Chief Counsel & Managing Member
JEAN M. PARTRIDGE, co-founder and managing member of Benchmark Title Agency, LLC has been in the title insurance industry for over 30 years. Prior to establishing Benchmark, Jean was a Senior Vice President and Branch Counsel of First American Title Insurance Company of New York and a member of their Board of Directors. She and her business partner, Thomas N. De Caro, have been working together successfully since 1985. When founding Benchmark in 2005, Tom and Jean had a goal to combine their experience as underwriters with their experience as title insurance agents, creating a company that melds the best of both structures. Today, they manage a staff of over 30 title professionals, including 5 attorneys. They are extremely proud to have assembled a staff of seasoned title professionals who average almost 20 years’ experience!
Jean is committed to providing clients with personal attention and a level of service that exceeds industry standards. She is also committed to providing clients with the most current and accurate information possible. She stays abreast of industry trends by active memberships in many professional organizations, and presently serves on the Executive Committee of the New York State Land Title Association (NYSLTA). In addition to serving on numerous NYSLTA committees she has chaired the Title Agent Licensing committee, the Governmental Regulation committee and the Newsletter committee. She has also built strong relationships with many of the of County Clerks Offices by serving as the liaison for the NYSLTA Land Records committee for the last 14 years. Additional affiliations include the New York State Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Westchester County, White Plains Bar Association, and National Association of Realtors.
Jean is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Real Estate Law Institute at Pace University School of Law. Jean is a frequent speaker on real estate matters and has been a CLE speaker for the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Land Title Association as well as for several local bar associations. Additionally, Jean has been certified by the New York State Department of Financial Services as a ‘Broad Scope Instructor’ qualifying her to teach on matters relating to title insurance, and to provide attendees Continuing Education credits.
Jean has recently been appointed a board member of the National Agency Advisory Board for Stewart Title Guaranty Company. Jean was also recently selected by First American Title Insurance Company to join 40 of the nation’s largest title agents celebrating the success of women in the title industry.
Jean is admitted to practice law in both the states of New York and Connecticut. She is also rated AV for ethical standards and legal ability by Martindale-Hubbell peer review.