Our Company

Commercial Division

Michael A. Knudsen
Chief Financial Officer

Email mknudsen@veritastitlepartners.com
Call 713-482-2801

Michael Knudsen is chief financial officer of Veritas Title Partners. With more than 20 years experience in the title insurance industry, Knudsen plays a leading role in company management. He also leads a team of commercial marketing representatives who work with clients throughout the United States.

Knudsen combines a background in both the commercial lending and commercial title industries to understand how to help Veritas clients seize financial opportunities and resolve difficult challenges. He began his career at Allied Bank of Texas in Houston, where he originated commercial real estate loans, restructured problem loans and helped re-sell the bank's foreclosed properties. When First Interstate Bank purchased Allied Bank of Texas, he became vice president of First Interstate Bank's real estate group.

In 1988, Knudsen joined Lomas Management Inc. in Dallas to oversee business development of commercial construction loans in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. While there, he structured construction loans with profit participations and gained valuable experience in workouts, litigation and bankruptcies.

Knudsen entered the title business in 1993 with American Title Company of Houston. With responsibility for commercial business development, he successfully drew on relationships he had established over ten years in the banking industry to build a new stream of business for the company while acquiring title experience. Three years later, he joined First American Title Insurance Company, where he became sales manager for the Houston commercial division.

In 2002, Knudsen moved to Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. Joining him were fellow First American colleagues Robert Sheldon and Sandra Paige – his current partners at Veritas Title Partners – along with several other staff members. The three title executives opened a new commercial office for Fidelity, with Knudsen responsible for developing new client relationships. In 2005, they left Fidelity to open their own company, Veritas Title Partners.

Knudsen is a native of Houston. He attended University of Texas at Austin, where he received a B.B.A. degree in finance.

Sandra M. Paige
Chief Operating Officer

Email spaige@veritastitlepartners.com
Call 713-482-2802

Sandra Paige is recognized as one of the industry's most accomplished professionals. With vast experience in underwriting large, multi-site, multi-state commercial transactions, she oversees the escrow team that handles some of Veritas Title Partners' most complicated transactions.

Paige began her professional career with the law firm of Streich, Lang in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1984, she launched her title insurance career when she opened the offices of Heritage Title Company in Austin, Texas. In 1990, she returned to her hometown of Boston to join the national division of Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, where she quickly established a reputation for sound underwriting practices. She also worked with Lawyers Title and Fidelity National Title of New York before returning to Texas and joining Partners Title Company in Houston.

In 1999, Paige joined her current partners at Veritas, Bob Sheldon and Michael Knudsen, at First American Title Insurance. The three brought their team to the commercial division of Fidelity National Title Insurance Company in 2002. In January 2005, she and her partners formed their own company, Veritas Title Partners.

Throughout her title insurance career, Paige has handled high profile transactions. These include TD Banknorth Garden (the new Boston Garden) and numerous portfolio securitizations. Most recently, she has worked on many high-profile transactions in Houston, including a $2 billion multi-family portfolio.

Paige has authored numerous articles for the Boston Business Journal. She has served as an adjunct teacher at St. Edward's University and frequently speaks or lectures for professional associations and continuing education programs. She has served as an officer of several professional organizations, including the Texas Land Title Association. She is a past president of the Travis County Land Title Association, past board member of the Real Estate Finance Association of Boston and alumna of NEWIRE and CREW Houston. With a degree in English literature, Paige pursued graduate studies at Arizona State University and Suffolk University. She is presently studying piano at Rice University's The Shepherd School of Music Preparatory Program.

Robert H. Sheldon
Of Counsel

Email rsheldon@veritastitlepartners.com
Call 713.482.2803

Robert Sheldon is one of the most experienced real estate attorneys and escrow experts in the title insurance industry. Since retiring as chief executive officer of Veritas Title Partners, he continues to provide counsel on important issues for the company and its customers.
Sheldon began his law career in Houston in 1973 as in-house counsel for a large commercial brokerage and real estate investment firm, Vallone and Associates. In 1983, he opened his own real estate investment and brokerage company. In addition to providing commercial real estate brokerage and legal services, the firm invested in land for commercial development through joint ventures.

In 1986, Sheldon joined the Houston law firm of Hamblen & Teague. There, he practiced real estate law and handled transaction work for financial institutions and commercial real estate clients. He also developed a mediation practice, bringing more than 80 percent of his 100+ cases to a satisfactory resolution.

Sheldon joined First American Title Insurance Company in 1993. As special counsel and manager of First American’s commercial division in Houston, he was responsible for overseeing all facets of the company, from personnel and office operations to underwriting and closing activities.

