Tim Hurlbut

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  • Commercial Lending
  • Construction Lending
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Secured Transactions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Acquisitions
  • Construction
  • Development
  • Leasing
  • Title Insurance and Survey
  • Business Advisory


Tim Hurlbut is a pragmatic, deal-focused transaction lawyer whose practice is focused on commercial finance and real estate, often representing financial institutions.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Tim was in banking.   That experience trained Tim to understand how financing sources think and work.  Tim also routinely acts as outside “general counsel” for the financial institutions he serves.  In that capacity, it is common for him to help various bank departments, from private banking to loan origination, by answering routine legal questions and generally helping them better perform their duties.  He has assisted banks in software acquisition transactions and has designed new commercial lending products and services for bank clients.

Tim routinely assists clients originate, structure, investigate, document and close commercial loans of all sizes and stripes, including C&I loans, construction loans and long-term real estate financings.

Tim also has broad experience with the workout of commercial loans.  He frequently advises banks as to the means to best restructure loans in order to maximize recovery and reduce risk.  He has been the lead attorney on numerous restructuring transactions involving everything from rolling stock to golf courses to large investment real estate portfolios.  Tim understands that filing suit is not always the best solution and that the resolution of difficult credits often requires “outside the box” thinking.

Beyond his work on behalf of financial institutions, Tim has an extensive background in representing both business and commercial real estate clients.  Tim regularly counsels liquor store owners, developers, real estate companies, manufacturers and a variety of other businesses.  Tim has been involved in the formation of new entities, purchase and sale transactions, financings, and general business contracting and transactions.  His understanding of commercial lenders is useful in counseling borrower clients as to what they should expect from their lender in all manner of financing transactions.

For his commercial real estate clients, Tim often documents and negotiates commercial leases, both for landlords and tenants, many times involving Fortune 500 companies.  He also represents buyers and sellers in real estate purchasing and conveyancing transactions and assists his clients with all aspects of the transaction from the preparation and negotiation of the purchase agreement to conducting due diligence and closing.  Likewise, he is skilled at drafting easements, access agreements, licenses and other real estate instruments


  • Indiana University (B.A., Double Major – Political Science/History 1996)
  • Indiana University – Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D., 2002, cum laude)


  • Super Lawyers – Rising Star
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series Graduate
  • Recipient of the 2012 Indianapolis Bar Association – Board of Directors Award

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