Douglas Smith Joins Stewart Title Guaranty Company Agency Services Group as Vice President, Underwriting Counsel and Associate Senior Underwriter in Michigan

HOUSTON (July 29, 2009) – Stewart Title Guaranty Company (STG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), today announced that Douglas Smith accepted a position as vice president, underwriting counsel and associate senior underwriter in Michigan.

Smith is a veteran of the title industry with more than 25 years of experience, most recently with the LandAmerica Group.

"We are excited about Doug's joining Stewart underwriting," said John Killea, executive vice president, general counsel. "His longstanding expertise and knowledge of the Midwest market and Michigan, in particular, will be a tremendous asset to our independent agencies in the region. The underwriting needs of our agency network will be in good hands with someone of Doug’s caliber on the Stewart team."

Smith began his career in the title business as an assistant state underwriting and claims counsel for an expanding area of Midwest states. Previously, he held the position of VP, senior associate regional counsel. Smith has extensive knowledge and experience in underwriting approvals, claims and audit processing, high liability authorizations and regulatory matters. He is a frequent lecturer for National Business Institute, Real Property Law section of the State Bar and Detroit Bar as well as local REALTOR® and banking groups.

Smith is a graduate of The College of Wooster and received his Juris Doctorate from Detroit College of Law. Smith has held numerous positions within the Michigan Land Title Association, including President in 2002, and is currently a member of the Legislative Steering Committee.

Smith will office at Stewart’s Southfield, Michigan location and can be contacted at (248) 368-9900.

About Stewart

Stewart Title Guaranty Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a customer-driven, technology-enabled, strategically competitive, real estate information, title insurance and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries throughout offices in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at