Lizza issues important opinion on behalf of NJ Supreme Court Committee

Lizza issues important opinion on behalf of NJ Supreme Court Committee
Court Panel Says Yes to N.J. Real-Estate Practice by Out-of-State Lawyer
October 5, 2012
New Jersey Law Journal

Charlie Lizza, vice chair of the Commercial Litigation Practice and co-chair of the Life Sciences Practice, serves as the Chairman of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. The Committee just issued an opinion holding that in limited circumstances, out-of-state lawyers may conduct real estate transactions without having local counsel. For an out-of-state lawyer to be allowed to represent an out-of-state buyer contracting for a purchase of N.J. commercial real estate, the practice must be "occasional" and the transaction must arise from the lawyer's pre-existing representation of the client outside New Jersey, interruption of which would be harmful to the client. "This opinion reaffirms fundamental principles regarding the practice of law in New Jersey,” Charlie said, “and provides much-needed clarification in the area of multi-jurisdictional and cross-border practice."