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Julian L. Bibb

Julian L. Bibb

Among Julian Bibb's biggest passions are his law practice and the community of Franklin, Tenn. He joined the firm in 1977 and is the former chairperson of the firm's Real Estate & Banking Service Group. His practice centers largely on banking and includes various credit facilities. Among these are the documentation of syndicated credit facilities, agent-administered loans, asset-based loans, real estate financing, non-profit and charitable institution credit facilities, and the extension of credit to varied types of businesses.

Mr. Bibb is also experienced in real estate law. He has counseled a wide variety of clients on acquisitions, dispositions, financing, zoning, development, planning and leasing. In addition, he counsels not-for-profits and has experience in historic preservation and conservation easements.

Mr. Bibb has been recognized for his many civic contributions. In 2015, Mr. Bibb received the 2015 Williamson County Impact Award from the Nashville Business Journal for his contributions to the Williamson County community. He received the same award in 2014 and 2007. Mr. Bibb was recognized in 2015 by the Nashville Post as being one of Nashville's influential attorneys. Additionally, in 2015 he received the Tennie Pinkerton Dozier Presentation Award from Save the Franklin Battlefield for his work in reclaiming Civil War battlefield land in Franklin, Tennessee.  In 2014, Mr. Bibb received the annual Community Supporter Award from the African American Heritage Society. In 2012, the Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce presented Mr. Bibb with its Lifetime Legacy Award and he received the Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero award in November 2012.  In November 2011, his alma mater, the University of the South, awarded him the Crawford Distinguished Alumni Award.  In May 2011, the Civil War Trust awarded Mr. Bibb the Shelby Foote Preservation Legacy Award for his work in Civil War Battlefield preservation.  In the March/April 2011 issue of Nashville Post, he was recognized as one of Nashville's "difference makers."  In May 2010, the Williamson County Bar Association awarded Mr. Bibb its annual Liberty Bell Award for his work in both the legal community and the community at-large.  In 2008, he received a Certificate of Merit from the State of Tennessee Historical Commission for his work in historic preservation, and he received the Caroline J. Cross Community Volunteer Award. In 2006, Mr. Bibb received the Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year from the Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Previously he has been named by the Nashville Business Journal and Williamson Works as one of the 25 most influential business leaders in Williamson County. He also is a past recipient of the Patron's Award (the highest honor presented by The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County) for his work in historic preservation.

Recent Assignments

  • Led efforts on behalf of clients to recover or protect their interests in a wide variety of assets involving the automobile industry, manufacturing, and real estate development (2015)
  • Led team of attorneys on behalf of bank clients in financing several substantial merger transactions (2015)
  • Completed a diverse variety of conservation easements on behalf of The Land Trust for Tennessee to protect historic sites, farmland, and scenic viewsheds across the State of Tennessee (2015)
  • Coordinated efforts to preserve Civil War Battlefield sites in Franklin, Tennessee (2015)
  • Represented Historic Carnton Plantation and The Carter House in their merger into the Battle of Franklin Trust (2015)
  • Represented bank clients in financing the acquisition, development, and construction of hotel properties across the nation (2015)
  • Conducted a series of meetings with different municipalities regarding historic preservation, adaptive re-use, revitalization of downtown business districts and use of park space (2015)
  • Represented bank clients in solar energy lending (2015)
  • Led team of attorneys on behalf of bank clients in financing of low income housing tax credit transactions (2015)

What Clients Say

- Chambers USA 2013
. . . has a practice which is hard to match . . . has lead the financing of several recent M&A transactions and is described as a wonderful lawyer.
- Chambers USA, 2012
Julian Bibb is the best real estate attorney in the Nashville market.
- Best Lawyers, 2012
Julian is the epitome of legal excellence.
- Best Lawyers, 2012
. . . he is vital to many of the local civic organizations that make our community so special.
- Best Lawyers, 2012

Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Presentation, "Beyond the Gates," University of the South, Sewanee, 2016
  • Presentation, "Sense of Place," Delano Park Conservancy, Decatur, Ala., 2015
  • Presentation, Franklin Forward, 2015
  • Presentation, Youth Leadership Franklin on battlefield preservation, 2015
  • Presentation, "Collaborative Efforts Among Government, Developers and Preservationists," to several civic groups, 2015
  • Presentation, "Beyond the Gates," University of the South, Sewanee, 2015
  • Appeared on "CBS Sunday Morning News," 2014
  • Presentation at Franklin Theatre celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin, 2014
  • Speaker at Carter House celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Franklin, 2014
  • Speaker at Mayor's Conference, Franklin, 2014
  • Speaker at Graduation for Youth Leadership Franklin, 2014
  • Wrote two Profile Articles for Southern Exposure, 2014
  • Presentation on Battlefield Reclamation Efforts, Academy of Lifelong Learning, St. Mary's, Sewanee, Tenn., 2014
  • Presentation at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., at its annual "Beyond the Gates" conference, 2014
  • Wrote Foreword for Super Boards authored by William R. Mott, 2014
  • Presentation to Brentwood Rotary on Battlefield Preservation, 2013
  • Featured in WAKM Spotlight, 2013
  • Featured on Franklin Cable TV Presentation, 2013
  • Conducted training seminars to banking clients on loan documentation, 2013
  • Presentation on open space preservation, Grundy County, Tenn., 2012
  • Presentation on Civil War in Middle Tennessee, Academy of Lifelong Learning, St. Mary's, Sewanee, Tenn., 2012
  • Presentation, "Beyond the Gates," University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., 2012
  • Wrote essay in 2011 re-publication of Widow of the South by Robert Hicks, 2011
  • Featured in "Silent Heroes of Williamson County," 2011
  • Speaker, Cumberland Region Tomorrow, 2011 Power of Ten Regional Summit
  • Prior author and editor of the Commercial Loan Agreement and Guaranty sections for the Tennessee Practice Section of West Publishing Company

More Than Stites & Harbison

Many claim that Julian is Franklin's Number One Booster. He serves on the board of directors of Leadership Franklin, an organization he helped co-found. He is a board member of Franklin's Charge and the Heritage Foundation, where he is the current President. He is Chair of the Board of the Education Foundation for Williamson County and is past President of Williamson County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and an Emeritus Director of Cumberland Region Tomorrow. He is a board member of the Transportation Management Association, having just completed a three-year term as Board Chair.  He is also pro bono legal counsel for a number of non-profit organizations, and he is legal counsel for Land Trust for Tennessee. Additionally, he serves on the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.

Besides Stites & Harbison

His great love is his family. He is married to Jayne, and their children are Julian and Debra, Polly and Chris, Joseph and John. He has four grandchildren. His other loves include soccer, hiking, Franklin and anything Sewanee.

Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Chambers USA: "America's Leading Lawyers for Business," Banking & Finance and Real Estate (2013, 2014 and 2015)

Best Lawyers in America®, Banking & Finance Law, Corporate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law (1995-2016)

Best Lawyers in America®, Nashville Area Lawyer of the Year for Banking and Finance Law (2013)

Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2006-15)

Business Tennessee, 150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee (2006-15)

Nashville Business Journal, Williamson County Impact Award (2007, 2014 and 2015)

Nashville Business Journal, Best of the Bar (2008-15)

Nashville Post, "In Charge" designation as one of Nashville's influential attorneys (2013, 2015)

Nashville Post,  Nashville's Top 101 Lawyers (2011 and 2012)

Nashville Post, 50 Most Influential Professionals in the Commercial Real Estate Industry in Middle Tennessee (2010)

The Tennessean, one of Nashville's Best Lawyers (2014 and 2015)

Business Tennessee, recognized for being "a force in the banking industry" (2009)

Community Involvement

  • Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, President (2014, 2015)
  • Leadership Franklin, Board of Directors
  • Land Trust for Tennessee, legal counsel
  • Cumberland Region Tomorrow, Emeritus Board Member
  • Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Immediate Past Chairman
  • Franklin's Charge, Board of Directors
  • Transportation Management Association, Chairman (2010-14) and Board Member (2015)
  • Education Foundation for Williamson County, Chair and Board Member (2015)
  • Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, President and Board Member (2015)
  • New Hope Academy, Capital Campaign Co-Chair (2014-15)
  • University of the South, Former Trustee
  • 2015 Tennie Pinkerton Dozier Presentation Award
  • 2014 Community Supporter Award, African American Heritage Society
  • 2012 Lifetime Legacy Award, Williamson County-Franklin  Chamber of Commerce
  • Darrell Waltrip Automotive Hometown Hero, November 2012
  • 2011 Shelby Foote Preservation Legacy Award
  • 2010 Liberty Bell Award, Williamson County Bar Association
  • 2008 Certificate of Merit, State of Tennessee Historical Commission
  • 2008 Caroline J. Cross Community Volunteer Award
  • Patron's Award, Historic Preservation
  • 2006 Recipient of Williamson 25 Award from the Nashville Business Journal
  • Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year for 2006 awarded by the Williamson County-Franklin Chamber of Commerce
  • Alum of Leadership Nashville, Leadership Middle Tennessee, and Leadership Franklin