WFG National Title Insurance Company (“WFG National Title”), Santa Barbara, Calif., has named Michael Kelly, Esq. as its new Vice President, State Counsel for its New York agency office. The company is a full service provider of title insurance and real estate settlement services for lender, commercial and residential transactions nationwide.
Kelly will help grow the insurer’s New York agent base as well as providing underwriting support for the agency operation in that state. He comes to WFG National Title with over 35 years of industry experience, most recently serving as Senior Agency Counsel, New York for one of the nation’s largest underwriters. Before that, he held similar positions with two more of the industry’s largest title insurers. He began his career in 1972 as a continuation clerk, attending law school during the evening at St. John’s University, NY (J.D. in 1978) while searching titles during the day.
Kelly was admitted to the Bar in the State of New York in 1978. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Committee and also serves on the Select Committee for the Unauthorized Practice of Law. He received his bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He was also a member of the U.S. Army Military Police during the Vietnam War (1969 – 1970).
“Mike understands the nuances of good, compliant title work in New York,” said Joseph Drum, Esq., Executive Vice President for WFG National Title. “More important, he knows what our New York agencies will need from their underwriter to succeed. Mike will be yet another solid resource for our New York agents as they work to differentiate themselves in that market.”