Neil R. Sabin

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Neil R. Sabin


Direct Line : 801-323-2239

Fax : 801-531-1716

215 South State Street Suite 1200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111


Neil R. Sabin has over 40 years of experience in corporate, estate planning, real estate and securities law. His corporate experience includes formation of business entities, negotiating and writing contracts, mergers and acquisitions and representing start-up companies. Examples of Neil’s experience include raising capital for, structuring and advising medical device manufacturing companies, representing franchise clients throughout the western U.S., representing technology companies in their structuring, growth and buyouts, advising banks on initial and subsequent capital financing, representing business innovation centers and companies formed as an outgrowth of those centers and representing charitable and other non-profit entities. He also has expertise in estate planning and has real estate experience in advising developers, brokers and builders. In complex cases, he is able to team with Fabian VanCott attorneys with expertise in the firm’s area of core competency. Neil earned his law degree from the University of Utah where he served as a member of the law review and received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He is licensed to practice in Utah’s state and federal courts, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Tax Court.

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Member of the Corporation, Tax, Franchise and Nonprofit Sections of the Utah State Bar
Member of the Salt Lake Estate Planning Council
Named as a member of Utah's Legal Elite, by Utah Business magazine
Member, Salt Lake Estate Planning Council; prior member, Board of Directors
Prior President and member of the Mountain States Pension Conference
Prior chairman of the committee preparing corporation law questions for the Utah State Bar examination
Prior Legislative Reference Attorney, Utah State Legislature
Admitted to the Utah State Bar, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Tax Court

Representative Projects

Represented a low-level radiation disposal company, and its affiliates, including the opinion review regarding the multimillion dollar sale of that company.
Represented a high-technology software company in negotiating and completing the sale of shares to a worldwide word-processing product company.
Represented fast-food franchisee companies in a variety of matters, including: purchases of individual and chains of restaurants and properties in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming and Montana; structuring of the legal ownership and operation; perfecting security interests; structuring purchases and leases of underlying properties; negotiating and coordinating loans from financial institutions.
Organized and represented a high-technology company in, among other things, the issuance of preferred stock to a Fortune 500 computer company, to a large bank and to a quasi-governmental seed-capital company.
Handled many business mergers and reorganizations.
Represented a regional helicopter company in issuing preferred stock and warrants to a national bank.
Handled the securities laws matters involving the establishment, and subsequent phase of financing, for a bank.
Set up and represented an innovation center in conjunction with a university, for the creation and spin-off of technology companies using the results of research and products.
Represented a company engaged in sophisticated computerized auditing of accounts for large businesses and nationally branded stores.


J.D., S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah College of Law, Member, Utah Law Review, 1970
B.A. English, Brigham Young University, 1967

Publications & Presentations

Note: “The Family Court Act–Utah Legislative Survey,” Utah Law Review, p. 106, January 1970
Comment: “Federal Preemption Standards Inadequate When Interstate Commerce Act Section 25 Preempts State Regulations of Railroad Flag Protection,” Utah Law Review, p. 169, January 1969
“Justice Court, Fairness and the Law,” Utah Bar Journal, August/ September 2001
Articles in various issues of The Enterprise, a Utah business newspaper: "The Wise Will Take Extra Precaution to Avoid Mortgage Financing Games"; "Starting Up a Business? Be Wise, and Don't Forget the Prenuptials"; "Should Your Future Include a Private Foundation?"; "Comply with Securities Laws to Avoid Costly Money-Raising Traps"

Community Service

Past director, member of executive committee and legal counsel for the Foundation for the Provo-Jordan River Parkway Foundation
Past director of the Utah Kidney Foundation