Rita K. Watson Appointed Vice President and Counsel for The Talon Group

May 20, 2005, SANTA ANA, Calif.

The Talon Group, a division of First American Title Insurance Company, today announced that Rita K. Watson [formerly Rita Morales] has been appointed vice president and counsel for the company’s operations in Washington, D.C. 

An attorney for more than 10 years, Watson has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate transactions. She has worked both in-house and in large law firms representing banks, insurance companies, financial institutions, developers and institutional owners in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions. Prior to joining The Talon Group, she served as assistant general counsel for Freddie Mac in the Multifamily Law Division and was an associate in the real estate departments of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw and Morrison & Foerster.

Watson graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and went on to earn a juris doctor, cum laude, from Howard University School of Law. She currently resides in Potomac, Md.

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, Indianapolis, 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 more than 1,700 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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