Gary G. Allen - Givens Pursley LLP

Gary G. Allen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 208-388-1200

Gary is a hard-wired problem solver who thrives in complex matters at the intersection of law, politics and public policy. His practice focuses on land use and environmental law.

He has addressed entitlement, access and other land use issues before local government entities throughout Idaho. His land use experience includes commercial, residential, industrial and infrastructure projects, including some of the largest projects in the state. Gary has also handled many land use litigation matters, and is experienced in condemnation issues and inverse condemnation litigation. Gary is a lead author of the Idaho Land Use Handbook, which is a land use reference book widely used around the state. He currently serves on the steering committee of the Blueprint for Good Growth, Ada County’s first county-wide land use planning effort, and is a member of the board of Idaho Smart Growth.

Gary has also practiced environmental law throughout his career. His practice focuses on environmental compliance, permitting, transactions and complex problem resolution. His practice includes significant experience in institutional environmental compliance, water quality, air quality and hazardous waste permitting, environmental issues in property and business transactions, administrative law, rulemaking, administrative enforcement actions and Superfund, underground storage tank and other environmental litigation. Gary also has worked on Endangered Species Act listing issues.

Prior to joining Givens Pursley, Gary worked for a major regional firm in Boise and for a large firm in southern California.

Gary is active in local and state-wide community affairs. Among other things, he is the past chair of the board of the ANSER charter school and the co-founder and president of the South Boise Village neighborhood association. Gary is the past chair of the Educational Affairs Committee of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, and is active in local and statewide political affairs.

Dartmouth CollegeAB 1983Stanford UniversityJ.D. 1987
Idaho Smart GrowthUrban Land Institute - Idaho Chapter

Client Comments

"Gary is known for his knowledge of land use planning throughout the state and especially in the cities of Ada County. He is thorough in his work product and knows how to effectively work with all levels of government, from staff level to city council members and mayors. Gary is well connected and respected."

-David Turnbull
Brighton Corporation

"Gary Allen is one of the smartest individuals that I have ever worked with. He is able to synthesize extremely complex water and wastewater information and explain it in layman's terms. He is deceptively adept at working through complex state and federal bureaucracy while at the same time being able to convey the complex engineering and technical aspects of his argument or that of his client and do so very deftly."

-Eric Keck
Ground Force Worldwide

"Gary is highly respected within Industry organizations and the State regulators. He understands the issues and works to develop and support a path forward on all issues."

"Gary Allen is one of the top land use attorneys in the western states. He is extremely knowledgeable, responsive, and cost effective. He is strongly recommended."

-Jean Paul Wardy
CenterCal Properties, LLC

"Overall, Gary Allen is very responsive and when there are conflicting priorities, he provides realistic turnaround time or alternative solutions. He knows what he does not know and how to effectively access answers when required. He is a clear and articulate wordsmith that is capable of writing in layman's terms when appropriate for communication, which is often important in conveying land use issues. He provides a good sounding board for initial input on potential issues."

"Gary is a true professional and a joy to work with. An important component of his job is to be well connected with elected officials and municipal staff as well as various interest groups. Gary maintains the appropriate balance and has earned the respect of all. Just as critical is Gary's understanding of our requirements and he works hard to achieve our goals at every turn."

-David Turnbull
Brighton Corporation

"Gary has been excellent at understanding all aspects of our project. He has brought multi-faceted expertise to highly complicated situations. We would highly recommend him for any and all aspects of a real estate transaction, ranging from delivering a message at public hearings to setting strategy for complex litigation."

Office Location

601 West Bannock Street
Boise, ID 83702
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Boise Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Land Use and Zoning Law of the Boise Metro Area
Gary G. Allen has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Gary G. Allen has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning