NATIC Names Underwriting Counsel for Midwest

December 10, 2015

North American Title Insurance Co. (NATIC) recently named Gilbert Leigh Curry as vice president and Midwest regional underwriting counsel, serving agents in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Additionally, Curry will assist as legal counsel for North American Title Co., the affiliated agency operation, in its Chicago office.

“I learned title insurance and property taxes by being in the Cook County Building every day and asking questions,” said Curry, who started in the industry as a recording clerk. “I’ve also had the benefit of working with a variety of amazing title professionals, learning from their experiences over the years.”

Curry most recently served for seven years as claims counsel for Stewart Title Guaranty Co. and as senior vice president and underwriting counsel for Stewart Title Co. of Illinois for five years prior to that. An advocate for the title industry, he was program developer for the Title 101 class for the Illinois Land Title Association’s professional designation courses.

“Leigh has many qualities that make him an excellent addition to our underwriting staff,” said Valerie Jahn-Grandin, executive vice president, NATIC chief underwriting counsel. “First, he is a thoughtful and hands-on underwriting counsel, helping his agents and colleagues in the many jurisdictions he supports. He wants to help the agent get the deal done. However, as a former claims counsel, he knows how to protect the agent as well as NATIC as the underwriter from potential title claims.”

“He also is a great teacher and writer and has already assumed a leading role on the team currently updating the NATIC underwriting manual,” added Jahn-Grandin. “Agents can look forward to hearing from him on future webinars and as a presenter on NATIC’s Title 101 video series currently under development.”

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