The Trusted Adviser
November 2015 | Volume · Number 9


ATG Underwriting Attorney Retires
James M. Marlin, Underwriting Attorney – Wisconsin Operations

We wish Jim Marlin a happy retirement as he wraps-up nearly 30 years as a lawyer, the last four of which as our chief Underwriting Attorney for Wisconsin Operations. Jim was respected by Wisconsin members for his vast knowledge and voice of experience. He was a frequent and highly-rated seminar speaker, known for his thoroughness and entertaining style.

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Jim came to ATG in 2011 with 30+ years of experience in the title insurance industry. He began as a title examiner in 1978 and also held the positions of Agency Counsel and State Counsel for both Wisconsin and Minnesota during his career. He taught the Title Examiner Certificate Course V (Conveyances by Legal Entities, Bankruptcy and Creditors Rights) three times per year since 1999. He was a frequent guest speaker for various Marquette Law School real estate-related courses. Prior to that, he taught "Real Estate Conveyancing," while an Adjunct Professor of Law (1996 - 2000). Jim also taught many CLE courses on real estate, title insurance, and construction law. A member of the American Bar Association, Wisconsin Bar, and Milwaukee and Waukesha County Bar Associations, he was most active as a member of the Wisconsin Land Title Association (WLTA). He served many years on the WLTA Board of Directors and as President (2001 - 2002), and a former member of the Minnesota Land Title Association. Jim attended Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, earning his J.D. in 1986, and B.A. in 1975.

Jim worked with Tom Cullen, ATG Vice President – Wisconsin Operations, for more than four years: "Jim was great to work with, a true professional and a good friend. I will miss him as I know all our members and others in the industry will as well. Jim had a wealth of knowledge and an uncanny ability to explain complicated legal issues in an understandable way. Jim always had an amusing anecdote or backstory that made the legal point stick. His sense of humor made everyone laugh and learn at the same time. I wish him and Pam all the best in their retirement."

Jim looks forward to reading, traveling, fishing, running, and going to ballgames. Most importantly, he and his wife Pam look forward to spending time with their grandkids. Knowing Jim, his grandson Max (age 2) will soon be quoting the Rule of Perpetuities.

[Last update: 11-19-15]

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