Thomas W. Crawford



Tom was born and raised in Birmingham. He graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1961, Jacksonville State College in 1965, and Birmingham School of Law in 1970.

Tom began his title career at Lawyer’s Title Insurance Corporation in June 1970 and has been active in the title insurance and real estate industries ever since. In 1984, he started Ticor Title Agency which grew and expanded and became The Title Group, Inc. in 1990. After 50 years of working in and for the title insurance industry, Tom has decided to step down so that he can spend more time at the lake.

Crystal Chappell


Crystal Chappell has been in the title business for 20 years. She joined Title Group in 2014 and became an Account Executive in 2019. Her years of knowledge and experience are what set her apart as your title rep! Crystal and her husband Daniel love getting downtown and experiencing all Birmingham has to offer from enjoying a new restaurant or brewery to catching a Baron’s game or going to a concert. Crystal currently serves on the board for BirminghamCREW and volunteers in her home town of Moody with the Moody Miracle League. She has worked for other title companies in the past but has found her home with her Title Group team and family!

Barton T. Crawford



Bart graduated from Rhodes College, in Memphis, TN in 1992 and earned a J.D. from University of Wake Forest School of Law in 1998. He was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1998 and qualified for his Alabama Real Estate License in 1994.

Bart and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Forest Park with their two sons, Hunter and Forrest, and daughter Adelia. Bart is active in curricular sports with his children, often coaching baseball and softball teams for the Avondale League. He is also active in Boy Scouts of America. As an Eagle Scout himself, he is currently supporting his son, Hunter, as he works to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

Bart is also active with many local and trade organizations, including:

  • The Community Foundation, Charitable Real Estate Foundation
  • Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, Advisory Board
  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Center, Board of Directors
  • Monday Morning Quarterback Club
  • Coastal Conservation Association
  • St. Andrews Society
  • CCIM
Katherine Mitchell


Vice President

Kathy has over 25 years experience in the title insurance business in Michigan and Alabama. During this time, she has been involved in all facets of examining and underwriting title insurance for numerous residential and commercial properties. She specializes in multi-parcel commercial properties, which involve complex purchase arrangements, leases, and financing. Kathy has a wealth of practical experience and has developed excellent working relationships with local attorneys and those who represent national organizations who confidently rely on her expertise during pre-closing preparation. Kathy joined The Title Group in 1990, was promoted to office manager/senior underwriter in 1997 and Vice-President in 1999. She is currently the Alabama State Director of Dixie Land Title Association.

Thomas Williams


Underwriting and Escrow Counsel

Thomas, who has been with The Title Group since 2017, is a commercial underwriter and is also closely involved with the company’s closing and disbursement team.

Prior to working with The Title Group, Thomas was in private practice in Huntsville until 2017 where he enjoyed a diverse practice that included title and closing services. Thomas’ community involvement has included leadership in Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama, Holy Spirit Regional School PTO, Huntsville/Madison County Young Lawyers, as well as being a volunteer with the Madison County Volunteer Lawyer Program.

Thomas is a native of Birmingham where he graduated from John Carroll High School in 1995. He attended Auburn University and earned a Bachelor of Arts from UAB in 2000. Thomas received his law degree from the University of Alabama in 2003.

Thomas lives in Vestavia with his wife Carlen and their three children, Mary Margaret, Phebe and John.

Cynthia Powell


Senior Residential Underwriter

Cynthia graduated from Samford University, with honors, in 1986 earning an A.A. in Paralegal Studies. With more than 20 years in the title industry, examining and underwriting residential and commercial properties, Cynthia joined The Title Group in April 2011. She is committed to continuously improving her skills and knowledge in the title industry. Cynthia lives in Pelham with her husband and son.

Julia Adams


Account Executive

Julia is a native of Tennessee and graduate of the University of Alabama. Upon graduation, she began a career in sales in the financial services and technology industries. Julia has been with The Title Group since 2009. She lives in Highland Park, enjoys the outdoors, is an intriguing international woman of mystery, and has three children.

Jean Freeman


Senior Residential Underwriter

Jean joined The Title Group, Incorporated in April, 2012. She has over 35 years of experience in the real estate title industry with examining and underwriting residential and commercial properties and preparing closing documents.

Paul J. Underwood


Paul has more than 20 years of experience in the title insurance industry. He has experience at all levels of title research, abstracting, examination and underwriting for residential and commercial properties. Paul joined The Title Group in June 2016.

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