Who We Are

Mission Statement

The mission of the Tennessee Land Title Association is to lead and support land title-related industries in Tennessee by providing educational, legislative and informational resources.

The ALTA Principles of Fair Conduct were adopted by the Tennessee Land Title Association by action of the Board of Directors at the January 11, 2008 board meeting. TNLTA encourages all of its Members to pledge to support The Principles and to incorporate them into their daily business practices.     


B. Walton of Guaranty Title Company of Nashville served as the first president. Two presidents of the association, James L. Boren, Jr. of Memphis (1966) and Charles O. Hon, III of Chattanooga (1979), went on to later serve as presidents of the American Land Title Association. Originally, the presidency of the association rotated among the four major metropolitan areas of the state, with the annual meeting also held in those areas. While the association, when formed, included only underwriters and title agents, today’s membership includes associates who are in fields related to the title industry.

Education has always been one of the major focuses of the association, with Continuing Education and Continuing Legal Education credits available for programming at the annual convention as well as at seminars geared to staff members sponsored in four locations across the state twice a year.  Since 1993, TNLTA has partnered with the Tennessee Bar Association to present a Hot Topics in Real Estate seminar in the fall of each year.

Since 1983, the association has provided continuous monitoring of legislative action through the association’s Legislative Counsel. Written weekly reports of pending legislation, along with brief summaries and analyses of the effect on our industry, are invaluable, as is our ability to initiate legislation.

In recognition of their years of service to the industry and the association, honorary memberships have been bestowed on Shade Hale, Jim Wyatt, C. H. Briley, E. H. Marsh, George Houston, Myron R. Ely, Lewis F. Ellis, L. M. Nelson, Truman Wrenne, Charles Murrell, Garvin Holland, Thomas A. Griffin, J. L. Boren, Jr., Lawrence H. “Buddy” Adams and C.O. “Charlie” Hon, III.



The purpose of this Association shall be to promote the general welfare of the land title industry for the protection of the public interest, particularly in the following aspects: to establish a high standard of the individual’s proficiency in professional attainments and the use of efficient equipment for the rendering of a superior service; to cultivate a high spirit of ethics and prescribe a strict code of eligibility to practice the profession; to facilitate efficient and economical production; to encourage a fidelity that will merit the confidence of clients and patrons of the profession; and to attain the same recognition as is enjoyed by other professions of expert knowledge and skill as is consistent with the protection of the public interest.

ALTA Principles of Fair Conduct


The ALTA Principles of Fair Conduct represent the association’s commitment to promoting behavior within the title industry that serves the needs and interests of consumers. The Principles describe ALTA’s expectation of its Members to adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior and the laws and regulations governing the business of title insurance. The “Appropriate Steps to Implement the ALTA Principles” sets out specific actions that Members can take and suggests what government can do to assist the title industry in this regard. ALTA encourages all of its Members to pledge to support The Principles and to incorporate them into their daily business practices. ALTA pledges to assist its members in implementing The Principals through ongoing training on ethical standards and legal compliance.    ALTA has formed a special Committee to review The Principles annually to ensure that they continue to address the needs and interests of the consumer public.

Principles of fair conduct: