William C. Cole - Givens Pursley LLP

William C. Cole

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2011
Phone: 208-388-1200

Bill's practice focuses on business and financial transactions, with an emphasis in commercial lending, securities, securitization, structured finance, business mergers, acquisitions and strategic ventures, real estate, entity formation, contracts, credit recovery, legal opinions, and other general business planning matters. Bill also has extensive commercial litigation experience which compliments his business practice.

Bill began his legal career in San Diego as a commercial litigator at Baker & McKenzie, a prestigious international law firm. Bill moved to Boise in 1993 for "quality of life" reasons when he joined a prominent Idaho law firm and continued his commercial litigation practice.

For seven years prior to joining Givens Pursley as a partner, Bill was in-house General Counsel and Vice President for AMRESCO Commercial Finance, Inc., a Boise based commercial finance company that funded, securitized, and serviced, over 1.8 billion dollars in complex commercial finance transactions. As General Counsel, Bill was responsible for all of the legal affairs of the company, a responsibility that he accomplished through closing transactions and resolving legal issues on a direct, hands-on basis, as well as through managing a department of in-house attorneys and attorneys at law firms throughout the country.

Bill was also extensively involved in the business aspects of the company. This business experience, combined with Bill's experience in managing legal counsel, has provided him with a unique, practical perspective of the legal needs facing business clients and what they expect of their attorneys. This unique perspective, together with Bill's extensive transactional and litigation experience, makes him particularly qualified to handle the legal needs of business clients.

Northern Arizona UniversityBS 1986University of San DiegoJ.D. 1991
Boise Metro Chamber of CommerceIdaho State Bar Real Property SectionIdaho State Bar Business & Corporate Law Section

Client Comments

"Over the years, I have worked with many attorneys, and Bill Cole is exceptional. Along with his excellent grasp of the law, he also has an outstanding comprehension of business matters. I give him my highest recommendation."

-Dave Edmark
Edmark Auto, Inc.

"William Cole has been our lead attorney since 2005. He is the best attorney that we have worked with in the past 25 years. Bill has a great balance among the "big picture," risk and reward, and the details. Bill truly plays an integral part in helping our team make sound business decisions."

"Bill has done an excellent job for me and is seemingly always available to help. I would highly recommend him."

"We regularly use Bill Cole for corporate transaction work. We get work quality and responsiveness equal to or in excess of that which we receive from high-quality New York and Los Angeles firms and at a much lower cost. Bill is one of the few lawyers with truly excellent business sense married to extensive legal expertise and litigation awareness."

-Peter Wachtell

"We were extremely happy working with Bill Cole and Givens Pursley. The first project we worked on with Bill was a smaller transaction but one that was very important to our business. We received the level of service and commitment that we were used to receiving on large transactions. Bill's personal commitment surpassed the previous experiences we had with other large corporate firms. We have since worked with Bill and Givens on other projects and look forward to continuing our relationship with Bill in the future. I will definitely recommend Bill to others."

"Bill combines detailed knowledge of the law with business practicality, a very uncommon combination in my experience. Not only does he see the legal issues involved but also their impact on the business decision. As a result, he provides a level of insight that is comprehensive. As a user of legal services, Bill is one of the very few attorneys I have worked with that adds value to the process based on his ability to see the big picture."

-Dale Conder
A10 Capital, LLC

"Bill has an excellent understanding of the law, a breadth of experience in business and corporate matters, and is great to work with. He is recognized for his seasoned judgment and strategic counsel. "

-Jeremy Ladle
General Counsel
Potandon Produce, LLC

"I have worked with many lawyers, and Bill Cole is simply the best."

-Todd Lindsey
Cold Chain, LLC

"Bill has the ability to balance business needs and legal protection, which is extremely important to our business."

Office Location

601 West Bannock Street
Boise, ID 83702
United States

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law