Andrew E. “Andy” Hawes serves as Of Counsel for the firm. Andy is a member of a pioneer family with deep roots in Boise. After graduating from Boise High, Andy went on to graduate with Honors in Political Science from the University of Denver in 1992. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho in December 1994. He is a real estate, business and natural resource lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in the practice of law. Prior to joining the firm, Andy served as General Counsel and General Manager for Western Pacific Timber, LLC, a significant player in the Northwest timber market with substantial real estate and timber holdings in Idaho and Washington. During his 12-year career with Western Pacific Timber he oversaw all aspects relating to the company’s acquisition, sale and management of timberland and other real estate which comprised of 360,000 acres in total holdings over this period.
Andy enjoys the practice of law because he likes to help people. Whether guiding a client through a complicated business deal or resolving a real estate dispute, Andy enjoys helping his clients succeed. His practice areas include all aspects relating to real estate, business and natural resource law, including: handling real estate transactions, overseeing mergers and acquisitions, resolving real estate disputes, guiding clients in the purchase and management of natural resources, and assisting clients in the implementation and management of land and resource conservation strategies. Andy’s services also include representing clients in government relations, including regulatory compliance, finding political or legislative solutions to client needs, and guiding clients through administrative and regulatory procedures and processes.
Andy cares deeply for the community. He is a member of the 2016-2018 Leadership Boise class, serves as a Board Member on the Food & Agricultural Industry Advisory Board for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Boise High School Hall of Fame Committee. He also was a 2015 candidate for Boise City Council. In 2008, he served as one of the youngest presidents in the history of the Idaho State Bar.
Andy is a member of the Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming State Bars. In addition to being past President of the Idaho State Bar, he has served as Chair of the Idaho State Bar Real Property Section and Co-Chaired the Idaho State Bar Real Property Forms Book Committee in 1999. Andy has penned a number of published articles, including Uncle Sal’s Mechanic’s Lien Law Review and Case Law Update, which was selected as Best Article for The Advocate (2002-03), the official publication of the Idaho State Bar. Andy has also received special recognition from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for his work in facilitating the landmark Central Cascades Exchange in the State of Washington (2007) which represented the largest private/state land exchange in the history of the state of Washington.
He is married to Gretchen Christie of Troy, Idaho. They have two children, Audrey and Greta.