Clients turn to Jeff Tibbals for strategic solutions to high-stakes, high-profile real estate problems. With a deft and practical approach, Jeff has navigated complex real property issues in politically sensitive matters garnering public attention. Recent examples include Jeff’s lead role in:
• a workout for the Angel Oak project, which resulted in a sale to a conservation group;
• a successful litigation strategy to protect a first priority position for more than $20mm in secured debt covering the Magnolia project; and
• the publicized enforcement of vested rights for a large multi-family development.
Jeff also handles condemnation and eminent domain for landowner clients, which include large publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts, outdoor advertising companies, and other investment owners of real property. In addition, Jeff routinely represents homebuilders and contractors in construction litigation matters, including mechanic’s liens and alleged construction defects. Jeff has significant class action experience, particularly in matters involving real estate, and has served as plaintiffs’ counsel in the successful certification of a class (upheld by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals) and has also defeated certification on behalf of defendants. Complex commercial contract and tort disputes, including commercial and business litigation, are also within Jeff’s areas of practice.
Jeff also serves the legal profession, as Vice-Chair of the Pro Bono Board for the South Carolina State Bar. Previously, Jeff held a national leadership position with the American Bar Association. As a Co-Chair of the Real Estate Litigation and Condemnation Committee for the Section of Litigation, Jeff volunteered time and efforts for the benefit a group of more than one thousand attorneys from coast to coast who focus on real property disputes and eminent domain. Jeff remains active in the ABA and stays current on the latest trends in litigation and dispute resolution.
As Chair of Nexsen Pruet’s Pro Bono Committee, Jeff serves both his firm and those who need legal assistance but lack the means to pay. Selected by the Riley Institute at Furman, Jeff has participated in the Diversity Leaders Initiative. Jeff has also served his community through an appointed board position with Charleston County, and volunteer work for a number of local non-profit organizations over the years.
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U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
U.S. District Court, District of Maryland