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Texas Bar honors Charles Jacobus ’73

Given lifetime achievement award for distinguished career in real estate law

Charles Jacobus

The Real Estate Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar of Texas has honored Charles J. “Chuck” Jacobus ’73 with its 2012 Distinguished Texas Real Estate Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award.

“It is the highest award the State Bar of Texas gives in real estate law and to win it is kind of mind numbing,” Jacobus said. “It has been awarded 13 times and the people who received the award before me were icons of the industry. To be considered in that group is a great honor.”

In addition to his private practice in Bellaire, Jacobus is executive vice president of Charter Title Co. in Houston and an advisory title officer for Fidelity National Title Insurance Co. He is a member of the Houston Real Estate Lawyer’s Council and was elected to the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 1985.

Jacobus has been named as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2003 and in 2011 was voted one of the top 100 attorneys of Texas.  He is also featured in Martindale-Hubble Bar Registry of Pre-eminent Lawyers, the Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in the World, and was recently featured in the U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Law Firms”.

Jacobus has served on numerous association boards and commissions and is the author of nine books on real estate law. He also has written and presented numerous papers and has taught as an adjunct at the University of Houston Law Center. He also served as mayor of his hometown of Bellaire and was active in the Boy Scouts.