13,000+

Properties Closed

$51+

Billion in
Insured Value

50

States

Essex Title is a national commercial and residential title insurance agency providing unparalleled service to clients across the real estate spectrum.

With multiple offices strategically located throughout the country, and over one hundred years of cumulative experience across our best-in-class team, we provide clients from coast to coast with unprecedented transactional knowledge and innovative technology driven solutions.

What We Do

The companies we service are as much our partners as they are our clients. We place an emphasis on customer service, treating them as we ourselves would want to be treated.

Leveraging our advanced technology, as well as our in-depth industry knowledge, we aim to simplify the title process to ensure our partners feel connected through the entire journey.

The strength of our relationships is based upon our attention to detail and level of service. It is this level of dedication to our clients, combined with our pioneering use of technology and innovative approach, that truly positions Essex Title as a leader in the industry.

- Jim Ketai, Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Our Mission

To provide exceptional title insurance products and services across the real estate spectrum, with a focus on integrity, innovation, and customer service, to help our clients succeed and thrive.

Our Vision

To be the premier provider of title insurance and related services in the country with a deserved reputation for trust, reliability and professionalism.

Services

  • Title Insurance
  • Closing & Escrow
  • Recording
  • Title Searches
  • Survey Inspections
  • Property Surveys

Clients

  • Lenders
  • Brokers
  • Developers
  • Property Owners
  • Attorneys
  • Home Buyers

Clients

Technology & Innovation

Leveraging the latest technology and a desire to innovate continuously, we offer our clients simple and efficient solutions, making the process of obtaining title seamless and allowing them to track progress remotely through our secure website.

Our back of house platform is powered by SoftPro with its suite of digital, secure, real estate and mortgage products allowing us to power client transactions wherever they may be.

We connect with our clients through a common desire to succeed; we service our clients as partners and they always leave as friends.

- Mark Lapidus, Co-Founder

Transaction Highlights

Team

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

E: jim@essextitle.com

T: 248.776.5050

Jim is a Co-Founder and the Managing Partner of Essex Title overseeing all aspects of the business.

He is also the Co-Founder of Vokal Ventures, a Detroit based full service real estate development firm, having previously co-founded and served as the CEO and Managing Partner of Bedrock Real Estate. Jim led Bedrock from its inception in 2010 for almost a decade, driving its investments and commitments of more than $5.6 billion, over the course of which the firm acquired and developed more than 120 properties totaling in excess of 18 million square feet in downtown Detroit and Cleveland. Prior to this, Jim was the Managing Partner of Etkin Equities, a Southfield based full-service development company, for over 21 years where he oversaw the management of more than 8 million square feet of commercial real estate holdings.

Jim earned his BA degree from Michigan State University in 1983 and is a 1986 graduate of the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University). He is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Colorado and is the holder of a Michigan Real Estate Broker’s license and Title Insurance Agent’s license.

Mark is a Co-Founder of Essex Title and helps manage various aspects of the business.

A serial entrepreneur, Mark utilizes close to two decades of experience in real estate to identify unique opportunities, across multiple asset classes and industries. In 2019, Mark established a private investment firm which has participated in the acquisition of residential apartment complexes on the East Coast. Prior to this, he was a Senior Executive at WeWork, serving as the company’s first Global Head of Real Estate from its inception through to 2019. In this role, Mark led a team of over 200 employees with responsibility for building what became one of the largest occupiers of commercial office space in the world.

Mark possesses a BA degree with a concentration in Real Estate from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and a Juris Doctorate Cum Laude from New York Law School.

Co-Founder & General Counsel

E: howard@essextitle.com

T: 248.776.5000

Howard is a Co-Founder and the General Counsel of Essex Title.

In addition to this role at Essex, Howard is also a Co-Founder of Vokal Ventures, a full-service real estate development firm based in Detroit, Michigan. He has over 30 years of legal experience across the real estate industry, having previously joined his long-term client Dan Gilbert at Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC and Rock Ventures LLC, serving as General Counsel of both companies. Prior to this, Howard was a Senior Partner at the leading Detroit-based law firms Dykema and Honigman where he focused on commercial real estate and was involved in all aspects of real estate law including development, acquisitions, land use, entitlements, development incentives, partnership and joint ventures, financing, leasing, tax, workouts and restructuring.

