In the Spotlight: Zip Edwards
Zipporah B. Edwards, Horack Talley co-chair litigation practice group; Charlotte, North Carolina
How long have you been a TILC Member? What was the experience or motivating factor that compelled you to join TILC? How does TILC support your career?
I have been a member since 2011.Jennifer (at the time still Stephens, but about to be Gaytan) told several of my firm members about the committee’s existence and suggested it might be worth our while to join - she was absolutely right. The first meeting I attended was held on Amelia Island and I was so pleased to find myself amidst people from all over the country who did exactly what I did, and actually wanted to talk about it! The TILC, with its on point CLE and the opportunity to interact with the other members, is a real asset/support to my career.
What is the most interesting title insurance case you have worked on? Why?
I have always found the mortgage fraud/defalcation claims to be particularly intriguing. One such claim (really multiple related claims) stands out. It had all of the usual issues: bad appraisals, straw buyers, unpaid deeds of trust and so forth. But, it also had (“allegedly”): players with ties to the Russian mafia, money being funneled through a “minister” (said minister also happened to be a paralegal) and her church, one of the fraudsters being defrauded himself when he was tricked into wiring money he had stolen to an account from which it was promptly stolen from him, a former NFL player (or at least his onetime property), and some missing golden toilets (unclear whether gold plated or otherwise…). So really, what more could one want from a claim?
What do you do in your spare time?
Initial response of “Spare time? Ha!” did not seem fitting, so let’s go with: I watch quite a bit of HGTV and I am an avid fan/viewer of Marvels Agents of Shield; I occasionally play the piano and about every two years dabble in some acrylic or water color painting. If Hollywood made a movie of your life; who would you like to see play the lead role as you? So, I polled my husband, daughter and a law partner and they each said: Jennifer Aniston – for obvious reasons (and by obvious reason, I mean, each apparently had their own reason for doing a bit of sucking up…). My vote would be for Sarah Michelle Gellar, but specifically SMG as Buffy the Vampire Slayer – which, I think, is also pretty self-explanatory as she slays vampires and other monsters and I resolve TITLE CLAIMS!