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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 2017, Mr. Bibb received the Elizabeth Collins Award for Distinguished Service from the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program; he received the Civic Leader Award from the Education Foundation of Williamson County; he received a Legacy Land Conservationist Award from Cumberland Region Tomorrow for his work in land conservation; and he received the Business Legacy Award from Franklin Tomorrow. Also, in 2017, the Nashville Post recognized Mr. Bibb as one of Nashville's influential leaders.  He received this same award in 2016 and 2015 as well. The Nashville Business Journal named Mr. Bibb to the Best of the Bar in 2017, the fourteenth consecutive year he has received this honor. In 2017, Mr. Bibb and the firm of Stites & Harbison, PLLC was recognized by the Land Trust For Tennessee for providing $500,000 in pro bono and reduced fee legal services to the organization since its inception. Additionally, in May 2017 Mr. Bibb and the firm of Stites & Harbison, PLLC was recognized by the Washington D.C.-based Civil War Trust for providing $1,500,000 in pro bono services since 2004 to the reclamation and preservation of Civil War battlefield land.

In 2016, Mr. Bibb received the 2016 Williamson County Hall of Fame Impact Award from the Nashville Business Journal for his contributions to the Williamson County community. Also, he received the Impact Award in 2015, 2014 and 2007. In 2016, Mr. Bibb received the Randall McGavock Award from the Battle of Franklin Trust for his work in battlefield preservation. In 2016, Attorney-At-Law Magazine featured Mr. Bibb for his community development and legal work. 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

  • Represented bank clients in solar energy lending (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
  • Represented the Land Trust for Tennessee in conservation easement transactions (2017)
  • Led team of attorneys on behalf of bank clients in financing several substantial merger transactions (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
  • Coordinated efforts to preserve Civil War Battlefield sites in Franklin, Tennessee (2005-2017)
  • Represented bank clients in financing the acquisition, development, and construction of hotel properties across the nation (2017)
  • Represented Historic Carnton Plantation and The Carter House in their merger into the Battle of Franklin Trust (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)
  • Led team of attorneys on behalf of bank clients in financing of low income housing tax credit transactions (2015)

What Clients Say

. . . garners much respect in this market, characterized by one interviewee as 'an outstanding lawyer.'
- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2016
. . . highly experienced real estate attorney with a fine reputation in the market . . . particularly recognized for his representation of financial institutions in real estate financings.
- Chambers Commentary (USA), 2016
. . . 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 News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

  • "Julian Bibb III Retires from Law, But Not From Community Service," by Jay Sheridan, Southern Exposure Magazine, December 2017
  • Speaker, Tennessee Preservation Trust Conference, 2017
  • Recognized for work in Civil War battlefield preservation by Bob Zeller in his book "The Second Civil War" published in May 2017
  • Speaker, Sultana Descendants Reunion, 2017
  • Speaker, Leadership Franklin Graduation, 2017
  • Speaker, TLAP, 2017
  • Speaker, Leadership Franklin on Tennessee Court System, January 2017
  • Speaker, Decedent’s Reunion, Battle of Franklin Trust Convention, September 2016
  • ​Speaker, Leadership Franklin Opening Day, August 2016
  • Speaker Franklin Noon Rotary, May 2016
  • Conducted Battle of Franklin Tour and Discussion for Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, May 2016
  • Speaker at Leadership Franklin Graduation, and at Leadership Franklin 20-Year Gala, April 2016
  • "Julian Bibb: Attorney of the Month," by Elizabeth Morse, Attorney at Law Magazine, Vol. 2 No. 2, April 2016
  • 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 the immediate past President of the Heritage Foundation and immediate past Chair of the Board of the Education Foundation for Williamson County.  He is past President of Franklin's Charge, 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 recently 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 recently retired from 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 six 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 (2008-2017)

Best Lawyers in America®, Banking & Finance Law, Corporate Law and Land Use & Zoning Law (1995-2018)

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

Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2006-17)

Business Tennessee, 150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee (2006-16)

Nashville Business Journal, Williamson County Impact Award (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Nashville Business Journal, Best of the Bar (2004-17)

Nashville Post, "In Charge" designation as one of Nashville's influential attorneys (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017)

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, 2015, 2016)

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

Community Involvement

  • Tennessee Board of Law Examiners, Immediate Past President
  • Leadership Franklin, Board of Directors, Chairman
  • Land Trust for Tennessee, legal counsel
  • Cumberland Region Tomorrow, Emeritus Board Member
  • Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Past Chairman
  • Franklin's Charge, Immediate Past President
  • Transportation Management Association, Chairman (2010-14) and Board Member (2017)
  • Education Foundation for Williamson County, Chair and Board Member (2017)
  • Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County, Immediate President and Board Member (2017)
  • New Hope Academy, Capital Campaign Co-Chair (2014-15)
  • University of the South, Former Trustee
  • 2017 Business Legacy Award, Franklin Tomorrow
  • 2017 Legacy Conservationist Award, Cumberland Region Tomorrow
  • 2017 Civic Leadership Award, Education Foundation for Williamson County
  • 2017 Elizabeth Collins Award for Distinguished Service, Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program
  • 2016 Randall McGavock Award
  • 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

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