First American Names Legal Program Manager

February 19, 2013

First American Title Insurance Co. named Barbara Burke, PhD, as legal program manager for the company.

In her new role, Burke will work with First American’s Eagle Academy Learning Design Team to develop courses containing a variety of educational and technical content, including industry areas of practice, and state-specific and national materials for First American’s title insurance agents.

Burke previously served as claims counsel, underwriting counsel, and corporate counsel for a large title insurance company. In addition, as owner of Real Estate Law Series, Burke provided seminars and training for title insurance professionals, real estate licensees, attorneys, paralegals and county official records staff. She was an adjunct professor in paralegal studies at Valencia Community College, teaching real property law and business law and is the author of the Real Property textbooks, which are used in the paralegal studies program.

"Burke possesses extensive title industry knowledge regarding legal, regulatory, transactional and underwriting issues that will help to increase the diversity of curricula offered through the Eagle Academy’s educational programs," said Mike LaRosa, vice president and Florida state agency manager for First American Title Insurance Co. "Bringing someone of Burke’s caliber on board sends a clear message to our agents that we are dedicated to adding the resources necessary to provide the highest quality product, services, expertise and customer experience in the industry."

Burke holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in communication from Florida State University, and a law degree from Florida State University College of Law. She is currently licensed to practice law in Florida, serves on The Florida Bar’s Unlicensed Practice of Law standing committee and spent six years as a member of its Professional Ethics committee.

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North American Title Insurance Company (NATIC) is a seasoned title insurance underwriter, helping title agents to achieve their individual business goals for more than 50 years. Today, the company conducts real estate settlement services in 39 states and the District of Columbia through a network of experienced, independent agents.