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Thomas K. Checketts

Kirton McConkie Building
50 East South Temple
Suite 400
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Mr. Checketts is a member of the Real Property and Leasing Land Use, Litigation, Trials and Appeals sections.  He has also been Chairman of the Real Property section of the Utah State Bar.  His practice concentrates on eminent domain, impact fees, exactions, regulatory takings, condemnation, real estate acquisition, development, financing, and owner’s associations.

Mr. Checketts represents condemnees, condemners, buyers, sellers, and developers. He also represents major land owners in property subdivision, development, governmental land use approvals, permitting, acquisition, leasing, financing and disposition.

Mr. Checketts is recognized as one of Utah's Legal Elite and a Mountain States Super Lawyer Rising Star for real estate as well as recognized by Best Lawyers in America for eminent domain and condemnation.


  • Represents landowners whose property is being condemned or taken under threat of condemnation both in protecting the owners' interest in the remaining land and in helping the property owners receive just compensation
  • Represents condeming authorities in negotiating with landowners and keeping their projects moving forward in a timely manner
  • Represents buyers, sellers, developers, and lenders in the financing, acquisition, planning and zoning, development, entitlements, leasing, and sale of residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial properties
  • Represents major land owners in property subdivision, development, governmental land use approvals, permitting, acquisition, leasing, and disposition
  • Works in all stages of litigation in matters concerning eminent domain, contractual disputes, land use, regulatory takings, administrative, municipal, and environmental law
  • Practiced with Alston & Bird in Atlanta, Georgia, prior to joining Kirton McConkie




Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D., 2000

  • Moot Court Board Top Oralist, Moot Court Trial Advocacy Traveling Team

Utah State University, M.B.A., cum laude, 1994

Utah State University, B.A., Production Management, magna cum laude, 1994


  • Extern for the Honorable Dale A. Kimball, U.S. District Court, Salt Lake City

Bar Admissions

  • Utah, 2001
  • Georgia, 2001 (currently inactive)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (2016)
  • Utah Legal Elite: Real Estate (2010 - 2015)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer: Real Estate (2009 - 2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated


Chair, Real Property Section of the Utah State Bar, 2010 - 2011