Stewart Title® Commercial Services Hires Shawn Elpel as Associate Senior Underwriting Counsel for Seattle Office

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HOUSTON (Nov. 6, 2014) – Stewart Title Commercial Services announced today the appointment of Shawn Elpel as associate senior underwriting counsel, to be based in its Seattle office. Elpel has more than 20 years of combined legal experience in the commercial real estate and title industries.

Elpel’s past title experience includes serving as vice president – underwriting counsel, where he provided commercial underwriting support on numerous multi-site high liability transactions across the United States. During this time, he developed national relationships with corporations, lenders, brokerage firms and law firms while providing commercial real estate and title insurance expertise during the disposition, acquisition and financing process of real estate transactions. Prior to serving as underwriting counsel, Elpel worked as a senior commercial title officer and commercial title officer for title companies in Washington, Arizona and California.

While in private practice, Elpel represented corporate, institutional, developer and contractor clients in complex real estate transactions. He also litigated construction law and mechanic’s lien cases, including arguing cases in front of both the Washington and Oregon state Court of Appeals.

Elpel is a frequent presenter and lecturer for continuing legal education and real estate seminars. He is certified by the Washington Department of Real Estate to teach in the areas of real estate law; taxation; real estate sales & marketing; real estate practices; real estate fundamentals; real estate finance; real estate closing practices; principles & essentials, legal aspects of hazardous waste and other environmental issues; ethics & standards of practice; current trends & issues; and construction & land development.

Elpel is licensed to practice law Washington and Arizona. He graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctorate degree from Gonzaga University, and received his Bachelor of Arts in communications, minoring in political science, from Eastern Montana College.

“Shawn is a welcome addition to the Seattle office,” said Peter Johndrow, vice president, commercial services manager for the Stewart Title Commercial Services Seattle office. “His breadth of legal expertise and experience in multiple markets will complement the success of our Pacific coast location.”

Elpel can be contacted at (206) 770-8821 or

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