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Michael T. Bates

Michael T. Bates

Vice President, Regional Underwriting Counsel, Southeast

Background

Michael Bates has a wealth of experience, including 18 years as an underwriting counsel and 18 years as an independent agency owner. He most recently served as Underwriting Counsel for the Southern region of a regional title insurer and previously worked for 10 years for another title insurance company, holding several positions, including General Counsel. In 1984, Michael founded a full-service, multi-underwriter title agency and settlement operation in Nashville, Tennessee, and served as its President and Chief Operating Officer until 2002. It was one of the largest title agencies in the state. Michael is a graduate of Virginia Tech and has his Juris Doctorate from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Section of the American Bar Association, and the Real Property Section of the Tennessee Bar Association.