, Health Care, Water Law, and Legislative and Government Affairs

1985: Givens Pursley moves to current location across from the Capitol, formerly occupied as Boise’s City Hall and City Jail

1980s: Givens Pursley welcomes additions of Natural Resources, Bankruptcy and Regulated Industry practices

1990s: Givens Pursley broadens with expansion of Environmental, Media/First Amendment Representation, and Bankruptcy practices

2002: In anticipation of further growth, Givens Pursley expanded its business to occupy the entire, newly-renovated building at 601 Bannock

2017: As of February, 2017, 121 attorneys have worked at Givens Pursley

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Visions & Values

We strive to be leaders in and masters of our respective areas of law, and to bring that excitement and passion into all of our relationships. We commit to full understanding and integration into any endeavor we undertake, becoming an extension of our client’s business or throwing ourselves full bore into a community cause. We know that wisdom only comes through hard work and that trust follows from action not simply words. We know that creating value demands offering and delivering inspired, efficient and certain real world solutions to an ever more complex and abstract legal environment. Having a true legal partner allows our clients to get on with business, confident that they have a true advocate who is “all in”, who will handle the law.

  1. Vision Values Authenticity

    1) Authenticity

    Our relationships are built on honesty, fairness, and candor.

  2. Vision Values Ingenuity

    2) Ingenuity

    We use our skills and resourcefulness to achieve creative solutions for our clients.

  3. Vision Values Community

    3) Community

    We share our time and resources to support each other and the community where we live and work.


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    1. 2018

      U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

      Givens Pursley LLP has been listed as a Tier 1 Metro “Best Law Firm” in ten practice areas by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® in 2018. The firm also received nine Metro Tier 2 and Tier 3 rankings.

      Givens Pursley earned Metro Tier 1 rankings in the practice areas of employment law-management, energy, environmental, health care, land use & zoning, litigation-land use & zoning, litigation – real estate, natural resources, real estate and water law. Tier 2 rankings included banking and finance law, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, commercial litigation, labor law-management, litigation – labor & employment, and medical malpractice law - defendants. The firm was named for mergers & acquisitions law and personal injury litigation-defendants in Tier 3.

      Firms included in the 2018 "Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. The editors of the publication indicate that achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

      Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere.

    1. 2018

      Chambers USA

      Givens Pursley received top rankings in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the prominent legal guide for ranking the top law firms and attorneys based on their knowledge and experience in the legal industry. In 2018, Chambers USA recognized 6 Givens Pursley practice areas and 18 attorneys. The firm’s ranked practices include:

      • Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Band 1)

      • Corporate/Commercial (Band 2)

      • Labor & Employment (Band 2)

      • Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1)

      • Natural Resources & Environment (Band 1)

      • Real Estate (Band 1)
    1. 2018

      The Best Lawyers in America

      Eighteen Givens Pursley attorneys were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in 2018, including four Boise “Lawyer of the Year” recipients: Christopher Beeson - Real Estate Law; Michael Creamer - Water Law; Christopher Meyer – Land Use and Zoning Law; and Patrick Miller - Health Care Law.

      Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as "Lawyer of the Year" have received particularly high ratings by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.

    1. 2017

      Super Lawyers

      Debora K. Kristensen and Kelly Greene McConnell have been listed among the Top 50 Women Mountain States Super Lawyers for 2017.

      Deb is a business litigator in state and federal courts, with a particular emphasis in the areas of employment and media law. She has extensive experience representing clients in administrative proceedings, at trial, and on appeal.

      Kelly is an integral part of Givens Pursley's finance and credit recovery practice and has extensive experience in all facets of commercial finance, creditors’ rights and reorganization issues.

      Nineteen attorneys at Givens Pursley have been selected as 2017 Mountain States Super Lawyers, including: Gary G. Allen and Jeffrey C. Fereday (environmental); Christopher J. Beeson, Franklin G. Lee, L. Edward Miller and Judson B. Montgomery (real estate); William C. Cole and Michael O. Roe (business/corporate); Michael C. Creamer and Christopher H. Meyer (energy & resources); Bradley J. Dixon (civil litigation: defense); Thomas E. Dvorak, Debora K. Kristensen and David R. Lombardi (business litigation); Kelly Greene McConnell (creditor debtor rights); Patrick J. Miller (healthcare); Deborah E. Nelson (land use/zoning); Randall A. Peterman (bankruptcy: business); and Robert B. White (employment & labor). Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected. Preston N. Carter and Alex P. McLaughlin have been selected to the 2017 Idaho Rising Stars list. Rising Stars are lawyers 40 and under or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

      Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.