First American Title Appoints Three Executives to New Lenders Advantage® Sales Team

—Strategic Account Directors Provide Customized Title, Signing and Settlement Solutions to National Lenders—


August 27, 2008, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company announced today that Merri J. Altadonna, Katie Jaime and Marcus Vallejos have been appointed senior vice presidents and strategic account directors for the company’s Lenders Advantage division.

In their new roles, the team members will be responsible for expanding the existing partnerships with national lenders, in addition to providing solutions for the company’s new lender clients. Focusing on each lender’s technology and processes, the team can better align First American’s solutions to meet the lenders’ unique objectives.

“We’re thrilled to have seasoned professionals such as, Merri, Katie and Marcus join our executive team,” said Sam Zaki, executive vice president, national sales manager of First American’s Lenders Advantage division. “Their backgrounds, experience and relationships will open doors to new areas of business for First American. Combined with our progressive products, quality services and new innovations, we anticipate much continued success in the market.”

Patrick E. McLaughlin, president of Lenders Advantage, adds: “It takes more than years of experience to be a valuable partner with top lenders in today’s volatile market. All of our executives were purposely selected because they can offer a new consultative approach to sales, effectively aligning our product, service and technology solutions to support the changing strategies of top lenders.”

Merri J. Altadonna comes to First American after serving as a sales manager and national lender manager for another large national title insurer. With more than eight years of experience in the national and regional sales arena, Altadonna is focused on finding solutions for clients and providing superior customer service. An affiliate of the Contra Costa Association of Realtors since 2002, Altadonna also was involved with the Women’s Council of Realtors from 2003 to 2005.

Katie Jaime is a sales veteran with a demonstrated ability to build and maintain successful account relationships. She comes to her new position following four years as vice president and strategic account director for the Client Relations group of First American’s parent company, The First American Corporation. After three years in the banking industry, she joined First American in 1996 and went on to serve as an account manager with First American CREDCO and a national accounts senior manager with First American Real Estate Services. Her professional affiliations include past membership in the Mortgage Bankers Association and the California Mortgage Bankers Association.

Marcus Vallejos, who has been with First American since 1994, has held a number of management positions with the company’s Orange County branch and National Lenders Advantage division. He has extensive experience in all aspects of title and escrow operations, and has successfully implemented numerous service solutions for top lenders over the years. In his most recent role, he managed the Signature Services division, the Customer Advocate team, and the Websigning platform.

About Lenders Advantage®
Lenders Advantage is a leading provider of origination solutions and the lender services division of First American Title Insurance Company. For more than 15 years, Lenders Advantage has specialized in applying advanced technology to deliver innovative title products and quality settlement services to the top regional and national lenders. More information about the division’s lender solutions can be accessed on its Web site at www.lendersadvantage.com.

About First American Title Insurance Company
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 its direct operations 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.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this press release, including those relating to First American’s future market performance, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These and other forward-looking statements may contain the words “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “predict,” “estimate,” “project,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” and other similar words and phrases. Risks and uncertainties exist that may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

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