First American Bolsters Commercial Division

March 8, 2011

First American Title Insurance Co. announced that Jeanne LaBelle has joined the company’s National Commercial Services Division in Washington, D.C., as senior divisional counsel for the Eastern region.

In her new role, LaBelle’s responsibilities include underwriting commercial transactions involving major customers throughout the region, as well as acting as an underwriting resource for First American attorneys within the region. She comes to First American with more than 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry.

Prior to joining First American, LaBelle worked as major transactions counsel for Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Prior to that, she was the mid-Atlantic regional counsel for Chicago Title Insurance Company from 1990 to 2001 and associate regional counsel in Boston prior to 1990. She is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bar associations and has spoken and written extensively on real estate law and title insurance for national associations including the American Bar Association; American Land Title Association; Practicing Law Institute; and numerous state bar and land title associations, including Virginia Law Foundation, Inc. and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. LaBelle served as the 2009-2010 president of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Washington, D.C., and is currently active with the Washington, D.C., chapter and CREW Network.

A native of Chicago, LaBelle holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and her juris doctor cum laude from Suffolk University Law School.

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