Jeff Brown is a member within Moore & Van Allen's Commercial Real Estate group. He focuses his practice on the representation of investors and developers in an array of real estate-related transactions and ventures.


Jeff represents and serves as counsel to his clients in a comprehensive range of real estate-related matters, from financing, acquisitions and dispositions, joint venture and real estate investment structuring, and development, including complex land use, entitlement and public/private economic development projects. Jeff is also active in certain government relations matters.



  • Best Lawyers in America, Charlotte Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2019, 2021, 2024
  • Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2003-2024; Land Use and Zoning Law, 2003-2024; Government Relations Practice, 2003-2024
  • Chambers USA - North Carolina, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2014-2021, 2023
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Real Estate & Land Use Law, 2003-2019
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Real Estate Law, 2008-2012, 2023
  • City of Charlotte “Mayor’s Award” recipient - recognizing one Charlotte citizen who has demonstrated unselfish community leadership
  • YMCA of Greater Charlotte George Williams Award recipient 
  • William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, Wildacres Leadership Initiative
  • Charlotte Business Journal “40 under 40” award recipient
  • North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership Fellowship




  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte Childress Klein Center for Real Estate Board of Advisors (Former Chair)
  • Urban Land Institute Board of Directors - Western NC
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees (Past)
  • Central Piedmont Community College Foundation Board & President’s Council (Past)
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte Foundation Board (Past)
  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce:
    • Board of Directors (Past);
    • Land Use & Transportation Committees (Past);
    • Aviation Committee (Past Chair); 
    • Legal Counsel & Executive Committee (Past);
    • Public Policy Division, Chair (Past)
    • Transit Referendum Leadership Group (Past);
    • Amendment One Leadership Group (Past)
  • YMCA of Greater Charlotte:
    • Facilities Committee
    • Stratford Richardson YMCA (Past Chair);
    • Metro Board & Executive Committee (Past);
    • Public Policy/Comm. Development Chair (Past);
    • Johnston YMCA, Chair (Past);
    • Success by Six/YMCA/Thompson’s Family Services Task Force (Past)
  • Metropolitan Charlotte Citizens Transit Advisory Group, Co-chair (Past)
  • City of Charlotte Privatization/Competition Advisory Committee, Vice-chair (Past)
  • Mecklenburg County Zoning Board of Adjustment (Past)
  • The McCallie School, Alumni Financial Development 


J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, 1984

B.S., University of North Carolina, Phi Beta Kappa, 1981


  • North Carolina, 1984
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“Jefferson is very smart and works on big, complex projects.” - Chambers, 2023

Chambers USA - North Carolina, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2014-2021, 2023

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