Michael Altes Named Underwriting Counsel For First American Title Insurance Company's Jacksonville Operations

August 30, 2012, Jacksonville, FLA.,

First American Title Insurance Company announced today that Michael A. Altes, Esq., has joined the company’s Jacksonville, Fla., underwriting department as underwriting counsel.

In his new role, Altes assists Florida-based title insurance agents with risk evaluation and the legal aspects of clearing title on real property.

Altes previously served as southeast regional counsel for a title insurance company where he supervised real estate-related litigation and title insurance underwriting decisions. Prior to that, he was an independent practitioner for public, private and government entities in multiple disciplines, including commercial real estate development and financing, real estate litigation, zoning and land use, real estate titles, title insurance, and wills and probate.    

"The addition of Mike Altes to our Jacksonville operations further bolsters our agent resources in Florida and demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest level of underwriting support in the industry," said Mike LaRosa, vice president and Florida state agency manager.

Altes received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in English Literature from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., and a juris doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1980 and is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law section of The Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Catholic Lawyers Guild.

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 www.firstam.com.



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