Michael Wilton

Michael Wilton  

Managing Director

Michael Wilton is a seasoned consultant who is highly skilled at advising on state government. His work has helped pass legislation and regulations that have benefitted both his clients and their industries. Mr. Wilton also has extensive experience and expertise in gaming and racing, real estate, property issues, economic development, and assisting our cannabis practice group.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wilton built a 25-year career in government and private sector. He was executive vice president of business development for the Empire State Development Corp., and he was president of the Higher Education Services Corp. In these roles, he was instrumental to downtown Niagara Falls’ development and IBM’s decision to produce microchips in New York State. Mr. Wilton’s time as senior aide to the three-time governor, Hon. George E. Pataki, contributed greatly to his understanding of state and local government. That expertise served him well in his eight years as the executive director of the New York Gaming Association. There, Mr. Wilton successfully represented the association’s interests before the executive and legislative branches of New York State government.

As a government affairs consultant, he built a diverse portfolio of clients, including Fortune 500 companies, a wine and spirit wholesaler, gaming and real estate developers, and some of New York’s most respected private companies.  Mr. Wilton was a member on Niagara University President’s Board of Advisors.


Master of Business Administration
Lally School of Management
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Niagara University


Focus Areas

Gaming and Racing
Economic Development
Real Estate
Property Issues
Cannabis Practice Group 


518.426.3800, Ext. 132