First American Title names Stephen C. Torneo to the position of vice president-subdivision projects


October 6, 1999, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation's largest title insurers, today announced that Stephen C. Torneo has been named vice president-subdivision projects. Working out of the corporate office in Santa Ana, Calif., Torneo will be responsible for special projects and legal support for subdivision.

Torneo started with First American as associate claims counsel for the Santa Ana, Calif., corporate office in 1986. Later that same year, he transferred to the company's Riverside, Calif., office as regional claims counsel, a position he held until 1997 when he left the company to join another California title company for which he served as county manager for Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange counties. Prior to joining First American, Torneo served as associate counsel for the law firm of Rose, Klein & Marias in Long Beach, Calif., and as Southern California sales manager for the Northridge, Calif., office of Great Western Savings.

Torneo, who is a member of the State Bar of California, holds a bachelor of arts degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and a juris doctor from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, Calif. Torneo lives in the city of Yorba Linda with his wife, Karen, and their two daughters.

First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of The First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), traces its history to 1889. One of the largest title insurers in the nation, the company offers title services through more than 500 offices and an extensive network of agents throughout the United States and abroad. The company has its headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif. Information about The First American Financial Corporation's subsidiaries and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com.

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