For over 30 years, Quentin Knipe has been helping clients buy, sell, lease, finance, and develop real estate. His real estate work involves handling purchases, sales, and leases of commercial property and residential developments; conducting due diligence reviews; and assisting both borrowers and lenders with real estate-secured financing. His development work involves pursuing government permits, approvals, and entitlements, and negotiating and drafting construction contracts, development agreements, restrictive covenants, easements, and maintenance agreements. He also assists real estate developers and investors with tax increment financing and the formation of joint ventures and business entities.


University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1989, with honors

Lewis & Clark College, B.S., Economics and Business Administration, 1986, with honors





  • Representation of Idaho-based Coleman Homes in the acquisition of substantially all of its assets and operations by Toll Brothers, a national builder of luxury homes.
  • Representation of resort owner in the sale of a destination ski and summer resort in Idaho.
  • Representation of various solar energy facility developers in the acquisition or leasing of numerous project sites and the negotiation and drafting of various access and transmission easements.
  • Representation of regional medical center in the acquisition, development, and leasing of various medical and office facilities including an office complex containing over 600,000 square feet of building area.
  • Representation of major supermarket/pharmacy chain in the acquisition of numerous store sites and the acquisition and development of numerous grocery and pharmacy-anchored shopping centers.
  • Representation of major life insurance company in the documentation of more than 50 different real estate-secured loans, ranging from $1 million to $86 million.
  • Representation of national real estate syndicator in the acquisition and finance of numerous income properties.
  • Representation of homebuilders and investors in the acquisition of various residential developments and parcels for development.
  • Representation of various investors in the acquisition of multifamily housing projects.
  • Representation of the developer of a mixed-use condominium development on an urban, brownfield site.
  • Representation of landowner in the annexation and rezone of land to be developed as an industrial park.
  • Representation of various developers and investors in connection with tax increment financing agreements.
  • Representation of various landowners in connection with IRC Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges.
  • Representation of insurance company in the due diligence review associated with the acquisition of tax credits arising from a wind farm development.
  • Representation of major landholder in the drafting of a form wind energy evaluation and lease agreement and a mineral exploration and lease agreement.
  • Representation of various clients in the acquisition of various food processing facilities.
  • Representation of major food processing company in the acquisition and rezoning of land to be developed as a food processing facility.
  • Representation of another major food processing company in the acquisition of a new corporate headquarters building.
  • Representation of food processing company in a real estate exchange with an adjoining landowner.
  • Representation of multibillion-dollar private equity fund in the due diligence review for the potential acquisition of a large, planned community development.
  • Representation of the developer of a luxury hotel/condo project in all aspects of property acquisition, due diligence, and entitlements.
  • Representation of landowner in the annexation and rezoning of real estate for development of a mixed-use planned community.
  • Representation of major forest products company in the real estate aspects related to disposition of a lumber mill and the acquisition of a wood chipping operation.
  • Representation of manufacturer of commercial building materials in the acquisition, sale, and leaseback of multiple production facilities in several states.


Insights & Presentations

  • “Avoiding Premises Liability Under Idaho’s Recreational Use Statute,” Idaho Business Review, December 31, 2015
  • Idaho chapter of The Law of Distressed Real Estate (edited by Professor Baxter Dunaway)
  • Idaho chapter of the State-by-State Guide to Commercial Real Estate Leases (edited by Mark A. Senn, Esq.)
  • Various articles published in the Idaho Business Review and the Puget Sound Business Journal


  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Boise, 2017
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Real Estate Law), 2012–present
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Real Estate, Land Use, Corporate), 2007–2023
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Idaho) by Chambers USA (Real Estate), 2004–present



  • Stoel Rives LLP, Boise Office, Office Managing Partner, 2009–2012
  • Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2005–present


  • Urban Land Institute, 2003–present, Member
  • Idaho District Council of the Urban Land Institute, Chair, 2004–2007
  • Downtown Boise Association, Director, 2004–2010
  • Downtown Boise Association, President, 2007–2008
  • Bogus Basin Recreational Association, Director, 2005–2014
  • Bogus Basin Recreational Association, Chair of the Board, 2012–2014
  • Building Owners and Managers Association of Boise, Idaho, Member, 1995–2000
  • Building Owners and Managers Association of Boise, Idaho, Officer and Director, 1996–1999
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