Shawn Ferrin is the CEO and Board Chair of Parsons Behle & Latimer. In addition, Shawn represents clients in complex commercial real property transactions and in obtaining development entitlements and permits throughout resort and urban communities in the western U.S. 



Shawn Ferrin focuses his practice on complex commercial real property transactions with an emphasis on resort, urban, retail and community development; land-use planning and entitlements; office leases; and economic development incentives.

Shawn has served as lead counsel in representing Home Depot, Boyne Resorts, Walmart Stores, Vulcan, Inc., Varde Partners, Fidelity Investments, Barrick Gold Corporation, Dyno Nobel, and Micron Technology, Inc. in significant acquisition, development, financing and entitlement transactions. He also has lead a team of Parsons’ attorneys in corporate headquarter relocations for Inc., 1-800 Contacts, Inc., StorageCraft Technology Corporation and Neumont University. Local redevelopment agencies and national developers have engaged Shawn in all facets of urban redevelopment and rural entitlement projects, including structuring tax increment and assessment area financings. Shawn is also actively involved in representing conservation agencies and land owners in structuring, negotiating and enforcing conservation easements.

Shawn is an adjunct professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, where he teaches real estate development and drafting. He is also a member of the Center for International Legal Studies and has been appointed as a visiting professor of law at Brest State University, Brest, Belarus and Iliria College, Pristina, Kosovo.


Acquisition, Development and Financing of Real Estate

Lead counsel to a development company in acquiring, developing and financing five auto dealerships, two flex industrial/retail centers and two grocery store-based shopping centers. Representation includes support in developing an equity fund to assist with development projects.

Entitlement and Development of Mixed-Use Development

Lead counsel in the entitlement and development of an 89-acre mixed-use development, including residential, workforce, office and retail development that will potential include public/private development incentives and tax-credit financing.

Entitlement and Development of Mixed-use Project

Lead counsel on 89-acre mixed-use development tin Summit County, including residential, workforce housing, office, retail and hotel space.



University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law (J.D., 1986)

Articles Editor, Journal of Energy Law and Policy (1986)

University of Utah (B.U.S., cum laude, 1982)


The Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year," Real Estate Law 2023

The Best Lawyers in America, "Best Lawyer," Real Estate Law 2007 - 2024

Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2003 - 2023)

Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, 2005 - 2012, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2023

Super Lawyers, Mountain States Edition, 2007 - 2013

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating



American Bar Association, Real Property Section
(1986 - Present)

Utah State Bar Association, Real Property, Banking & Finance,
and Construction Sections
(1986 - Present)

Urban Land Institute
Associate Member

International Council of Shopping Centers
Associate Member

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Adjunct Professor, Real Estate Development and Drafting

Center for International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria

Brest State University, Brest, Belarus
Visiting Professor of Law

Iliria College, Pristina, Kosovo
Visiting Professor of Law


Economic Development Corporation of Utah
Board of Trustees

Governor's Task Force on Economic Development and the Environment

University of Utah, Young Alumni Association
Board of Directors






University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law