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Industry Veteran James J. Dufficy, Joins Stewart Title Guaranty as Vice President

Houston (May 13, 2008) – James J. Dufficy, has been named vice president of Stewart Title Guaranty Company (STG) and president of E-Title, a wholly owned subsidiary of STG. 

E-Title is managed by Stewart Lender Services (SLS) and is a nationwide provider of mortgage origination and post closing services fulfilling the needs of residential lenders throughout the loan origination, closing, funding and servicing processes.  

In his new role, Dufficy will be responsible for ensuring the profitable growth of the company while ensuring excellence in operational fulfillment of all title and escrow functions for national residential title services. His responsibilities also include assisting in the design of innovative products and services; the efficient use of internal and external technology; and the coordination of cross-over communication and opportunities in order to meet the needs of centralized residential market segments. 

“Jim’s leadership and expertise will enable E-Title to better leverage our comprehensive product offerings and further advance our position as the premier vendor management and outsource origination services provider," stated Tara Williams, senior vice president of Stewart Lender Services. 

Prior to joining Stewart, Dufficy held various positions with First American Title Insurance Company including regional claims counsel, senior national claims counsel, regulatory counsel and special counsel.  In 2005, he was promoted to executive director of Lenders Advantage, (a division of First American Title Insurance Company).  As executive director, Dufficy was responsible for setting the division’s overall business strategy and delivering on the annual operational and sales goals established with the company’s executive leadership.  

Mr. Dufficy’s background also includes four years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Dufficy is a member of the Colorado Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S., Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. 

About Stewart Lender Services

Stewart Lender Services, Inc. (SLS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Title Company, is a leading provider of mortgage information and services that accelerate loan origination process and reduce costs associated with post closing and loan servicing functions. SLS' suite of products and services includes: credit, valuation products, nationwide title and settlement services, electronic mortgage documentation solutions and background checks. More information can be found at www.stewartlenderservices.com.

About Stewart Title Guaranty Company and Stewart Title Company

Stewart Title Guaranty Company and Stewart Title Company are wholly owned subsidiaries 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 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 www.stewart.com.