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 third consecutive year with the 2022 Client Choice award presented by Lexology. He is the only attorney in the U.S. recognized in the area of Real Estate on the 2022 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.
Tom also is has been a frequent speaker or panelist at commercial real estate, finance, healthcare, and 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, Life Mortgage and Real Estate Officers Council, School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University’s Healthcare Design & Construction Workshop, 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.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® Economic Development Law, 2012-2023 Real Estate Law, 2003-2023 Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2016-2023 Corporate Law, 2017-2023 "Lawyer of the Year," Nashville, Real Estate, 2010, 2016, 2020 "Lawyer of the Year," Nashville, Economic Development Law, 2016, 2020 "Lawyer of the Year," Nashville, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), 2018 Listed in Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2003-2022 Listed in Who's Who Legal:Real Estate, 2013-2022 Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers Real Estate, 2006-2021 “Top 50," Nashville, 2013, 2017-2018, 2020-2021 "Top 100," Tennessee, 2017-2018, 2020-2021 Listed in the Nashville Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Leadership Awards, "CRE Attorney of the Year," 2020-2021 “Power 100: Dealmakers,” 2015-2017, 2021 “Power Leaders of Commercial Real Estate,” 2015-2018 "Best of the Bar,” Real Estate, 2005, 2007-2008, 2011-2013, 2020, 2022 “Heavy Hitters in Real Estate,” 2005 Listed in the Nashville Post In Charge – Real Estate, 2022 In Charge – Economic Development, 2021 "2011 Commercial Real Estate (CRE) 50” Client Choice Award Winner, produced by Lexology, 2020-2022 Listed in Lawdragon 3000, "Leading Lawyers in America," 2009-2010 Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Attorney – Judicial Edition Represented companies on incentives projects in Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, South Carolina, West Virginia, Missouri and Texas. Counsel to the State of Tennessee in connection with the incentive package for Ford’s $5.6 billion “Blue Oval City” vehicle manufacturing project at the Memphis Regional Megasite, the drafting of the legislation adopted at the special session of the Tennessee General Assembly, the documents creating the Memphis Regional Megasite Authority, and the documents implementing the incentives. Counsel to Oracle America Inc. in the acquisition and development of its $1.6 billion office campus in Nashville, Tennessee and the Tax Increment Financing incentive, state, and TVA grants for that project. Counsel to the Maury County Alliance in assisting the local industrial development board in its incentives for the $2 billion+ expansion of the General Motors assembly plant in Maury County, Tennessee. Represents many companies in their payment in lieu of tax, TIF and grant incentives for projects of all sizes, ranging from a small TIF for streetscape and public infrastructure improvements in Greenbrier, Tennessee, to the Mitsubishi headquarters relocation from California to Franklin, Tennessee. Other projects include Tyson Food in $1 billion+ projects in Gibson County, and the ICEE headquarters and facility relocation to Rutherford County, Tennessee, including projects for Jackson National Life, Chewy, Inc., Gränges Americas Inc., Community Health Systems, and many others. Implemented payment in lieu of tax and/or TIF incentives all across Tennessee, from Washington County in Northeast, Tennessee, to Lake and Weakley Counties in Northwest, Tennessee, and many counties in between, including every county in Middle Tennessee.