Jeff S. Chance

Jeff represents lenders, developers, buyers and sellers in the acquisition, development, leasing, disposition 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, Aldrich Abstract Co. in Crockett, Texas, Tarver Abstract Co. with offices in Cleveland, Dayton and Liberty, Texas and Hooks Title & Abstract Co. with offices in Kountze and Lumberton, 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 is a recent graduate of Princeton University and works in private equity in San Francisco. Their daughter is a student at Pepperdine University majoring in sports medicine. Jeff is a competitive open water swimmer and tri-athlete.



  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1994 (Order of Barristers)
  • B.A., Baylor University, 1989



Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization:

  • Commercial Real Estate Law (Since 2004)
  • Residential Real Estate Law (Since 2000)



  • State Bar of Texas
  • Angelina County Bar Association
  • Lufkin/Angelina County Chamber of Commerce