Gary G. Allen

Gary G. Allen

Givens Pursley LLP

Recognized since 2008

Boise, Idaho

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law

Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Land Use and Zoning Law
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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.


  • 601 West Bannock Street
    P.O. Box 2720
    Boise, ID 83702


  • Dartmouth College, graduated 1983
  • Stanford University , graduated 1987


  • Idaho Smart Growth - Past President
  • Urban Land Institute - Idaho Chapter - Management Committee

Givens Pursley LLP
Headquarters: Boise, Idaho

17 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

5 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Land Use and Zoning Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Land Use and Zoning Law, Boise (2017)
  • Land Use and Zoning Law, Boise (2012)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning


  • Boise Best Lawyers Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year (2012)
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Natural Resources/Environment)
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Zoning/Land Use)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Land Use & Zoning Law)
  • Martindale-Hubbell - highest ranking (AV) in Zoning, Planning and Land Use, Eminent Domain, Environmental, Litigation and Real Estate
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers (Environmental)
  • 2012 Idaho State Bar Pro Bono Award

"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 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 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), Boise, ID

"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 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."

"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), Boise, ID

"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)

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