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Carl Barton


222 South Main Street, Suite 2200, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Carl Barton’s national real estate practice includes large and complex real estate transactions for developers, buyers, sellers, and various types of real estate lenders.

Drawing on 30 years of real estate experience, he has led significant transactions involving master-planned communities; regional shopping centers and multi-use projects; hospitality and resort projects; office ventures; large ranch and farm acquisitions and sales, including the related water rights; industrial enterprises; multi-family residential developments; traditional and renewable energy projects; and healthcare facilities.

In addition, Carl represents institutional real estate lenders in the financing and refinancing of all types of real estate projects. His practice includes a significant number of healthcare facility transactions and over 750 retail, office, and commercial leases per year for landlords and tenants alike.


Real Estate 
  • Purchase and sale transactions
  • Commercial leasing
  • Land Use and Water Rights
Real Estate Finance
  • Term and construction loans
  • Tenant in-common loans
  • Energy project financing
  • Sale/leaseback financing
Healthcare Transactions
  • Purchase, sale, licensing, and financing of hospitals, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing facilities

Client Results

  • Lead counsel in 2017 for Edge Homes LLC in the sale of over 25 residential communities.

  • Lead counsel for Rio Tinto/Kennecott in the sale of Daybreak, one of the largest master-planned communities in the United States and the single most significant real estate transaction in Utah history.

  • Represented buyer in 2016 in the purchase of over 500 retail sites for more than $475 million for GameStop/Spring Mobile.

  • Lead counsel for Beaver Valley Hospital in the acquisition of more than 40 health care facilities from 2015-2017.

  • Lead counsel in the restructuring transaction of more than 100 commercial centers between 2 joint venture entities.

  • Lead team in negotiating and drafting more than 1,000 retail, office, and commercial leases in 2015-16.

  • Lead counsel in acquiring office buildings for The Cicero Group and converting them to office and retail condominiums at the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Lead counsel in the sale of 24,000-acre Rose Ranch in Northern Utah in 2016.

  • Lead counsel to Dinsdale Brothers in purchase of Flying M Ranch in Nevada in 2015.

  • Lead counsel in joint venture development of Silver Creek Village in Park City, Utah in 2016.

  • Lead counsel for The Canyons, Nordic Valley, and other resorts around the U.S., and in over 12 golf courses and resorts, hospitality, and multi-family residential projects.




Bar Admissions


  • Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2005-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Real Estate Law, 2012-2016, 2018-2023
  • The Legal 500, Real Estate and Construction, 2011
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers® Real Estate, 2007-2022
  • Utah Business Magazine, Utah Legal Elite, 2005-2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent® Rating

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • Utah State Bar, Real Property Section, Member
  • University of Utah Board of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Board Chair, 2006-present
  • Honorary French Consul for the State of Utah, 1990-2002

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