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James C. Waddoups

Attorney / Partner, Director, Secretary
Salt Lake City
Licensure: UT


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James is an attorney, partner, director, and officer with Fabian VanCott.

James practices in the areas of business, commercial and real estate transactions, with an emphasis on tax planning for those transactions.

He acts as lead counsel in mergers and acquisitions, entity formations, complex entity structures, real estate transactions, debt and equity financing and other commercial deals. James assembles teams of attorneys from Fabian VanCott’s different practice areas to handle complex transactions across a variety of industries and involving clients of every size.

James also helps clients with tax structuring, estate planning and creating organizational structures for trusts, charitable foundations and nonprofit organizations.

He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law and is admitted to practice in the state of Utah.

Professional History

Shareholder, Board Director and officer, Fabian VanCott

Member, the Utah State Bar

Member, American Bar Association

Admitted to Utah State Bar, 2002; U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, 2002


J.D., University of Utah, College of Law, 2002; Note and Comment Editor, 2001–2002, Staff Member, 2000–2001, Journal of Land, Resources, and Environmental Law; Appellate Advocacy Team Member, 2001–2002, Fordham Securities Law Competition, 2002; Member, Phi Delta Phi Legal Society

B.A., American Studies, Brigham Young University, 1998

Community Service

Guest Lecturer, S.J. Quinney College of Law, “Non-profits and Public Charities,” 2007, and “Choice of Entity,” 2008

Publications & Presentations

Published: Federal Reserved Water Rights Under the Wilderness Act: “Is it Finally Here to Stay?” 20 J. Land Resources & Envt. L. 335, 2000

Presenter, “Red Flag Tax Issues,” CLE, 2008

Presenter, “Common Ground on Corporate and Real Property Transactions,” CLE, 2007

Presenter, “Conflicts of Interest (Ethics): Overview of the Ethical Considerations of Sarbanes Oxley and Other Trends,” CLE, 2005

Recognition and Awards

Recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of their 2013 40 under 40 business professional leaders to watch who are putting a fresh foot forward in the business world

Recognized by Super Lawyers magazine as a “Mountain States Rising Star” in Business & Corporate Law

Recognized by Utah Business magazine as a “Legal Elite” in the field of Tax Law

Recognized by Utah Business magazine as a “Legal Elite” in Business & Corporate Law

Elected by Fabian VanCott shareholders to the Board of Directors 2009-2022