Wm. Shane Topham

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Shane represents business clients in entity structuring and formation, as well in complex acquisition, divestiture and financing transactions.

He has over 30 years’ experience in automobile dealer representation, including numerous dealership purchase, sale and financing transactions as well as advising dealer clients concerning a variety of manufacturer relation issues. Shane serves as general counsel for New Car Dealers of Utah, the trade association of essentially all of Utah’s franchised new motor vehicle dealers.

He also has extensive experience in real property transactions and litigation, including acquisitions and sales, exchanges, financing, development, leases, foreclosures, title issues, easements, boundary disputes, zoning and quiet title actions. Shane is recognized by Utah Business magazine as a Utah Elite attorney in the real estate practice area.

Shane is the former city attorney for Holladay, Utah and the current city attorney for Cottonwood Heights, Utah, with significant experience in local government law, including formation and representation of municipalities and their redevelopment agencies, as well as advising concerning land use issues such as zoning/use, entitlements and takings. He also serves as counsel for the Central Wasatch Commission, an interlocal entity whose purpose is to implement a suite of actions to ensure that future generations can enjoy the activities provided by Utah’s scenic central Wasatch Mountains, which are the Salt Lake Valley’s principal watershed and also are home to a number of world-class ski resorts and other recreational opportunities. Utah Business magazine also has recognized Shane as a Utah Elite attorney in the government lawyers practice area.


•Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
•Utah Business Magazine, Legal Elite

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Real Estate
  • Business
  • Commercial Property Acquisition, Development and Management
  • Government Incentives for Relocation and Expansion
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Finance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
801-534-7254  Phone
University Attended:
University of Utah, B.A., magna cum laude, 1978
Law School Attended:
University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1984
Year of First Admission:
1984, Utah; 1984, U.S. District Court, District of Utah and U.S. Supreme Court


Utah State Bar

Utah Municipal Attorneys Association

New Car Dealers of Utah

Phi Kappa Phi

Birth Information:
Salt Lake City, Utah, March 16, 1954

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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