Our Team - Underwriting Staff

Meet our First National Title Insurance Team.

Ellen Wied

Senior Vice President & Underwriting Counsel

512-222-0900 Office

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Ellen Wied earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with high honors. She attended law school at the University of Houston and earned her JD in 1982. Ellen began working in the real estate/title insurance industry in 1983 and has worked as underwriting and claims counsel for three national underwriters and as general counsel at several central Texas title companies. She is thoroughly knowledgeable regarding all aspects of the title insurance industry and real estate closings.

Ellen has previously been an instructor at the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) Land Title School, served on the Texas Title Insurance Guaranty Board, numerous TLTA committees, and was awarded the honor of being named an Outstanding Young Title Person by TLTA.


David Hays

Vice President & Underwriting Counsel

972-588-1290 Direct

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David’s journey from abstractor, examiner, escrow officer to attorney & underwriting counsel for a national title insurance company gives him a unique perspective and ability when it comes to solving underwriting issues. David is a problem solver and his vast knowledge includes all facets of the title insurance industry. In addition, David is an accomplished speaker presenting regular continuing education classes for realtors, escrow agents and the Texas Land Title Association. David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas Tech University and afterwards attended Texas Wesleyan University School of Law while also working full time in the title industry earning his JD in 2004.


NolaAnn Waggoner

Vice President & Underwriting Counsel

713-628-4974 Cell

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NolaAnn Waggoner entered the title industry in 1992 as a manager of a title agency in Southeast Texas. After four years, she entered law school and earned her juris doctorate. She returned to the title industry and has worked for national underwriting companies in positions that include claims and underwriting counsel. NolaAnn’s experience has enabled her to be proficient in real estate and title insurance matters.

NolaAnn is a member of the State Bar of Texas and stays active in the Texas Land Title Association where she participates on multiple committees. She is a graduate of both Texas A&M University and Texas Southern University Law School.


Sean Everest

Vice President & Underwriting Counsel

210-860-0037 Cell

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As a licensed attorney, Sean Everest provides a specialized insight into the real estate transaction. His previous experience in the oil and gas industry, the real estate brokerage business and at a title agency allows him to bring a high level of understanding to the nuances of complicated real estate transactions. He is a certified instructor and frequent presenter at real estate related functions. And he is available to provide the education and training you need.

Sean graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Texas A&M - Commerce and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. He lives in San Antonio with his beautiful wife and three gorgeous daughters.