Sheldon took his expertise to Fidelity National Title Insurance Company in 2002 as senior vice president and branch manager of the commercial division. Along with his current Veritas partners, Michael Knudsen and Sandra Paige, he opened a new commercial office for Fidelity.

Sheldon, Knudsen and Paige launched their own company, Veritas Title Partners, in January 2005. As chief executive officer for Veritas, Sheldon provided leadership for the company in all areas of policy and operations. He also headed the team of escrow specialists who assist customers with commercial transactions in Houston and throughout Texas.

Sheldon is a native of Houston. He earned his B.S. degree in psychology from the University of Houston and received his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Diane Murphy
Commercial Escrow Officer

Email dmurphy@veritastitlepartners.com
Call 713-482-2845

As one of the founding members of Veritas Title Partners, Diane takes personal pride in delivering excellent customer service. She has been in the title industry for more than a decade and worked with the commercial teams of major title underwriters before helping to launch Veritas. Diane draws on a wide range of commercial title experience, from developments to land assemblage, to create successful transactions. Her personal dedication and calm, pleasant demeanor make every transaction a positive experience for her customers. Diane earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree in finance.

Darrell Dunlap
Title Plant Manager/Chief Title Officer

Email ddunlap@veritastitlepartners.com
Call 713-482-2816

With more than 33 years of experience, Darrell Dunlap is one of the title industry's most knowledgeable professionals. Before joining Veritas in 2006, he built a diverse management background in the title, mortgage and underwriting industries, adding expertise in accounting, survey matters, information technology, time management and workflow, and related areas of law. He is well known for his title work throughout Texas. Dunlap personally trained all the title examiners and other personnel in his department, where the average experience is 16 years. Under his direction, this skill level and attention to detail has made the phrase "the Veritas Difference" understood and appreciated by all customers. A native Houstonian, Dunlap attended the University of Houston's College of Business Administration and College of Business Technology.

Harry Klein
Commercial Escrow Officer

Email hklein@veritastitlepartners.com

Harry Klein has helped hundreds of customers close on residential and commercial properties since becoming an escrow officer in the year 2000. His roots in real estate go back even farther: his family was in the business and he obtained his own license more than a quarter century ago.

Today, Harry draws on his unique problem-solving skills as a former manager of a title office to make sure that even the most complicated transactions progress smoothly. He carefully coordinates the details between both parties, ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks. Harry earned his degree in economics from Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Joy Brosier
Commercial Escrow Assistant

Email jbrosier@veritastitlepartners.com
Call 713-482-2804

As an assistant to one of the firm's partners, Joy Brosier is central to the commercial activities at Veritas Title Partners. She thrives in this complex, fast-paced environment, where her close attention to detail and efficient multi-tasking helps the team conquer their customers' most demanding challenges. Joy is always on the lookout for ways to deliver extra service beyond expectations. A real estate certification and a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Texas in Austin helped prepare her for this role.

Debbie Morganstern
Escrow Assistant

Email dmorganstern@veritastitlepartners.com
Call 713-482-2805

Every detail matters at the closing table, and Debbie Morganstern brings the unique combination of talents to make certain that everything is perfect. A high-powered multi-tasker and problem solver, she can juggle complicated and sometimes conflicting demands with a smile. Debbie holds a bachelor’s degree in management. Combined with her diverse experience in accounting, human resources, event planning, office management and petroleum land analysis, this equips her to be a helpful resource for customers—and a valuable assistant to others on the Veritas team.

Chuck Townsend
Business Development Manager

Email ctownsend@veritastitlepartners.com
Call 713-482-2808

Chuck Townsend knows from experience that success in the real estate industry depends on having a strong relationship with an excellent title company. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Chuck has developed deep ties throughout the industry. He has owned his own real estate firm. He has also worked closely with developers, lenders, brokers, and others involved in residential or commercial closings. Inspired by this experience, Chuck is committed to building and maintaining long-term partnerships that truly serve the needs of his clients.

As business development manager for Veritas Title Partners in Houston and Austin, he delights in helping others tap his vast network of personal and business resources. Chuck is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University and a licensed real estate broker. His fluency in Spanish is often helpful in closing local and international transactions.

Liz Chavez
Commercial Escrow Assistant

Email lchavez@veritastitlepartners.com
Call 713-482-2849

Every real estate transaction is different, and every person who comes to the table has different needs. Liz Chavez takes pride in discovering what it takes to accommodate each customer. If they are anxious, she puts them at ease. If they are on a tight timeline, she helps organize a quick closing with meetings scheduled for their convenience. Liz began developing these instincts when she first entered the title industry at age 19. Since then, she has honed her analytical and organizational skills in the oil and gas industry, where she worked as a landman, lease analyst and office manager. Her bilingual skills are also helpful as she assists the Veritas commercial escrow team in its challenging work.