Geoffrey M. Wardle, Partner

Geoffrey Wardle grew up attending public hearings with his father, a planner and land use consultant, from the age of five.  Therefore, it surprised no one that he specialized in land use entitlements after graduating from law school.

Having served as land use counsel to a resort community, Geoff has developed significant expertise in evaluating development and entitlement applications from both the applicant and municipal perspective; a keen understanding for process; and most importantly the ability to manage entitlement projects through their entire life cycle from application through approval and even on to litigation.

He regularly appears before municipal design review committees, planning and zoning commissions, and city councils advancing the interests of both institutional and private clients.  He is a past regional and local BOMA president and currently serves as Vice President of State Government Affairs for BOMA International.  Geoff was identified and recognized every year from 2005 – 2013 by Chambers and Partners as one of Idaho’s leading land use attorneys.



Practice Areas: Real Estate; Commercial Development; Zoning, Planning and Land Use; Commercial Litigation; Transportation


  • University of Utah, BA (Political Science), 1993
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1996

Bar Admissions: 1996, Ohio; 1997, Idaho, 6th Circuit; 2006, 9th Circuit

Professional Associations:

  • Idaho State Bar
  • BOMA Idaho
  • BOMA International

Professional & Community Involvement:

  • BOMA International, Chair Government Affairs Committee
  • Ore-Ida Council, Boy Scouts of America, Executive Board and Council Commissioner
  • ACHD Citizens Impact Fee Advisory Committee

Honors & Awards:

  • Listed in Chambers USA 2018 as a “Leading Individual” under Real Estate and Land Use
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for land use and real estate expertise (2013)
  • Recognized in Chambers USA-America’s Leading Business Lawyers for land use and commercial real estate expertise (2005-2013)
  • Recognized by the Idaho Business Review as one of the “Forty under Forty” in recognition of land use and transportation law expertise (2003)

Reported Cases Argued:

ParkWest Homes, LLC v. Barnson, 154 Idaho 678, 302 P.3d 18 (Idaho 2013)

Asbury Park, L.L.C. v. Greenbriar Estates Homeowner’s Association, Inc., 152 Idaho 338, 271 P.3d 1194 (2012)

Galli v. Idaho County, 146 Idaho 155, 191 P.3d 233 (2008)

Lane Ranch Partnership v. City of Sun Valley, 145 Idaho 87, 175 P.3d 776 (2007)

Lane Ranch Partnership v. City of Sun Valley, 144 Idaho 584 (2007)

Martinez v. Idaho Counties Reciprocal Management Program, 134 Idaho 247, 999 P.2d 902 (2000)

Allstate Insurance Company v. Mocaby, 133 Idaho 593, 990 P.2d 1204 (1999)



  • Commercial Land Use and Development Law, National Business Institute webinar, July 27, 2017
  • Murr v. Wisconsin, Regulatory Takings and Waterfront Cabins, BOMA International Government Affairs Committee, June 24, 2017, Nashville, TN
  • Planning and Public Finance Law Update, American Planning Association Idaho Mini-Conference, May 17, 2017 (co-presenter with Hethe Clark and Matt Parks)
  • Federal and State Advocacy Update, BOMA luncheon, April 20, 2017
  • Commercial Land Use and Zoning Law, National Business Institute, 2015
  • What you Need to Know about Impact Fees, BOMA Boise, 2015
  • Current Issues in Commercial Leasing, Idaho State Bar Real Property Section Conference, 2015
  • Commercial Real Estate in Idaho, Impact on Idaho Economy, Idaho Legislature Joint Economic Outlook and Revenue Assessment Committee, 2014
  • Land Use and Title Issues, Idaho Land Title Association Conference, 2012
  • Public-Private Partnerships, Idaho State Bar Real Property Section Conference, 2012
  • Title Issues for Commercial Brokers, Title One, 2012
  • Managing the Distressed or Bankrupt Tenant, BOMA Boise Seminar, 2012
  • Issues in Green Leasing, BOMA Boise Seminar, 2011
  • Idaho Land Use: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning Law, National Business Institute, 2007
  • Idaho Easement Law, SW Idaho Chapter, Idaho Society of Professional Land Surveyors, 2007
  • BOMA Boise Commercial Real Estate Symposium, 2006, 2007
  • Commercial Development Update; Idaho Business Review Top Projects Awards, 2006
  • Regulatory Takings in Idaho, Idaho State Bar Governmental Bar Section Seminar, 2004