About Quentin

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.


“According to sources, Quentin Knipe is ‘a great real estate attorney’ who is ‘very detailed and very focused.’ Well regarded in the real estate sphere, he continues to attract work from a number of large Idaho-based companies, advising on real estate acquisitions, disposals and other developments.”

Chambers 2019     


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

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2005–present
  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Boise, 2017
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Real Estate Law), 2012–2023
  • Listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers® (Real Estate, Land Use, Corporate), 2007–2022
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Idaho) by Chambers USA (currently: Real Estate), 2004–2022
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Office Managing Partner, Stoel Rives LLP, Boise Office, 2009–2012

Civic Activities

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

Insights & Presentations

  • “Avoiding Premises Liability Under Idaho’s Recreational Use Statute,” Idaho Business Review, December 31, 2015
  • “Real Estate Issues” Chapter, The Law of Biorefineries and Advanced Biofuels, Stoel Rives LLP, 2012 Edition
  • 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

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