Jeff S. Chance

Jeff represents lenders, developers, buyers and sellers in the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and financing of improved and unimproved real estate. He represents hotel, shopping center, apartment and office building developers; commercial and residential project owners; timber owners; lenders and borrowers; individual entrepreneurs; corporations making multi-state sales of facilities and land holdings; and landlords and tenants leasing office, retail and residential space.  Jeff has significant experience representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, including stock and asset sales and purchases.  He often serves as counsel to businesses in their day to day business operations.

Jeff owns and serves as general counsel to Fortis Title Group and its family of title companies, including Security & Guaranty Abstract Co. in Lufkin, Texas, Security & Guaranty Title Co. in Nacogdoches, Texas, Aldrich Abstract Co. in Crockett, Texas, Tarver Abstract Co. with offices in Cleveland, Dayton and Liberty, Texas, Hooks Title & Abstract Co. with offices in Lumberton, Kountze and Sour Lake, Texas and Hooks Title Co. in Woodville, Texas. Each title insurance company provides professional land title closing services for real estate transactions throughout the state of Texas. Learn more about Fortis Title Group and its family of title companies at

Jeff and his wife are active members of their community and church. Their son and daughter-in-law reside in San Francisco where he works in private equity and she in marketing. Their daughter is a graduate student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Jeff is a competitive open water swimmer, regularly competing in coast to coast events.

EDUCATION J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1994 (Order of Barristers) B.A., Baylor University, 1989 CERTIFICATIONS Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization: Commercial Real Estate Law (Since 2004) Residential Real Estate Law (Since 2000) MEMBERSHIPS State Bar of Texas Angelina County Bar Association Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce CHARITIES