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Edward A. Lawson


Ed focuses his practice on real estate, business, banking/finance, and litigation, including representation of clients before administrative agencies and state and federal courts. He provides general counsel services to numerous businesses, real estate brokers, developers, and investors. Ed has extensive experience in representing banks and other financial institutions. He has represented parties in nearly every variety of real estate transaction and land use matters and has served as counsel in litigation involving insurance bad faith, construction, non-disclosure and breach of contract claims, condemnation, zoning, and other police power issues. He has extensive experience in procuring entitlements from national, state, and local government agencies for real estate projects and served eight years as the attorney for the City of Ketchum, Idaho. He also has assisted clients in various securities and financing matters, including private placements in banking, real estate, telecommunication and publishing ventures, NASD arbitrations, SEC investigations, and the formation and merger of business entities.

Publication & Instruction

  • Faculty: National Business Institute, Seminar, 2008, Title Law
  • Faculty: National Business Institute, Seminar, 1998 and 2005, Keys to Success in Real Estate Transactions
  • College of Southern Idaho, Real Estate Licenses, Seminar, 1999 and 2003
  • Author: A Duty Owed to the Other Side, 19 I.T.L.A. 1, 1989
  • Author: Estate Planning with Disclaimers in California, 52 L.A.B.J. 162, 1976
  • Instructor: Hastings College of Law, 1976
  • Research Editor: Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, 1974-1975


  • Lawson Laski Clark, PLLC, Ketchum, ID, 2002-Present
  • Hawley, Troxell, Ennis & Hawley, Ketchum, ID, 1992-2002
  • Lawson & Peebles, Ketchum, ID, 1982-1992
  • Law offices of Edward A. Lawson, Ketchum, ID, 1979-1982
  • Tobin & Tobin, San Francisco, CA, 1975-1979


  • Hastings College of Law, University of California, Juris Doctor, 1975
  • University of San Francisco; AB, 1972; Honors: Alpha Sigma Nu; Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Authorized to Practice: Idaho and California

Bar Associations, Civic Activities, Family & Interests

  • Admitted to the United States Supreme Court
  • Member: Distinguished Lawyers
  • AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Member: Idaho State Bar Association; California State Bar Association
  • Wood River Community YMCA Board of Directors
  • Idaho State Bar Fee Arbitration Panel
  • Ed is married with two adult children and three grandchildren. His hobbies include skiing, golf, and fly fishing.