Douglas M. Atkins joined Fidelity National Title Insurance Company's Richmond, VA office as Commercial Counsel and Senior Account Executive in 2008. He is a Vice President, Senior Commercial Counsel that coordinates complex commercial real estate transactions for local and national customers. Doug provides commercial title insurance and closing services for multi-site, multi-state transactions as well as single site transactions. He has closed federal EB-5 program transactions. In conjunction with commercial title insurance, Doug also coordinates other due diligence services as required in acquisitions, leasing and financing of commercial property. His largest transaction exceeded $1.5 billion and included more than 250 sites located across 12 states. Doug has extensive experience in new construction projects involving mechanic's lien concerns.
Closing a commercial real estate transaction is a lot like herding cats. There are several due diligence components other than title insurance needed to close a transaction. None of those components like to be herded and each one has its own significant value to the closing. Obstacles can sometimes easily distract a service provider from the task at hand and derail a closing. It is my job to gather all the due diligence cats together, focusing them on the task at hand and herd
Doug has been in the title insurance and real estate industry since 1996. He is admitted to practice law before the Court of Appeals of Virginia, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia as well as the United States District Court for the 4th Circuit. Doug is a member of the Virginia State Bar Association and the Richmond Bar Association. He served as the President of the Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate in 2012 and is an active member of other commercial real estate organizations throughout the greater Richmond metropolitan area. Doug is a member of National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.
Doug periodically teaches “lunch and learn” series to loan officers at various banks regarding the basics of commercial title insurance. Doug is also a participant in the Virginia Biotechnology Center's incubator program in Richmond, VA.
Doug graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA with a Bachelor of Science in economics and sociology in 1992. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University Of Miami School Of Law in Coral Gables, FL in 1995. Doug is married with 3 children. He enjoys attempting to restore old cars in his spare time.