First American Title Insurance Company Promotes James J. Dufficy to Lead Lenders Advantage Division

June 20, 2005, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company today announced that James J. Dufficy has been appointed as director of the company’s Lenders Advantage Division. Dufficy, who also serves as senior vice president and regulatory counsel for the corporation, replaces Patrick E. McLaughlin, who has been named president of the company’s National Default Title Services group.

As director of the division, Dufficy will be responsible for the continued growth and development of the streamlined title and settlement services pioneered through Lenders Advantage. He also will oversee the expansion of the division’s bundling and First American One Rate initiatives, and the consolidation of its property information, equity and first mortgage operations.

Dufficy’s tenure with First American began in 1994, when he was named regional claims counsel for First American Title’s Phoenix operations. Two years later, he relocated to the company’s corporate headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif., and was promoted to senior national claims counsel. He was then promoted to his most recent position as vice president, regulatory counsel and special counsel in 2001.

Dufficy’s background prior to joining First American includes four years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A member of the American Bar Association, he also worked for two law firms in Colorado before opening his own legal practice in 1989.

A Colorado native, Dufficy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a juris doctor from the University of Denver. He and his wife, Sheryl, currently live in Coto de Caza, Calif., with their three children.

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 more than 1,700 offices and an extensive network of agents throughout the United States and abroad. The company has its headquarters in Santa AnaCalif. Information about The First American Corporation’s subsidiaries and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at


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