Jennifer West Signs

Partner Gulfport
(228) 214-0405
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Education
  • University of North Carolina School of Law
    J.D., 1988,

    with honors

  • Mississippi College
    B.A., 1985,

    with special distinction

Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1988
About Jennifer
Jennifer has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2010; but you might say that she learned real estate law from the ground up, beginning as a summer title abstractor during law school in the 1980s.
Q&A
  • What type of matters do you work on most often?

    Although I have represented many banks and other lenders over the years, I primarily consider myself a dirt lawyer. I have long-standing relationships with the regional and local officers of First American Title Insurance Company, which help me provide my clients with excellent title insurance service. My transactional work is balanced by day-to-day real estate representation of Mississippi Power Company and other companies and government agencies.

  • What do you see on the horizon in your area of practice?

    The Mississippi Gulf Coast real estate market was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The cost of insurance and a slow economy also impeded recovery. We are finally beginning to see a sustained increase in new building and renovation projects, and the future of my hometown and the real estate practice in this part of the state is bright once again.

  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?
  • What do you find most exciting about your work?
MORE ABOUT Jennifer
  • Power plant addition and refinance: Represented utility corporation in the structure and financing of a synthetic lease for additional generating units at its electric power plant and more recently issued $355 million title insurance policy for the project refinance. (2011)
  • Casino sale: Represented casino corporation in the sale of its local assets for $275 million after handling the real estate aspects of the land acquisition, development, and financing from the project's inception. (2014)
  • Industrial facility acquisition: Represented purchaser in acquisition of waterfront industrial facilities and issued $45 million title insurance policy. (2011)
  • Port authority industrial facility acquisition: Represented port authority in acquisition of waterfront industrial facilities and issued $28.5 million title insurance policy. (2015)
  • Solar facility lease negotiation: Represented utility company in the negotiation of a ground lease with the federal government for a $30 million solar facility to be constructed on a military installation. (2016)
  • Shopping center acquisition and renovation: Represented purchaser of shopping center and issued $18 million title insurance policy as well as all refinancing thereof since acquisition. (2006-present)
  • Shopping center development: Represented developer of shopping center in acquisition and compilation of various parcels of land and issued a total $11 million in title insurance policies for construction and development. (2008)
  • Wetlands mitigation bank financing: Issued lender's and owner's title insurance for $6 million wetlands acreage. (2013)
  • Evaluation and restructure of utility easements: Represented utility company in identifying and reviewing more than 30 easements for substations, transmission, and distribution lines serving an oil refinery and negotiate for restructure of same. (2015)
    Education
    • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1988,

      with honors

    • Mississippi College, B.A., 1985,

      with special distinction

    Courts
    • Supreme Court of Mississippi, 1988
    Bar Admissions
    • Mississippi, 1988
    Professional Affiliations
    • Mississippi Bar Association, Real Property Section, section chair, 2006 - 2007 and Executive Committee 2003 - 2006; and Ethics Committee 2009 - 2010
    • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
    • Harrison County Bar Association
    • American Land Title Association
    Awards & Accolades
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Project Finance Law and Real Estate Law, 2010 - present 
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, Gulfport, 2017
    Community Involvement
    • First Baptist Church, Gulfport, member and Master Design Committee