About Us

We are located in the heart of Downtown Columbus' Brewery District at 500 South Front Street, Suite 250, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

From our headquarters in Columbus, Star Title has closed thousands of commercial and residential real estate transactions in Ohio and 11 surrounding states throughout the past three and a half decades.

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We work closely with sellers, buyers, owners, lenders, and investors; as well as federal, state, and local governments on residential and commercial projects such as homes, multifamily apartments, office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, and industrial sites, among others. We understand that each project and client is unique, and our dedicated staff strive to provide outstanding, professional service at all phases of the transaction.  

Star Title is an authorized agent for Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, First American Title Insurance Company, and Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.

For years, our clients have consistently trusted Star Title to protect their real estate interests and ensure smooth closings every step of the way. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail, and couple this with exceptional communication and flexibility throughout the process to provide convenient transactions for every client. Our staff is devoted to closing transactions in a cost-effective, timely fashion. We offer unparalleled services with a hands-on approach, extensive expertise, and a client-centric focus, all without sacrificing the quality of our work. Our competitive rates make us a great choice for all of your title and escrow needs, but the service and care we give to each client truly distinguishes us from our competitors. 

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Our Staff

James A. Saad
President & General Counsel
James A. Saad (“Jim”) is a principal of Saad & Saad LLP and provides counsel primarily in commercial and residential real estate transactions, affordable housing, and business transactions. Jim has represented businesses in various transactional matters including assisting businesses in matters of real estate financing development. The financing of such projects has typically been provided through programs of the United States Department of Agriculture, through Rural Development (f.k.a. Farmers Home Administration) and through the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and through State Housing Finance Agencies, and through the federal low-income housing tax credit program (LIHTC), along with real estate syndications. He received his J.D. from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio in 1977; and was admitted to the practice of law by the State of Ohio 1977. He is a member of the American Bar A

(614) 396-3293 JimSaad@saad-startitle.com

Adam F. Saad
Managing Partner & Corporate Counsel
Adam F. Saad is the Managing Partner of Saad & Saad LLP headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Adam focuses his law practice on real estate, finance, and business transactions with an emphasis on residential and commercial real property, including affordable housing development, finance, and construction matters. He has effectively led numerous individuals, non-profits, and for-profit enterprises through the maze of multi-tiered financing used to develop affordable housing. He has dedicated a significant portion of his practice working on affordable housing financing tools with the United States Department of Agricultural Rural Development, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, various State Housing Finance Agencies, Government Sponsored Entities (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), and local governments. He has closed transactions involving USDA Section 515, USDA Section 538, USDA Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization programs, USDA R

(614) 396-3296 adamsaad@saad-startitle.com

Martin "Marty" Maggart
Title Company Manager & Paralegal
Marty is the manager of the title department and general paralegal at Star Title. He earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and paralegal certification from Capital University Law School. A skilled trumpeter and cornetist, Marty enjoys performing a variety of genres from classical to jazz as a member the United States Army Reserve Band and Dublin Silver Band. When not practicing music, he and his wife like to spend time caring for and playing with their three dogs..

(614) 641-2364 mmaggart@saad-startitle.com

Lori Macbeth
Head Escrow Officer
Lori is a project manager and head escrow officer, overseeing the escrow department at Star Title. She focuses primarily on commercial transactions and manages the most complex closings with finesse. Lori graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Administration but currently spends more time at the University of Cincinnati, where her children attend college. When Lori isn't methodically balancing settlement statements and keeping timelines on track, she enjoys doing DIY projects and spending time with her family.

(614) 396-3295 lmacbeth@saad-startitle.com

Donald P. Fisher
Vice President & Associate General Counsel
Don is a partner with Saad & Saad LLP, providing counsel to clients in commercial and residential real estate transactions, including affordable housing development, general business transactions, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan programs. Don is also Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Star Title Agency LLC, with a focus on land subdivision, zoning, survey, and real estate matters. He has dedicated a significant portion of his practice working with USDA Rural Development and closing transactions for his clients involving USDA Section 515 and Section 538 loans; and assisting his clients with the rehabilitation of USDA Section 515 projects through the USDA Multifamily Preservation and Revitalization Program (MPR). Through his years of experience in handling USDA matters, Don has developed valuable working relationships with his clients and USDA Rural Development. Don also works with USDA Natural Resources and

(614) 396-3288 dfisher@saad-startitle.com

Jonah A. White
Associate General Counsel
Jonah serves as Associate General Counsel of Star Title and finds satisfaction in building strong client relationships. With over a decade of legal experience, he brings a warm, practical approach as he focuses on commercial and residential real estate acquisition, development, construction, and financing matters. Jonah obtained bachelors degrees in finance and mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, and a law degree from Yale Law School. In his free time, Jonah enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and unsuccessfully training their mischievous dogs.