Howard is a 1987 summa cum laude graduate of Detroit College Law (now Michigan State University).

Daniel Gohari has over twenty years of experience in real estate acquisition, leasing, management, financing, marketing, and construction.

Daniel founded Avenue Property Group (APG), previously known as The Xerxes Group, in 2010. APG is a real estate acquisition company with a focus on commercial assets in New York, Miami, Denver, and other major markets throughout the U.S. The company is a partner in over three million square feet of real estate and recently completed construction of a 200,000 square foot mixed use commercial building in Denver, Colorado. Prior to founding Avenue Property Group, he was a Vice President at The Moinian Group, where he helped grow the company’s portfolio from 2 million to 20 million square feet and establish it as one of the largest privately held real estate companies in New York.

Daniel graduated from NYU Stern School of Business with a degree in finance and attended Harvard University for a Strategic Negotiations program where he finished at the top of his class.

Chief Operating and Development Officer

E: david@essextitle.com

T: 954.816.4143

David is Chief Operating and Development Officer of Essex Title and helps manage various aspects of the day-to-day business.

With over twenty years of experience in real estate acquisition, leasing, financing, construction, and negotiation, David has helped various public and private companies build and scale real estate teams across multiple asset classes and industries. As the first strategic hire at debt and equity private lender, Maxim Capital Group, David formed the company’s operational procedures which would help them grow the platform, having issued $4.2B in loans to date. He would go on to be selected to help create the Investment Sales division at Ackman Ziff Real Estate Group, lead the Tri-State Real Estate team at WeWork, becoming the largest occupier of office space in New York under his direction, and build the Real Estate team at HelloFresh, the largest multi-national publicly traded meal-kit company in the world.

David received an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Florida with a focus in business and entrepreneurship, and attended New York Law School, where he completed the Law Office Study & Clerkship program.

Brennan is the Chief Financial Officer at Essex Title, based in the Michigan office.     Brennan leads the company’s financial oversight and manages all title escrow and audit services.  His wealth of financial knowledge extends to the insurance industry, with progressive expertise in leading teams and providing strategic direction and guidance in financial management.  Before joining Essex Title, Brennan worked at Genworth Financial in a variety of finance leadership and product profitability roles for 14 years. Prior to Genworth Financial, he was an Accountant at Ernst and Young, focusing on auditing.   Brennan holds a master’s degree in accountancy from Notre Dame, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brigham Young University.  Brennan is also a licensed certified public accountant.

Senior Underwriting Counsel

E: fanny@essextitle.com

T: 917.558.7025

Fanny is the Senior Underwriting Counsel at Essex Title, based in the New York office. As a 25-year industry veteran, Fanny has a deep comprehension of real estate and title related issues coupled with a drive dedicated to customer satisfaction. With over two decades handling virtually every type of commercial property, Fanny's notable and diverse career achievements include a wide-ranging portfolio inclusive of work with large multi-site portfolios, cogeneration power plants, retail stores and malls, hospitals and medical campuses, residential developments and military bases. Previously, Fanny was Underwriting Counsel at Chicago Title Insurance Company and First American Title Insurance of New York for over a decade. Her breadth of experience underwriting complex transactions encompasses both commercial and residential real estate assets throughout the country. Admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York, and the United States District Court in the Eastern and Southern Districts, Fanny received a J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law and a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Joanne is the Chief of Staff at Essex Title, based in the Michigan office. Joanne also serves as Chief of Staff at Vokal Ventures, the real estate development firm Jim Ketai and Howard Luckoff co-founded in 2019. Prior to Essex and Vokal, Joanne worked with Jim Ketai at Bedrock Real Estate as an Executive Assistant for four years providing high level, confidential support. Before joining Bedrock in Detroit, Joanne was based in Los Angeles for six years, where she worked in the film and television industry. Joanne earned her BA in Film and Video Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Josh is the Director of Sales at Essex Title, based in the Michigan office. With significant experience across real estate and a strong network of relationships across the globe, Josh helps drive new business development for the company. Prior to joining Essex, Josh was VP of Acquisitions at the Detroit-based real estate development firm Vokal Ventures, and an Analyst at WeWork where he focused on underwriting the company’s commercial real estate transactions. Josh began his career at Hunter Pasteur Homes, where he priced and developed new construction residential single-family homes in southeast Michigan. Josh earned his BA from Eastern Michigan in 2013 having spent his first two years of undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

