Ron Szopa is Vice President and National Commercial Counsel. He has worked in the title insurance industry for 23 years (17 with Chicago Title) and was in private practice before that for 16 years. Ron has transactional and underwriting experience on most every type of acquisition and loan transaction, from single sites to large multi-sites involving in excess of $1 Billion. His team including 2 national underwriters, 2 underwriter associates, a coordinator and a post-closing assistant, is committed to best serving his customers, which include many banks, law firms and a large national self-storage REIT with over 2000 owned and managed sites.
My previous private practice experience allows me to understand and appreciate both the title insurance aspects and the transactional aspects of the deals I handle.
Ron has taught seminars for the Practicing Law Institute, been an adjunct professor at the College of Commerce and the School of Business at DePaul University, and a licensed Real Estate Instructor at several local community colleges. He is a past Vice-President of the District 44 School Board and Chairman of its Finance Committee.
Ron currently lives on a small farm in a suburb of Chicago with his family, including horses, chickens, sheep and Great Danes. He loves to cure his own bacon, make sausages and smoke various meats and cheeses. He and his family spend as much time as they can at their vacation lake home, enjoying fishing, boating, hunting and jet skiing.