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I am a shareholder in Fabian, where my main areas of practice are real estate development and related litigation. I have been involved in both residential and commercial real estate developments and transactions since 1985. I have authored numerous real estate related articles, and I am the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Real Property Practitioner of the Year. I am the past-chair of both the Real Property and Business Law Sections of the Utah State Bar, and I was a Bar Commissioner for the Utah State Bar from 2004 - 2010.

My real estate experience includes current service on the Sandy City Planning Commission, development of shopping malls, resort condominiums, water companies, financing on large scale residential developments in several counties and a hospital. My litigation experience runs from neighbor property-line disputes to $180,000,000 litigation in development, title and real estate law.

I served on the Utah Supreme Court’s Judicial Council from 2006-2009, and served on a number of other Supreme Court committees. I authored the original Small Claims Judge’s Bench Book, and I ahve taught the Small Claims and Justice Court’s Judges School since 2000. I am Co-Chair of the Bar’s Governmental Relations Committee and have served on that committee since 1997. I am a registered lobbyist, and I lobby on behalf of the Bar, as well as for a number of local and national companies and associations.


Languages spoken: Italian

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Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 40%
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 20%
  3. Construction: 20%
  4. Government: 10%
  5. Litigation: 10%



Hourly ($305-395/hour)

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215 So. State Street
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Governmental Relations LawBest Lawyers in America2015
Legal Elite, Real EstateUtah Business Magazine2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Legal Elite, Real EstateUtah Business Magazine2014
Governmental RelationsBest Lawyers in America2014
Real EstateSuper Lawyers2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Legal Elite, Real EstateUtah Business Magazine2013
Real EstateSuper Lawyers2013
Governmental RelationsBest Lawyers in America2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Legal EliteUtah Business Magazine2012
Governmental RelationsBest Lawyers in America2012
Real EstateSuper Lawyers2012
Special Recognition AwardSalt Lake Home Builders Assoc.2011
Legal EliteUtah Business Magazine2011
Government Relations LawBest Lawyers in America2011
Real EstateSuper Lawyers2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Legal EliteUtah Business Magazine2010
Real EstateSuper Lawyers2010
Construction & Real EstateSuper Lawyers Business Edition2010
Real EstateSuper Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Real EstateSuper Lawyers2009
Legal EliteUtah Business Magazine2009
Legal EliteUtah Business Magazine2008
Real EstateSuper Lawyers2008
Legal EliteUtah Business Magazine2007
Legal EliteUtah Business Magazine2006
Distinguished Real Property Practitioner of the YearReal Property Section, Utah State Bar2005
Legal EliteUtah Business Magazine2005
Distinguished Committee of the Year AwardUtah State Bar2005
Amicus Curiae AwardUtah Supreme Court2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerFabian & Clendenin1997 - Present
PartnerDay, Shell & Liljenquist1993 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Utah State Bar, Bar Examiner CommitteeBar Examiner, Real Property2011 - Present
Salt Lake County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
Utah State BarMember1993 - Present
American Planning Association, Utah ChapterMemberN/A
Utah State Bar, Bar Examiner CommitteeBar Examiner, Real Property2001 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Utah Bar Journal, 75th Anniversary Special IssueSmall Claims Court: A Conversation with Scott Sabey and Tim Shea2006
Administrative Office of the Courts, UtahSmall Claims Judge Pro Tempore Bench Book2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolItalianBA1982
Universita Degli Studi di FirenzeStudia della Cultura ItalianaDiploma di Profitto1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Salt Lake Home Builders AssociationUtah’s Mechanics Lien Claims Law Pre & Post HB260 and HB115, UCA §§38-1-1 et seq2011
Home Builders Association 3rd in a SeriesContract Law, . . . what were they thinking?2011
After The MeltdownRepackaging Commerical Real Estate Transactions2010
Utah State Bar CLEFundamentals in Real Estate Development in UtahN/A
Utah State Bar CLEReal Property Changes in Title Insurance FormsN/A
Utah State Bar CLECollecting on Small Claims JudgmentsN/A