A certified mediator and arbitrator and experienced litigator, Mike Tighe has represented title insurers and their insureds, as well as lenders and major developers, in real estate-related litigation in state and federal courts in South Carolina, and in transactional matters since 1971.
In fact, his peers often call him to testify as an expert witness on real estate and title insurance related issues. He also frequently addresses Continuing Legal Education and Judicial Continuing Legal Education seminars, as well as trade group programs. The topic usually is real estate, although he has spoken on law office management and litigation matters.
A native of Columbia, Mike studied as an undergraduate program for only two years at the University of South Carolina, completing his bachelor’s degree during his first year at the University of South Carolina School of Law. While in law school, he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa, served as Editor-in-Chief of the South Carolina Law Review, and Chief Justice of the Order of Wig and Robe. After graduating first in his law school class, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Mike then was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. For four years while in the military, he served as trial or defense counsel in numerous special and general courts-martial. He was an assistant attorney general for two years after leaving the Air Force. In 1971, he went into private practice.
In addition to being a practicing attorney, Mike is a timber farmer and manager of a stream mitigation credit bank.