Chris' practice is concentrated in the area of commercial transactions, principally office, hospitality and energy projects (wind and solar). He has significant experience in acquisitions and dispositions of investment properties, commercial financings, structuring partnerships and LLCs, joint ventures, and equity syndications to facilitate the business needs of the firm's clients. He also has expertise in effectuating 1031 tax deferred exchanges in investment properties.

Chris is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and the Idaho State Bar (Real Property and Ethics Sections).

Chris has been selected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America under Real Estate Law. He is a lecturer on commercial real estate and business transaction topics for the Idaho Law Foundation and industry groups and has been a participant in the Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Commercial Lease Institute.

Chris is active in community affairs as a past trustee of the Epilepsy Foundation of Idaho, a past president and trustee of the Boise Art Museum and a past president of the Boise Contemporary Theater. He is a past president and past director of the Idaho Historical Preservation Council. He is from northern Idaho and before joining the firm worked in the construction and timber industries. He also spent several years as an artillery officer stationed in Germany.


  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell - Highest Ranking (AV)
  • Boise Best Lawyers Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year (2018)
  • Boise Best Lawyers Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year (2013)
  • Boise Best Lawyers Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year (2009)
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate Star Individual)
  • Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year (Real Estate Law) (2009, 2013 and 2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers (Real Estate)


  • J.D. University of Idaho, 1980 - cum laude
  • B.S. Business (Accounting), University of Idaho, 1973 - magna cum laude


  • Idaho State Bar

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Idaho State Bar Real Property and Ethics Section
  • Past Executive Committee Member, Givens Pursley LLP
  • Past Co-Managing Partner, Givens Pursley LLP
  • Active principal in real estate developments and real estate ownership
  • Supervising attorney in Firm's Real Estate Group