North American Title Bolsters Underwriting Counsel

February 4, 2021

North American Title Insurance Co. (NATIC) has added David Jenkins as national underwriting and expansion counsel to support growth of its parent company, States Title.

In this new role, Jenkins provides guidance on underwriting decisions for business originated by strategic and enterprise accounts and advises associates and customers on instant underwriting files and the legal aspects of title and closing issues. He also advises the company’s operations team on the expansion of its instant underwriting product into new states, underwrites residential and commercial title closings, and assists affiliated title agents on extraordinary title issues and real estate transaction closing challenges.

“David’s role is crucial as we continue to innovate, release new products and expand the footprint of our instant underwriting product into new states,” said Emilio Fernandez, NATIC president. “Applying his title underwriting background to our research and development will ensure we are complying with state-specific requirements and regulations while delivering friction-free products and services. Furthermore, his broad experience with transactional work is a tremendous asset to our underwriting division as he works with NATIC’s affiliates on intricate title matters.”

Jenkins brings more than 30 years of title insurance and 20-plus years of legal experience to his position. Prior to joining NATIC, he served for three years as senior national agency underwriting counsel for a national underwriter. In that role, he worked with agents in a variety of areas beyond traditional underwriting support, including compliance, licensing and rolling out new lines of business. Prior to that, he spent seven years working for a large national agent based in Atlanta.

Jenkins is the third generation in his family to work in the title insurance business. He has held many roles, including title searcher, title examiner, deputy recorder of deeds, settlement clerk, real estate attorney, approved attorney, recoupment counsel and senior claims counsel. He holds the National Title Professional designation from ALTA.

“With over three decades in the title industry and having served in nearly every role the industry offers, I am in a unique position to guide the company with the expansion of its innovative products, including its machine learning capabilities,” Jenkins said. “I am thrilled to apply my legal background to this more complex area of title and guide associates, agents and customers with those tough title issues that arise at critical points in the transaction.”

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