Doing Good Deeds

Since 1980

Our escrow teams provide an unrivaled closing process of superior customer service for sellers, home buyers, lenders, investors, commercial transactions and pride ourselves as the premier title company for numerous home builders across the state of Utah. We also boast an in-house title department and 1031 Exchange company with the most experienced title officers in the State, allowing for efficient production of accurate title work without the secondary costs of less experienced, third-party vendors.

Our History

Meridian Title Company was founded in 1980 by Darrell Back. In 1984, Darrell’s brother-in-law, Jim Ivins, a real estate attorney, joined as partner. Together Darrell and Jim provided superior title work and a business built on integrity that became captioned in the slogan “We do good deeds”. Where others saw problems, they saw opportunities. Clients took note and Meridian became the company who could get the job done, and get it done right. 

Decades later, the founding philosophy remains ingrained in Meridian’s culture. “We do good deeds” is more than a slogan, it’s a standard of work.  

Underwriter Partners

In order to meet the varying needs of each client and transaction, Meridian Title Company works with multiple industry leading underwriters. Each of these partners provide products and expertise that allow Meridian to give unrivaled transactional support. The title insurance products Meridian issues are backed by the strength of these nationally recognized underwriters.


Alta Best Practices Certification

Meridian Title Company supports the American Land Title Association (ALTA) Best Practices, which are designed to meet quality of service and the security of consumer information standards set by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB).  Meridian Title’s policies and procedures are in compliance with these Best Practices.

Jon Ivins | President

Jonathan Ivins is President and a Director at Meridian Title Company. Beginning his career in the Title and Escrow industry in 1998, Jon has served in various positions from Courier to Licensed Title Searcher and Examiner, Policy Recorder and as a Licensed Escrow Officer. Jon complements his Title and Escrow background with his studies at the University of Utah and can speak Spanish fluently from his time spent in Chile. Before his time at Meridian, Jon founded an innovative venture to assist real estate professionals, and at one time, was a licensed real estate agent himself. Jon is President Emeritus of the Utah Land Title Association, and is esteemed for his involvement in advocating for legislation that promotes our local real estate and title insurance industries.

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Chris Lambert | Vice President

Chris Lambert is Vice President and a Director at Meridian Title. For 20 years, Chris has worked his way through the ranks at Meridian Title, serving in every escrow position available. His educational background is a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Utah. Chris’ primary responsibilities include management of the escrow department, while still maintaining his book of business with his clients. He brings a wealth of knowledge in large commercial development projects, like a Utah Valley University expansion and the beginning growth phases of Vineyard City, UT, one of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the nation. Chris is known for being concise and astute, and expertly navigating with ease through the most complex of transactions.

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Michael Ivins | Vice President

Michael Ivins is Vice President and a Director at Meridian Title Company. Through his youth and after, Michael has experienced every position at the Company, including as a licensed Title Examiner and Escrow Officer. He rounds out his knowledge of the real estate industry from a stint in lending with construction financing for builders and developers. Michael graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Utah, and also speaks fluent Spanish from his time spent in Nicaragua.

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Rachael Ortiz | General Counsel

Rachael Ortiz is General Counsel and a Director at Meridian Title Company. Before joining Meridian Title in 2017, Rachael worked at a private law firm with their Real Estate and Mergers and Acquisitions teams. Rachael’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Utah and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law. She serves on the executive board and legislative committee for the Utah Land Title Association and collaborates closely with the nation’s top underwriters.

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