Stewart® Names John Frates as Regional/Senior Underwriting Counsel

HOUSTON (April 28, 2015) – Stewart Title Guaranty Company announced today that current Stewart Title Insurance Company general counsel, John Frates, will assume the additional duties of senior regional underwriting counsel and senior underwriting counsel for the Mid-Atlantic region for Stewart Title Guaranty Company. States under Frates’ responsibility include Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia.

Frates joined Stewart in 1998 as senior counsel in White Plains, N.Y., becoming vice president and branch manager in 2000. He was promoted to senior vice president, New York State Counsel in 2008, later advancing to executive vice president and STIC general counsel in 2013. Currently, Frates is responsible for all New York state underwriting and insurance practices, including complex commercial and residential underwriting, claims, regulatory compliance and general business law.

“John’s sound legal knowledge has provided exceptional service to individuals, businesses, developers, lenders and realtors throughout all counties of New York State,” said John Killea, chief legal officer. “I am pleased that with this promotion, John will be able to expand his reach to many additional customers. He is a valuable member of the underwriting team, and I wish him sincere congratulations in his new role.”

Frates is a member of the New York State Land Title Association (NYSLTA) executive committee, as well as the Title Insurance Rate Service Association (TIRSA) executive, law and forms committees, and chair of the rate committee. Additionally, he is a member of the New York and Connecticut state bars, as well as the Westchester County Bar Association.

Frates is based in White Plains, New York and can be reached at (212) 922-0050 or at

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