E: jim@essextitle.com

T: 248.776.5050


Jim is a Co-Founder and the Managing Partner of Essex Title overseeing all aspects of the business.

He is also the Co-Founder of Vokal Ventures, a Detroit based full service real estate development firm, having previously co-founded and served as the CEO and Managing Partner of Bedrock Real Estate. Jim led Bedrock from its inception in 2010 for almost a decade, driving its investments and commitments of more than $5.6 billion, over the course of which the firm acquired and developed more than 120 properties totaling in excess of 18 million square feet in downtown Detroit and Cleveland. Prior to this, Jim was the Managing Partner of Etkin Equities, a Southfield based full-service development company, for over 21 years where he oversaw the management of more than 8 million square feet of commercial real estate holdings.

Jim earned his BA degree from Michigan State University in 1983 and is a 1986 graduate of the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University). He is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Colorado and is the holder of a Michigan Real Estate Broker’s license and Title Insurance Agent’s license.

Co-Founder

E: mark@essextitle.com

T: 212.988.2020


Mark is a Co-Founder of Essex Title and helps manage various aspects of the business.

A serial entrepreneur, Mark utilizes close to two decades of experience in real estate to identify unique opportunities, across multiple asset classes and industries. In 2019, Mark established a private investment firm which has participated in the acquisition of residential apartment complexes on the East Coast. Prior to this, he was a Senior Executive at WeWork, serving as the company’s first Global Head of Real Estate from its inception through to 2019. In this role, Mark led a team of over 200 employees with responsibility for building what became one of the largest occupiers of commercial office space in the world.

Mark possesses a BA degree with a concentration in Real Estate from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and a Juris Doctorate Cum Laude from New York Law School.

Co-Founder & General Counsel

E: howard@essextitle.com

T: 248.776.5000


Howard is a Co-Founder and the General Counsel of Essex Title.

In addition to this role at Essex, Howard is also a Co-Founder of Vokal Ventures, a full-service real estate development firm based in Detroit, Michigan. He has over 30 years of legal experience across the real estate industry, having previously joined his long-term client Dan Gilbert at Bedrock Real Estate Services LLC and Rock Ventures LLC, serving as General Counsel of both companies. Prior to this, Howard was a Senior Partner at the leading Detroit-based law firms Dykema and Honigman where he focused on commercial real estate and was involved in all aspects of real estate law including development, acquisitions, land use, entitlements, development incentives, partnership and joint ventures, financing, leasing, tax, workouts and restructuring.

Howard is a 1987 summa cum laude graduate of Detroit College Law (now Michigan State University).

Co-Founder

E: daniel@essextitle.com

T:  212.988.2020


Daniel Gohari has over twenty years of experience in real estate acquisition, leasing, management, financing, marketing, and construction.

Daniel founded Avenue Property Group (APG), previously known as The Xerxes Group, in 2010. APG is a real estate acquisition company with a focus on commercial assets in New York, Miami, Denver, and other major markets throughout the U.S. The company is a partner in over three million square feet of real estate and recently completed construction of a 200,000 square foot mixed use commercial building in Denver, Colorado. Prior to founding Avenue Property Group, he was a Vice President at The Moinian Group, where he helped grow the company’s portfolio from 2 million to 20 million square feet and establish it as one of the largest privately held real estate companies in New York.

Daniel graduated from NYU Stern School of Business with a degree in finance and attended Harvard University for a Strategic Negotiations program where he finished at the top of his class.

