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ABA TIPS Title Insurance Litigation Committee

Title Insurance Litigation Committee

The Title Insurance Litigation Committee covers all matters relating to the law of title insurance, including legislative, regulatory and judicial. The Committee examines contractual and extra-contractual disputes between and among insureds, insurers, third parties, and governmental or quasi-governmental bodies.

Dear Title Insurance Litigation Committee Members:

I am pleased to announce that our committee will host a one-hour telephone program on May 12, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. EDT entitled “Real Estate Litigation: Legal Update on Key Title Insurance Provisions.” The program will be co-hosted by the Title Insurance Subcommittee of the Real Estate Litigation Committee of the ABA’s Litigation Section. This will be a roundtable-style presentation, featuring Jerel Hill and Jason Bergman. As most of you know, Mr. Hill provides our committee with title insurance case law updates at our meetings, and also co-authors the “Recent Developments in Title Insurance Law” article, which appears each year in the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal. Mr. Bergman is underwriting counsel with First American Title Insurance Company.

If you would like to attend this program, please contact our committee’s programming vice-chair, Marc Brown (mwbrown@goldbergsegalla) who will provide prepared materials and the call-in information prior to the event.

Steven Parker

Chair, Title insurance Litigation Committee

Greetings From The Chair

Welcome to the ABA Title Insurance Litigation Committee! My name is Steven Parker, and I have the privilege of serving as the 2015-2016 Committee Chair.

Our committee has been in existence for almost 25 years, and our membership includes in-house counsel and outside counsel from across the United States and Canada. Our members are distinguished lawyers from around the country, and include members from the nation's finest law firms and corporations. We comprise a diverse cross-section of the title industry devoted to the awareness of developing title case law, professional networking, monitoring trends in the title industry and being a resource to each other.

The Committee typically meets twice a year in the Spring and at the Annual ABA Meeting. We present CLE seminars relevant to the title insurance and escrow industry, discuss legislative, regulatory and judicial developments, and also gather for dinners and other social events, forging and strengthening friendships and business contacts. At our Spring 2015 meeting, for example, Bushnell Nielsen was our headline speaker, and at the ABA’s 2015 annual meeting in Chicago, our panelists included the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and a Justice from the Texas Court of Appeals. The Committee's Spring 2016 meeting will be in Santa Monica, CA in March 2016, with more details to follow. The ABA annual meeting will be in San Francisco, CA from August 3-8, 2016. If you are an in-house counsel and are considering attending our meetings, be aware that we have a sponsorship program. For more information, please contact Committee Treasurer Rob Graham at

In addition to this website, the Committee has also created a LinkedIn page ( and a Facebook page ( Please visit us. Many thanks to immediate past chair Ryan Squire for all of his hard work, organization and leadership. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in more information about the committee or, better yet, join us at one of our upcoming meetings.

Thank you for visiting. We look forward to seeing you!

Steven R. Parker, Esq.
Vice President
Senior Claims Counsel
Fidelity National Title Group
601 Riverside Avenue
Building Five | Fourth Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Direct: 904.701.6390 | Facsimile: 904.633.3060
Toll Free: 877.862.9111 Ext. 8799

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In-House Attorney Sponsorship Program

We are excited to announce that the number of registrations submitted for this year’s Spring Meeting in Santa Monica have been strong, so much so that the number of in-house counsel from the various underwriters planning on attending currently exceeds the number of firms who have volunteered to sponsor in-house counsel. If you have not already done so, we would appreciate if your firm would please consider sponsoring an in-house counsel to attend the Spring Meeting, Friday night dinner and daytime excursion. If you are interested in providing a sponsorship for an in-house counsel, please contact Jason Hill at so that he can coordinate the sponsorship.

Meet The Members

Jerel Hill

Ryan SquireJerel has been licensed to practice since 1977 having earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Texas. He is a sole practitioner with a practice focusing on real estate in Kingwood, Texas.

1) When did you first become involved in the American Bar Association Title Insurance Litigation Committee?

I joined TILC in 1992 when Donald Menmer of Philadelphia, an early chairman, called me out of the blue one day. It was shortly after I went into private practice. First attended a committee meeting in 1996. Convention was in Disney World that year. My wife and I took our kids. I liked the committee’s members and program. Have made the Convention every year since with two exceptions.

2) If you weren’t a real estate lawyer, what would you be?

If I was not a real estate lawyer, I might have taught physics at the college level or (less likely) written a column about music.

3) You are known for your Jimmy Buffett’esque shirts. How many are in your collection and which one is your favorite?

I have about 40 Hawaiian shirts. If you like, I can send you a photo (probably on Monday) of my favorite. Let me know.

4) Are you licensed in any other state besides Texas?

Only licensed in Texas.

5) What are your top three “bucket list” items?

I do not like “bucket list” concept. However, I will say I would like to

  1. Continue to take trips with my wife;
  2. Spend more time in the San Diego area, and
  3. Continue to help those (people and dogs) not as fortunate as me.


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