Practice Areas

Business Law

Chris serves as legal counsel to sole proprietorships, closely-held corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships, non-profit and tax-exempt organizations and entities providing services on a variety of business related matters. Chris has experience helping clients achieve business goals and handle business and legal challenges in a practical, cost-effective way. He works with business clients in such areas as business entity selection and formation, governance, transactions, contracts and leases, employee relations, employee benefits, and business succession.

Real Estate Law/Land Use

Chris has a comprehensive understanding of real estate law, having grown up in a family real estate development business that has developed in the Treasure Valley for more than 30 years. Chris also has extensive experience in handling land use issues on both the applicant and municipal sides of the process. This experience gives Chris unique insight and ability in finding creative and effective ways to get applications approved. Chris has represented buyers and sellers, developers, investors, property owners and tenants. He has worked with clients in a wide-range of real estate challenges including purchase and sale agreements, landlord-tenant disputes, land use and entitlement applications, easements, contract disputes, mediation and dispute resolution, eminent domain issues, property management, homeowner’s associations (including drafting CC&Rs), land development, liens, planned unit developments, residential real estate development, planning, zoning and land use.

Labor and Employment

Chris helps clients implement strategies to reduce liability for employee claims. His experience includes preparing and revising employment contracts and applications, employee handbooks, and other documents that could contribute to claims. Additionally, he counsels clients on their rights and obligations under the constantly evolving terms of employment law. Chris has experience representing management in employment disputes such as administrative proceedings, related arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution.

Chris can also assist in consulting, drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, limiting competition and protecting confidential and other trade secret information, employment contracts and independent contractor and compensation agreements, and personnel policies.

Municipal Law

Chris has extensive and varied experience in the practice of municipal and local government law. He has represented and continues to represent cities, charter schools, water and sewer districts, ambulance districts, cemetery districts and fire protection districts. He also has experience representing individual clients that have disputes with other governmental entities. Because of his experience working with government entities, Chris has developed special insight in government procedures and the laws that govern those entities.

Education

Idaho public education law includes state and federal law governing the public educational process as well as state law for local governments. This educational process involves employment of both certificated and non-certificated staff, student records, education curriculum, special education, athletics and extracurricular participation, protection and security, attendance, discipline, transportation, and residency.

Chris is also one of the most-experienced attorneys in the specific field of charter school law. He has been representing individual public charter schools and charter organizations for about over thirteen years and has been involved in drafting legislation that impacts charter schools. While charter schools have many of the same issues seen by traditional public schools, charters also have unique issues regarding facilities funding, the operation of non-profit organizations and other charter-specific issues.