MEET OUR CLOSERS
David St. John
Executive Vice President/Closing Officer
Hello, I am David St. John. My father and grandfather started Lawyers Title of Topeka, Inc. in 1975. I joined the company in 1991 part-time and then became a full-time employee in 1999. My hope is to continue what my grandfather and father started. They were determined to make Lawyers Title family oriented while providing the best customer service to our clients.
I like working at Lawyers Title because we all work well together to achieve the common goal of putting out quality work and helping our customers. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my wife, two children and family dog as well as play golf and softball. I often like to dive in to indoor and outdoor projects around my home as well.
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I have been a Closing Officer since 2014 and at Lawyers Title since 2018. I have my title license and enjoy working with buyers on what could be one of the most important purchases of their lives. Getting to know our customers and building relationships has quickly become my favorite part of this job. I was a collegiate athlete and my current favorite hobby is coaching and watching my children play sports. I hope to do more volunteer work in the future.
My name is Sarah Dodge! I am proud to have followed my mother, my aunt and my grandmother into real estate. I attended Washburn Rural High School for three years, and finished high school in California. Two weeks after graduation, I began as an escrow assistant for Fieldstone Escrow in Calabasas, CA. I soon moved up to closings. In 2012, I returned to Topeka, and became a licensed Realtor. I met a lot of great people and loved the experience, however I missed working on the closing end of the deal. That’s when I was offered this great position with Lawyers Title.
I’ve been with the company since 2014, and love to be back in closings! When I’m not in the office, I’m an outdoor girl! I have 2 rambunctious dogs, and ride horses about three times a week, and more if the weather permits. I can often be found at Ravenwood Lodge helping my friends, the Corbet family. I enjoy meeting new people.
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Brenda Degraeve is our experience closer in our Lansing office.
I have been working in the title insurance industry since 2016 and have been with Lawyers Title of Kansas since 2018. I enjoy learning new skills and using them in my daily work. I also enjoy helping customers and agents with their needs and providing them with great customer service. Before I started in title insurance, I worked in the banking industry for six years as a customer service agent, a personal banker and as a quality assurance coach. In my free time, I love spending time with my husband and children. We enjoy exploring new things and places. Our favorite places to be are on the sandy white beaches of Florida and at Disney World!
I joined Lawyers Title of Kansas in 2016 as a closer for the Wabaunsee County Title office. I have 30 years of experience in the financial and real estate industry. Prior to working for Lawyers Title of Kansas, I was a real estate loan officer which made the transition to being a closer seamless as I was very familiar with the process. I enjoy working for Lawyers Title of Kansas as we take pride in putting out quality work and helping our customers meet their real estate needs.
Being active in the community is important to me which is why over the years I have served on several local boards and am active in our chamber of commerce. My husband and I have two daughters in college and keep busy raising show cattle and golfing.
John Rau is our experienced closer in our Lawrence office.