About us

Esther M. Franklin, Principal and Title Agent

Esther is an accomplished executive with C-level experience in business development, legal project management, real estate services including but not limited to: title searches, escrow services, real estate closing and title insurance, paralegal support, marketing and corporate communications. As a leader, she demonstrated exceptional ability to build strong teams, implement significant initiatives and increase revenue. Esther brings her corporate experience, training in legal studies and 17 years of legal and real estate experience to support clients and her staff to achieve exceptional performance. Ms. Franklin is a licensed title agent in seven states and a licensed PA and MD notary. Ms. Franklin has closed and issued title policy on over 100 properties and performed over 2,000 title searches including very complex commercial searches. Her experience has lead her to be well versed in the government landscape, quiet title actions, foreclosure, sheriff sales and tax sale policies and procedures.

Title services have been provided to the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Allegheny County Department of Finance, The PA Turnpike Commission, Army Corp of Engineers and The United States Department of Agriculture. Title Services included searches going back to patent.

To contact Esther, you may email her at esther.franklin@alrows.com

Allen Thompson, Principal and Senior Right of Way Agent

Allen has worked on a wide range of projects throughout his career, prior to establishing ALROWS, LLC. He has developed an impeccable reputation in the industry by developing several firms throughout the northeast, which lead him to the formation of ALROWS, LLC where he could leverage his expertise and experience to assist clients with their right of way projects. Allen is a past Senior Member, International Right-Of-Way Agent (SR/WA), which is the most prestigious professional designation granted by IRWA to members who have achieved professional status through experience, education, and examination.

In addition to his Right-Of-Way career, Allen has over 30 years of Real Estate experience. He is a member of the Allegheny Highlands Association of Realtors, Board of Directors, President Elect, and is currently the Broker/Owner at Howard Hanna Johnston Realty Services.

To contact Allen, you may email him at allen.thompson@alrows.com

Kim Smith

Kim Smith is an experienced Generally Certified Real Estate Appraiser with over 25 years of experience in Eminent Domain Appraising and Right of Way Acquisition. Her experience focused on plan design as relevant to the appraisal process, facilitating the time sensitive acquisition process.

Kim acted in a supervisory capacity for over six years with a staff of three appraisers; focusing on the preparation of eminent domain appraisal assignments and analyzing effects of highway projects on affected real estate. Managed workflow to meet PennDOT’s highway project schedule. Extensiveplan review and consultation with project managers and outside consultants for highway plan preparation and final design.

Performed appraisal review functions and wrote appraisal problem analysis within the guidelines of the Uniform Act and Pub. 378. As a chief negotiator for she prepared appraisal reports for commercial and residential properties affected by highway projects. Reports varied in complexity from nominal partial takings to complicated before and after takings. Relocated individuals for both residential and commercial displacements in accordance with Federal Highway Administration guidelines. Experienced in negotiation of right of way acquisition claims, stockpile site purchases and disposition of excess right of way property.

To contact Kim, you may reach her at kim.smith@alrows.com

Janelle Gartmann

Janelle is a well-organized administrative assistant for ALROWS, LLC. Janelle has 4+ years in administrative experience, ensuring excellence within the firm. Supporting all members within the firm, she provides us with consistent clerical support, as well as QA/QC to guarantee that our project quality objectives are achieved in a timely manner.

Janelle is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University Altoona, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

To contact Janelle, you may reach her at janelle.gartmann@alrows.com