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1:00 - 4:15 PM Eastern Standard Time
Presenters: Benjamin P. Titter and Steven H. Winkler
1:00 - 2:30, Benjamin P. Titter
2:45 - 4:15, Steven H. Winkler
BENJAMIN P. TITTER is the managing attorney for the Newport News office of Shaheen Law Firm P.C., where his primary practice area is real estate transactions, including conducting residential and commercial settlements, reviewing and clearing title issues, preparing settlement documents, and advising clients in all aspects of real estate law. He also handles corporate and business law matters and consults with film and television writers when scripts involve legal plotlines. Mr. Titter is a licensed settlement agent under RESA, a licensed title underwriter, and an area representative for the Board of Governors of the Real Property Section of the Virginia State Bar, where he serves on the Residential Real Estate, Ethics, and the Fee Simple Newsletter committees for the section. He guest lectures in real property classes at Virginia law schools, teaches classes for first-time homebuyers, and frequently meets with real estate agents and brokers to present on relevant legal topics. Mr. Titter has also published articles in The Fee Simple and The Docket Call, the newsletter for the Young Lawyers Section of the Virginia State Bar. He is a graduate of Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, with a B.A. degree in political science; received his J.D. degree from Regent Law School; and attended the Robertson School of Government, where he received his M.A. degree in political management.
STEVEN H. WINKLER is senior vice president and chief underwriting counsel of Williston Financial Group and its underwriting subsidiary, WFG National Title Insurance Company. Mr. Winkler is admitted to practice in Connecticut and has been in the title insurance industry in a variety of legal and management capacities since 1972. Currently, he is a member of the Greater Bridgeport, New Haven County, Hartford County, Connecticut (emeritus member) and American bar associations; the Executive Committee of the Real Property Section (1979-present); and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Mr. Winkler has been elected a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He also presently serves on the Forms Committee of the American Land Title Association. Mr. Winkler was co-founder and a past president of the Connecticut Title Association and was a member of the Connecticut Insurance Commissioner's Title Insurance Task Force - Insurance Code Recodification Project. He has spoken many times on title insurance-related topics and is co-author of the Common Interest Ownership Manual (1984). Mr. Winkler earned his B.A. degree from Union College, Schenectady, New York, and his J.D. degree from the University of Michigan Law School.