Stewart National Title Services Adds Cortellessa as Vice President, Commercial Underwriting Counsel in Washington, D.C.

Head Shot of Gary Cortellessa

HOUSTON (Dec. 5, 2011) – Stewart National Title Services is pleased to announce that Gary Cortellessa has joined the company as vice president and commercial underwriting counsel. Cortellessa will be responsible for enhancing underwriting services and expanding Stewart’s national and multinational commercial business. He will serve customers from the company’s Dupont Circle office in Washington, D.C.

With a distinguished career spanning more than  three decades, Cortellessa has worked extensively in the metropolitan areas of Washington D.C., New York and Chicago. Prior to joining Stewart, he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for a regional underwriter and has held senior level positions in management, marketing and the legal area for major national underwriters. Cortellessa has experience in national underwriting of commercial transactions, real property and title insurance law, regulatory matters, claims administration and management.   

“The addition of Gary to our team further enhances our service capabilities for national commercial customers in the greater Washington, D.C. area, a priority market for Stewart,” remarked Jack Kieley, vice president, manager for the Baltimore office of Stewart National Title Services. “His expert transactional knowledge, impeccable attention to detail and dedication to customer service make Gary the perfect choice for this important role“, added Kieley.

Cortellessa was past president of the Virginia Land Title Association, and owned a title insurance agency in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition, he has served as a court appointed receiver and expert witness in cases involving title insurance, settlement agents and real property transactions.

A graduate of the University of Bridgeport, Cortellessa received a juris doctorate from New York Law School, and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

Cortellessa can be contacted at:
11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 750
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: (202) 349-0220

About Stewart

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, or by visiting the Stewart blog at, following Stewart on Twitter @stewarttitleco, becoming a member of the Stewart Title group on LinkedIn, or liking Stewart on Facebook at