Universal Title is proud of the personal level of service we give our clients and customers.
David K. Mason
Chief Executive Officer
David K. Mason started in the title business in 2006, and officially took over as Universal Title’s Chief Executive Officer in 2012. Today he leads a team that consists of over 85 individuals across more than 20 locations, and consistently ranks in the top 3 Title Companies in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area by the Washington Business Journal. Universal Title has also been nationally recognized by First American Title Insurance Company as one of its top agents. In 2020 David helped launch BKCO Title and Escrow, a sister company of Universal Title, that currently operates in Washington State.
As a native of the Washington, D.C. area, David gets great joy from being able to assist so many people in the community realize the dream of homeownership. Having gotten his start during a period in our history when so many families lost their homes, those formative years continue to influence the direction of Universal Title. As the real estate transaction has increasingly become more complicated and burdensome, his mission has been one of making the settlement process easier, more transparent, more efficient, and more enjoyable for all the parties involved.
David’s vision for Universal Title is that it continues to be an organization where individuals exceed what they previously thought they were personally and professionally capable of achieving.
David is a graduate of Duke University where he majored in Economics and was a four-year letterman and captain of the baseball team. He earned his J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law and is admitted to the Virginia State Bar and District of Columbia Bar.
Jennifer Mason Halsted
Executive Director of Sales
After taking a hiatus from a career in sales/client development to raise her two daughters, Teresa came back full force and joined Universal Title as a settlement agent and was instrumental in the growth of the Arlington and Tysons offices. As the company grew, so did Teresa’s desire for growth. She began adding members to the business development team and rose through the ranks of Universal Title to become the Executive Director of Business Development & Sales. Teresa is passionate about the growth and development of the Business Development team and Universal Title.
Samantha La Mell
Regional Director, Maryland
David V. Mason
Founder and Chairman
Regional Director, Virginia
Regional Director, D.C.
David joined the Universal Title team in 2019. He serves as the Company’s Regional Director for Washington, DC and Managing Attorney for the Capitol Hill Office, and he also serves as a member of the Company’s Executive Team. As an attorney that has focused primarily on real estate matters since the start of his legal career, David prides himself on providing practical and deal-oriented advice in helping his clients achieve their transactional goals. As a title professional serving the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, David’s goal is to help create a positive and memorable experience for clients as they work through the transaction process.
Over the years, David’s clients have included buyers and sellers of property, landlords and tenants, mortgage lenders, banks, credit unions, builders, developers, property managers, real estate agents, real estate brokers, supervising brokers, brokers of record, insurance companies, relocation professionals, title and escrow companies, and other real estate related professionals. From transactional matters to litigation avoidance and RESPA compliance to professional liability, David’s goal is to provide practical and situational oriented advice that helps clients achieve their goals.
Prior to joining Universal Title, David served as General Counsel for a large Washington, DC Metro Area based real estate services company and was the Company’s Director of Title Operations and President of the company’s settlement and title subsidiary. In these roles, David provided advice and counsel to a wide variety of real estate stakeholders across the Washington, DC Metro Area. Before serving in an in-house corporate counsel and business officer role, David worked in the private practice law firm setting handling a wide variety of real estate matters across a diverse area in both a small law firm and large law firm settings. David first gained exposure to real estate law in operation while serving as the Law Clerk for the Honorable Steven Chappelle in the Circuit Court for Charles County, Maryland during the aftermath of a recession where foreclosure and other distressed property scenarios became court matters at an alarmingly frenetic rate. David earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, and is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he majored in History (with a minor in Democracy Studies).
David lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC. David is an avid sports fan and spends as much time as possible supporting his favorite area sports teams, primarily the Washington Capitals, DC United, and the Washington Nationals. David is a native of Southern Maryland, and enjoys spending as much time as possible in St. Mary’s County, where he grew up. David and his family like to get outside, and David is passionate about enjoying and preserving the Chesapeake Bay watershed.