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DEBORAH BRITTAIN

Debbie 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 Charlotte 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 and Durham offices. 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. 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.
BRITTANY N. NEWSOME

Brittany Newsome is a Vice President and State Underwriting Counsel for Chicago Title in the Winston-Salem office. She received her BA in 2010 from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia and her JD from Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2014. Prior to joining Chicago Title in 2017, Brittany worked in private practice with a high volume real estate firm in Greensboro, focusing on residential and commercial transactions. She has been a member of the North Carolina State Bar since 2014.
KATHY W. SPEIGHT

Kathy is Vice President and IT 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 previously worked in the real estate department of a law firm and managed the loan closing department of a mortgage company.
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