Committee Spotlight: Rodolfo Rivera
Tell us about your background
and your law department.
Fidelity National Financial, Inc. is organized into
two groups, FNF Group (NYSE: FNF) and FNFV
Group (NYSE: FNFV). FNF is a leading provider
of title insurance, technology, and transaction
services to the real estate and mortgage industries. FNF is the nation’s largest title insurance
company through its title insurance underwriters Fidelity National Title, Chicago Title,
Commonwealth Land Title, Alamo Title, and
National Title of New York. Each of these collectively issue more title insurance policies than
any other title company in the United States. FNF
also provides industry-leading mortgage technology solutions and transaction services, including
MSP® — the leading residential mortgage servicing technology platform in the United States.
FNF does this through its majority-owned subsidiaries, Black Knight Financial Services, LLC
and ServiceLink Holdings, LLC. FNFV holds
majority and minority equity investment stakes
in a number of entities, including American
Blue Ribbon Holdings, LLC, Ceridian HCM,
Inc., Fleetcor Technologies, Inc., and Digital
Insurance, Inc. More information about FNF and
FNFV can be found at www.fnf.com.
What interested you in the in-house practice
of law and how did you come to be an
attorney at Fidelity National Financial?
I was a solo practitioner in private practice for
many years. The thought of going in-house never occurred to me until I was contacted by the
chief legal officer at Fidelity National Financial
about helping the company build an international presence. Making the shift to in-house
was a new and challenging endeavor. After a
conversation about the job and what it entailed,
I became intrigued with the new adventure and
challenge. I decided to take the plunge and have
not regretted the decision ever since.
What is the single greatest challenge
that your law department is facing today,
and how are you dealing with it?
As an insurance company, we are faced with
extensive litigation. The challenge is manag-
ing litigation so there are no surprises and the
costs are down. It is even more challenging to
manage litigation outside of the United States.
With regard to major litigation, the company
mandates that you know your case as well as
In October 2016, you were elected as chair
of the International Legal Affairs Committee.
How did you initially get involved?
Prior to my involvement in the leadership of
the International Legal Affairs Committee, I
was chair of the Real Estate Committee. At the
time, I was new to real estate and was able to
educate myself on the topic with the help of
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FIDELIT Y NATIONAL FINANCIAL
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