Associate attorney Isaac Tilton handles business and commercial litigation, trust litigation, estate litigation, employment litigation, and real estate litigation for Bloodworth Law, PLLC, in Orlando, Florida.
Isaac is licensed to practice law in Florida, New York, and California, and has more than a decade of experience in commercial litigation.
Isaac’s experience in New York and Florida commercial litigation includes breach of contract, corporate disputes, partnership disputes, real estate disputes, fraud, employment disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, and bankruptcy practice.
Prior to Bloodworth Law, Isaac worked for a New York law firm and handled commercial litigation, real estate litigation, and creditor-side bankruptcy litigation.
Before this, Isaac worked with a New York law firm that handled real estate litigation, transactions, zoning, and working in the litigation department on a range of real estate litigation matters.
Isaac began his legal career with a focus on trust litigation, estate litigation, and general commercial litigation in New York.
One particular case, Isaac explained, began as a real estate case while working with a non-profit that supported the blind on a pro-bono matter. But the case later became an estate litigation matter.
“We had a client who was blind, and we worked to keep him in his apartment. We arranged a settlement with the building, agreed that the man would keep his apartment clean, and we thereafter checked up on him monthly. One year later, he passed away.
“The firm alerted next-of-kin, a second cousin. There were no descendants or siblings so a public administrator was appointed to handle the fairly large estate.
“Documentation showed he had been a veteran of World War II and had been in Europe on V-day. We arranged to have him buried at a military cemetery.
“A first cousin was later tracked down and told that her cousin had passed away leaving a sizable amount of money.
“When the estate was settled, the first cousin received a check for approximately $2 million which was life-changing.”
- Brooklyn Law School, Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 2008
–Journal of International Law, Associate Managing Editor
–Moot Court Honor Society
- Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, B.A. International Relations, 2000
- Bloodworth Law, PLLC, Orlando, Florida, February 2020 to Present
- Itkowitz PLLC, New York, New York, 2017-20 (working remotely from Orlando)
- Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., New York, New York, 2015-17
- Itkowitz PLLC, New York, New York, 2009-15
- Markewich & Rosenstock LLP, New York, New York, 2008-09
- The Florida Bar, Admitted 2018
- The State Bar of California, Admitted 2013
- The New York Bar, Admitted 2009
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2010
- Orange County Bar Association, 2019
- Super Lawyers, Real Estate
- Martindale-Hubbell Top-Rated Lawyers, 2016
I would say my philosophy in practice, other than always doing my best for each client and making sure that the best possible version of the client’s story is presented to the court and supported by the evidence (which I think ever lawyer is duty-bound to do), is to keep the client informed. Not just about the status of the case, but about the client’s options at each stage of the case and the risks and rewards associate with each option.
The client needs to understand whether their case is strong, whether it’s weak, or whether it’s a novel area of the law or closely balanced case that renders the chances of prevailing at essentially 50/50. They then need to understand how much each phase of the litigation will cost, and what they stand to gain and what they stand to lose.
If clients don’t know these things, then they can’t make informed decisions for each phase. It isn’t an attorney’s job to balance or judge risks; that is the client’s job. An attorney’s job is to explain the risks and rewards of litigation and allow clients to make informed decision based on their individual tolerance for risk and the amount of money they have available to litigate.
The attorney also needs to understand the client’s budgets and appetite for risk to make sure that the case is not going run out of funds. This may force the client into difficult decisions regarding how many depositions to take or which motions to bring, but at least they can be sure to have funds for each stage of litigation.
For example, if the client has a limited budget, then, if at all possible, the attorney must actively avoid vendor-assisted electronic discovery, and establish procedures with adversaries where the client can gather their own electronic data.
On the other hand, if a client has a larger war chest, the tactics available expand, and the goals change. But, you have to understand your client’s position.
That is why I always explain to a client the strengths and weaknesses of their case, what all the available options are, and how much it will cost. No client should ever tell an attorney: “I didn’t know it was going to be so expensive. I didn’t know I could lose.”
Further, if you lose $10 and you spend $100 to get it back, you’re not winning. I want to win and make the client happy, and that won’t happen if the client isn’t making informed decisions every step of the way.
Isaac enjoys playing guitar, collecting records, watching movies and reading books. Originally from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, Isaac is happiest while spending time with his family. After working for 12 years at New York City law firms, he moved to Orlando to be near his and his wife’s relatives.
I was a Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017-19