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Recent Posts by Spencer Compton

S.H. Spencer Compton is a Vice President and Special Counsel at First American Title Insurance Company. He is also Senior Counsel to First American's Eagle 9 Cooperative Apartment Insurance Division, and Senior Vice President at First American Exchange Company. Mr. Compton is the Budget Officer of the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section. He has lectured and published articles about commercial real estate law and practice as well as title insurance, UCC insurance and 1031 exchanges. Prior to joining First American Title, he was a practicing real estate attorney, with an emphasis on commercial leasing and financing transactions, for 11 years in New York City. Mr. Compton earned his undergraduate degree in 1972 from New York University and his law degree in 1989 from Brooklyn Law School, where he graduated cum laude. Prior to law school, he was a screenwriter and film producer.
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Everyday Ethics And More Lessons For The Overworked Commercial Attorney

By Spencer Compton on April 6, 2022

 Ethics are an important component of our everyday lives, especially in business and in commercial real estate transactions. Ethics are the moral principles that guide a person’s behavior, or a code of moral principles practiced by a group of people, such as a code of conduct set by a business.

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Topics: Commercial Real Estate Commercial Title Insurance Webinar ethics

The Evolving Use Of License Agreements In Real Estate-related Transactions

By Spencer Compton on May 12, 2016

In today’s fast paced economy, in addition to their traditional applications, license agreements create the parties’ sometimes subtle temporary relationships, rights and obligations in shared work space environments, pop up stores and even artisanal food halls curated by celebrity chefs.  The use of a license agreement may also reflect a...

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Topics: License Agreements

A 1031 Exchange Transaction Should Not Be An Afterthought

By Spencer Compton on September 22, 2015

So often, a frustrated lawyer will call me to explain that his/her client is closing on the sale of an investment property in a few days (or this afternoon!) and has “suddenly” decided that the sale should be the first leg of a 1031 Exchange transaction. Is it too late? Can we paper the closing in time? (Usually, we can). The unspoken text:...

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Topics: 1031 Exchange

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