Thomas J. Bayles, JD MBA

Tom regularly counsels clients concerning estate planning, estate taxes, income taxes, business planning, and real estate transactions. Tom takes time to understand his client’s needs and goals, and then structures solutions. Tom is detail oriented and works to minimize risks to his clients. He is actively involved in the community in a wide range of activities including supporting a legal services program at the Senior Center in St. George, St. George Exchange Club, Southern Utah Estate Planning Council, Venture Scout Leader, and volunteering to support kids in the Dixie Junior Livestock Show.


  • Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctorate and Tax Proficiency Certificate (1997)
  • Washburn University School of Business, Master of Business Administration (1994)
  • Weber State University, B.A. (Business and Economics 1993)
  • Dixie State College, A.A. (1990)


  • AV Preeminent Rated from Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • Utah’s Legal Elite from The State’s Top Lawyers As Voted By Their Peers, 2014
  • Utah’s Legal Elite from Estate Planning, 2004
  • BV Rated from Martindale-Hubbell, 2003
  • Award in Economics from The Wall Street Journal, 1992
  • Eagle Scout from The Boys Scouts of America, 1987

Professional Associations

  • Exchange Club of St. George Foundation, Board Member, 2012-2013
  • Southern Utah Estate Planning Council, President, 2012-2012
  • Exchange Club of St. George, President 2011-2012
  • Southern Utah Estate Planning Council, President-Elect 2011-2011
  • Southern Utah Estate Planning Council, Director, 2010-2010
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2005-2013
  • Utah State Bar, Estate Planning Section, 2005-Present
  • Southern Utah Estate Planning Council, President, 2003-2003
  • Southern Utah Estate Planning Council, President-Elect, 2002-2002
  • Southern Utah Bar Association, President, 2002-2002
  • Washington County School District Foundation Board, Board Member, 2002-2008
  • Southern Utah Estate Planning Council, Director, 2001-2001
  • Southern Utah Bar Association, Member, 1998-Present
  • Utah State Bar, Member, 1998-Present
  • Utah State Bar Spring Convention, Co-Chair


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Speaking Engagements

  • Free Seminar on Estate Planning Topics, 2015
  • Free Seminar on Estate Planning Pros and Cons, 2013
  • The National Business Institute Seminar on Wealth Preservation Through Trusts, 2012
  • Conference on Remarriage and Second Marriage- Estate Planning Considerations, 2012
  • Utah State Bar Spring Convention on Powers of Attorney
  • NAMI on Supplemental Needs Trusts
  • Dixie State College on Estate Planning
  • Dixie State College on Charitable Planning
  • Mass Mutual Sponsored Seminar for Parents of Disabled Children


  • Ranching
  • Outdoor Activities and ATV/Motorcycles
  • Backyard BBQ