The most recent issue of the Carolina Update newsletter issued by the North Carolina Land Title Association.
Meet the Speakers
Tim Quinlan is an economist for Wells Fargo. Based in Charlotte, NC, he provides analysis and commentary on U.S. business spending as well as macroeconomic developments in foreign economies.
Prior to joining the economics group in 2007, Quinlan held positions within Wachovia as a financial advisor and within Evergreen Investments as a trust account portfolio manager and investment strategist. Prior to joining Wachovia in 2002, he spent several years working for Putnam Investments in Boston, Mass.
His commentary is often cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and Financial Times. He is also a frequen
t guest on Marketplace on National Public Radio.
Quinlan earned his bachelor’s degree in American studies with a concentration in the classics from Siena College in upstate New York.
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David P. Ferrell is a partner with Vandeventer Black LLP’s Raleigh NC office, where he concentrates his law practice in civil matters, including legislative representation, eminent domain, real estate, civil litigation, professional liability defense, cooperative and public utilities, administrative and regulatory, business, and construction litigation. Ferrell is NCLTA’s lobbyist and serves as legal and legislative counsel to professional trade associations, including representing their interests before the General Assembly and various Executive Branch agencies. He has lectured on right-of-way acquisition and condemnation law at seminars and is the Editor of Vandeventer Black’s Eminent Domain and Property Rights Newsletter. Ferrell earned B.A. degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Campbell University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina and the U. S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina. He is a member of the Wake County (Member: Professionalism Committee), North Carolina (Member, Real Property; Zoning, Planning and Land Use; and Administrative Law Sections) and American Bar Associations.
Robert B. McNeill practices in the area of Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution with Horack, Talley, Pharr and Lowndes, P.A. in Charlotte, NC. His practice focuses on real estate related disputes and he does a substantial amount of work for the title insurance industry. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina in 1982 and a law degree from the University of North Carolina in 1985. He is a member of the Council for Real Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
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. Kit’s 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.
Nicholas “Nick” Long, Jr is N.C. State Counsel and Assistant Vice President for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. As State Counsel, he is responsible for the company’s continuing education program, as well as advising on claims and underwriting issues. He lives in Raleigh, but is available to lawyers anywhere in the state.
Long graduated from Law School at the University of North Carolina in 1981, and was in private practice for 23 years in Henderson, NC. He was a Morehead Scholar while at UNC, and served as Chair of the Real Property Section of the N.C. Bar Association from 2001 to 2002. He has been active in civic affairs, having served as founding board member and Chairman of a charter school in Henderson. He was also President of the Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce and of the Jaycees in Henderson. Long currently serves as Council Commissioner for the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts of America, is an Eagle Scout and a Silver Beaver Award recipient. Long is an active member of the NC Land Title Association, currently serving as its Legislative Committee chair. He currently serves as Treasurer of LiensNC, LLC and is a member of its Executive Board.
Long’s father, Nicholas Long, served for many years as a District Court Judge in Roanoke Rapids, and his sister, Maria G. B. Long is an Assistant District Attorney in Charlotte. Nick is the father of four children, two who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, one graduated from NC State and one will start at Carolina in the fall.
David N. Woods is a partner with Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler LLP in High Point, North Carolina. His areas of practice include commercial real estate, banking and financial transactions. David also regularly acts as title counsel for numerous title insurers and agents. He received his B.A. from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1997 and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2000. David presently serves as Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Real Property Section. Previously, he was Vice Chair (2012-2013), Treasurer (2011-2012) and Chair of the Real Property Section Council Continuing Legal Education Committee. David is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education events.
Robert (Rob) Chapman, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), has long played a vital role in the Company's technology advances. In 1996, Rob joined Old Republic Title as Manager of Image Technologies for Old Republic Business Information and Technology (ORBIT). ORBIT was established to provide Company-owned locations and customers with image-enabled real estate information. It flourished and has achieved great success under Rob’s direction. Currently, ORBIT supports and electronically delivers image-enabled title plant information to over 1,000 users.
In spearheading the Company’s technology initiatives, Rob’s efforts have led to a corporate posture that realizes the importance of utilizing cutting-edge technology. Under his supervision, the Company stays abreast of technological changes and improvements, which are utilized in the further development of and maintenance to Intranet and Internet platforms. As CIO, Rob is responsible for Information Services in the Title Group’s National and Western Title Divisions, which employees over 150 Information Services employees, who provide support and services in nearly 350 Company locations.
Prior to joining Old Republic Title, Rob’s entrepreneurial zeal led him to own and operate two information management companies, one of which was an imaging technology business that focused on the development and implementation of document imaging systems. Over the years, he has become a frequent speaker at title and technology forums, and is a regular contributor to publications and seminars within the title industry, including the American Land Title Association (ALTA). Rob is currently the President-elect of the American Land Title Association.
Rob and his wife, Nancy, reside in Ham Lake, Minnesota, a northern suburb of Minneapolis.
MARJORIE RAMSEYER BARDWELL is Vice President and Director of Underwriting Services for the Fidelity National Title Group, Inc. which includes Chicago Title, Fidelity National Title, Alamo Title, and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance companies. A 1976 graduate of Marquette University Law School and a member of the Wisconsin State Bar, the Illinois State Bar and the American Bar Association, she has spent over 35 years in the title industry. She started as a title examiner in Milwaukee and has worked as an examiner, trainer, counsel and manager of both direct and agency operations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. She is the Chair of the ALTA Title Counsel Committee, past Chair of the Residential, Multi-Family and Special Use Group of the Real Property, Trust and Estates Section of the ABA, author of the ABA’s web-based training module on the 2006 ALTA Policies, co-author of Examining and Evaluating Title to Real Property in Wisconsin and Boundary Law in Wisconsin, and a frequent speaker on title insurance and real estate related topics.
Christopher L. Burti is Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel for Statewide Title, Inc., which he joined in 1994 after fifteen years of private practice as partner in the law firm of Lewis & Burti where he concentrated in the areas of Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate and Governmental Law.
During his tenure with Statewide Title, Inc., Burti has worked with attorneys across the State in resolving complex legal issues in residential, governmental and commercial transactions involving real property. He has been active in drafting legislation to increase certainty in land records and to correct problems affecting real property. He has served as President of NCLTA’s Executive Committee, General Counsel and Chair of the Legislative Committee of the North Carolina Land Title Association and also on the North Carolina Bar Association, Real Property Section Council.
Burti has been a course planner and speaker for continuing legal education seminars for Statewide Title, Inc., and has made CLE presentations for Wake Forest University School of Law, The University of North Carolina School of Law, Professional Educational Systems, Inc., the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys and other professional associations. He is a principal author on the topic of Real Property Law for the Statewide Title, Inc. Newsletter and Legal Memorandum.
Burti obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from East Carolina University in 1975. He then received his Juris Doctor in 1979 from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
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