Chief Operating and Development Officer

E: david@essextitle.com

T: 954.816.4143


David is Chief Operating and Development Officer of Essex Title and helps manage various aspects of the day-to-day business.

With over twenty years of experience in real estate acquisition, leasing, financing, construction, and negotiation, David has helped various public and private companies build and scale real estate teams across multiple asset classes and industries. As the first strategic hire at debt and equity private lender, Maxim Capital Group, David formed the company’s operational procedures which would help them grow the platform, having issued $4.2B in loans to date. He would go on to be selected to help create the Investment Sales division at Ackman Ziff Real Estate Group, lead the Tri-State Real Estate team at WeWork, becoming the largest occupier of office space in New York under his direction, and build the Real Estate team at HelloFresh, the largest multi-national publicly traded meal-kit company in the world.

David received an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Florida with a focus in business and entrepreneurship, and attended New York Law School, where he completed the Law Office Study & Clerkship program.

Chief Financial Officer

E: brennan@essextitle.com

T: 248.776.5008


Brennan is the Chief Financial Officer at Essex Title, based in the Michigan office.     Brennan leads the company’s financial oversight and manages all title escrow and audit services.  His wealth of financial knowledge extends to the insurance industry, with progressive expertise in leading teams and providing strategic direction and guidance in financial management.  Before joining Essex Title, Brennan worked at Genworth Financial in a variety of finance leadership and product profitability roles for 14 years. Prior to Genworth Financial, he was an Accountant at Ernst and Young, focusing on auditing.   Brennan holds a master’s degree in accountancy from Notre Dame, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brigham Young University.  Brennan is also a licensed certified public accountant.

Senior Underwriting Counsel

E: fanny@essextitle.com

T: 917.558.7025


Fanny is the Senior Underwriting Counsel at Essex Title, based in the New York office. As a 25-year industry veteran, Fanny has a deep comprehension of real estate and title related issues coupled with a drive dedicated to customer satisfaction. With over two decades handling virtually every type of commercial property, Fanny's notable and diverse career achievements include a wide-ranging portfolio inclusive of work with large multi-site portfolios, cogeneration power plants, retail stores and malls, hospitals and medical campuses, residential developments and military bases. Previously, Fanny was Underwriting Counsel at Chicago Title Insurance Company and First American Title Insurance of New York for over a decade. Her breadth of experience underwriting complex transactions encompasses both commercial and residential real estate assets throughout the country. Admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York, and the United States District Court in the Eastern and Southern Districts, Fanny received a J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law and a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Chief of Staff

E: joanne@essextitle.com

T: 248.776.5016


Joanne is the Chief of Staff at Essex Title, based in the Michigan office. Joanne also serves as Chief of Staff at Vokal Ventures, the real estate development firm Jim Ketai and Howard Luckoff co-founded in 2019. Prior to Essex and Vokal, Joanne worked with Jim Ketai at Bedrock Real Estate as an Executive Assistant for four years providing high level, confidential support. Before joining Bedrock in Detroit, Joanne was based in Los Angeles for six years, where she worked in the film and television industry. Joanne earned her BA in Film and Video Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Director of Sales

E: josh@essextitle.com

T: 248.776.5010


Josh is the Director of Sales at Essex Title, based in the Michigan office. With significant experience across real estate and a strong network of relationships across the globe, Josh helps drive new business development for the company. Prior to joining Essex, Josh was VP of Acquisitions at the Detroit-based real estate development firm Vokal Ventures, and an Analyst at WeWork where he focused on underwriting the company’s commercial real estate transactions. Josh began his career at Hunter Pasteur Homes, where he priced and developed new construction residential single-family homes in southeast Michigan. Josh earned his BA from Eastern Michigan in 2013 having spent his first two years of undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Contact

NEW YORK

750 Lexington Ave

9th Floor

New York, NY 10022

212.988.2020



MICHIGAN

29777 Telegraph Road

Suite 1170

Southfield, MI 48034

248.776.5000



TEXAS

1920 McKinney Ave

7th Floor

Dallas, TX 75201

469.796.8419



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