In-House Counsel Bio

James T. Holloway

– Jim was born in Gainesville, Florida, on August 5, 1960. He is a graduate of Gainesville High School. In 1983 he received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Florida. After graduation Jim joined his family’s roof truss manufacturing business and built single family homes. He started law school at the University of Florida College of Law in 1990 and graduated with honors in 1993. Immediately after graduation, Jim went to work for the Clayton, Johnston law firm also located in Gainesville. His practice areas at that firm included both real estate and civil litigation. While in Gainesville Jim served as the Vice President of the Eighth Circuit Young Lawyers Division and served on the Board of Directors of the Eighth Circuit Bar Association. In 1998 he moved to Tampa and joined the Alley & Ingram law firm. His practice focused on civil litigation and he became a partner in that firm in 2001. With a desire to get back to his real estate roots, in 2006 Jim joined Bayshore Title as in house counsel. While at Bayshore Title, Jim handled a wide variety of legal issues including one commercial transaction with a total value in excess of $60,000,000.00. Jim lives in Tampa with his wife Debbie and their two children, Hunter and Hannah.

James G. Farr– James Farr is originally from Orlando and has been in the Tampa Bay area since 1967. Mr. Farr has over thirty-eight years experience in the title services industry. It was from the training that he received while serving Chicago Title, that Mr. Farr and his staff became proficient in the handling of complex commercial real estate transactions as well as residential title services of all types and sizes. When Mr. Farr is not working, he enjoys hunting and fishing.

  • B.A., University of South Florida, 1971
  • J.D., South Texas College of Law 1977
  • Assistant Regional Counsel for Chicago Title Insurance Company  –  (1978 to 1984)
  • Paramount Title Corporation  – Founder & President (1984 to 2009)

Chairman (2010 to present)

  • Adjunct Professor of Real Estate University of Tampa  –  1980 to 1984
  • Member of the Florida Bar Association
  • Past President of the Hillsborough County Title Association
  • Board of Trustees,  Independent Day School (1985 through 1992, Vice President  –  1990)
  • Board of Trustees, Sigma Nu Fraternity (1985 to 2006)
  • Board of Directors, USF National Alumni Association (1993)
  • University of South Florida President’s Council
  • Private Underwriting Counsel  –  Industrial Valley Title Insurance Company (1985 to 1992)
  • Private Underwriting Counsel  –  T.A. Title Insurance Company and United General Title Insurance Company (1992 to 1997)
  • Board of Directors, Heart Alert, Inc. (1995 to 2004)
  • Board of Directors, International American Homes, Inc. (1996 to 2001) *
  • Partners Title Services Corporation  –  President (1997 to 2006)
  • Partners Title Services Group, LLC –  Chairman (2006 to 2009)
  • Tri-County Title Insurance Agency, Inc. – CEO (2001 to 2008)
  • General Title Company of Florida – President (1999 to 2007)

* Publicly traded company, NYSE

Raymond M. Suarez- was born and raised in Queens County, New York. He attended Inter-American University of Puerto Rico where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was also voted outstanding student in Political Science.

Suarez went on to receive his law degree from Delaware School of Law of Widener College located in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1979, he was admitted to practice law in both Florida and New York. The first 15 years of his career were spent in private practice in Brooklyn, New York; a practice which included real estate, landlord-tenant, criminal law and domestic relations.

In 1996, Suarez moved his family to Parkland, Florida. He went to work for Universal Land Title and soon thereafter was named General Counsel. As General Counsel, Suarez has been able to rely on his diverse background to assist in numerous matters as Universal grew to have a national presence. His duties included overseeing litigation, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, rules and regulations, employment issues, and other in-house management responsibilities.

Mike LaRosa- LaRosa graduated from the University of Florida with both his Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor degree in 1998. In 1999, LaRosa began his title insurance career with First American Title as Associate Counsel at the company’s divisional headquarters in Tallahassee. By 2007 he had moved to Tampa to work with the Partnership Division and was later promoted to Florida State Agency Manager. When he’s not making waves in the title industry, LaRosa likes to spend time outdoors with his family or traveling, and he is a healthy-lifestyle/fitness enthusiast.