Our Passion

We are peer rated with the highest level of professional excellence in serving clients and businesses throughout the state of Utah.

Estate Planning

Having an estate plan in place is one of the most critical things you can do for your loved ones.


You don’t have to be involved in a construction dispute to benefit from the counsel of a construction law attorney.


Our litigation team helps businesses and individuals identify and manage potential risks, respond to existing or threatened litigation and pursue the appropriate resolution through every available avenue.


A clear, well-thought-out agreement is imperative to a successful business transaction.

Real Estate

Real estate transactions are complex and frequently represent the largest capital investment of an individual or company.


We can advise you on the rules, policies and laws that oversee the tax process. This includes charges on estates, transactions, property, income, licenses and more.

Meet Our Team

We focus on finding creative solutions to your legal matter. Our firm size is ideal to ensure that our decades of experience work for you personally.

Thomas J. Bayles


Mr. Bayles is renowned in the legal industry for his expertise in estate planning, estate taxes, income taxes, business planning, and real estate transactions. He is a partner at JensenBayles, LLP, a position he has held since 2003. He also serves as a board member at DOVE Center and previously was a board member at the Exchange Club of St. George Foundation in 2012 and 2013. He served as president of the Southern Utah Estate Planning Council in 2003 and 2012, the St. George Exchange Club in 2011, and the Southern Utah Bar Association in 2012. He was acting director of the Southern Utah Estate Planning Council in 2001, 2002, and 2010, as a board member of the Washington County School District Foundation Board from 2002 to 2008, and as co-chairman of the Utah State Bar Spring Convention. He previously served as an associate attorney at Snow Jensen and Reece, PC from 1998 to 2003.

Mr. Bayles began his career with an AA from Dixie State College in 1990 before obtaining a BA from Weber State University in 1993. He then went on to Washburn University to earn an MBA from their School of Business in 1994, and a JD from their School of Law and a tax proficiency certificate in 1997. He is a member of the Southern Utah Bar Association, the Utah State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Bayles has been recognized for his work many times. He has held an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell since 2014, and held a BV rating since 2003. He was named one of Utah's Legal Elite from the State's Top Lawyers as Voted by Their Peers, one of Utah's Legal Elite from Estate Planning in 2004, and the Wall Street Journal gave him an Award in Economics in 1992. He has also authored numerous articles published in professional journals and has presented and lectured at conferences, conventions, colleges and seminars on topics in his fields of expertise.

Robert M. Jensen


Mr. Jensen has lived in Southern Utah for most of his life and if you ask him, you'll find he thinks he built half the houses here too. Growing up with a father who worked as a contractor, he gained valuable experience. He worked with his family's construction business which taught him to work hard and helped him understand the nuances and special rules pertaining to construction. He also put himself through his undergraduate degree and Law School by pouring concrete. These experiences have increased his ability to understand and be an effective advocate for his clients. He is passionate, thorough and committed to helping his clients learn to protect themselves and save later heartache.

After graduating with honors from Brigham Young University in English, he continued his education at the J. Reuben Clark Law School where he served as the Executive Editor for the Education and Law Journal. Since his graduation from law school in 1996, he has been actively involved in local politics, in his local church congregation and on several community organizations, including serving as President of the Erin Kimball Foundation & the Southern Utah Bar Association, as a member of the Southern Utah Home Builders Association's Education Committee, as well as serving as a county party chair for two years. Currently he is actively engaged in his local congregation.

Though he pursued the law, Robert hasn't been able to leave the construction industry behind. Mr. Jensen regularly lectures and teaches seminars for local contractors and companies. His greatest desire in his construction practice is to teach contractors the benefit of investing in thorough contract creation and review on the front end of things, saving clients from endless litigation and hassle. He has been awarded Utah's Legal Elite in Utah Business from 2008-2011, Service Member of the Year from SUBHA in 2013, and AV Rating with Martindale-Hubbell in 2017.

Mr. Jensen's happy place is the Lake Powell - He believes it to be the best and only possible vacation option, though you can also find him mountain biking with his kids, participating in politics, leading his church congregation, and enjoying quality time with his family.

J. Wendell Bayles

Of Counsel

Mr. Bayles attended the University of Utah where he graduated in 1964 with his BS degree in economics as a social science. He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah, graduating first in his class in 1965. He was then accepted to New York University where he received his LLM in taxation on a full-ride scholarship. After concluding his formal education he went to work for Jones, Waldo, Holbrook and McDonough in Salt Lake City, Utah. After becoming a partner there he simultaneously taught as a visiting professor at the U. He left law practice to serve as professor and Associate Dean from 1975-1980 at the University of Utah’s School of Law. He currently enjoys spending time traveling the world with his wife, spending time with their 60+ grandchildren, and consulting as an “of counsel” member of local law firm JensenBayles, LLP. For years he ran a small herd of sheep, thus earning the title of “Sheepherder at Law.”

James L. Spendlove

Senior Associate

Mr. Spendlove joined JensenBayles, LLP in 2006, developing a civil litigation practice which handles large, complex, high profile cases, including construction defect, insurance defense, estate and trust litigation, real estate, as well as business and commercial litigation. Mr. Spendlove is also involved in the legal community, as treasurer of the Southern Utah Bar Association from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2016, and President of the Southern Utah Bar Association in 2017.
Mr. Spendlove obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Utah State University. After which he received a Juris Doctorate from George Mason University, School of Law in Arlington Virginia. He is a member of the Utah Bar Association, Southern Utah Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Spendlove has received the recognition of his peers in the legal community, holding an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubble and voted by other lawyers in Utah as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in the area of Civil Litigation. He has also taught legal training to other attorneys on issues including disputes over trusts and estates, real estate, and construction defect.
Mr. Spendlove is a graduate of Hurricane High School. He and his family enjoy taking advantage of all of the outdoor and off road opportunities available in Southern Utah. He also has an interest in anything with a motor and wheels.

