While serving as in-house title insurance claims counsel for over 20 years, I successfully resolved hundreds of multi-state disputes involving real estate, title insurance, title insurance coverage and closing/escrow issues through various means including: direct settlement negotiations, mediation and/or litigation:  For a list of the types of disputes resolved, please see List of Disputes.

*Below is a partial list of the type of work undertaken as part of the claims resolution process:

  • Negotiated settlement of title and escrow disputes between the company and its insureds, between insureds and adverse parties and between customers and title agents.
  • Represented title insurers at mediation, evaluating and authorizing settlement alternatives based on an analysis of the company’s and/or insured’s legal positions.
  • Managed multi-state real estate litigation filed in state and federal district courts and bankruptcy court, collaborating with defense counsel about settlement alternatives, discovery, experts, mediation strategies, and trial strategy and preparation.
  • Drafted documents including: settlement and indemnity agreements, conveyance documents and curative documents such as releases and affidavits.
  • Analyzed hundreds of chains of title to determine property ownership, outstanding encumbrances and other matters affecting title to real property located in states including: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas and Missouri.
  • Reviewed hundreds of real estate closing files to evaluate contractual obligations of parties, analyze status of title and determine escrow liability.
  • Determined policy coverages and drafted written coverage determinations.
  • Prepared written statements of the company’s positions on non-coverage matters.
  • Evaluated risk(s) of known and potential title defects.
  • Retained surveyors to evaluate legal and/or physical access, easements, encroachments, record overlaps of title, boundary disputes, overlaps of improvements and other matters shown by an accurate survey.
  • Retained appraisers to determine matters affecting property values.

Work History

From 1992 to 2014, I served as in-house claims counsel for national title insurers including:  Chicago Title Insurance Company and its affiliated companies, Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation and its affiliated companies, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company and First American Title Insurance Company. *A partial summary of my experience as claims counsel appears above.  In addition, between 1989 and 1991, I served Lawyers Title Insurance Corporation as Assistant Corporate Counsel.  Other legal experience includes: commercial loan transactions, family law (divorce), probate and appellate briefing.   Prior to attending law school, I served on the faculties of Baylor University and Hill Junior College, teaching political science.

Education, Training and Professional Associations

Baylor University:  J.D.  (1984).
Baylor University:  B.A.  (1975) and M.A. (1978)  (Political science).
Member: State Bar of Texas (Licensed 1985) and Dallas Bar Association
Texas Association of Mediators and Texas Land Title Association.
ADR Education:  Completed over 90 hours of mediation education, including basic training at
A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, University of Houston (2010).

Martha G. King is a professional mediator serving Dallas and surrounding areas.