North American Title Names Southeast Region Underwriting Counsel

April 8, 2014

Michael T. Bates joined North American Title Insurance Co. (NATIC) as its new Southeast Region underwriting counsel. He will handle the states of Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Bates spent 18 years as an underwriting counsel, most recently for the Southern region of a regional title insurer. He previously worked for another title insurance company for 10 years, holding several positions, including general counsel. In 1984, Bates founded a full-service, multi-underwriter title agency and settlement operation in Nashville, Tenn., and served as its president and chief operating officer until 2002.

"Mike brings a great deal of underwriting experience to NATIC," said John Fries, NATIC executive vice president and chief underwriting counsel. "He has the commitment to service upon which NATIC prides itself and he understands the business and needs of the agents."

Bates is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and has his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is a member of the Real Property Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the American Bar Association. Bates has also served in leadership positions for the Brentwood, Tenn., Board of Zoning Appeals and the Brentwood Rotary Club.

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