FABIAN- ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Scott R. Sabey

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Email: ssabey@fabianlaw.com
Direct Line: (801) 323-2204
Fax: (801) 532-3370
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Scott R. Sabey

Scott R. Sabey has over 20 years of experience in a practice centered on real estate development and related litigation. He works with clients in development of shopping malls, resort condominiums, water companies and hospitals as well as financing for large scale residential developments. In addition to assisting clients with transactions, Scott is also a litigator with experience in many areas of real estate law. He is a registered lobbyist and works on behalf of a number of local and national companies and associations. In complex cases, Scott is able to team with other Fabian attorneys with expertise in the firm’s areas of core competency. He has served the legal profession as commissioner for the Utah State Bar, chair of the Real Property and Business Law sections of the bar and on the Utah Judicial Counsel. In the community, Scott is chairman of the Sandy City Planning Commission and has served on the city’s Board of Adjustments. Scott received his law degree from Golden State University in San Francisco. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Italian at Brigham Young University. Scott is licensed to practice in Utah’s state and federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
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  • Practice Areas
  • Professional
  • Representative Projects
  • Education
  • Publications & Presentations
  • Community Service
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubble. Pre eminent Peer Reviewed 5.0 out of 5.0.
  • Chair Member, Governmental Relations Committee, 1997-Present
  • Bar Commissioner for the Utah State Bar, 2004-2010
  • Member, Judicial Council, 2006-2009
  • Recognized as "Legal Elite" in Real Estate, Utah Business Magazine, every year since 2006
  • Member, Judicial Council, Policy & Procedures Sub-Committee, 2006-2009
  • Bar Examiner, Real Property Question, 2001-2008, 2010 to present
  • 2005 Amicus Curiae Award for service to the Courts
  • Recipient, 2005 Distinguished Committee of the Year Award (Governmental Relations)
  • Recipient, 2005 Real Property Practitioner of the Year Award
  • Officer, Business Law Section, Served for four years; Chair, 2003-2004
  • Needs of the Elderly Counseling, 2001-2004
  • Officer, Real Property Section, Served for four years; Chair, 1999-2000
  • Third District Pro-Tem Small Claims Judge; 1994-Present
  • Member, Bar Commission, Executive Committee; served two terms
  • Co-Chair, Governmental Relations Committee; served for eight years
  • Member, Annual Convention Committee
  • Member, Mid-Year Convention Committee
  • Utah State Bar Lobbyist
  • Organize, Host and Teach Bar Leadership Conference; served for two years
  • Member, Fitness and Character Appeals Board; served for two years
  • Member, Admissions Review Committee
  • Member, Supreme Court Rules Committee, Sub-Committee on Small Claims Rules and Procedures
  • Member, Committee to Redesign Court Web Page
  • Member, National 2012 General Merchandise Committee for Ducks Unlimited
  • Admitted to Utah State Bar and U.S. District Court, District of Utah, 1993; U.S. Supreme Court 2000
  • REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT - Represents international, national, and local companies in a variety of developments including a 160 million dollar anchor shopping mall dealing with zoning issues, contracts, negotiations with the city, and litigation; a large 2 anchor strip mall development from inception, through zoning, approvals, construction, lease negotiations with local and national tenants, and landlord/tenant disputes; a foreign, international development company in a high-end Resort Condominium project at local ski resort.

    Handled residential developments from 2 lots to multi-phase 700 plus lot subdivisions.
    Assisted in the creation, development and eventual $22 million dollar sale of a water company to a municipality.
  • REAL ESTATE MANAGEMENT - Lease drafting, landlord/tenant disputes and rent collection in large anchor malls for Fortune 500 real estate company and in smaller community malls.

    Landlord/tenant lease negotiations, disputes, and litigations with national drugstore chains, hamburger franchises, video rental, national banks, gas stations and bulk-lot sales franchises.

    Lease drafting, landlord/tenant disputes and rent collection in various strip malls.

    Negotiates and drafts build/lease agreements on out buildings and anchor spaces in shopping malls.
  • REAL ESTATE FINANCE - Represented a New York bank lending 7 plus million dollars for development of real estate project to virtually double the size of Tooele.

