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ABA TIPS Title Insurance Litigation Committee

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.

Our next meeting is at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York, NY at the New York Grand Hyatt ( We encourage you to register as soon as possible as the ABA room block fills quickly. Registration for hotel, the ABA conference, and our seminar, Professional Liability and Bad Faith as Applied to Title Insurance – Two Important Items for Underwriters and Outside Counsel to Consider, can be done through the ABA at Our seminar will be held on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 9am to noon and CLE credit will be available.

This program will cover the fundamental principles of professional errors and omissions policies as applied to recoupment efforts on title insurance claims and common failures in making a claim on a professional errors and omission policies and practical tips to avoid pitfalls. It will also include a presentation and discussion of bad faith principles as applied to the title insurance industry, including practical advice on claims handling in order to negate bad faith claims through expedited resolution and consistent claims handling procedure. Finally, the program will include our annual “Title Case Law Update” which will summarize the trending cases from a national perspective.

In addition to the formal ABA programming, our Committee will be hosting a welcome cocktail hour on Thursday, August 10, 2017, our Committee dinner on Friday, August 11, 2017 and a happy hour on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Details for our programming will be published on our website and sent via our listserv with our registration form.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who helped make our Spring Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina a resounding success.

Jamie Walson

Chair, Title Insurance Litigation Committee

Greetings From The Chair

The Title Insurance Litigation Committee has now been in existence for over twenty-five years. The strength of our Committee lies in the robust and dedicated membership, many of whom are glad to tell stories about the founding of the Committee. Our membership includes in-house counsel and outside counsel from across the United States and Canada. We have members from every major title insurance underwriter in the United States. 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 traditionally meets twice a year in the Spring and at the ABA Annual Meeting. Each meeting consists of seminars relevant to the title insurance and escrow industry. Equally important, we also gather for dinners and other social events, forging and strengthening friendships and business contacts. This past year our meetings were in Santa Monica, CA and San Francisco, CA and included outside counsel presenters and presenters from First American Title Insurance Company, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company and Stewart Title Insurance Company. The Spring 2017 meeting will be in Charleston, SC at the Mills House ( on March 2-4, 2017. The ABA Annual Meeting will be in New York, NY from August 10-15, 2017. 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 Marc Brown at

In addition to this website, the Committee has also created a LinkedIn page and a Facebook page. Please visit us.

I and the Committee owe a debt of gratitude to Steven Parker, the immediate past chair of the Committee. We sincerely thank him for his hard work. 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!


James E. Walson
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A.
215 North Eola Drive
Orlando, FL 32801

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 Marc Brown 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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    The event will be held on 12/01/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Center For Professional Responsibility,Criminal Justice Section,Law Practice Division,Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division,Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

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Spring 2016 Meeting Report

The 2016 Spring Meeting focused on recent trends in real estate fraud and was the most attended meeting in the history of the Committee. We want to offer special thanks to our speakers, Ken Aran, Dean Cloud, Vicki Perkowitz, Shari Schneider, Justin Hekkanen, and Jerel Hill for sharing their insight and time. In addition to excellent content, we enjoyed a Sony back lot tour and a tour of the Getty Villa Museum.

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Modified by Christopher Steward on August 17, 2017

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