The Trusted Adviser
November 2020 | Volume 13 · Number 8


Tania M.S. Stori, Years of Service banner

In Recognition of Tania M.S. Stori

Years of Service: 1996 – 2020

ATG recently said good bye to Tania Stori, Vice President - Claims and Litigation. We wish Tania all the best as she begins a new phase that will include more time with her husband and their two teenage children. We will miss her, as we know our member-agents will!

Like many on the ATG Legal staff, Tania learned real estate transactions and title matters from every possible angle—as Law Clerk, Staff Attorney, and Vice President, to name a few of her roles. In 2017, Tania took over as top claims counsel when Mike Brandt retired after 35 years of service."I was fortunate to have worked with Mike for many years before taking that on, he was a great teacher. I had so many memorable experiences at ATG with co-workers and members, I feel like we did a lot of important work together. I'm grateful to have had those opportunities with so many great people." In the VP-Claims role, Tania took on claims analysis, settlement, and litigation. Given her extensive experience, she was well suited, had knowledge of all aspects of the real estate transaction, understood insurability and risk assessment, and was active in the regulatory environment. In addition, she was a contributing author to the IICLE's Commercial Real Estate and IICLE's Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Practice, served on the Illinois Land Title Association Board of Directors (including chairing its Title Counsel Committee) and was a frequent speaker for ATG Legal Education seminars. Tania was a and trusted colleague to all ATG members in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana as well as to her ATG coworkers, many of whom became friends.

Since circumstances prohibit an in-person celebration to bid Tania farewell, many ATG employees surprised her during her last Underwriting Department meeting, via Zoom. There were tributes and heartfelt comments as well as funny anecdotes from many shared experiences. “We will miss Tania’s brilliant legal mind, calm and logical approach to problem-solving, and the many other qualities that made her a joy to work with over the last 24 years,” said Augie Butera, ATG Senior Vice President and General Counsel. ATG’s Claims Department is managed by attorney Traci Nally, Senior Manager – Claims and Legal. We know many of our member agents who have enjoyed long-term professional relationships with Tania will want to wish her well — send Tania a note.

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A screenshot from the weekly Underwriting meeting where dozens of ATG employees dropped-in to pay tribute to the departing Tania Stori (second row, far left).
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Tania at the 13th Annual Harold I. Levine Real Estate Institute in 2017, where she shared speaker credits with Samuel H. Levine (center), son of the program namesake, and speaker/moderator Jerry T. Gorman, then Senior Vice President - Downstate Operations, currently Director of ATG Legal Education.
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At the ATG Double Decade event in 2017: Tania Stori, Susan McLane, Mary Beth McCarthy, Jerry Gorman, Hank Shulruff, and Ed Sudlow.
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Tania and ATG agent Ken Balsters at the 2001 Top Member Night at the Ballpark event.
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Like many, Tania started at ATG as a law clerk while attending the UofI College of Law. In 2004, we hosted a Law Clerk Reunion at our 40th Annual Illini Tailgate in Champaign. Seated: Tania Stori, Mike Brandt. Mike Rooney, Chuck Kovaleski, Peter Birnbaum, and Ward McDonald. Standing at far left is Steve Thayer, in the center Ed Flynn, and at far right Hank Shulruff.
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Colleagus and friends. Tania (far right) with co-workers at the 2018 ATG Top Member Event in Chicago. From left: Kelly Kienzle, President, ATG LegalServe; NaDonya Jackson, Controller, Finance Department; Gina Llanas, ATG Commercial and Residential Underwriting Attorney; Elizabeth Faber, ATG Escrow Department Manager and Claims Counsel; and Karen G. Courtney, ATG Commercial Undewriting Attorney.

[Last update: 11-13-20]

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