The Talon Group Expands New York Title Operations With Opening of Buffalo Office


June 8, 2004, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The Talon Group New York, a division of First American Title Insurance Company of New York, today announced that it has expanded its operations in New York with the opening of an office in Buffalo. The Talon Group’s network of offices in upstate New York also includes locations in Syracuse and Rochester.

Headed by Bajan “Deak” Koepeczi-Deak, the office is staffed with an experienced team that specializes in working with attorneys and examining counsel to provide abstracts of title and title insurance in connection with residential and commercial real estate transactions. Talon also has a full service agency department that works with title agents. The Buffalo office, which opened May 1, is located at 110 Pearl Street, 9th Floor. It features a large conference room that is available to clients for closings. To reserve the conference room for a closing, call (716) 853-6529.

Koepeczi-Deak, vice president and manager, is an industry veteran with 30 years of experience. He brings extensive management, marketing and underwriting expertise to the Talon team. Prior to joining Talon he served in various management and business development positions for one of the area’s large underwriters. 

Deak will be assisted by five veteran members of the title insurance industry. Christopher C. Willett, counsel, is a native of upstate New York who specializes in all aspects of real property law. Prior to joining Talon he was a partner with Willett & Willett, a general practice law firm that primarily represents clients in commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Molly Irvin-Peter, underwriter, comes to Talon from one of the area’s major underwriters. She brings 25 years of experience in underwriting and resolving real property title issues, examining counsel administration, customer service and title production.

Katherine Rusek, agency representative, also comes to Talon from a major title insurance company. She has more than 10 years of experience in marketing, business development, and management of agency relationships in the upstate New York market.  

John J. Ben serves as counsel, underwriter and abstractor. He has more than 20 years of experience with major title companies in upstate New York. Based in Lockport, N.Y., Ben has extensive knowledge and experience in the Niagara County area.

James G. Burke, searcher/abstractor, has 20 years of experience supervising and researching title records and examination of legal documents related to real property, primarily in Erie County.

Formed in February 2003, The Talon Group represents the first time a company in the title industry has intentionally established a competitive brand in order to gain market share and improve long-term profitability. Serving the nation’s top real estate markets, the division aggressively competes for market share by providing high-quality title services. Talon is currently operating in key markets such Washington D.C., Chicago, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Dallas, Indianapolis, upstate New York, Michigan, Ohio, Utah, Arizona, the state of Washington and Florida. Information about The Talon Group and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.talongroup.biz.

First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF), traces its history to 1889. One of the largest title insurers in the nation, the company offers title services through nearly 1,500 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 Corporation’s subsidiaries and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at www.firstam.com.

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