Name: Nicole S. Loeffler
Company: Weatherspoon & Voltz LLP
Title: Of Counsel
How do you benefit from your TCREW Membership?
The information learned through networking and programming events has been incredibly helpful in serving my clients. Thorough and timely programming offers a great perspective on the big picture of what is happening in the Triangle and around the State, which in turn helps me focus on what is important for my clients. I have also appreciated all of the contacts I have made through TCREW networking, which have proven invaluable as I work on deals for my clients.
What do you do at and in what circumstances would I come to you for something?
I represent a wide variety of commercial property owners as they buy, develop, lease, and sell land. My clients include hotel developers, shopping center developers, and residential development developers who buy vacant tracts of land and assemble them for development. I also represent small business owners with acquisition and sale of existing buildings. I tend to serve clients with unique needs, like solar farms, data centers, and even a biomass project. Some of my favorite work is my niche practice in representing land trusts to protect land with significant conservation values, and I have helped to protect over 2,000 acres of land in the Triangle.
Who has influenced you most when it comes to how you approach your work?
I started my practice as an associate helping Mike Medford, a brilliant litigator, handling primarily federal court litigation cases. Mike’s approach to a litigation matter and how he advises his clients has served as the foundation for how I practice law. Even though my practice quickly shifted to commercial real estate law, I still rely daily on his example for practicing law: always act with integrity; have respect for the court system and everyone involved in your matter, even when you are dealing with a difficult personality; read and analyze all materials thoroughly, before you make a recommendation; focus on the desired outcome, with steps that are designed to reach your goal; and never forget that your role is to serve your client, even when the situation is challenging.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
I am very careful about keeping in mind that what I do is for the benefit of the client, which means that my actions and words should be for that purpose. I have seen too many deals hit unnecessary snags when the personalities (egos!) of the lawyers get in the way of the transaction, which does not benefit the clients involved.
What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?
My work helping preserve open spaces and other properties for conservation purposes. In addition to helping Triangle Land Conservancy conserve multiple properties in Wake County and Johnston County, I am most proud of helping Susan Wyatt negotiate with Wake County to donate her and her late husband’s 59 acre Kellam-Wyatt Farm to Wake County, ensuring that the farm will be shared with future generations!
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I received a Bachelor of Interior Architecture, with a minor in historic preservation, from the University of Oregon.
What’s something you saw recently that made you smile?
My middle son (12 years old) added folders on my home computer screen that, collectively, read “I love you Mom.”
What’s something—big or small—that you’re really bad at?
Cooking, cars, and computers.
What’s something—big or small—that you’re really good at?
I think I am a pretty good mom (all cooking aside).
What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?
I played a number of instruments until I started college. Now that my children are taking music lessons, we recently purchased a new piano. I have just started playing piano again! It is coming back slowly, but recent stay-at-home orders are giving me time to ease back into it.