About Us

We are a local title company serving the DMV since 1996

Our passion is to educate homebuyers about the closing process

We are reinventing the closing process by leveraging customer service with technology. We provide the tools for a streamlined and transparent closing.

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CEO & Settlement Attorney

Todd received his J.D. from Drake University Law School and his B.A. from Iowa State University. He is a member of the DC Bar and has a title insurance license in DC.

In 2013 he created Close It!, the first mobile app that accurately calculates cash-to-close and net proceeds for real estate transactions.


President & Settlement Attorney

Joe Gentile is a real estate settlement attorney who received his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School in 1999.

He also received degrees in Economics and Italian Language & Literature from the University of Maryland. Joe has practiced real estate law in the DC metro area since 2000 and is a member of the Maryland Bar with title insurance licenses in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.


Settlement Attorney

Stephanie Dudley is a real estate settlement attorney who received her J.D. from The Catholic University of America.

She has been working in the title industry since 2005 and has title insurance licenses in DC, Maryland and Virginia. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and in her free time volunteers her legal expertise with the Archdiocesan Legal Network of Catholic Community Services. She is the managing attorney of our Downtown office.


Settlement Attorney

Catherine Schmitt is a real estate attorney who received her Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School.

She holds two bachelor's degrees from the University of Maryland and has title insurance licenses in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Along with her more than 20 years of experience in the title insurance business, Catherine is a retired U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant.


Settlement Attorney

Ben Raffel is a real estate settlement attorney who received his Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2013.

He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. Ben is a member of the Maryland and Michigan Bar, with title insurance producer licenses in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.


Chief Marketing Officer

Nikki Smith specializes in helping small business owners develop strategies to drive more revenue through digital channels. She initially joined Federal Title in 2009 and returned in January 2020 after a three-year stint with an independent underwriter. Nikki is an award-winning writer with more than 12 years of professional experience in website development, lead generation, content management, SEO, social networking and email marketing. She brings passion, creativity, laser-like focus and humor to every task.

In her free time, Nikki hosts a monthly open mic show in Adams Morgan, teaches sailing classes on the Anacostia River and plays electric guitar in a rock 'n' roll band. She recently completed her first official half-marathon (under 2 hours) and resides in SWDC with her partner and two rescue cats.


Settlement Processor

Melina brings almost 20 years of settlement processing experience to Federal Title.

Living in Linden, VA she enjoys playing with her two dogs and going hiking with her two daughters.


Settlement Agent & Settlement Processor

Luke is the third generation of his family with a background in the real estate industry in the DC metro area. Luke was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland and currently resides in the District. Luke has a rounded knowledge of the title industry, having worked in multiple areas of title and possesses a wealth of knowledge regarding real estate and mortgage lending from his family background.

Luke began working with Federal Title in 2016 in the pre-closing and post-closing departments. Luke is a licensed Settlement Agent in MD and DC, a Settlement Processor and Director of E-Closing affairs, driving Federal Title’s E-Closing initiative.
Luke graduated from Syracuse University in the Class of 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on domestic policy. Luke has prior experience on Capitol Hill and related law centered internships. Luke works full time for Federal Title and takes evening classes pursuing a J.D. at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law.


Settlement Processor

Jacquice joined Federal Title in 2018 and has several different functions in our office.

She assists post-closing with water escrow matters, processing files for closings and is the project manager on upcoming condominium projects.


Settlement Processor

Jamie was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and now lives in Silver Spring, MD. She has been in the industry (Mortgage, Construction & Title) since she was 20 years old and loves every minute of it.

When not at work you can find Jamie playing with her two children and cat named Reese (like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup). Jamie is also attending Penn State part-time to pursue her Master’s Degree. She already holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration but plans to one day enroll in Law School.


Senior Title Underwriter & Senior Settlement Agent

Saritta Veronesi is a senior title underwriter and senior settlement agent, responsible for title underwriting and binder preparation.

She has 25+ years of experience in the settlement industry as a title agent, manager of a settlement company, closing officer and processor.


Client Relations Coordinator

Connie Chang is a Maryland native who received her Bachelor of Art in International Studies from American University.

Prior to joining the Federal Title team, Connie spent over thirteen years in customer service and retail management.  Her career highlights are eclectic and wide-ranging, from personal shopping with celebrities to planning book events for former secretaries of state to interior designing for families in the DMV.  She hopes to make everyone who walks through Federal Title’s doors feel at home and in good hands.


Human Resource & Compliance Director

Greg Fudge, is a native Texan who grew up in the Air Force, and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.

Most of his working career has been devoted to law office management, primarily in Human Resources and Operations Management. He is a member of the Association of Legal Administrators.


Disbursements Coordinator

Sanam is our disbursements coordinator and is responsible for all cash disbursements, bank reconciliations and post-closing functions relative to accounts receivable and payable.

For questions regarding disbursment matters, please contact her.


Post-Closing Manager

Dedra Roberts is the post closing manager and has 20+ years of experience in the title industry.

Prior to joining Federal Title she was the office manager and lead title abstractor/examiner for a title abstracting company, a pre-closer, a processor and a settlement agent.


Post-Closing Assistant

Frances McCain is a post-closing assistant and helps with packaging loan document, recording documents and a wide variety of post-closing matters.

For questions regarding post-closing matters, please contact her.


Post-Closing Assistant

Kinshasha is originally from Camp Springs, Maryland. She’s a Post-Closing Assistant, here at Federal Title and has been in this challenging and exciting industry for 5 years.

When not in the office greeting wonderful clients, answering phones and tending to Post-Closing inquiries, she enjoys peaceful walks in the park, helping those in need, and spending time with her family.


Administrative Assistant

Raiha is an Administrative Assistant and the first face you’ll see in our Friendship Heights office.

Years of Experience
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