Jeff Tibbals understands that service truly defines a professional. Jeff's legal practice reflects service in several manifestations. First and foremost, Jeff serves his clients, by rendering strategic advice on the resolution of disputes, most often relating to real property. His success in litigation derives from his willingness to listen and ability to understand his clients' objectives and goals, his analytical approach to problems, and his strong work ethic.
Jeff's clients include a national homebuilding company, regional and national financial institutions, publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts, outdoor advertising and telecommunications tower companies, and the world's largest property restoration company.
Jeff also serves the legal profession, in 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 volunteers his time and effort for the benefit a group of more than one thousand attorneys from coast to coast who focus on real property disputes and eminent domain. Through his ABA position, Jeff also 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. Jeff also serves his community through an appointed position with Charleston County, and volunteer work for a number of local non-profit organizations over the years.
Recognitions•The Charleston Regional Business Journal's Forty Under 40 List (2009)
•Leadership Charleston (2006-2007)
•Extern, Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (1998)
•Listed in South CarolinaSuper Lawyers Rising Star in Business Litigation (2012, 2013)
•Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent, Peer Review Rated
Jeff's representative experience includes:Lead trial counsel in bench trial in eminent domain just compensation case, obtaining judgment for client landowner of $900,000 for the taking (versus offer of $201,000), plus over $100,000 in interest, and attorneys' fees award. 2012.
•Lead counsel in several foreclosures and workouts on commercial, investment and development properties, including $2,400,000 loan on investment property in Charleston County; $7,250,000.00 loan on Dorchester County development property; and $8,400,000.00 loan on Charleston County development property, as well as numerous other loans. Obtained several judgments in foreclosure cases and supervised several transactions on deeds in lieu of foreclosure. 2008-2013.
•Lead counsel in real property contract dispute on large proposed multiuse development parcel, obtained summary judgment, including attorneys' fees award, in favor of client Boyd Capital, LLC in state court in Jasper County. Upheld on appeal inMPI South Carolina - 1, LLC v. Levy Center, LLC,et al., Unpublished Opinion No. 2011-UP-065, South Carolina Court of Appeals (2011)
•Lead litigation counsel, obtained summary judgment including attorneys' fee award in state court in Beaufort County six-figure real property contract dispute. Case settled favorably during appeal. 2010.
•Lead litigation counsel in successful defense of condominium unit owner seeking to construct a one-story addition. 2008.
•In a landmark case in South Carolina relating to condominium law, prevailed at the trial court level and on appeal in a case representing the developer of a 216 unit, 10 building multi-family apartment complex seeking to convert the units to a condominium form of ownership. Defeated claims by Declarant that restrictions prohibiting the subdivision of the property eliminated the developer's right to convert the condominiums.Penny Creek Associates, LLC v. Fenwick Tarragon Apartments, LLC, 375 S.C. 267, 651 S.E.2d 617 (S.C.App. 2007).
•As litigation counsel, obtained class certification order in federal district court on behalf of class of plaintiff homeowners alleging defects in a composite wood trim product. Class certification order upheld by United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.Thomas v. Louisiana-Pacific Corp., 246 F.R.D. 505 (D.S.C. 2007).
•As lead litigation counsel, obtained summary judgment in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, including an award of attorneys' fees, on specific performance action for client, contract purchaser of $840,000 property.Shay v. Austin, 466 F.Supp.2d 664 (D.S.C. 2006).
•Defended the Belle W. Baruch Foundation at a two week long bench trial, which resulted in a take nothing judgment in a property dispute concerning approximately 80 coastal acres in Georgetown County. 2004.
•Second Chair at two week long jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in case representing tenant involving the applicability and effect of restrictive covenants in commercial lease. Negotiated seven figure settlement payment by landlord just prior to closing arguments. 2003.
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Though he will never be mistaken for Pete Sampras--or the local club pro, for that matter--Jeff enjoys tennis as a fun way to get some outdoor exercise and engage in some friendly competition.
Jeff also cherishes time with his family, including his three young children. Whether it's surfing with his nine-year old daughter, coaching t-ball for his six-year old son, or reading to his two-year old daughter, it's a fleeting privilege.
Jeff has traveled extensively in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and Hawaii and plans to resume his adventures once his children have grown older.
Speaking & Writing
Related NewsNexsen Pruet Attorneys Recognized By Peers; Twenty-Eight Named to 2013 Super Lawyers List for South Carolina
April 30, 2013
•Jeff Tibbals Appointed Co-Chair of the ABA's Real Estate Litigation & Condemnation Committee
October 7, 2013
•Third-Party Documents Admissible as Business Records
December 3, 2013Overview
Author, Interview with Scott Vogt, Senior Claims Counsel at Fidelity, Real Estate Litigation, Summer 2012, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p7, June 2012
Lecturer, Landlord-Tenant Mediation/Dispute Resolution, Landlord-Tenant Law, Sterling Education Services, Inc., 2011
Lecturer, Eviction and the Judicial Process, Lecturer, Commercial Landlord Tenant Law, Sterling Education Services, Inc., 2010
Lecturer, Eviction and Judicial Process and Ethical Considerations in Landlord-Tenant Law at Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law CLE, 2009
Co-Author, Analysis & Perspective, New Initiatives to Encourage Disclosure of Environmental Costs and Liabilities, (34 Env't Reporter 217, 01/24/03) (BNA).