J. Thomas Trent , Jr. - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

J. Thomas Trent , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

Tom Trent has experience in all areas of real estate transactions, including industrial development and economic incentives, leasing, corporate, joint venture, partnership and limited liability company law, and tax-exempt finance. Tom represents clients regionally and nationally, including major manufacturing companies, corporate users of commercial real estate, institutional investors, developers and lenders, and a number of foreign corporations.

With more than 30 years of experience in real estate and economic development law, Tom has handled complex commercial and real estate transactions across the country, including real estate acquisitions, workouts, equity participations, the structuring and financing of subordinated and unsubordinated ground leases, industrial development financing, tax increment financing, and payment in lieu of tax agreement transactions.

Mr. Trent is a current member of the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee. He is a recent graduate of the Transit Citizen Leadership Academy of the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership of Lipscomb University, and recently completed his second term on the Regional Transportation Authority. He was a member of the 2020 Green Jobs Task Force, and was the chair of the Nashville Area Partnership 2010 Policy and Incentives Taskforce that addressed the use of economic incentives 
to attract and retain business. He is a member and officer of the Adventure Science Center Board.

Mr. Trent has been a speaker or panelist at many 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, Tennessee Municipal Attorney’s Association, 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), BOMA Medical Office Building Conference (Toronto), TAGLaw (Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Property; Dublin, Ireland), the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Hildebrandt Institute (loan document assembly programs), NAIOP, and a number of other organizations.

He is a Fellow in the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, a member of the Real Estate Sections of the Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations; the National Association of Bond Lawyers; the Tennessee Economic Development Council; and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Wabash CollegeAB Vanderbilt University Law SchoolJ.D.
American College of Mortgage AttorneysReal Estate Sections of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations; the National Association of Bond Lawyers; The Tennessee Economic Development Council; the American Health Lawyers Association; and the International Association of Attorneys aBoard of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee

Client Comments

"Only one word describes Tom Trent and that is "Professional". He understands commercial real estate, lending, and the equity business models. He has a unique style which is disarming, resulting in excellent contract negotiations and/or outcomes. It is refreshing to work with a professional like Tom as I do not spend countless billable hours teaching him our business. When our firm needs serious real estate expertise, Tom Trent is our first telephone call."

"I am still very impressed with Tom's professionalism. "

Office Location

Roundabout Plaza, Suite 700
1600 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Economic Development Law of the Nashville Metro Area2010 Lawyer of the Year in Real Estate Law of the Nashville Metro Area
J. Thomas Trent, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!J. Thomas Trent, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Corporate Law
Economic Development Law
Real Estate Law (Commercial, Tax Certiorari)