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 C. Ferrin
Director, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer Shareholder Salt Lake City
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 Ancestry.com 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.
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.
Represented Big Rock Capital, LLC in the acquisition of the Bar J Ranch, a 6,200 acre working ranch that is a private inholding in the Fish Lake National Forest with significant water rights, over 200 acres of irrigated farm land, eight miles of private fishing streams, elk, deer, bear and mountain lion habitat, and hunting privileges.
Environmental and Land Use Compliance
Lead land use, entitlement, water and environmental counsel for approval and operation of a 60-bed inpatient, adolescent therapeutic boarding school including negotiation of a Conditional Use Permit.
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 - 2023
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
International Council of Shopping Centers
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
Parsons Behle & Latimer Attorneys Named "Utah Legal Elite"
Parsons Behle & Latimer Ranked Among Top Law Firms by Chambers and Partners USA
Parsons Behle & Latimer Retains Board of Directors and Builds on Pattern of Strategic Growth in Intermountain Region: Names four new shareholders to launch 2023
"Best Lawyers" Ranks 56 Parsons Attorneys as Top in Intermountain West