2018 Convention



NCLTA 2018 Annual Convention


September 13 - 15, 2018

Pinehurst Resort

Village of Pinehurst, NC


Carolina Update

The most recent issue of the Carolina Update newsletter issued by the North Carolina Land Title Association.

Meet the Speakers 2015

Convention Speakers






Eugenio Aleman

Eugenio J. Alemán is a director and senior economist at Wells Fargo. He forecasts national, regional, and international economic trends. His primary focus is on the United States economy and the global economy. Within the U.S. economy, he covers the U.S. consumer and interest rates. Eugenio is also an expert on Latin American economics, with special interest in the economies of Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. He is based in Charlotte, N.C.

Eugenio joined Wells Fargo in his current position in 2005. Before coming to Wells Fargo, Eugenio was the general manager of a restaurant in Puerto Rico from 1985 until 1990. From 1995 until 1996 he was a professor of economics and director of the M.B.A. program at the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico, and from 1996 until 1998 he worked for the petroleum industry in Argentina. He has been an adjunct professor of economics at Drexel University in Philadelphia since 1999, and now only teaches online economics courses for the  university. From 1998 until 2005 he worked at Global Insight (now IHS), one of the most important economic forecasting and consulting firms in the U.S., as managing director for its Latin America Service. Eugenio earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Universidad DelSalvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina; an M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico; and an M.A. and doctorate in economics with an emphasis in economic development and international trade and finance from Florida International University.

Eugenio’s commentary has appeared in national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, and USA Today, as well as many national and international media outlets including the Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg News. He has also made appearances on CNBC and in U.S. Hispanic media outlets.

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Peter Birnbaum

Peter Birnbaum has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. (ATG) since 1991. He currently oversees a staff of more than 200 people and annual revenues in excess of $75 million.

In 2011, Birnbaum was inducted as a Laureate in the Academy of Illinois Lawyers, the highest honor bestowed by the Illinois State Bar Association. This award honors Peter’s lifetime of service to the public and the profession. In 2013 he received the Chicago Bar Association Vanguard Award for promoting diversity in the profession. Also, in 2005, he received the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Lend A Hand Foundation “Making a Difference” award. Birnbaum has also held positions on various corporate and philanthropic boards. He served as president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. He and his wife Juliet have been a Big Brother and Big Sister for the past sixteen years. Birnbaum is also President of the Jesse White Foundation. He is helping lead efforts to build the Jesse White Community Center. He was honored by the Illinois Legislature in House Resolution 384 for his work with children’s charities.

A past president of the Alumni Board and current Board of Overseers member of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Birnbaum was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the College in 2004. In addition, in 2013 he was named one of Chicago-Kent College of Law’s 125 Alumni of Distinction of its 125 year history for his outstanding professional and community service achievements. He was elected to the Board of the American Land Title Association in 2009 and currently serves as Treasurer. In 2014 he was selected to receive the Illinois Bar Foundation Distinguished Service to Law and Society Award.

Birnbaum has authored or been featured in dozens of regional and national newspapers and trade publications, including: The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois Bar Journal, Crain’s Chicago Business, Chicago Lawyer, and many other real estate and legal trade publications. He has also been interviewed on several local and national TV stations, including: Fox News, NBC, and WGN. He has testified in the U.S. Congress, the Illinois Senate, and the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee. He speaks to audiences from legal or real estate trade associations across the country.          

In January 2004, Birnbaum was appointed as a judge to the seven-member Illinois Court of Claims. The Court hears cases en banc and rules on claims against the State. Birnbaum began his career at ATG as a law clerk in 1981, while a first-year student at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He advanced to positions of staff attorney, and vice president and counsel. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1979. Birnbaum lives in Chicago with his wife and their three children.

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Chris Burti

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from East Carolina University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law (Chapel Hill). 

After fifteen years in private practice he left the law firm of Lewis & Burti in 1994 to join Statewide Title, Inc., where he serves as Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel. Chris concentrated his practice in the areas of Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate and Governmental Law.  As counsel for Statewide Title, Inc., Chris works with attorneys across the State in resolving complex legal issues in residential, governmental and commercial transactions involving real property. He is active in providing input and advice on drafting legislation to increase certainty in land records, mortgage lending and to correct problems affecting real property.

Chris is the principal course planner and speaker for continuing legal education seminars for Statewide Title, Inc., and has been a CLE presenter for the North Carolina Bar Association, The University of North Carolina School of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law, Professional Educational Systems, Inc., the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys and other professional associations.  He is the principal author on the topic of Real Property Law for the Statewide Title, Inc. Newsletter and Legal Memorandum. These articles were frequently reprinted in the Campbell Law Observer and other legal journals.

Chris is a Past President of the North Carolina Land Title Association and has served for two terms as its General Counsel. He has previously served on the North Carolina Bar Association Real Property Section Council, the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors, on its Executive Committee and currently serves as Past Chair of the Senior Lawyers Division.

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David Ferrell

David P. Ferrell is a partner with Vandeventer Black LLP’s Raleigh NC office, where he concentrates his law practice in civil matters, including legislative representation, eminent domain, real estate, civil litigation, professional liability defense, cooperative and public utilities, administrative and regulatory, business, and construction litigation. Ferrell is NCLTA’s lobbyist and serves as legal and legislative counsel to professional trade associations, including representing their interests before the General Assembly and various Executive Branch agencies. He has lectured on right-of-way acquisition and condemnation law at seminars and is the Editor of Vandeventer Black’s Eminent Domain and Property Rights Newsletter. Ferrell earned B.A. degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Campbell University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in North Carolina and the U. S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina. He is a member of the Wake County (Member: Professionalism Committee), North Carolina (Member, Real Property; Zoning, Planning and Land Use; and Administrative Law Sections) and American Bar Associations.

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Steve Gottheim

Legislative & Regulatory Counsel, ALTA

Bio coming soon!






Amy P. Hunt

Amy Purwin Hunt is a member with Horack Talley. Based in Charlotte, NC, Amy practices in all state and federal courts in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Amy’s litigation practice is focused on resolving real property disputes, including concentrations in the analysis of coverage and exclusions in insurance policies, defense counsel for insureds, defalcation and fraud recovery, mechanics lien defense, resolution of access, easement, and boundary issues, subrogation litigation, title curative measures, and defense of real estate attorneys in malpractice claims. Active with the North Carolina State Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, Amy has served as committee chairman since 2013.

Amy received her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and her B.A. from Hanover College.  She has been named to the "North Carolina Rising Stars” list (Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters) for the past several years.

When she’s not solving real estate problems, Amy is busy chasing two active little boy who cause plenty of other problems.

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Scott Schaaf

Scott A. Schaaf is a partner with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP in the Firm’s Winston-Salem office.  Mr. Schaaf has a wide range of experience in real estate transactions, but primarily focuses his real estate practice on the acquisition and sale of commercial and industrial properties and negotiating retail, office and industrial leases.  He also assists his clients with the management of corporate real estate portfolios.  In addition, Mr. Schaaf has experience in a wide range of corporate finance and real estate finance transactions in connection with providing counsel to businesses and lenders as to structuring, negotiating and documenting all aspects of senior debt credit arrangements, including multi-state, multi-lender, and multi-currency transactions (both secured and unsecured, including traditional commercial mortgage transactions). He is currently the Chair of the Real Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.  He earned his BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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