Phillip G. Gubler


Mr. Gubler joined law office of JensenBayles, LLP in the Spring of 2011. He was born and raised in Southern Utah and has enjoyed the opportunity to live and work around the red rocks. Phillip has focused his career on estate planning (Trust, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives), probate, guardianships, conservatorships, adoptions, real estate transactions, landlord/tenant, and business law. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Southern Utah Estate Planning Council and volunteers his time at the St. George Senior Center giving legal advice.

Mr. Gubler earned his Bachelors degree from Dixie State College in 2002. He then went on to Washburn University School of Law to earn a JD where he served as the President of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (2003-2004), a Student Research Editor (2003), and a member of the Business Law Society. He is a member of the Southern Utah Bar Association, the Utah State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Gubler received an AV Preeminent Rating with Martindale-Hubbell in 2017 and has received countless accolades from satisfied clients.

B. Cory Lee


Mr. Lee joined the law office of JensenBayles, LLP in June of 2018. Mr. Lee’s primary focus is on tax law, including tax planning (business formation, choice of entity, mergers and acquisitions) and tax controversy (IRS and state audits, tax liens, IRS settlements), he also works on business law matters, contracts, litigation and real estate disputes.

Mr. Lee got his BS from the University of Utah in Economics in 2007. After taking time off from school and working in retail, Cory attended law school at the University of Missouri – Columbia, focusing his studies on tax and gaining extensive exposure to tax law through an externship with IRS Office of Chief Counsel (2014), serving as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) coordinator at the law school (2015), taking first place in the Transactional Law Competition (2015) and earning a Tax Law Certificate, with honors. Additionally, Cory served in the J. Reuben Clark Society in various capacities, most notably as Co-Chair of the Event Planning Committee (2013-2014) and as the Student Committee Board Chair (2014-2015). After law school, Cory went to the University of Florida Levin College of Law and earned a Masters of Law (LLM) in Taxation.

After graduating from the University of Florida, Mr. Lee worked in New York City for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the Tax Mergers and Acquisition department, where he was exposed to complex tax matters in working with Fortune 500 companies.

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When it comes to selecting and attorney in St. George, Washington County or really anywhere in the state of Utah use this firm. It is a great place to get great advice. If you are starting a small business, estate planning or just need a simple legal question answered the will handle in a professional manner. I understand they do a wonderful job with litigation too. They will listen and find the answers you are looking for to achieve the best outcome for you, your family or business.

N. LarsenSt. George, Utah

Tom Bayles is a great guy! Very competent and compassionate. We don't know Mr. Jensen, but would bet that he's cut from the same fine cloth.

J. DarbyLexington, Kentucky

JensenBayles has been only caring, educated and professional to work with. I will continue to give them my trust and my business.

M. WalkerBentonville, Arkansas

JensenBayles is always my first stop when a legal issue arises for myself, my clients, or my family and friends. The care they take to make sure that my individual needs are met and that I understand my choices and the consequences of those choices helps me feel confident that I am making the right decisions for myself and my family. I will not only continue to rely on their expertise, but I will happily refer others to them, as well.

B. StewartProvo, Utah

Tom thoroughly went through everything step by step. I wanted to make sure we didn't get a fill-in-the blank will from the internet. I've heard horror stories about children having problems because their parents didn't have a will and trust. We really wanted it to be handled the right way. The staff was all very helpful to me. It was definitely worth the investment.I have so much peace of mind knowing my kids are taken care of.

C. LarsonSt. George, Utah

JensenBayles helped us with our estate planning. Their attorney took the time to learn what our planning goals are and then explained solutions in a way that made sense to us. We value the peace of mind that we obtained by completing our planning.

L. and J. ThompsonLayton, Utah

JensenBayles has the legal wits about them to handle simple to complex cases. Check them out if you need a trust, a will, construction law questions, real estate issues, or other legal concerns. They write awesome articles if you need information about legal issues dealing with trusts.

B. TenneySt. George, Utah

We have used the expertise of JensenBayles for our estate planning, & also for several legal matters concerning Majestic View Lodge. Their professional yet friendly approach made us feel comfortable both personally & professionally. I have, & will continue, to recommend JensenBayles to both friends & business associates.

M. R. BensonHurricane, Utah

I am a business owner here is Southern Utah. JensenBayles, LLP helped me make sure that all of my business documents and agreement were in order. They helped me to have that boost of confidence when faced with challenges that a home inspection business can have. I highly recommend them based of their knowledge and expertise.

A. GiffordGifford Home Inspections, LLC

We would like to thank JensenBayles for thoughtfully listening to our desires for an estate plan that would fairly cover all the children of our blended family. When we received our documents we were thrilled and felt they would cover all the children of both families as we desired and not just one or two of the surviving spouse as we have witnessed with some of our friends. In addition, we have an adult daughter who was involved in a horrific accident and lost both hands and most of both arms. They took more than a little time to listen to our heart wrenching stories and not only prepared legally supportable documents for us but when I requested they do the same for her and her children, they prepared document to cover all possible scenarios. Thanks so much for taking the time, patience, and personal application of quality plans that specifically applied to us.

D. Pierce

Integrity, professionalism, and attention to the needs of their clients are just the beginning of what makes this a great firm. Their passion and compassion for the community are well known. I highly recommend them.

J. KestinSt. George, Utah

I have worked with many attorneys over the years, and I rank JensenBayles as one of the most insightful and strategic teams with whom I have associated. They helped me better analyze my real estate, business, and construction matters as well as my personal estate planning. Their knowledge is invaluable to my success.

S. Jones