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Samuel O. Tilton

Areas of Practice:

Commercial Leasing
Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Commercial Real Estate Development
Commercial Real Estate Finance
Condominiums and Associations
Title Insurance


University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
Harvard University, B.A.






stilton at woodsoviatt dot email_domain_ext



At a Glance:

Samuel O. Tilton is a partner, and member and former Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Development and Finance Department. His practice is concentrated in real estate acquisitions and sales, commercial leasing and commercial mortgage lending. He also is experienced in the areas of condominiums and homeowner associations and title insurance.

Representative Matters:

  • Counsel to major financial institution for construction loans to developer/operator of hotels under national franchise.
  • Counsel to financial institution for financing of regional retail mall.
  • Counsel to developers of local retail strip centers regarding construction, permanent financing, leasing and resale.
  • Counsel to developer/syndicator of apartment and hotel investment for initial purchase, conventional and conduit lender financing and resale.
  • Counsel to numerous landlords and tenants for commercial leasing.
  • Counsel to lender in industrial development agency tax advantaged transactions for parking garage and similar projects.
  • Local counsel to national lenders regarding construction and permanent financing of a variety of projects.
  • Counsel to home builders regarding subdivision and construction approvals, and financing of infrastructure improvements.
  • Counsel to national and regional conservation organizations for land purchase and sales.

Community Involvement:

  • Geva Theatre - Member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of Facilities Committee
  • Monroe Title Insurance Corporation, Former Director and Member of Executive Committee
  • Thousand Acre Swamp Preservation Committee (The Nature Conservancy), Former Trustee
  • American Red Cross- Greater Rochester Chapter, Member of Building and Grounds Committee
  • Rochester Regional Community Design Center, Charrette Steering Committee and Member of Advisory Council
  • Legal Aid Society of Rochester, Director and Former Board Chair
  • Genesee Valley Club, Member
  • Hunt Hollow Ski Club, Member and Former Director and Secretary


Bar Admissions:

Mr. Tilton is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Professional Affiliations:

Mr. Tilton is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association and is a former Trustee. He is a member of the Real Estate Section and Past Chair of Real Estate Council. He is also a member and Past Chair of President's Commission on Access to Justice. He has been a speaker at seminars on surveys and title insurance, condominiums and homeowner applications and ethics opinions.


Mr. Tilton is also a member of the New York State Bar Association and is a member of its Real Property Law Section and the Section’s Executive Committee. He is Co-Chair of the Legislation Committee of the Real Property Law Section, Past Co-Chair of Committee on Title and Transfer of the Real Property Law Section, and a member of House of Delegates as a Representative of the Real Property Law Section.



  • Included in the Best Lawyers in America for more than ten years.
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Speaker at recent New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section Annual and Summer Meetings.


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