Being a lawyer allows me to fulfill my desire to help people while constantly being challenged to keep up with changing laws, many of which I have had the good fortune to mold through cases I have handled and my drafting of legislation and regulations.  I could not be more pleased to be able to counsel my clients about their business and personal issues in an attempt to avoid problems and, when necessary, advocate for them in lawsuits and before regulatory agencies. 

Mr. Goodman focuses his practice in commercial litigation, with a particular concentration in real estate and real estate brokerage issues. His experience also encompasses municipal law, antitrust suits, and corporate shareholder and partnership disputes. Throughout his career, a number of Mr. Goodman’s cases have resulted in published opinions that set precedents in New Jersey. 

Mr. Goodman is approved by the State of New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance Real Estate Commission as a New Jersey Real Estate Continuing Education Instructor.  He lectures frequently to the real estate brokerage community and other industry organizations throughout the state, and has written extensively on topics related to real estate brokerage law.

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient of the Middlesex County Bar Association Lawyer Achievement Award (2010)
  • Recipient of the  Rutgers University Alumni Meritorious Service Award (2006)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the Appellate Practice, Litigation-Real Estate and Commercial Litigation practice areas (2012 – present)
  • Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Real Estate practice area (2011 – present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent
  • Listed in Benchmark Litigation as a Local Litigation Star - New Jersey in the Antitrust and General Commercial practice areas (2013 – present)
  • Listed in Marquis Who's Who in America (2001 – present)  
  • Following law school graduation, honored with the Eli Jarmel Memorial Prize for public interest litigation

Representative Matters

  • Zaman v. Felton (2014), in which the New Jersey Supreme Court held that, where a real estate licensee purchases a house that is in foreclosure with the seller having the right to buy back the property and continue to live there through a lease, the transaction may create an equitable mortgage but it is not subject to In re: Opinion 26 or the Consumer Fraud Act
  • In re:  Opinion 26 (1995), in which the New Jersey Supreme Court held that buyers and sellers of residential real estate can receive assistance from real estate and title agents during the closing process, as has been the practice in South Jersey, and do not have to retain a lawyer as has typically been done in North Jersey
  • RE/MAX v. Wassau (2000), in which the New Jersey Supreme Court held that real estate salespeople are employees for purposes of workers’ compensation
  • H.I.P. v. K. Hovnanian (1996), in which Mr. Goodman successfully represented a developer regarding an advocacy group’s claims that a development did not comply with the Fair Housing Act
  • Mortgage Bankers Association of NJ v. NJ Real Estate Commission (1995), in which Mr. Goodman served as lead counsel. Following a 12-year court battle, the Appellate Division ultimately held that real estate licensees can receive a fee for providing mortgage-related services
  • Reyes v. Egner (2010), in which the Appellate Division held that a broker for a short-term summer rental is not liable to a tenant who was in the unit for nine days and then fell where a step was higher than the construction code permitted and there was no required handrail on the steps, and the broker therefore is not subject to the same duty to warn visitors as a broker in an open house situation
  • Exit A Plus Realty v. Zuniga (2007), in which the Appellate Division held that real estate listing agreements are not automatically void, but are only voidable based upon the equities of the case if a real estate licensee violates the Real Estate Licensing Act
  • CBTR v. Twin Rivers Homeowners’ Association (2007), in which the New Jersey Supreme Court held that homeowners’ associations’ policies regarding expressional activities will be upheld if they are reasonable but may be subject to constitutional scrutiny if they are unreasonable
  • Danvers Motor Co. v. Ford Motor Co. (2005), in class action antitrust suit, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that dealers challenging Ford’s nationwide incentive and satisfaction program stated particularized harm by alleging payments against their will and relinquishing control of dealership operations to satisfy constitutional standing requirements
  • New Jersey Association of REALTORS® v. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (2004), in which the Appellate Division held that a regulation requiring deed notices concerning environmentally contaminated sites be sent to the Association for distribution by its members to the public was void ab initio because it violated the New Residential Off-Site Conditions Disclosure Act
  • Gordon Development Group v. Bradley (2003), in which the Appellate Division held that there only is one attorney-review period for both the buyer and the seller in a residential real estate transaction in New Jersey that begins when the fully executed contract has been delivered to both the buyer and the seller
  • Danvers Motor Co. v. Ford Motor Co. (2002), in which the United States District Court held that class action antitrust plaintiffs must have particularized injuries to have Article III standing under the United States Constitution
  • Inter-City Tire and Auto Center v. Uniroyal (1988), in which Mr. Goodman successfully defended a distributor in an antitrust suit who allegedly had conspired to monopolize a certain market and fix prices
  • G&W v. Borough of East Rutherford (1995), in which Mr. Goodman prevailed before the Appellate Court in an antitrust action precluding his client from competing for business in a certain municipality
  • Liberty Lincoln Mercury, Inc. v. Ford Marketing Corp. (1993), in which the United States District Court held that an automobile dealers association can participate in case as amicus curiae if the individual dealership that was a party in the lawsuit was not adequately represented by counsel and the association will not be an advocate for one of the parties
  • State v. Arace Brothers (1989), in which Mr. Goodman represented a trade association and certain individual defendants against allegations by the Attorney General that over the course of 25 years, the defendants had allocated public contracts among themselves in violation of the Antitrust Act
  • New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985), in which the United States Supreme Court rendered a landmark decision circumscribing the scope of searches and seizures in public schools
  • The Hospital Center at Orange v. Cook (1981), in which the Appellate Division held that a hospital is barred from suing indigent patient for fees where the hospital failed to advise a patient she was eligible to apply for free medical care under a federal program for which the hospital already had received funding

Uniquely NJ

  • General Counsel, New Jersey Association of REALTORS ®
  • General Counsel and past President, United Way of Hunterdon County
  • Vice Chairman, Hunterdon Medical Center Board of Trustees
  • Board of Trustees, Hunterdon Healthcare System; Chair, Strategic Planning Committee; former Chair, Quality Committee
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association; Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section, Civil Trial Bar Section, Antitrust Law Special Committee
  • Member, Federal Bar Association of the State of New Jersey
  • Member, Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Member, Hunterdon County Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys
  • Former Chair, Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Fund of the Bar of New Jersey
  • Former member, New Jersey Supreme Court Professional Responsibility Rules Committee
  • Former Trustee, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey
  • Past President, Rutgers-Newark Law School Alumni Association
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More Activities & Experience

  • Member, American Bar Association; Litigation Section, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

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Departments

Education

Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, J.D., 1977

Rutgers College, B.A., cum laude, 1973

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1986

Clerkships

  • Former law clerk to The Honorable Eugene L. Lora, Presiding Judge, New Jersey Appellate Division (1977-1978)