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OF COUNSEL Wm. Shane Topham

Salt Lake City Office

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.

Education and Admissions


  • University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah, J.D., 1984
    • Member, Utah Law Review, 1983-1984
    • Leary Scholar, 1982-1984
  • University of Utah, B.A. magna cum laude, 1978

Bar Admittance

1984, Utah

Professional Affiliations
  • Utah State Bar
  • Utah Municipal Attorneys Association
  • New Car Dealers of Utah
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • Utah Business Magazine, Legal Elite Topham_0941-640x960.jpg