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Stewart National Title Services adds Barry S. Smith as vice president, associate senior underwriter

HOUSTON (September 20, 2010) – Stewart National Title Services has announced the addition of Barry S. Smith as vice president and associate senior underwriter in its Houston, Texas office.

Smith brings a wealth of knowledge in and understanding of the commercial real estate industry. With more than twenty-five years of experience, Smith has held national commercial underwriting positions with both First American Title Insurance Company and Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. In those capacities, he served as lead counsel on a number of significant multi-site, multi-state portfolio transactions.

Patrick Shields, senior vice president, underwriting counsel, manager for the Stewart National Title Services Houston office, noted, “I am very pleased to have Barry as a member of our Houston operation. With his strong industry expertise, he will be a valuable asset to us.”

Prior to his professional experience as a commercial underwriter, Smith was a senior attorney in the real estate department of a nationally known law firm, having represented lenders, borrowers, purchasers and sellers in connection with the acquisition, sale and financing of commercial transactions, including office, industrial, multi-family, retail, hotel and mixed-use properties. Smith received his J.D. from New England School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University.

Stewart National Title Services’ executive vice president and director Paul Sands commented, “Barry is a great addition to our outstanding team of national underwriters.  With his keen understanding of the special dynamics of commercial transactions and impeccable attention to customer service, he will be a strong contributor to Stewart’s continued presence in the commercial arena.”

Smith will office at 1980 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 610 Houston, Texas 77056 and can be contacted at (713) 881-7872 or

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Stewart National Title Services, a division of Stewart Title Guaranty Co., provides a single point of contact for U.S. and multi-national customers that require special expertise in closing and underwriting for single and multi-site commercial transactions. Stewart Title Guaranty Co. 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 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 Subscribe to the Stewart blog at or follow Stewart on Twitter @stewarttitleco.