William C. "Bill" Cole

William C. "Bill" Cole

Givens Pursley LLP

Recognized since 2011

Boise, Idaho

Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

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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.


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


  • University of San Diego , J.D., graduated 1991
  • Northern Arizona University, BS, graduated 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Idaho, Idaho State Bar
  • California, The State Bar of California


  • Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors Member
  • Idaho State Bar Business & Corporate Law Section - Member
  • Idaho State Bar Real Property Section - Member

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

  • Real Estate Law


  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Band 1 (top listing) for Corporate/Commercial
  • Martindale-Hubbell – Highest Ranking (AV)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers - Business/Corporate
  • Best Lawyers in America - Real Estate Law

"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 (Potandon Produce, LLC), Idaho Falls, ID

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

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

- Todd Lindsey (Cold Chain, LLC)

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

"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."

"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."

"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 (Peteco)

"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.), Eagle, ID

"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)

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