J. Thomas Trent

J. Thomas Trent



  • Economic Development
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Energy

WSG Practice Industries


Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Tennessee, U.S.A.


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 and lenders.

With almost 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, tax increment financing (TIFs), and payment in lieu of tax agreement transactions (PILOTs).

Tom 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, 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.

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1979

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


  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1979, Elliott E. Cheatham Scholar
  • Wabash College, A.B., 1976, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Areas of Practice

Commercial Leasing | Economic Development | Energy | Financial Solutions | Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Property | Institutional Investment | Real Estate | Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions | Real Estate Finance and Development | Solar Energy | Tax Credits | Zoning and Land Use