In April of 2017 Latra Szal joined the Mother Lode family of companies as the Chief Operations Officer, Executive Vice President and Legal Counsel of Texas National Title where she will help lead the expansion of title and escrow operations in Texas. Previous to that Latra served as the Executive Vice President and Legal Counsel to Gracy Title, now Stewart Title, for over 11 years. During her career Latra has worked in nearly every single department available in a title company starting with the research and examination department, working through escrow assistant, escrow officer, branch manager and escrow manager. Latra served as a vital member of the underwriting team and also participated heavily in the document preparation department.
Throughout her career Latra has worked to help foster a corporate culture that cares about its people and also the clients. Latra takes great pride in providing support to her busy closing offices and will do anything she can to help get the job done. She believes that to really experience a cohesive and motivated work environment all associates must be able to place their trust and faith in the management team. She also believes that the main goal for the management team should be to provide the support and structure that the associates need to be successful in their jobs and then get out of their way!
Latra is a hard to find native Austinite. She grew up in West Austin and graduated with the highest honors from St. Edwards University with a Bachelor's degree. She then pursued her law degree at St. Mary's School of Law and was sworn into her law career in a private ceremony held by Judge Lee Yeakel, District Court Judge of the Western District of Texas, in 2006. She and her husband, Michael Clawson, enjoy traveling and adding to their passport stamp collection as much as their busy schedule will allow. Their dog, Gracy, gets to stay behind with the boys, Michael Charles Clawson and Nicholas Clawson.