Member of the State Bar of Texas

Member of the Texas & American Land Title Associations

In Private Practice Since 1979

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Lawyer Profile

Steven Lawrence currently practices law in Texas and provides expert witness services in title insurance, escrow and real estate cases nationwide. He was formerly Senior Vice President of Texas Legislative, Regulatory and Business Development Affairs for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, which is one of the largest title insurers in the United States. Mr. Lawrence has also been published in many professional journals and served on several committees of the Texas Land Title Association. Please read below to learn more about Mr. Lawrence, or read this profile.


Education:

  • Postdoctoral Degree Goals - Master's in Clinical Psychology (Candidate) & Doctor of Psychology in Forensic Psychology (Candidate)
  • Law Degree - Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, 1979
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, 1976, Major in Real Estate & Land Use Economics; Honors include Highest GPA in a Major Area for the Class of 1976; Scholarships include Staenburg Memorial Scholarship
  • Dale Carnegie Course on Public Speaking - 1990 Graduate

Professional Honors & Political Appointments:

  • Board Certified in Residential Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, December 1995
  • Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, December 1996
  • Appointed to the College of the State Bar of Texas, 1993 - Present
  • Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Texas Title Insurance Guaranty Association by the Texas Insurance Commissioner, October 1995 - to October 2000
  • Appointed by Order of the Nine Justices of the Texas Supreme Court, November 14, 1997, to the Home Equity Loan Foreclosure Rules Task Force Where He Served as Chairman of the Drafting Subcommittee; the Task Force Was Charged with the Duty of Drafting Rules of Civil & Appellate Procedure for the Expeditious & Equitable Foreclosure of Home Equity Loans Pursuant to the Amendment of the Texas Constitution Approved by Texas Voters on November 4, 1997
  • Second Appointment by Order of the Texas Supreme Court, December 1, 1999, to the Reverse Mortgage Foreclosure Rules Task Force; the Task Force Was Charged with the Duty of Drafting Rules of Civil & Appellate Procedure for the Expeditious & Equitable Foreclosure of Reverse Mortgage Authorized Loans Pursuant to the 1999 Amendment of the Texas Constitution
  • Cited Extensively by then Texas Attorney General John Cornyn, for His Legal Memorandum on the Constitutionality of §62.003 Texas Property Code (See Texas Attorney General Opinion JC-0357, Dated March 27, 2001)
  • Appointed on September 20, 2001, by Leslie L. Pettijohn, Texas Consumer Credit Commissioner, to Serve on the Core Committee of Lawyers Charged with the Responsibility of Drafting Plain Language Contracts for the Finance Commission's Approval Pursuant to the Legislative Mandate of Senate Bill 317 (Now §341.502 Texas Finance Code); Loan Contracts Subject to the Plain Language Requirement include Loans under Chapter 342, Texas Finance Code, Retail Installment Contracts under Chapter 348 Texas Finance Code & Home Equity Loans Subject to Regulation by the Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • Private Practice of Law, December 1998 - Present
  • Senior Vice President of Texas Legislative, Regulatory & Business Development Affairs, & Vice President, Regional Counsel, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, a Subsidiary of Fidelity National Financial, Inc., February 1994 - December 1998
  • Associate Regional Counsel, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company & Transamerica Title Insurance Company, February 1985 - February 1994 for Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, & Texas
  • Underwriting Counsel, Commonwealth Land Title Company of Dallas, 1980 - 1985
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, 1979 - Present
  • Member, American Land Title Association
  • Member, Texas Land Title Association, 1999 - Present
  • Industry Member, Texas Land Title Association, 1985 - 1998
  • Committee Member, Legislative Policy Committee of the Texas Land Title Association, 2000 - 2001
  • Committee Member, Insuring Forms Development Committee of the Texas Land Title Association, 2000 - 2001
  • Advisory Council Member, Advisory Council of Regulation of Title Insurance Committee of the Texas Land Title Association, 2000 - 2001

Past Committee Memberships:

  • Regulatory/Compliance Committee of the Texas Mortgage Brokers Association - Maintain the Texas Mortgage Lending Law & Practices Deskbook as a convenient and authoritative reference manual through periodic updates after each legislative session; study emerging issues in state and federal statutes and regulations affecting the Texas mortgage banking industry and post informational news flashes regarding those developments on the Associate's website; confer with the General Counsel and other officers; and make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding appropriate action to be taken by the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association to promote a better understanding of, and informed compliance with, state and federal regulation of mortgage-lending practices.
  • Legislative Policy Committee of the Texas Land Title Association - (i) Work with counsel and staff to study and make recommendations regarding unresolved legislative issues and issues expected to be introduced in the next legislative session, and any other appropriate legislative topics and issues; and, (ii) carry out other duties assigned by the President and/or the Board of Directors.
  • Insuring Forms Development Committee of the Texas Land Title Association - (i) Work with counsel, research consultants, and staff to study and make recommendations on all proposals regarding regulatory changes in the forms promulgated by the Texas Department of Insurance; and, (ii) carry out duties assigned by the President and/or Board of Directors.
  • Advisory Council of Regulation of Title Insurance Committee of the Texas Land Title Association - (i) Work with counsel, research consultants, and staff to study and make recommendations on all proposals regarding regulatory changes in the rates and rules promulgated by the Texas Department of Insurance; and, (ii) carry out duties assigned by the President and/or Board of Directors.
  • American Bar Association Title Insurance Law Committee - study legal issues concerning the issue of title insurance at the state and national levels.

Publications & Lectures:

  • Special Report - "Law of the Land, Important Distinctions to Understand in Title Insurance Law" Published by the Texas Lawyer March 13, 2013
  • "Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974 and the New 1992 Regulation 'X'" Published by the St. Mary's University School of Law & the Texas Land Title Association for the Texas Land Title Institute, December 1993 (Publication & Lecture); Republished by the State Bar of Texas for the 1994 Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course, February 1994 (Publication & Lecture)
  • "ALTA Short Form Residential Loan Policy" Published by the Nebraska Land Title Association for the 1994 Nebraska Land Title Association Annual Convention (Publication & Lecture)
  • "Tax Issues" Published by the Texas Land Title Association for the 1995 Land Title School of Texas - Level II Advanced Section, March 6 - 10, 1995 (Publication & Lecture)
  • "Federal and State Tax Liens Affecting Real Property" Published by the Dallas Bar Association for the June 1995 Dallas Bar Association Noon Luncheon Seminar for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Credit through the State Bar of Texas (Publication & Lecture); Republished by the St. Mary's School of Law & the Texas Land Title Association for the December 1995 Texas Land Title Institute (Publication & Lecture)
  • "Title Insurance Aspects of Rollback Taxes" Published by the Texas Land Title Association for the March 1996 Texas Land Title School Level II (Publication & Lecture)
  • "Federal Claims" Published by the St. Mary's School of Law & the Texas Land Title Association for the December 1996 Texas Land Title Institute (Publication & Lecture)
  • "Mobile Homes in Real Estate Transactions" Published by the Texas Land Title Association for the March 1997 Advanced Land Title Issues Seminar (Publication & Lecture); Republished by the St. Mary's School of Law & the Texas Land Title Association for the December 1997 Texas Land Title Institute (Publication & Lecture); Republished by the State Bar of Texas for the 2000 Advanced Real Estate Law Course, June 2000 (Publication & Lecture)
  • "Ad Valorem Tax Liens" Published by the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association in the First Quarter 1997 Texas Mortgage Bankers Association "Roundup Newsletter" (Publication Only)
  • "Hottest Title Insurance Issues" Published by the University of Texas School of Law for the 31st Annual Mortgage Lending Institute on October 2, 1997 (Lecture Only)
  • "Texas Home Equity Title Insurance Product Line; Loan Origination Through Foreclosure" Published by the St. Mary's School of Law & the Texas Land Title Association for the December 1998 Texas Land Title Institute (Publication & Lecture)
  • "Manufactured Housing, Mobile Homes, & House Trailers in Real Estate Transactions" Published by the University of Texas School of Law for the 33rd Annual Mortgage Lending Institute December 1999 (Publication & Lecture)
  • "Manufactured Homes - Bigger and Better" Published by the State Bar of Texas for the 22nd Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course, June & July 2000 (Publication & Lecture)
  • "Title and Closing Practices in Texas" Published by the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association in the First Edition Texas Mortgage Lending Law and Practices Deskbook, August 2000 (Publication Only)
  • "How to Buy/Borrow/Close Manufactured Housing Units" Published by the St. Mary's School of Law & the Texas Land Title Association for the December 2000 Texas Land Title Institute (Publication & Lecture)
  • "Manufactured Housing" Published by the South Texas College of Law, for the 17th Annual Real Estate Law Conference Held on May 3 & 4, 2001 at the Law School (Publication & Round Table Presentation)
  • Texas Mortgage Lending Law & Practices Deskbook First Edition Published by the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association in May 1999 & Updated in May 2001 (Publication Only; Coauthor)

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Manufactured Homes - Bigger and Better, 22nd Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2000
  • Manufactured Housing, Mobile Homes & House Trailers in Real Estate Transactions, 33rd Annual Mortgage Lending Institute, University of Texas School of Law, 1999
  • Texas Home Equity Title Insurance Product Line; Loan Origination Through Foreclosure, Texas Land Title Institute, St. Mary's School of Law and the Texas Land Title Institute, 1998
  • Hottest Title Insurance Issues, 31st Annual Mortgage Lending Institute, University of Texas School of Law, 1997
    Ad Valorem Tax Liens, Texas Mortgage Bankers Association Roundup Newsletter, Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, 1997
  • Mobile Homes in Real Estate Transactions, Advanced Land Title Issues Seminar, Texas Land Title Association, 1997
  • Federal Claims, Texas Land Title Institute, St. Mary's School of Law and the Texas Land Title Association, 1996
  • Title Insurance Aspects of Rollback Texas, Texas Land Title School Level II, Texas Land Title Association, 1996
  • Federal and State Tax Liens Affecting Real Property, Dallas Bar Association Noon Luncheon Seminar for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Credit through the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, 1995
  • Tax Issues, Land Title School of Texas-Level II Advanced Section, Texas Land Title Association, 1995