Barry S. Goodman - Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

Barry S. Goodman

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 732-476-2560

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.

Rutgers CollegeBA 1973Rutgers University School of Law - NewarkJ.D. 1977
New Jersey Association of REALTORS®United Way of Hunterdon CountyHunterdon Medical Center Board of TrusteesHunterdon Healthcare SystemNew Jersey State Bar AssociationFederal Bar Association of the State of New JerseyNew Jersey Institute of Local Government AttorneysInterest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Fund of the Bar of New JerseyTrial Attorneys of New JerseyAmerican Bar Association

Case History

Zaman v. Felton (2014) — 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) — 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) — The New Jersey Supreme Court held that real estate salespeople are employees for purposes of workers’ compensation
H.I.P. v. K. Hovnanian(1996) — 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) — 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
Exit A Plus Realty v. Zuniga (2007) — 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) — 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) — 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) — 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
Inter-City Tire and Auto Center v. Uniroyal (1988) — 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) — 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) — 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
Reyes v. Egner (2010) — 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
Danvers Motor Co. v. Ford Motor Co. (2002) — 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
New Jersey v. T.L.O. (1985) — The United States Supreme Court rendered a landmark decision circumscribing the scope of searches and seizures in public schools
State v. Arace Brothers (1989) — 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
The Hospital Center at Orange v. Cook (1981) — 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

Office Location

Metro Corporate Campus One
99 Wood Avenue South
Iselin, NJ 08830-2712
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Real Estate of the Woodbridge Metro Area
Barry S. Goodman has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Real Estate