Skalka Joins Old Republic Title

October 8, 2013

Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. (ORNTIC) announced that Michael B. Skalka was recently named executive vice president, as well as manager of national commercial underwriting and business development.

In this role, he provides commercial underwriting services to the Company on a national basis, and is responsible for growing and developing ORNTIC’s national footprint. Mike works out of northern Virginia and reports directly to Mark Bilbrey, president of Old Republic Title Insurance Group.

Skalka has more than 35 years of experience in the title and real estate industries. He earned his juris doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago. Since then, he has held a number of significant legal and management roles within the title industry, including general counsel, chief legal officer and president of one of the major national underwriters. He also played a prominent role in their international expansion in Canada, the United Kingdom, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Most recently, Skalka served as executive vice president, and chief legal and legislative officer for a national electronic registry of mortgage loan servicing rights and ownership for the lending industry

Active in a number of industry organizations, Skalka is a member of the Illinois, New York, Virginia and American bar associations. He’s also a member of the Texas General Counsel Forum, American Corporate Counsel Association and American Land Title Association, where he served on its Board of Governors from 2010-2012. He also served as president of the New York State Land Title Association from 1992-1993, and was a member of its Legal, Legislative and Underwriting committees.

"Mike has an expansive knowledge of and vast experience in all aspects of our industry, and is nationally recognized as one of the top professionals in the title insurance industry,” Bilbrey said. “We are honored to have him as part of the Old Republic Title family and its executive leadership team.”

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