For over three decades Chris has been a leader in the fields of water law, planning and zoning law, constitutional law, natural resources law, road and public access law, constitutional law, and legislative matters.
He has been named “Lawyer of the Year” in Boise Idaho three times by Best
Lawyers in America: in 2014 (for natural resources), in 2013 (for environmental law), and in 2011 (for natural resources). He is described in the Idaho Yearbook Directory as “centrally located in the world of Idaho public affairs” and “a key figure in Idaho water law.”
His clients include Fortune Ten companies, municipal water providers, cities, counties, highway districts, energy companies, food producers, mining companies, and land developers. He served for over a decade as President of the Idaho Environmental Forum.
Chris is also listed among the leading lawyers in Mountain States Super Lawyers, Chambers USA (Band 1 – highest ranking), Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Environment lawyers, Litigation Counsel of America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in American Law. He has earned Martindale Hubbell's highest ranking (A-V).
Prior to joining Givens Pursley in 1991, he spent seven years at the University of Colorado School of Law where he taught water law and negotiation while serving as legal counsel to the school's natural resource law clinic. For four years in the 1980s, he practiced natural resources law with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C.
Chris earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan in 1981. He earned his A.B. degree from the same school with high honors in economics, Phi Beta Kappa, James B. Angell Scholar, and the Osterweil Prize in Economics.