First American Financial Corporation, Chief Legal Officer

First American Financial Corporation (“First American” or “Company”) has retained Major, Lindsey & Africa on an exclusive basis to conduct a search for a Chief Legal Officer (“CLO” or “Counsel”) to be located in Santa Ana, CA at its Global Headquarters. First American is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates, please respond to the MLA recruiter who contacted you about this search or directly to the partner managing this search, Peggy-Jean (PJ) Harari. Please do not contact First American directly; all resumes sent to First American will be routed to MLA for handling and will create delays.


Overview: The CLO will serve as a member of the senior executive leadership team and maintain responsibility for leading and managing the global legal affairs of the Company, including the management of the legal function. Reporting to the President, the CLO will provide business and legal counsel to the Board of Directors, the senior leadership team, and various business leaders. The successful candidate will have exceptional leadership capabilities, strong talent management and development experience and excellent business acumen in order to serve as both a legal and business advisor.

Company: First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a highly complex Fortune 500 company and a leading provider of innovative title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions. Presenting cutting edge and proactive industry change through its Endpoint, Direct and National Commercial Services divisions among others, First American traces its heritage back to 1889. Operating in 70+ countries plus the U.S., First American also provides a host of related products and services. With total revenue of $7.1 billion in 2020, the company offers its products and services directly and through its agents throughout the United States and abroad. In 2021, First American was named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the sixth consecutive year.

Experience: The successful candidate will have 20+ years of legal experience as a corporate generalist who led and managed public company governance, complex litigation and investigation matters, ethics and compliance, transactions, intellectual property and marketing, among other areas. The successful candidate will also have demonstrated leadership skills, excellent management experience and a proven track record of effectively handling a significant legal function in a matrixed environment. A combination of foundational top law firm followed by in-house experience in financial services or technology is strongly preferred.

Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience.

Relos: Yes, this is a national search.

Bar: Must be a member in good standing of one state bar and eligible for registration as in-house counsel in California

Process: Submit a resume in Microsoft Word format with a letter describing your interest and relevant skills addressed to: Peggy-Jean (PJ) Harari, Esq. Partner & Global Practice Leader, and Thanh Nguyen, Director,

No calls, please. You will be required to complete additional documents and undergo assessments to be considered for this position.