Michael R. (Mike) Carlston

Of Counsel
P 801.322.9142 | F 801.363.0400
Spencer Fane attorney Mike Carlston


Michael Carlston likes helping clients solve or avoid problems and does so in a number of different settings by utilizing his significant litigation experience and is presently somewhat focused  on assisting developers, lenders,  investors, businesses, and governmental entities in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including negotiating and implementing  terms of commercial real estate and other complex transactions, preparing loan documents, and with commercial litigation where necessary.

Michael represented hundreds of property owners who suffered devastating losses in the 47,000-acre 2012 Wood Hollow Fire in Central Utah, recovering significant amounts on behalf of such owners.



  • University of Utah College of Law, 1973 (J.D.)
  • University of Utah, 1970 (B.S.), cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Utah

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

  • Johnson Sisters Scholarship Fund, Consulting Advisor

  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, Real Estate
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent

  • American Bar Association
  • Utah Bar Association
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys

  • “Lessons Learned from the Wood Hollow Fire Case,” Construction Defect and Dispute Conference, February 2019