THE FIRST AMERICAN CORPORATION PROMOTES THOMAS A. KLEMENS TO SENIOR EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT


January 7, 2002, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), the nation’s leading, diversified provider of business information and related products and services, today announced that Thomas A. Klemens has been promoted to senior executive vice president. He will retain his duties as chief financial officer.

Klemens joined First American in 1985, when he became vice president-controller for the company’s primary subsidiary, First American Title Insurance Company. He was appointed principal accounting officer for both First American Title and The First American Corporation in 1992, then a year later, was named vice president-chief financial officer for both entities. He was promoted to executive vice president of the corporation in 1996.

A graduate of California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Klemens is a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Accountants. He lives in San Clemente, Calif., with his wife, Patricia, and their two children.

Tracing its history to 1889, The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is the nation’s leading, diversified provider of business information and related products and services. The corporation’s three primary business segments include: title information and services; real estate information and services, which includes mortgage information services and database information and services; and consumer information and services, which provides automotive, subprime and direct-to-consumer credit reporting; direct-to-consumer public records reporting; resident screening; pre-employment screening; automobile title administration; property and automotive and insurance tracking services; property and casualty insurance; home warranties, 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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