Roy W. Tilsley, Jr. Roy W. Tilsley, Jr.

Roy W. Tilsley, Jr.


Meet Roy, a seasoned litigator and proven ally to real estate developers.

Roy W. Tilsley, Jr.


603 665-8823 direct
603 623-8700 main
603 623-7775 facsimile

Jefferson Mill Building
670 North Commercial Street
Suite 108
PO Box 1120
Manchester, NH 03105-1120

  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2024
    Commercial Litigation
    Environmental Law
    Land Use and Zoning Law
    Litigation – Land Use and Zoning
    Litigation – Real Estate
  • AV Preeminent® – Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022 AV Preeminent® Judicial Edition – Martindale-Hubbell

Here’s why you’ll enjoy working with him.

Roy has a diverse legal practice, focusing mostly on real estate litigation and land use matters. Roy’s clients span a number of industries and include real estate brokers, automobile dealerships, contractors, health clubs, and restaurants. No matter the industry Roy is working in, his mission remains the same: to empower clients with the information they need to make strategic and well-informed decisions.

In his litigation practice, Roy is an assertive and thoughtful partner to his clients. He consistently takes on complex and challenging cases that require courts to examine laws and their future application. For example, in 2017, Roy successfully litigated on behalf of the plaintiffs in front of the NH Probate Court’s Complex Trust Docket and the New Hampshire Supreme Court in the widely-cited case, Hodges v. Johnson 170 N.H. 470 (N.H. 2017). In that case, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that trustees had unlawfully breached their duties to the trust’s beneficiaries.

Roy routinely represents clients before municipal boards and state regulatory agencies- and wins. He successfully challenged the Department of Revenue Administration’s application of the Real Estate Transfer Tax to “no consideration” transactions. Additionally, Roy acted as co-counsel to the State Bureau of Securities in a successful administrative proceeding against a Pooled Risk Management Program, an effort that led to a recovery exceeding $50 million. Additionally, Roy has an active real estate mediation practice.

But that’s not all. Roy is also very experienced in:

  • Probate law
  • Advising on tax abatements and municipal reassessments
  • Any stage of real estate transactions, including acquisition, financing, leasing, and development, with a specialty in commercial real estate
  • Business transactions

In his former life, Roy was:

  • Principal at Kelley & Tilsley, where he practiced with the late William H. Kelley
  • Member of the State of New Hampshire Transportation Appeals Board

When Roy isn’t working, he is…

Serving on the board of directors for Families in Transition, New Hampshire’s largest homeless shelter, soup kitchen, and food pantry, and for the See Science Center, an interactive children’s science museum. He can also be found falling down while mountain biking, hiking, or skiing.


JD, Cornell Law School, 1992, cum laude
BA, Tufts University, 1985, cum laude

Admitted to practice
State of New Hampshire


New Hampshire Bar Association