Seth R. Tipton

Seth R. Tipton

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Education

  • Rutgers University (Cum Laude)
  • Rutgers School of Law—Newark (Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Rutgers Law Review, Rutgers Moot Court Board)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • District of New Jersey
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Clerkship

  • Hon. Ariel A. Rodriguez, P.J.A.D.

Seth R. Tipton is a partner of the firm and Chair of its corporate, commercial real estate, and cannabis practice groups.

During his career, Seth has represented corporate clients in connection with business formation, internal governance, and mergers and acquisitions. In the latter capacity, Seth has guided privately-held companies through digital auctions, preliminary negotiations, financing, and closing of multi-million-dollar transactions on both the buy and sell side. For instance, he was counsel for the sale of a chain of New Jersey franchise restaurants for $24 million, a privately-held construction company for $8 million, a Lehigh Valley pharmaceutical company vendor for $17 million, an acute care hospital and surgical center and lease of associated real estate in $50 million dollar transaction, and a nationwide auto glass installation company for $75 million.

In addition, Seth is a leader in the field of cannabis law.  He has represented applicants for medical cannabis permits in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, guiding them on private capital raises, application requirements, and real estate acquisition and approval. Seth counsels clients on all aspects of formation and compliance for cannabis companies, from start-ups to multi-state operators. For example, Seth was counsel for Keystone Releaf LLC in a successful appeal of denial of a medical marijuana application, and he was counsel for successful applicants for medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivators in the 2019 New Jersey Department of Health request for applications. He is the immediate past co-chair the New Jersey State Bar Association Cannabis Law Special Committee, and an instructor for NJ Canna Certified where he teaches cannabis law basics to students at many of New Jersey’s community colleges. In 2022, Seth was ranked 5th on Insider New Jersey’s The Insider 100: Cannabis Power List which is a tribute to politically influential voices in New Jersey’s cannabis movement. In 2023, Seth and firm partner, Sarah Powell, coauthored New Jersey Cannabis Regulation, the first and only book of its kind focused on New Jersey cannabis law.

Seth also has extensive experience with representing both lenders and developers in all phases of commercial real estate development, including due diligence, zoning and planning applications, and negotiating and finalizing acquisition and construction loans.  He has guided clients through sale leaseback transactions, multi-family and medical office building construction, financing and sales, and a variety of other projects.   As part of this work, Seth has represented clients with a variety of development incentive programs, including the first City Revitalization Improvement Zone (“CRIZ”) project in Pennsylvania, the Keystone Improvement Zone (“KIZ”) tax credits and the New Jersey Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit program.  Additionally, he served as local real estate counsel for part of the ownership group in the $1.2 billion dollar sale of the Sands Casino in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, and an associated $170 million-dollar securitized loan. He was also counsel for the developer in the acquisition, financing, construction and lease of $44 million-dollar medical office building, and counsel for $36 million construction financing for 180-unit multi-family facility in New Jersey.

Seth is also a licensed Pennsylvania title agent, routinely advising lenders and private clients on title issues, and financing commercial real estate.

Seth has served as counsel for hospitals and has overseen matters adverse to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; the management and retention of hospital employees; licensing; negotiation of medical supply and services contracts; and compliance with the Stark and Anti-Kickback Laws. He has also guided physicians in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in connection with the sale of medical practices, and the regulatory and licensing processes regarding the establishment of new practices.

Prior to joining the firm, Seth served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ariel A. Rodriguez, Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. Seth is a member of the Warren County, New Jersey and Northampton County, Pennsylvania Bar Associations, and of the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association.

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