Judi Souza, CSEO/CEI/NTP

Ms. Judi Souza, CSEO/CEI/NTP

Escrow Expertise
591 Mill Pond Dr.
San Jose , CA 95125-1420
Mobile: 408-221-6882
Office: 408-277-0662
Fax: 408-277-0662

Expert in both Title Insurance and Escrow matters. Consultant and court qualified Expert Witness with over 40 years experience regarding Standard of Care in numerous areas, including escrow/settlement services, title insurance, notary public, mortgage lending, training, auditing and handling claims, including fraudulent activities. Certified Senior Escrow Officer (in California, Oregon and Michigan); National Title Professional (NTP); Certified Escrow Instructor; Certified Notary Signing Agent; Licensed Real Estate Salesperson; Advisory Title Officer; Escrow Advisory Officer; Past Regional President of both California and Oregon Escrow Associations; Newspaper Column Contributor/Expert; Real Estate school and college instructor; ALTA committees: Closing, Education, Best Practices Task Force and Real Property Records; lecturer; auditor/trainer. References proudly available upon request.

Areas of Expertise
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Construction Lending
  • Escrow/Title Insurance
  • Mortgages
  • Notary Public
  • Real Estate Finance

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Certified Senior Escrow Officer in 3 states: California, Oregon and Michigan (CSEO)
National Title Professional (NTP)
Certified Escrow Instructor (CEI)
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Certified Notary Signing Agent/"Trusted" Notary

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: California Escrow Association.
American Escrow Association.
California Land Title Association.
American Land Title Association.
Executive Council of Homeowners Associations
Curtner Village Homeowners Board of Directors
National Notary Association
Napa Gardens Homeowners Board of Directors
Escrow Association of Santa Clara Valley
California Association of Realtors
PRIA (Property Records Industry Association)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: ALTA Annual Conference-seminars

ALTA Best Practices webinar presentations to ALTA and AE4

Instructor for Anthony's School of Real Estate for courses covering: Principles of Real Estate, as well as Mortgage Loan Brokering and Lending.

Previously a college instructor for Escrow I and Escrow II.

Also various seminars as a participant and leader for the title and escrow industries. Have given 3-6 hour seminars on 1031 Exchanges.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: In excess of 400
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: 1) Title insurance
2) Escrow (Closing services)
3) Real estate broker/salesperson standard of care
4) Lender/Mtg. Loan Broker standard of care
5) California Notary Public/Signing Agent standard of care
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 72% (estimate)
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 28% (estimate)
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 51 depositions, plus 3 arbitrations.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: July of 2015
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 16 trials, plus 3 arbitrations
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 19
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 22
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting and Expert Witness
Also: property site inspections AND actual hands-on title plant searches
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $400.00 **

** effective 1-1-16
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $400.00 **

** effective 1-1-16
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $450.00..with a minimum of 4 hrs. daily, plus expenses
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)


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