Givens Pursley LLP
601 W Bannock St
Boise, ID 83702
Tel: (208) 388-1214
Fax: (208) 388-1300
Chris’ practice is concentrated in the area of commercial property 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 and Ruth Nyqvist, one of the firm’s senior real estate paralegals, provide a cost effective and experienced team approach to engagements for the firm’s clients.
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.
The Real Estate Law Practice:
Attorneys in our Real Estate and Land Use practice group help our clients buy and sell, entitle, finance, and develop real property throughout Idaho and the region. We have experience with a wide variety of properties—from regional shopping centers, manufacturing plants, office buildings, and residential projects to nature preserves, destination resorts, and agricultural operations.
We have a long and successful track record of helping developers and landowners navigate the land use entitlement and public hearing process on issues relating to conditional use permits, planned developments, rezoning, subdivisions, comprehensive plan amendments, annexation, variances, special exceptions, development agreements, transportation and site access, impact fees, and building code compliance. Givens Pursley publishes a leading manuscript on Idaho Land Use Law.
We represent creditors and debtors in all aspects and types of commercial real estate finance transactions, including conventional, conduit, mezzanine, tax increment financing, public bonding, and other alternative finance structures. We have expertise in structuring, negotiating, documenting, and closing commercial real estate finance transactions, and creating and perfecting liens in all types of real property and other tangible and intangible property. We also render legal opinions required to document and close commercial real estate transactions. We represent developers, institutions, and other owners in the negotiation and enforcement of design and construction contracts.
We have developed extensive expertise in the niche practice area of road and public access law. Private road law issues (right-of-way easements and the like) are a staple of real estate practitioners. The law of public roads and public access, however, is a specialty combining a detailed knowledge of the current and past state of Idaho common and statutory law, application of obscure federal statutes such as R.S. 2477, and research into local history drawn from diffuse and varied sources. We represent both private landowners and governmental entities and agencies in this area.
Givens Pursley LLP:
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.