About Us

First American Title Company of South Dakota is a locally owned and operated title company established in Rapid City in 1974. We are underwritten by First American Title Insurance which is one of the largest and most trusted names in the title insurance industry. First American Title Company of South Dakota offers the benefits of a large national underwriter while maintaining the personalized, customer-oriented service that our customers expect and deserve.

First American Title Company provides the most comprehensive title and escrow/closing services available in the state. So whether you are buying, building, refinancing, leasing, selling, investing or participating in a 1031 tax deferred exchange, First American Title Company of South Dakota has the knowledge and skill required to provide any of the title insurance and closing services necessary for your transaction.

First American Title Company is proud of its employees who have extensive training and experience in title and escrow/closing services. First American also has the benefit of having two attorneys on staff and access to underwriters that provide the expertise needed to make your real estate transaction a successful one.

First American Title Company also offers title and escrow/closing services for properties across all of South Dakota.

Whether you are a first time homebuyer or a sophisticated investor, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is dedicated to making your real estate transaction run smoothly. We look forward to meeting you!!

 Sam Benne, President and Owner

Sam grew up in the small town of Wall, SD. Sam and his wife, Joyce, have five boys who have all been raised in Rapid City. He attended college at South Dakota State University and graduated with a degree in Commercial Economics. He worked as a commercial banker in western South Dakota for 15 years before becoming the President of First American Title Company in 1994. Sam is currently active on several local boards and committees including the Rapid City YMCA, the Badlands Natural History Association, Westside Wrestling Club and the Rapid City Community Development Corporation.

Mitch LaFleur, Vice President and Owner

Mitch has been a lifelong resident of Rapid City, graduating from Stevens High School, The University of South Dakota and The University of South Dakota School of Law. He and his wife, Maureen, have two children, Erin and Steven. He practiced law in Rapid City for 20 years with Robert LaFleur and Jon LaFleur (his father and brother respectively) prior to joining Sam Benne as a partner in the title business in April of 2001 and has been with First American Title since then. He has served on the Board of the South Dakota Land Title Association both as a Board member and as past President. He has also regularly served on the Legislative Committee of the Land Title Association. Previously, he served as a bar commissioner with the South Dakota State Bar Association and as a state legislator in the South Dakota State Senate.


801 Mt. Rushmore Road Suite 100 • Rapid City, SD 57701 • PH:605-348-4200 FAX:605-341-6880 • EMAIL: orders@firstamsd.com

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