Chief Counsel & Managing Member
JEAN M. PARTRIDGE, ESQ., co-founder and principal of Benchmark Title Agency, LLC, has been involved in the title insurance industry for over 35 years. Jean’s career began during law school when she worked at L & H Abstract Corporation, which eventually merged with First American Title Insurance Company of New York, where Jean remained until founding Benchmark Title Agency, LLC in 2005. During her tenure at First American, Jean served as a Senior Vice President and Branch Counsel, and was a member of First American’s Board of Directors.
Throughout her career, Jean has been committed to providing clients with personal attention and a level of service that exceeds industry standards and expectations. She is also deeply committed to ensuring that clients have the most current and accurate information relating to real estate and title. Jean’s active memberships in many professional organizations, including her leadership positions in the New York Land Title Association (i.e., President of the Executive Committee, Vice Chair of the Agents Section, Chair of the Title Insurance Government Regulation committee, and co-chair of the Liaison Committee working with all County Clerks in the Hudson Valley Region), and her affiliations with the New York State Bar Association, Westchester County Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Westchester County (of which Jean previously served on the Board of Directors), White Plains Bar Association, and the National Association of Realtors, to name a few, uniquely enables her (and all of her clients) to stay abreast of all industry trends.
Jean is AV rated for ethical standards and legal ability by Martindale-Hubbell peer review. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Real Estate Law Institute at Pace University School of Law, and is a frequent speaker on real estate matters, including as a CLE presenter for the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Land Title Association, and countless local bar associations. Additional achievements include being certified by the New York State Department of Financial Services as a ‘Broad Scope Instructor’, which qualifies Jean to teach on matters relating to title insurance, and to provide attendees Continuing Education credits. She is also a former board member of the National Agency Advisory Board for Stewart Title Guaranty Company, and was selected by First American Title Insurance Company to join 40 of the nation’s largest title agents in celebrating the success of women in the title industry. Most recently, Jean authored two chapters in the highly regarded New York State Bar Association book entitled “Real Estate Titles”, which is regarded as the treatise on real estate titles in New York.
Jean earned her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her law degree from Pace University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York State and Connecticut.