A New York lawyer who represented clients in a New Jersey real estate case without crossing the Hudson is nonetheless subject to New Jersey’s jurisdiction in a legal malpractice suit, a state appeals court said Monday.
Overturning a judge below who “relied almost exclusively on the absence of credible evidence of defendant’s physical presence in New Jersey,” the Appellate Division said personal jurisdiction was warranted because the lawyer was hired to stop a pending New Jersey foreclosure action, pertaining to four properties in the state, which provided sufficient minimum contacts.
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