Thomas S. Hartman named regional V.P.-Pacific Northwest Operations


December 23, 1999, SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA

First American Title Insurance Company, one of the nation's largest title insurers, today announced that it has named Thomas S. Hartman to the position of regional vice president of its Pacific Northwest region, which includes the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Hartman joined First American in 1986 as legal counsel in Spokane, Wash. Following that he managed title and escrow operations in both Tucson and Phoenix, Ariz. He was the company's Snohomish County manager in Everett, Wash., until accepting his most recent position as vice president of special operations for corporate staff in Santa Ana, Calif. Prior to joining First American, Hartman worked as an attorney with the Seattle law firm of Preston, Thorgrimson, Ellis & Holman.

Hartman, a member of the State Bar of Washington, holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Washington State University in Pullman and a juris doctor from University of California Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law. Hartman and his wife, Cheryl, will return to Washington to reside in the Seattle area with their two children.

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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