J. Thomas Trent Jr.


As a member of the firm’s Economic Development Practice Group and a member of the Real Estate team, Tom Trent represents clients regionally and nationally, including major manufacturing companies, corporate users of commercial real estate, institutional investors, developers, lenders and governmental entities in their real estate and economic development incentive matters.

With more than 40 years of experience in real estate and economic development law, Tom has handled complex economic development incentive and commercial real estate transactions across the country, including real estate financing, leasing, acquisitions and dispositions, workouts, equity participations, tax advantaged leasing, the structuring and financing of subordinated and unsubordinated ground leases, industrial development financing, grants, tax increment financing (TIFs), and payment in lieu of tax agreement transactions (PILOTs).

Tom has been recognized for the fifth consecutive year with the 2024 Client Choice award presented by Lexology. He is one of three U.S. attorneys recognized in the area of Real Estate on the 2023 Client Choice list. Nominated by corporate counsel, the annual Client Choice awards recognize law firms and partners globally that stand apart for the care and service they provide their clients. Additionally, Tom has been named Lexology’s real estate lawyer for North America, and will receive this award at a dinner in New York City in June 2024.

Tom has been a frequent speaker or panelist for economic development seminars and programs, including the Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Economic Development (numerous years), Tennessee Economic Development Council (numerous times), American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Tennessee Municipal League, the International Council of Shopping Centers (TN/KY Idea Exchange), the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, NAIOP, and a number of other organizations.