Shawn C. Ferrin

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Shawn C.Ferrin
Director, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 801.532.1234
Direct: 801.536.6778

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

Mr. Ferrin has handled acquisition, lease, development, financing and entitlement matters throughout the West for numerous clients, including Home Depot, Boyne Resorts, Walmart Stores, Vulcan, Inc., Varde Partners, Fidelity Investments, Barrick Gold Corporation, Dyno Nobel and Micron Technology, Inc. He also has significant experience in office lease transactions, including representing Inc., 1-800 Contacts, Inc., StorageCraft Technology Corporation and Neumont University in its corporate headquarter relocations. Mr. Ferrin has also represented local redevelopment agencies and national developers in all facets of urban redevelopment and rural entitlement projects, including structuring tax increment and assessment area financings. Mr. Ferrin is also actively involved in representing conservation agencies and land owners in structuring, negotiating and enforcing conservation easements.

Mr. Ferrin is currently the chairperson of the firm’s board of directors and is the former chair of the firm’s Real Estate & Financing practice group.

Mr. Ferrin 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.


Practice Areas



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.S., cum laude, 1982)


Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law

Listed in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
(2003 - 2020)

Listed as one of Utah's Legal Elite, Utah Business magazine
(2005 - 2012, 2018, 2020)

Recognized in 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