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Lead Commercial Title Examiner

First American

This is a Contract position in Los Angeles, CA posted January 13, 2021.

Company Summary

Join our team! First American’s National Commercial Services division provides single-point service for simple to multi-property/multi-state national commercial real estate transactions. As a global leader in providing title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, First American (NYSE: FAF) is an ideal place to build your career. We have been entrusted with helping our customers achieve and protect their dream of homeownership since 1889. We believe that our people are the key to the company’s continued success, and we invest in diverse talents and backgrounds and empower our teams to achieve more than they could anywhere else. First American has created an award-winning culture and has been named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the fifth consecutive year and to more than 50 regional Best Places to Work lists. For more information, please visit

Job Summary

Search public records and examine titles to determine legal condition of primarily commercial or industrial property title.  Copy or summarize recorded documents which affect the condition of title to the property.  Role is a combination of leadership responsibilities and performing title examination on complex title orders which require breadth and depth of experience.

Essential Functions

  • Lead responsibilities include coordinating the work and activities of others: resolving escalated issues, measuring and monitoring capacity, and coordinating workflow, assigning tasks and orders, and providing training. May provide input to hiring decisions and performance management process.
  • Performs title examination of complex title orders requiring a high level of title expertise, primarily for commercial properties
  • Abstracts and analyzes records, such as leases, subleases, acreage, liens, judgments, easements, vital statistics, and plot and map books. Determines ownership and legal restrictions and to verify legal description of property and completeness of records for examinations, including multi-site properties.
  • Writes title products based on the application of procedural guidelines, requiring interpretation
  • Provides underwriting interpretation within established guidelines
  • Typically has customer contact
  • May have expertise in commercial/industrial transactions

Knowledge and Skills/Technology Used

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • People/leadership/interpersonal skills
  • Complex problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and remain flexible to changing schedules and demands
  • Solid administrative skills; management skills
  • Participative leadership style- advocates team concepts
  • Must be able to establish credibility and be decisive, coupled with the ability to recognize and support the organization’s preferences and priorities

Typical Education

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Typical Range of Experience

  • 7+ years directly related experience
  • Demonstrated leadership skills

License or Certification

  • Multiple state licenses (as required by state) in order to do business in a broad geographic area


First American invests in its employees’ development and well-being, empowers them to provide superior customer service and encourages them to serve the communities where they live and work. First American is committed to diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer.