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S.H. Spencer Compton

First American Title Insurance Company of New York
Senior Vice President, Special Counsel
New York, NY, USA


Spencer Compton is a Vice President and Special Counsel at First American Title Insurance Company, New York Division and has served in the same capacity since 2001 when he joined the pre-merger First American Title Insurance Company of New York as a Vice President. 

With his experience in finance/commercial real estate and leasing, Compton is an invaluable resource to First American’s wide ranging institutional, corporate and high net worth client base.  He is a frequent contributor to Lexis/Nexis websites and publications, the New York State Bar Association’s Real Property Law Journal, and The Practical Real Estate Lawyer.  He is a well-regarded and prolific CLE lecturer and presenter for First American.

Prior to working with First American, Compton was employed in private practice with Duval & Stachenfeld LLP, and earlier with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and Latham & Watkins.  He began his real estate law career with Rogers and Wells in 1989.

Compton is a graduate of New York University and holds a JD cum laude from Brooklyn Law School.  He is a member of the Bar Associations of New York and Connecticut.

Compton is also a faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute; Budget Officer of the New York State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section; a former Co-Chairman of the Legislative Committee; and Co-Chairman of the Commercial Leasing Committee’s “Silent Lease Issues” Subcommittee. 

Compton was born in Sharon, CT and now resides in Brooklyn, NY.  He is married to Emmy Award-winning writer-producer and journalist Karen Compton.

S.H. Spencer Compton is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Mechanic’s Lien Underwriting on National Transactions - Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Coinsurance & Reinsurance (PowerPoint slides) - Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Robert S. Bozarth, Commercial Real Estate Financing - Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Endorsement Guide: A Brief Overview of ALTA Title Insurance Endorsements - Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Title Insurance in Complex Commercial Transactions - Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Thursday, April 12, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Title Insurance in Complex Commercial Transactions - Title Insurance in Complex Commercial Transactions, Thursday, April 12, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Title Insurance in Complex Commercial Transactions - Title Insurance in Complex Commercial Transactions, Thursday, April 12, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Title Insurance in Complex Commercial Transactions - Title Insurance in Complex Commercial Transactions, Thursday, April 12, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, New York, NY
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