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What was your route to the top? Right after law school, I started working for a boutique firm handling landlord/tenant issues. Soon afterwards, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my priorities shifted toward survival. Fortunately, I had great partners who supported me and allowed me to continue practicing law throughout my treatment. In 2004, I joined a new law firm where my practice included resolving title and escrow claims, negotiating business disputes, managing contract negotiations, trials and handling several adversary proceedings in bankruptcy. I continued my real estate practice for about 10 years and became the only female-minority partner of that firm. In 2014, the opportunity to go in-house presented itself where I served as vice president/trial counsel and later as vice president/underwriting counsel for a national underwriter based in San Francisco. In 2016, I was asked to join North American Title Company to serve as VP Regional Counsel to provide legal, underwriting, settlement and regulatory compliance support to NATC operations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah. I don’t know if I’ve reached “the top” yet, but I’m definitely having fun on my journey.

James Schroeder


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