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Partner-in-Charge of New York
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Philip Touitou has extensive experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation matters. His practice focuses on business disputes …

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New York’s Non-Resident Office Rule: The end is Near

Like many jurisdictions, New York historically required that attorneys practicing in the state but residing outside its borders have a physical office in the state. New York’s non-resident office rule is one of exceptionally long vintage; it was first enacted in 1862, and authorized service of process on a nonresident attorney at his or her office in the state. Although the portion of the rule authorizing service of process was excised in 1909, the office rule remained on the books and virtually unchanged for more than a century. The statute, codified at § 470 of the N.Y. Judiciary Law, provides that “A person, regularly admitted to practice as an attorney and counsellor, in the courts of record in this state, whose office for the transaction of law business is within the state, may practice as such attorney or counsellor, although he resides in an adjoining state.” More ›

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