Thomas M. Kelley Named Executive Vice President for First American Trust


May 23, 2000, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the nation's leading provider of business information and related products and services, today announced that it has named Thomas M. Kelley executive vice president of the company's subsidiary, First American Trust.

"We are pleased that Tom will be providing us the valuable benefits of his extensive knowledge, experience and credibility with the title company managers and staff to greatly enhance our sales growth and support of these services as we expand them nationally," said Jerald P. Lewis, president and chief executive officer for First American Trust. "Moreover, he will be a great resource in defining additional banking-type services to more closely connect our interests with those of our fellow affiliates." 

"I've had the privilege of knowing Tom for a number of years and look forward to working with him in his new position at First American Trust," said William C. Conrad, president and chief executive officer of First American Capital Management, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The First American Corporation, which provides investment services to First American Trust. "Tom's intimate knowledge of First American's title insurance operations and his relationships within the First American family of companies should prove to be a tremendous benefit." 

Kelley, who has 28 years of title industry experience, started with First American's Orange County, Calif., branch office as a searcher in 1972 while pursuing his law degree. Upon passing the California Bar Exam in 1976, Kelley transferred to the company's legal department as assistant counsel for staff. Three years later, he was promoted to national claims officer and, in 1985, to national claims counsel for the legal and claims department. In 1992, Kelley transferred to the company's Los Angeles subsidiary as regional vice president, where he remained until returning to corporate staff in Santa Ana, Calif., as senior vice president-corporate business development, his most recent position. 

Kelley holds a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Nebraska and a juris doctor from Western State College of Law in Fullerton, Calif. He is a member of both the American and California Bar associations. A native of Nebraska, Kelley lives in Tustin with his wife, Kathy. The couple has two grown children. 

The First American Corporation, based in Santa Ana, Calif., is the nation's leading provider of business information and related products and services. The corporation's three primary business segments include: title insurance and services; real estate information and services, which includes mortgage information services and database information and services; and consumer information and services, which provides home warranties; automotive, subprime and direct-to-consumer credit reporting; property and casualty insurance; property and automotive insurance tracking services; resident screening; pre-employment screening; investment advisory; and trust and banking services. Information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com.

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