New Jersey's Appellate Division, in Weiner & Mazzei, P.C., and Phillip A. LaPorta, Esq. v. The Sattiraju Law Firm, P.C., recently released an opinion that clarifies the obligations of the attorneys when memorializing the referral arrangement in a particular case. This opinion is required reading for all practitioners to ensure that referring attorneys receive the attorney fees that they are entitled to.
In Weiner, the potential client reached out to Phillip LaPorta, an attorney and a family friend. The potential client alleged a workplace injury and a chance in employment. Mr. LaPorta did not handle that kind of law, and so he referred the potential client to Weiner & Mazzei. Weiner & Mazzei declined representation, but referred the client on to the Sattiraju Law Firm. The Sattiraju Law Firm eventually undertakes to represent the client as a plaintiff.