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Company Summary

Join our Agency team! First American Title's Agency Division is dedicated to providing our policy-issuing agents with resources, services and underwriting guidance needed to achieve new levels of success. As a global leader in providing title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions, First American has been entrusted to protect homeownership since 1889. Don’t miss this opportunity to join the Agency team and build your career at First American Title Insurance Company (NYSE: FAF). We believe that our people are the key to the company’s continued success. Because our employees enable our future, we invest in theirs by supporting their careers and promoting their overall wellbeing. First American has created an award-winning culture and has been named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® 2018 list for the third consecutive year and to more than 50 regional Best Places to Work lists. For more information, visit www.firstam.com

Job Summary

Job Description

Underwriting Counsels provide underwriting support and expertise to company personnel, agents, and customer(s), in relation to the issuance of residential and commercial real estate title insurance commitments and policies. In addition, the role provides services in relation to escrow functions of commercial closings in collaboration with agents and customer(s).  Utilizes Company underwriting standards and guidelines within delegated authority limits, in order to underwrite and negotiate the coverage issues relevant to the issuance of title insurance; provides guidance in the performance of real estate settlement services.

Essential Functions:

Legal

  • Provides underwriting support, counsel, and authorization to company personnel, agents, and customer(s), related to the issuance of real estate title insurance commitments and policies;
  • Utilizes underwriting standards and guidelines within delegated authority limits, to underwrite the issuance of title insurance policies.

Underwriting Teamwork

  • Shares responsibility with underwriting team for communicating information related to underwriting and real estate settlement services to agents and other MA agency team players as necessary – this includes training and presentations;
  • Supports the development and maintenance of effective business relationships with agents, as well as internal and other external clients in order to attract, develop and retain profitable business for Massachusetts;
  • Participates in industry events, conventions and local real estate groups (like REBA) to help market First American and promote the title industry;

Knowledge and Skills

  • Understanding of, and strong desire to master, concepts, practices and procedures of real estate titles and closing;
  • Knowledge of Federal and State regulations related to real estate title insurance and settlement services;
  • Knowledge and understanding of commercial transactions and endorsements.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to diagnose and analyze problems, identify and drive appropriate solutions, and achieve desired results;
  • Ability to collaborate and act decisively.
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong negotiation skills and the ability to work under pressure;
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi- task;
  • Ability to build relationships and create rapport with agents and co-workers;
  • Ability to “think outside the box” and make unique yet sound decisions to resolve complex issues.

Education

  • Law Degree required.
  • Admitted to practice in Massachusetts

Typical Range of Experience

  • Minimum 5-7 years related legal experience.

License or Certification

  • Licensed to practice law, in good standing

First American invests in its employees' development and well-being, empowers them to provide superior customer service and encourages them to serve the communities where they live and work. First American is committed to diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer. For more information about our Company and our dedication to putting People First, check out firstam.com/careers.

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.


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