    Application for 242HUD financing for the construction of a new critical access hospital.

    Assisted clients in the successful creation and start-up of a number of mortgage companies, and has on-going representation of many of these companies.
  • REAL ESTATE LITIGATION - Involved in most aspects of real property litigation, including landlord/tenant, prescriptive easement, quiet title, boundary by acquiescence, zoning, and administrative representation of real estate companies/agents, title companies and general contractors before various state administrative agencies.

    Successfully defended clients against claims of $80 million dollars and $147 million dollars.

    Foreclosure on a $12 million dollar mining operation in central Utah.

    Federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL-150), and federal patent infringement litigation.
  • REAL ESTATE COMPANIES - Formerly licensed with the State of Utah as a title agent, Scott continues to represent a significant number of title companies, lobby the State Department of Insurance and Division of Real Estate on behalf of the title industry, and teach continuing education classes to licensed escrow officers.

    Having worked as a licensed real estate agent and written legal articles for five years in the Salt Lake Board of Realtor's Magazine, Scott has come to represent a large number of real estate companies, of both a local and national franchise nature. He has assisted in the sale of a number of real estate companies, from simple mergers to acquisitions priced at over 10 million dollars.
  • LOBBY WORK - Represents world's largest film association in the motion picture industry.

    Represents world's largest recording association in the record industry.

    Represents world's largest video game software association.

    Represents largest supplemental insurance company in the U.S.A. and Japan.

    Represents the Utah State Bar.

    Represents local title and mortgage companies.

    Represented U.S. subsidiary of the largest beer maker in the world.

    Represented largest on-line auction company in the world.

    Represented largest on-line payment system in the world.