614-396-3296 jwhite@saad-startitle.com

Lindsay Ricart
Associate Attorney
Lindsay Ricart joined Saad & Saad LLP in 2021 following a successful tenure in family law. Lindsay focuses on low-income housing tax credit projects and transactions involving the United States Department of Agriculture. She is heavily involved in entity formation, due diligence collection, and opinion preparation. She also enjoys connecting with and collaborating with our clients to ensure they accomplish their personal and business goals. Lindsay began her undergraduate studies at The University of Michigan but finished at The Ohio State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She received her law degree from Capital University in 2006 and was admitted to the Ohio Bar the following year. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her three children, Ava (13), Beau (11), and Brady (7) – particularly at their sporting events, where she’s their biggest cheerleader. She has a passion for fi

(614) 641-2370 lricart@saad-startitle.com

Alex Connor
Title Officer
Alex is a seasoned title officer who joined Star Title in 2007. In this role, Alex oversees issuing title commitments and policies, in addition to performing lien and litigation searches. Alex holds a bachelors degree from the George Washington University and is a proud alumnus of St. Charles Preparatory School, where he coached the quizbowl team for 15 seasons. When Alex isn't participating in (and dominating!) trivia nights, he enjoys cheering on Columbus and Cleveland sports teams and taking his rescue pup, Rory, to the dog park.

(614) 641-2363 aconnor@saad-startitle.com

Ryan Paolini
Surveys & Land Use Vice President
Ryan joined Star Title Agency in 2017 as a legal assistant, shortly after graduating, Summa Cum Laude, from Ohio University. Since then, he has developed an affinity for viewing land surveys, which is his current focus. Ryan is known for his precision, and he takes pride in ensuring that all details are thoroughly reviewed and accurately plotted. Ryan has a unique bond with his coworker Alex, who was his quiz bowl coach during Ryan's time at St. Charles Preparatory School.

(614) 641-2367 rpaolini@saad-startitle.com

Michelle Horvath
Title Officer
Michelle joined Star Title in 2018 as a title officer. She comes with ample experience, having worked in the real estate industry for over 25 years. Michelle focuses primarily on issuing title commitments and polices for residential transactions, but she also performs lien and litigation searches on the commercial side. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and twin boys.

(614) 633-4818 mhorvath@saad-startitle.com

Elissa Miller
Paralegal & Title Officer
Elissa joined Star Title as a paralegal in 2020. A graduate of Ohio University, Elissa has worked in the real estate industry for over 15 years. Along with her legal career, she enjoys sharing her passion for mindfulness and fitness as a yoga instructor.

(614) 641-2368 emiller@saad-startitle.com

Lisbeth A. Rundle
One of Jim's first hires, Lis joined Star Title in 1990 and has been a valued team member ever since. Lis has proven admirably versatile, filling various roles as necessary to support the company in its developing stages. Currently, she serves as our bookkeeper and accountant. When she's not at work, Lis enjoys spending time with her family and traveling with her husband.

(614) 641-2365 lrundle@saad-startitle.com

Joan Filichia
Office Administrator
Joan joined the Star Title team in 2022 as the office manager. When she's not busy juggling vendors, collecting receivables, and otherwise making sure everything is running smoothly, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, practicing her photography skills, and occasionally dabbles in ghost hunting.

614-396-3296 jfilichia@saad-startitle.com

Sean Merz
Escrow Officer
The newest addition to the Star Title Team, Sean joined as an Escrow Officer in August 2023 after spending 5 years in closing operations for a major mortgage company. A native of Grove City, he attended Ohio University for undergraduate and graduate studies in Modern American Literature, where he developed a keen eye for detail and drive for perfection in his work. After spending his days in the office ensuring that our residential transactions run smoothly, Sean likes to spend his free time making music, watching a plethora of sports with his rescue dog Beans, baking a killer cheesecake, and reading too much historical nonfiction.

614-641-2362 smerz@saad-startite.com

Catherine DeBell
Executive Assistant
Catherine joined Star Title in January 2024 as Executive Assistant to Adam Saad, with a focus on administrative and legal support to the attorneys. She is particularly involved with new software implementation and process documentation. A native of Springfield, OH, Catherine attended college at Belmont University and lived in Nashville for 8 years before finally returning to Ohio to be closer to family and friends. In her free time, she enjoys gaming, playing with her Pittie mix, Tootie, and trying new restaurants with her partner, Kevin.

614-641-2365 cdebell@saad-startitle.com

Cameron Saad
Law Clerk
Cameron Saad is a Law Clerk at Saad & Saad LLP. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science from The George Washington University and is currently in his third year pursuing his Juris Doctor Degree at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. In his free time, Cameron enjoys playing Australian Rules Football for the Columbus Cats, and hockey.”

614-614-2366 csaad@saad-startitle.com

Our Office

Star Title Agency LLC

500 South Front Street, Suite 250,
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 396-3296