Thomas G. Bennett

Partner
Salt Lake City

Thomas G. Bennett concentrates his practice in the development of commercial and resort properties, with an emphasis on property acquisition, community structuring, financing, zoning and entitlements, construction, state and federal regulatory compliance, and development of planned communities, condominiums, timeshares, private residence clubs, golf courses, and condominium hotels.

Before attending law school, Tom worked as a certified public accountant with the Los Angeles office of a "Big Six" accounting firm. From 1995 to 1998, Tom took a break from private law practice to participate as a partner in the development of several resort condominium and multifamily residential projects. He joined Ballard Spahr in 1998.

Experience 

Representative Matters

  • Represents the principal vertical developer of Empire Pass, a master-planned residential community in Deer Valley, Utah, which will include over 400,000 square feet of residential construction and amenities
  • Represents the developer of Glenwild, a high-end residential community in Summit County, Utah, that includes the Glenwild Country Club & Spa, with a private Tom Fazio-designed golf course rated by Golf Digest as the best golf course in the State of Utah
  • Serves as Utah counsel to developer of St. Regis Resort and Residences Deer Crest, a luxury condominium hotel in Deer Valley, Utah

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

American Resort Development Association (ARDA)
Member, State Legislative Committee

Editorial Board of the Timeshare Law Compendium, being prepared as a joint effort between ARDA and the American Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Legal 500 US, Real Estate and Construction - Land Use/Zoning, 2019-2021

Chambers USA, real estate law (Utah), 2003-2021 (highest tier 2017)

The Best Lawyers in America, real estate law, 2008-2022; "Lawyer of the Year," real estate law (Salt Lake City), 2021

Credentials 

Education

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1981)

Brigham Young University (B.S. 1976)

Admissions

Utah