  • J.D., Golden State University School of Law, San Francisco, California, May 1993; Dean's Honor List; Chairman, Graduation Committee
  • B.A., Humanities, Italian, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, May 1982
  • Diploma di Profitto, Universita Degli Studi Di Firenze, Florence, Italy, August 1981
  • Presenter, "Utah Mechanics' Lien Law Pre & Post 2011 HB115 and HB260," sponsored by Salt Lake Home Builders Association, October 26, 2011
  • Presenter, "Utah Mechanics' Lien Law Pre & Post 2011 HB115 and HB260," sponsored by Salt Lake Home Builders Association, September 21, 2011
  • Instructor, Justice Court Judges' Course, 2004 to present
  • Instructor, Small Claims Judges' Course, 2000 to present
  • Instructor, Business Law Section CLE classes, 1999-2009
  • Instructor, Real Property Section CLE classes, 1996-2010
  • Program Conductor/Speaker, Attorney General's "SAFE AT HOME" presentations
  • Presenter, "Fundamentals in Real Estate Development in Utah," Lorman Seminar
  • Presenter, "Collecting on Small Claims Judgments," Lorman Seminar
  • Presenter, "Real Property Changes in Title Insurance Forms," NBI Seminar
  • Presenter, "Legislative Updates in Real Property," Attorney Title Guaranty Seminar
  • Presenter, "Common Problems in Representing Small Business Clients," Sterling Seminar
  • Brown v. Board of Education Presentations in High Schools
  • “We the People . . .” Presentations in High Schools
  • “Dialogue on Freedom” Presentations
  • Author, "Small Claims Judge Pro Tempore Bench Book," Administrative Office of the Courts
  • Co-Author, "Small Claims Court: A Conversation with Scott Sabey and Tim Shea," Utah Bar Journal, 75th Anniversary Special Issue, 2006
  • Author, "Controlled Business Agreements," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, September 2003
  • Author, "Partner's Pointers - Joint Defense Agreements," Partner's Pointers, November 12, 2002
  • Author, "UAR Forms Are There to Protect You," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, April 2002
  • Author, "So When Do You Deposit the Earnest Money?" Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, October 2000
  • Author, "Why Worry About "Governmental Takings?" Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, November 1999
  • Author, "Basics of Contract Law," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, May 1998
  • Author, "Mechanic's Liens," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, April 1998
  • Author, "Referring an Affiliate," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, March 1998
  • Author, "New Year's Resolutions/Simple 'To Do' List to Avoid Common Problems," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, January 1998
  • Author, "Joint Tenancy and Tenancy-in-Common," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, October 1997
  • Author, "Real Estate History 101," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, September, 1997
  • Author, "Principal/Agency Relationships," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, August 1997
  • Author, "Understanding Commercial Leases," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, July 1997
  • Author, "Rights and Privileges of Real Estate Licensees," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, March 1997
  • Author, "Contract Deadlines/Coulter & Smith v. Russell," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, June 1997
  • Author, "The Benefits and Legal Burdens of Being a Professional," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, February 1997
  • Author, "Why Bother With Section 1.3 of the REPC?" Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, January 1997
  • Author, "Abrogation Clause/Maynard v. Wharton," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, November, 1996
  • Author, "Title Policies and ALTA Forms," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, March 1996
  • Author, "Environmental Hazards and Utah's Negligence Standard," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine, May 1995
  • Author, "The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend/Joint Defense Agreements," Utah State Bar Journal
  • Author, "Boundary by Aquiesence: Carter v. Hanrath" Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Water Rights," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Procuring Cause" - Consolidated Realty, 930 P2d 268 FN8 Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "The Double Contract Rears Its Head Again," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Should You Accept That Invitation to Go Golfing?: RESPA Violations," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "When Does an Interest in Real Property Pass With a Real Estate Purchase Contract" Ciet v. Kaufman, 271 Utah Adv Rep. 5 Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Don't Be Caught Quakin' In Your Boots: Disclosure of Geologic Conditions," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Professionalism," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Does a 'Deed' by Any Other Name Still Smell as Sweet?" Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "The REPC's Abrogation Clause: Your Client's Potential Snake-in-the-Grass," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Real Estate 'Agent' of Whom?" Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Hatfields v. McCoys/Property Line Disputes," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "What Title Insurance Company Does My Client Need?/(or, "Who Did I Last Play Golf With")," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Property Disclosure," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Arbitration/Mediation - Costs & Differences," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Selling/Buying Real Estate in an Estate/Trust," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Selling/Buying Real Estate in a Divorce," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Conflicts" b/n Sec. 8.3 and 10.2 Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Dual Agency," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Forced Representation," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Professional Conduct - Licensing of Convicted Felons, Bankruptcy of Brokers," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Dangers for the FSBO," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Limited Agency Dangers," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "E&O Insurance," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Report to the Utah State Bar Commission of the Small Claims Task Force"
  • Author, "Protecting Your Clients From Identity Theft," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Partner's Pointers - The Three Prongs of Successful Rainmaking"
  • Author, "Professionalism," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Author, "Title Insurance Options," Salt Lake Board of Realtor Magazine
  • Chairman, Sandy City Planning Commission, 2007-Present
  • Sandy City Board of Adjustment, 2007-2008
  • Chairman/Member, Duck's Unlimited (DU) Committee, 2003-2008
  • Committee on Law & Aging, Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2006-2007
  • Co-Chair, Utah Access to Justice Planning Council, 2004-2007
  • Variety Club Tent of Utah, Chief Barker, 2005-2006
  • Member, Pheasants Forever Committee, 2002- 2006
  • Volunteer, 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Camp Kostopulos, 1999-2006
  • Judge, Trial Advocacy/Moot Court Competitions, 1996-1998
  • Brought national "WebWiseKids" Program to 75 Utah Schools
  • Young Lawyer Division Mentoring Marathon
  • Volunteer, Attorney General's Regional Exchange Effort (AGREE) Committee
  • Volunteer, Legal Aid Society of Utah
  • Volunteer and Board Member, "Give Kids Their Dreams," a Non-Profit Utah Corporation
  • Volunteer, Needs Of The Elderly
  • Fund raising for KCPW
  • Headed Salt Lake/Torino Sister City Application
  • Scout Merit Badge Counselor