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Brian Ballard




Brian Ballard is a member and past chair of the firm’s Real Estate group and focuses his practice on commercial transactional work. Interests include shopping center and apartment development, renewable energy projects, transit centers, sales tax anticipation revenue financing, local option sale tax, infrastructure district financing, affordable workforce housing for teachers, 1031 Exchanges, liquor license law, and community water systems.

Brian has served as outside counsel to Valley Regional Transit, southwest Idaho’s regional transportation authority, and to COMPASS, the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for northern Ada County and Canyon County. He was founding counsel for the Idaho Association of Realtors Legal Hotline, president of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Boise, chair of the Public Participation Committee for COMPASS, a member of the Board of Directors for Senior Programs of Boise City/Ada County, and a member of the Boise City Development Impact Fee Advisory Committee. Brian has also served as a member of the Downtown Neighborhood Association, a member of the Board of Directors for the Downtown Business Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a founding member of The CORE, a med-tech industry group, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Sawtooth Society.

Brian has returned to Boise with senior attorney status after practicing remotely for the past several years from international locales, including Sydney, Australia and Buenos Aires, Argentina, in his role as accompanying spouse to Karen J.F. Ballard, a diplomat in the foreign commercial service, United States Department of Commerce.


Oppenheimer Companies

Jacksons Food Stores

Rinker Development Company

5B Investments Inc.


LDM Real Estate Development

Blaine County School District

U.S. Bank National Association

America First Credit Union

Alterra Mountain Company

Chandlers Restaurants

LS Power Development


Boise State University Foundation Board of Directors, 2014

Arid Club Board of Directors, 2013

Hillcrest Country Club

Boise State University Alumni Association

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry (IACI)

Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP)


Mr. Ballard has lectured extensively, in particular with respect to Section 1031 real estate exchanges. He has also contributed to several publications which include:

  • Basic 1031 Exchanges, Idaho Law Foundation CLE Program Materials
  • Real Estate Exchanges, Idaho Law Foundation CLE Program Materials
  • Major Land Use Laws in Idaho – Zoning/Planning Board, NBI
  • The Hotline One Hundred, Idaho Association of Realtors


Law School:

University of Idaho, J.D. cum laude, 1980

Idaho Law Review, Lead Articles Editor


Boise State University, B.A. Secondary Education–English, 1975


Honorable Douglas D. Kramer, State District Court, 1981-1983

Honorable Charles R. Donaldson, Idaho Supreme Court, 1980-1981




Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year – Real Estate, 2022

Best Lawyers in America – Real Estate Law, since 2005

Chambers & Partners USA – Real Estate: Zoning and Land Use, since 2003

Mountain States Super Lawyer – Real Estate, since 2003

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