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 Expert  728036

Expert in Escrow and Title Insurance, Commercial and Residential Real Estate Closings, and Claims Handeling


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Texas (TX)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has been a licensed attorney since 1973 and has been closing (or supervising the closing of) residential and commercial real estate transactions during most of his legal career. He has been directly involved in the title insurance industry for more than 30 years in a supervisory capacity and is well known as a teacher and expert witness in both Texas and New Mexico. Expert has acted as an expert witness in regulatory hearings before the insurance departments of Texas and New Mexico, before legislative committees in Texas and Florida, in both criminal and civil trials in Texas, and in civil trials in New Mexico and Colorado.

Licenses: Maryland State Bar, 1972; United States Supreme Court, 1976; U. S. District Court of Maryland, 1979; United States Tax Court, 1979; United States Bankruptcy Court, 1979; Title Insurance Agent (State of Maryland) 1979; State Bar of Texas, 1980

Certification: Certified Title Insurance Associate (CTIA) by the Texas Land Title Association – this is the highest level of three certifications that are currently available and less than 30 people have earned the CTIA.

Employment History: (Undisclosed) Insurance Corporation, VP – Sr. Underwriting Counsel & Special Projects Manager, 2004 -2009; Columbian National Title Insurance Company, Regional Senior Vice President and Counsel, 2001-2004; Title Experts and Management Services, President and Consultant, 2000- current; Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, President of subsidiary and Texas Agency Manager, 1997-2000; Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Vice President and Regional Manager, 1996; Title Resources Guaranty Company, President and C.E.O., 1984 - 1996; Texas State Board of Insurance, Assistant Director of Title Insurance, 1981-1984; Expert's Firm, General Counsel, 1980-1981; Frederick, Jersin, & Expert, Attorneys at Law (Rockville, Maryland) 1978-1980; Law Offices of R. E. Expert (Olney, Maryland) 1973-1978; Montgomery County (Maryland) Police Department, Detective Sergeant/Major Fraud Unit, 1963-1973.

Associations:

State Bar of Texas: Committee on Title Insurance, 82-96, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section, 82-10, Antitrust Section, 85-94, Speaker, Advanced Real Estate Law Course, 1988

Texas Land Title Association: Speaker at Regional Seminars, 82-07, Instructor, Land Title School, 82-10, Land Title School Committee, 84-86, 90-91and 01-07, (Chair 89-90), Grievance Committee, 84-86 (Chair 85-86), Rates, Rules and Forms (now Regulatory) Committee, 86-92, 95, 2006-10 (Vice Chair 1987), Special Legislative Committee 86-87, Advisory Committee to State Board of Insurance, 88-89 (Chair), Land Title Institute Committee, 88-91, 2009-10 (speaker 91), Legislative Study Committee 88-89, Six Task Forces - Title Policy Revisions and Marketability, Division of Premium and Home Office Issue (90-91), Certification (90-94 and 02-07), Bylaws Revision, 97-02 (Chair), On-line Education (06-08), and Uniform Closing Instructions (08), Director, 90-96, Chairman, Underwriters Section (92-94), President, 95-96, Long Range Planning Committee 01-03, Peggy Hayes Teaching Excellence Award, 01, Underwriter Section Executive Committee, 96 – 06, Title-Man of the Year Award, 07, Certified Title Insurance Associate, 09-10.

American Land Title Association: N.A.I.C., Liaison, State Legislative and Regulatory Action, Research, 1988, SW Execututive Conference Chair, Underwriters Executive and Government Affairs Committees

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commercial real estate

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corporate real estate

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escrow

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home equity loan

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mortgage fraud

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real estate

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real property

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residential property

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title insurance

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title insurance claim


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Dallas, Texas;  Fort Worth, Texas;  Arlington, Texas;  Plano, Texas;  Garland, Texas;  Irving, Texas;  Grand Prairie, Texas;  Mesquite, Texas;  Carrollton, Texas;  and Richardson, Texas.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1971   Juris Doctorate   Law   Univeristy of Baltimore  
1968   Associate of Arts   Pre-law   Eastern College (now University of Baltimore)  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2001 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

Managing Partner

 

Expert has been acting as an expert witness on a part time basis since the mid 1980s. In 2001 he formed this company in order to act as a consultant and witness. He has done so in more than 50 civil matters.

2004 to 2009

 

Southern Title Insurance Corporation

 

Western Region

 

Sr. Underwriting Counsel & Special Projects Manager

 

He had primary responsibility for development of the company's western region. He acted as underwriting counsel for Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada, he handled claims and managed litigation. He trained title agents and wrote underwriiting bulletins and manuals.

2001 to 2004

 

Columbian National Title Insurance Company

 

Southwest

 

Regional Senior Vice President and Counsel

 

He had primary responsibility for development of the company's Texas operations. He acted as underwriting counsel, handled claims and managed litigation. He trained title agents and wrote underwriting bulletins and manuals.

