Marty Liberman is an experienced litigator and real estate lawyer involving both residential and commercial real estate matters.
As a litigator, Marty has been involved in several landmark decisions, has created new law on numerous occasions and has been involved in multi-million-dollar cases, trials and recoveries.
Marty successfully represented over 15,000 tenants in Parsippany, New Jersey against 26 Apartment complexes in two separate class actions cases, recovering over $10M for his clients which resulted in a change in the municipality’s rent control laws at such time, and had a special election voided when the Landlords attempted a referendum.
Marty was involved in the landmark case of Crispin v. Volkswagen resulting in the creation of New Jersey Court Rule 4:5-1 which became known as the “entire controversy doctrine” which did not exist at the time. This matter took 14 years to finalize and went to the New Jersey Supreme Court three times. The verdict in this case exceeded $6.5M.
Marty was involved in the landmark decision of Conley v. Guerrero which resulted in the Supreme Court of New Jersey changing the real estate Attorney Review law for the first time since 1983. This decision modified the way in which all lawyers in New Jersey are able to terminate real estate contract and leases and clarified once and for all how contracts may be terminated or modified, which won great praise from both the New Jersey Bar Association as well as the New Jersey Board of Realtors. This case started in 2014 and went through the entire court system ending up in the Supreme Court of New Jersey due to its importance.
Marty also successfully handled a slip and fall case, Sklar v. Wells Fargo which was the 10 th largest verdict in New Jersey. The jury awarded the plaintiff and his wife over $5M due to negligence of a bank in failing to properly protect patrons coming onto the bank’s property in Livingston, New Jersey.
Marty successfully resolved a wrongful death accident for the family of a young man who was killed in a motor vehicle accident involving a very well-known automobile manufacturer. The case is a sealed settlement and not disclosable. The family of the decent was very happy with this recovery.
In 2022, and while representing the New Jersey State Bar Association as a Board of Consultor Member for the Real Estate Committee, Marty primarily wrote the briefs in both the Appellate Division and the Supreme Court in a matter entitled Sullivan vs. Max Spann, dealing with whether an Attorney Review provision is required to be inserted in an auction sales contract.
Marty has also handled many other matters over the years having obtained substantial settlements and recoveries for his clients in the millions of dollars.
On the real estate side, Marty was credited with creating the REP-GIT-4 form for New Jersey, which is an exemption process for a seller to avoid backup withholding on residential real estate matters, and played an integral part in the removal of the Bulk Sales Transfer Act as it related to residential real estate closings, resulting in Governor Christie rescinding this law and procedure retroactively to the date it was enacted.
Marty also specializes in working with Corporate Relocation Companies and Title Companies, which is also his forte. He is a Member of the Employee Relocation Counsel, Washington, D.C. and represents numerous Relocation companies transferring its key employees in and out of New Jersey and New York. Since he started in practice years ago, his first big client was AT&T from Basking Ridge, New Jersey were he and a few other attorneys represented the entire plant in Basking Ridge, New Jersey until several major recessions occurred. Marty has completely over 25,000 closings in his career and is a key person when it comes to problem solving and procedure.
Marty is a member of the New Jersey, New York and Georgia Bars; the District Court of New Jersey and the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; a Board of Consultor Member for the New Jersey State Bar Association for the Real Estate and Tax Committees; past Chairman of the Real Estate Committee for the Morris County Bar Association for 25 years; a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and the New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association. He also has been the moderator for numerous NJ ICLE seminars for the past many years, especially the “Real Estate College Seminar” which he has moderated and lectured for the six years, the most recent having occurred in August 2022, also having updated all seminar materials and publications in August 2022. He has also authored numerous Articles for the NJ State Bar and Morris County Bar Association over the years.
Marty is licensed in New Jersey, New York and Georgia, having attended Emory University Law School, Atlanta, Georgia, where he was on the moot court team. He also attended Oglethorpe University in Atlanta where he graduated with a BBA and Accounting Degrees with honors.