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DEBORAH BRITTAIN

Ms. Brittain is Vice President and State Manager for North Carolina. She received her BA in Sociology from Lenoir Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina in 1975 and her Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Communication in 2004 from Queens University, Charlotte, North Carolina. Her experience includes various capacities within the title industry.
CHRISTOPHER C. ANDERSON

Kit is Vice President and State Underwriting Counsel in the Winston-Salem office. He received his undergraduate degree in 1999 from Wake Forest University and his JD from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2004. Kitís prior experience in private practice with a law firm in the Charlotte area had the concentration areas of residential and commercial real estate. He has been a member of the North Carolina State Bar since 2004.
NANCY SHORT FERGUSON

Nancy is Vice President and Senior State Underwriting Counsel for Chicago Title Insurance Company in the Greensboro office, with a focus on Claims Management. She is also NC State Counsel for the Fidelity National Title Group. Nancy received her undergraduate degree in 1980 and her JD degree in 1983 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina and her Masters in Business Administration in 1996 from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Specialist in Real Property Law: Business, Commercial, Industrial and Residential. Her experience includes private practice in various capacities and the title insurance industry. She has served as officer and on multiple committees of the Real Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, as President of the North Carolina Land Title Association, President of the Greensboro Bar Association, Chair of the Greensboro Bar Association Real Property Section, as 18th Judicial District Councillor of the North Carolina State Bar, a member of the Real Property Law committee of the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization and is a member of the American College of Real Estate Attorneys (ACREL) and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA). She is a frequent presenter at CLE seminars and has published articles on various real estate topics for many organizations. She is North Carolina co-editor of the ALTA Title Insurance Regulatory Survey. Nancy is a co-author of North Carolina Real Estate, With Forms 3d Edition (Thomson-Reuters, West Publishing).
M. SCOTT MANSFIELD

Mr. Mansfield is Vice President and State Underwriting Counsel in the Charlotte office, with a focus on commercial and residential business development. He received his undergraduate degree in 1994 from Dartmouth College and his JD in 1998 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His prior experience in private practice had a concentration in debt finance and general corporate representation.
ROBERT B. MARKWORTH

Rob is a Vice President and State Underwriting Counsel in the Raleigh office. He received his undergraduate degree in 1990 from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, his MA in Economics from Indiana University and his JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His prior experience in private practice includes a concentration in commercial real estate development and general corporate matters. He has been a member of the North Carolina State Bar since 1998.
D. DONOVAN MERRITT

Don is Vice President and State Underwriting Counsel in the Raleigh and Durham offices of Chicago Title. He received his undergraduate degree in 1975 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is also a 1978 graduate of the University of North Carolina Law School. Donís prior experience includes a general practice in small law firms in the Triad area of North Carolina and later as a real estate practitioner in larger firms in both the Triad and Triangle. His relevant areas of practice included condemnation, municipal law, foreclosure and the development, purchase, sale, financing and leasing of all types of residential and commercial real estate. Most recently, since joining the title insurance industry in 2006, he has served as Title Counsel for a large North Carolina title insurance agency. He is a member of the Wake County Bar Association, Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association, Real Estate Lawyers Association of North Carolina (RELANC), the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina State Bar.
DAVID P. MILLING, JR.

David Milling is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and has been a member of the North Carolina State Bar since 2007. He graduated from New York University in 1998 with a degree in English and American Literature, and received his JD from Tulane University Law School in 2007. He is Vice President and State Underwriting Counsel for Chicago Title in the Charlotte office. Prior to joining Chicago Title, he was in private practice with a concentration in commercial real estate development and financing. David also serves on the Board of Directors for the Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas, Inc.
KATHY W. SPEIGHT

Ms. Speight is Vice President and Systems Dept. Manager/UW Projects & Compliance for the State. She received her BS degree in 1974 from East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina and attended the paralegal program at Pitt Community College in Greenville where she has since served on the paralegal advisory board. She has worked in the real estate department of a law firm and managed the loan closing department of a mortgage company.
JAMES W. WILLIAMS III

Mr. Williams received his BA in 1988 from Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri and his JD with Certification in Resources, Energy and Environmental Law in 1995 from the University Of Tulsa College Of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Residential and Commercial Transactions and his experience includes private practice with a concentration in real estate. He has previously served as President of the NC Land Title Association and is a member of the Wake County Bar Association. Prior to relocating to Raleigh in 2010, he served as chairman of the New Hanover County Planning Board and as vice-president of the board of the Cape Fear Housing Land Trust. He has previously served on the Real Property Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association, as President of the New Hanover County Real Property Section, as president of the Board of Directors of Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity and on the board of Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center. Mr. Williams has been with Chicago Title since 2002.
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