1997 to 2000

 

Old Republic National Title Insurance Company

 

Southwest

 

President of subsidiary/ Texas Agency Manager

 

He acted as new president of title agency in turn-around situation and then when that company was sold after becoming profitable, acted as Agency Manager for Texas. He had primary responsibility for supervision of the company's Texas agency operations. He also acted as underwriting counsel, handled claims and managed litigation. He trained title agents and wrote underwriting bulletins and manuals.

1996 to 1996

 

Fidelity National Title Insurance Company

 

Southwest

 

Vice President and Regional Manager

 

He was Agency Manager for Texas. He had primary responsibility for supervision of the company's Texas agency operations. He trained and recruited title agents.

1984 to 1996

 

Title Resources Guaranty Company

 

Home Office

 

President

 

He participated in the founding of this company, acted as its Executive Vice President and General Coounsel for a short time before being elected as its President. He had primary responsibility for all phases of its operations and expanded its territory into five states.

1981 to 1984

 

Texas Department of Insurance

 

Title Insurance

 

Assistant Director

 

He had primary responsibility for regulating the title insurance industry in Texas.

1980 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 


 

General Counsel and Manager

 

Expert filed and prosecuted a number of collection law suits for small businesses throughout Texas and managed the company.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert was honored by the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) as its Title Man of the Year in 2007 and his teaching expertise was acknowledged in 2001 by the TLTA Peggy Hayes Teaching Excellence Award. Expert served the TLTA in many capacities including being elected its president for the 1995-1996 term. Expert has also held elected offices in the Title Underwriters of Texas and the American Land Title Association.

Licenses/Certifications

Expert is one of less than thirty people certified by TLTA as a Certified Title Insurance Associate, the highest of three certifications that can be earned.

Professional Appointments

As part-time paid consultant to the New Mexico State Corporation Commission, Department of Insurance, Expert promulgated all title insurance regulations, procedural rules, rate rules and insuring forms currently used in New Mexico. He also assisted in establishing current rate structure statistical plan and reporting procedures and acted as consultant to the NMLTA at the 2003 Rate Hearing.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Published approximately twelve articles on regulation of the title insurance industry appearing in the TLTA News during 1982 and 1983, among a large number of other insurance-related publications.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - National Business Institute Seminars  
 - Texas Land Title Association News  
 - Performance of Title Insurance Underwriters Corporate Development Services, Inc.  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1981 to 1984   Texas Department of Insurance   Regulator   Expert was primarily responsible for the regulation of the Texas title insurance industry.
1963 to 1973   Montgomery County (MD) Police   Detective Sergeant - Major Frauds   Expert investigated major fraud cases.
1985 to 1986   New Mexico Depart of Insurance   Consultant   Expert promulgated all title insurance regulations, procedural rules, rate rules and insuring forms currently used in New Mexico. He also assisted in establishing current rate structure statistical plan.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert acted as an expert witness for plaintiffs in two related civil trails against a title insurance agent and fee attorney office that were involved in a multi-million-dollar loan fraud scheme. Results: seven figure judgment for plaintiffs.
  • He acted as expert witness for plaintiff in suit against title insurance company, Exon Mobile and Chevron for fraud in a real estate transaction. Result: multi-million dollar judgment for plaintiff.
  • Expert has also been an expert witness for multiple title insurers, title insurance agencies and fee attorneys as defendants with very good results - judgment for defendants or settlement for less than cost to proceed to trial.
  • Expert was the expert witness in a title agent's suit against a customer whose law firm used the title agent's research and commitment to render a title opinion and refused, after closing thr transaction, to pay the premium for the title policies it had ordered insuring the 100 Million Dollar Plus transaction. Result, judgmnent for plaintiff.
  • Expert was an expert witness for defendant Chicago Title Insurance Company in a civil suit concerning one of the most notorious loan fraud rings in the Houston area. The case settled favorably.
Recent Client Requests:
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Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Regulatory hearings in Texas and New Mexico; legislative hearings in Texas and Florida, criminal cases in Texas, civil cases in Texas, New Mexico and Colorado, Federal and state courts, depositions, trials and expert witness reports - both plaintiff and defendant.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Market Research:
Expert has extensive experience in the regulation of title insurance and in all positions as a title insurance underwriter. He is frequently quoted by industry publications such as The Legal Description, The Title Report and RESPA News.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your marketing research, industry research, and company research needs.  For research needs involving multiple experts or secondary research, a Research Director can be assigned to coordinate the work into a custom report for you as a potentially quicker and more cost effective alternative to doing this work yourself or hiring a boutique consultancy.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

He has developed courses and seminars on title insurance and escrow matters and spoken on numerous occasions before various city and county land title associations, the New Mexico Escrow Association, the state land title associations of Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas,, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, and the American Land Title Association. Expert has also developed and taught a number of CLE courses.

Other Skills and Services

He has developed on-line training classes and software for the title insurance industry.


 

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