First American Title Insurance Company's New York Division Rolls Out 2011 Continuing Legal Education Program

Seminars Designed to Meet Strong Demand from New York’s Legal Community

March 3, 2011, SANTA ANA, Calif.

First American Title Insurance Company announced today its much anticipated 2011 program of Continuing Legal Education (CLE).

The 2011 CLE program provided by First American Title Insurance Company’s New York Division offers 25 individual seminars on a range of topics from “Title Insurance 101” to timely and more practice-specific courses such as “Transfer and Mortgage Taxes in Foreclosure and Bankruptcy.”

The 2011 program is designed to satisfy increasing demand for market-specific information from attorneys and other professionals in the real property sector, as New York’s real estate markets enters recovery. Course information is designed to serve as a valuable resource to those seeking to understand regulatory developments impacting the industry.

For many years, First American has been the largest and most prolific provider of real estate-oriented CLE courses in New York. In 2010, approximately 2,500 attendees participated in nearly 60 individual CLE presentations across New York City and Long Island.

Featured lecturers this year are renowned veteran title experts, Michael J. Berey and S.H. Spencer Compton, Esq. Both are First American executives, frequent CLE lecturers and prolific contributors of real estate law articles to the prestigious New York Law Journal and the New York Real Property Law Journal. 

Among his numerous contributions to the CLE program in 2011, Berey will be lecturing on current developments in New York case law affecting real property and New York City development rights, a discussion of the law authorizing the transfer of development rights. Compton’s many presentations this year will include courses on 1031 exchanges, commercial leasing and title insurance in sophisticated real estate loans.

The CLE program also features seminars led by First American’s Andrew Jaeger, Esq.; Anthony Vozza, Esq.; David Wanetik, Esq.; Mitchell Gluck Esq.; Matthew Cahill, Esq.; Stephen Farber, Esq.; Vincent Plaia, Esq. and John Kelley, Esq.

Dedicated to keeping New York’s real estate community abreast of key topics and developments, First American’s CLE seminars are available on request and at the convenience of those they serve. For more information or to schedule a CLE presentation, First American invites interested parties to contact Michelle Donaldson at (212) 922-9700 or

The full program of First American’s 2011 CLE seminars follows:  


1031 Exchange An overview of the process and requirements for a tax-deferred exchange under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. S.H. Spencer Compton, Esq.
The 2006 ALTA Forms Insuring Clauses, Exclusions and Conditions in the 2006 ALTA title insurance policies.

Michael J. Berey, Esq., 
S.H. Spencer Compton, Esq.,
or Andrew D. Jaeger, Esq.

Building Loans
& New York’s
Lien Law

Construction lending in New York including transaction structures and lien priority issues.


Michael J. Berey, Esq.
Claims Chronicles A review of actual claims files and litigation discussing real property law and title insurance coverage issues. James Thanasules, Esq.
Leasing 101

Basic lease negotiation from both the
landlord’s and the tenant’s counsels’


S.H Spencer Compton, Esq.
Current Developments

Discussion of recent New York case law
affecting real property.

Michael J. Berey, Esq.
DIP Financing and
Other Bankruptcy
Concerns for the
Transactional Real
Estate Lawyer

A discussion of real estate and title insurance issues in various bankruptcy contexts, including DIP financings, 363 sales and exit financings.


S.H. Spencer Compton, Esq. or Andrew D. Jaeger, Esq.
Ethical Conflicts for
Real Estate
This program compares the new “Rules of Professional Conduct” enacted 4/1/09 to the old “Code of Professional Responsibility” and discusses specific conflicts of interests and IOLA account considerations faced by the real estate practitioner. S.H. Spencer Compton, Esq. or Anthony Vozza, Esq.


Note to Editors: While typically, First American provides CLE courses onsite at individual law firms, the company periodically conducts sessions on critical topics that are open to the broader industry.  Information will be distributed on the latter sessions during the course of 2011, and interested members of the media may arrange to attend by contacting Margot Olcay at 212-843-8284.


About First American Title Insurance Company

First American Title Insurance Company, the largest subsidiary of First American Financial 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 First American Financial Corporation’s subsidiaries and an archive of its press releases can be found on the Internet at


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