R. Thompson Gilman

gilman_thompson_0032_gfphoto_2016-10-13R. Thompson Gilman


Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP


Thompson Gilman, a 40-year lawyer, a partner with Woods Oviatt Gilman, and chairman of its family wealth and estate planning department, said mentoring has always been important to him.


“Many of the region’s finest trust and estates attorneys worked and learned under my tutelage,” he said. “As department chair, I have always had an open door policy, and I have always taken a special interest in teaching younger attorneys.”


Gilman comes from a family of estate, trust and tax planning attorneys, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Andrew L. Gilman, and his father, John S. Gilman, two important mentors. “I view my most significant accomplishment as retaining the trust and confidence of my father’s long-standing clients as they transitioned to me during his lifetime and after his death,” Gilman said.


Shortly before his father’s death, Gilman received the William E. McKnight Volunteer Service Award in 2007.


Gilman, a graduate of the Albany Law School, chairs the United Way of Greater Rochester’s Professional Advisors Committee, and is chairman of the Board of Management for the YMCA Day Care Center on Lewis Street. He is a member and past chair of the Monroe County Bar Association’s trust and estates section and volunteers for the Campaign for Justice and Volunteer Legal Services.


James P. McElheny, the law firm’s managing partner, has observed Gilman’s work for more than 39 years and wrote in a nominating letter, among other things, that Gilman always shares his expertise with law student interns, and takes a special interest in assisting clients with disabilities. “He continually demonstrates the talents and virtues required to be a great attorney, and he is a credit to the community.”