In the midst of celebrating its 50th year, title insurance underwriter Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. has issued its three millionth policy. The insureds are William and Jill Thompson of Oglesby, Illinois, and the ATG attorney-member who issued the policy is Richard Fiocchi of Bernabei, Balestri & Fiocchi, Spring Valley, Illinois.
Founded in 1964 by a small group of downstate Illinois lawyers, ATG had issued one million policies by 1994 and two million by 2004. “This latest milestone is a tribute to our nearly 4,000 attorney-members and our dedicated staff who provide sellers, purchasers, and lenders with impeccable service each and every day,” said Peter Birnbaum, ATG President and CEO.
Mr. Fiocchi’s firm has been associated with ATG since 1965 through its founding partner Bruno Bernabei (1921-1995); the remaining name partners have been active with ATG for 30+ years. “ATG is the backbone of our law practice, has been for decades. We’re so grateful to be a part of this milestone, to help mark the company’s 50th anniversary—and we’re thrilled for the Thompsons, a nice young couple.”
Peter Birnbaum continued, “Each policy represents our pledge to protect the largest single investment of a typical American’s life—the purchase of a home. For the Thompson family, their home is where they celebrate holidays and create family traditions. ATG is honored to be a part of helping them and millions of other Midwesterners achieve their dream of home ownership. We also want to express our gratitude to Dick Fiocchi. Lawyers like him and his partners are the face of ATG, representing consumers in what is often a complex and bewildering process. Having a lawyer at their side gives consumers an advocate to navigate these complexities.
To celebrate the occasion, ATG presented the Thompson family and Mr. Fiocchi with gifts to celebrate the occasion. William “Billy” Thompson is employed at LaSalle County Broadcasting in Oglesby, the parent company of Classic Hits 103.9 WLPO (AM & FM), 99.3 WAJK and 96.5 the Wolf. Jill Thompson is a dance instructor at the Ottawa Adagio School of Performing Arts. They have a six-year-old daughter named Radia.
In addition to providing title insurance and related services to homeowners and lenders through its members, ATG offers additional services for lawyers and their clients through its subsidiaries, including ATG Trust Company, ATG Legal Education, ATG LegalServe, Auctions by ATG, NLT Title, LLC, and The Judicial Sales Corporation.