Allison Phillips Belnap

Tel 801.531.3075
Fax 801.531.3001
Salt Lake City

Allison Phillips Belnap focuses her practice on the development of residential, hospitality, and commercial real estate with a primary focus in luxury resort, condominium, and planned community development. Her experience includes matters that pertain to:

  • Land acquisition and disposition
  • Zoning, land use, and entitlements
  • Public and private resort development
  • Resort condominium development
  • Homeowner and condominium association creation and governance
  • Creation and governance of mixed-use properties
  • Development of planned communities
  • Commercial leasing
  • Other commercial real estate and development matters

Allison also has experience with timeshare development and registration, regulatory compliance and response to consumer complaints, and with natural resource matters, including title examination, due diligence, and the leasing of oil and gas rights.

Before attending law school, Allison was a professional actor and director and taught acting, directing, and theater for young audiences as an adjunct faculty member at Brigham Young University. Before joining Ballard Spahr in 2017, Allison took a break from private law practice and served as an assistant dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

Representative Matters

  • Lead associate in diligence, zoning, entitlement, and other matters related to the acquisition of 13,000 acres to be developed into a private mountain resort
  • Lead associate in luxury resort condominium projects, including acquisition, construction contracts, land use and planning permits, and approvals
  • Lead associate in commercial property acquisition followed by construction and leaseback financing agreements
  • Lead associate in subdivision and development of single-family home communities, including the creation and governance of a community association
  • Lead associate in negations and diligence related to the purchase and sale of multi-family properties
  • Supporting attorney in lease drafting and negotiations for Class A office properties and large warehouse facilities
  • Supporting attorney in timeshare acquisition and merger transactions

Pro Bono Experience

  • Termination of parental rights and adoption of minors by guardians or stepparents
  • Representation of transgender parent fighting for custody of his child on appeal
  • Park City Tuesday Night Bar, a pro bono program to assist low-income residents with legal issues and provide increased access to justice
  • Rainbow Law Clinic, a clinic for the LGBTQ+ community hosted at the Utah Pride Center and sponsored by the University of Utah's law school
  • Easement negotiations for the Salt Lake City Buddhist Temple

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

Women Lawyers of Utah

Utah State Bar

National Association of Women Lawyers

National Association of Legal Placement

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation


"Commentary: Don't Let Silence and Stigma Win the Day," Salt Lake Tribune, December 2018

"Be Not Afraid of Greatness," The Clark Memorandum, Fall 2014

Speaking Engagements

Panelist, "Equal Means Equal," National Association of Women Business Owners Film Screening and Discussion Regarding the Equal Rights Amendment, Salt Lake City, UT January 2020

Presenter, "Small Ideas, Big Results: How One Utah Community Demonstrated Inclusion of and Support for Its LGBTQ Community," Encircle Summit, Lehi, UT, December 2019

Presenter, "Getting Real in Real Estate: Finding Perspective, Resiliency, and Fulfillment in Your Practice," Utah State Bar, Salt Lake City, UT, November 2019

Guest Speaker, "Surviving Suicide," Wasatch County Mental Health Coalition, Heber City, UT, August 2019

Panelist, "Let it Be Me: Women for Equality," Equality Utah, Park City, UT, August 2019

Board Memberships

Encircle Youth and Family Resource Center

Utah State Bar Well-Being Committee for the Legal Profession

Work-Life Balance Chair, Women Lawyers of Utah

LGBT and Allied Lawyers of Utah

Community Activities

Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition, volunteer

Wasatch County Mental Health Coalition, volunteer

Utah Pride Center and Utah Pride Festival, volunteer

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, (J.D., magna cum laude, 2011)
Managing Editor, BYU Law Review
Recipient, National Association of Women Lawyers Award

Brigham Young University (M.A. 2001)

Brigham Young University (B.A., cum laude, 1995)


Colorado (inactive)

North Dakota (inactive)

U.S. District Court for the District of Utah