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Cynthia De Lisi Smith

Cynthia De Lisi Smith is an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Princeton office. Ms. Smith represents clients in commercial transactions, with a concentration on real estate matters.

Ms. Smith’s real estate practice includes the following representative matters:

  • drafting office leases for both landlords and tenants
  • representing a ground lessor as the tenant in a ground lease and as a sublandlord in subsequent subleases
  • drafting contracts for acquisitions and dispositions
  • performing due diligence for acquisitions, including title review
  • drafting documents for condominium and planned real estate developments and assisting clients with ongoing compliance issues
  • researching issues related to easements, covenants and matters related to quieting title.
Ms. Smith also has been involved in many pro bono matters, including assisting a local land trust in the acquisition of properties for preservation.

Ms. Smith’s publications include:

  • “NJ Law Grants Tenants Implied Right to Attorney’s Fees under Residential Leases” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Real Estate Alert, March 18, 2014
  • “New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Adopts ‘Waiver’ Rule” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Real Estate Alert, April 26, 2012, and Law 360, May 8, 2012
  • “New Jersey Enacts Tax Incentive Law to Spur Economic Development” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Real Estate Alert, January 13, 2012
  • “Homeowners Association Amendment to Master Declaration Forbidding Leasing Held to be Reasonable and Enforceable” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Real Estate Update, October 13, 2011
  • “Non-Residential Development Fee Moratorium Extended to July 1, 2013” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Real Estate Alert, August 25, 2011
  • “New Jersey Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Affordable Housing Case” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Real Estate Alert, April 21, 2011
  • “New Jersey’s Construction Lien Law Undergoes Reform” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Real Estate Update, March 25, 2011
  • “Gov. Christie Conditionally Vetoes Affordable Housing Legislation” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Real Estate Alert, February 7, 2011
  • “New Jersey’s Legal and Political Battles over Affordable Housing Continue into New Year” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Real Estate Update, January 13, 2011
  • “New Jersey Appellate Division Invalidates Revised COAH Affordable Housing Rules” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Real Estate Alert, October 28, 2010
  • “New Jersey Enacts Important ‘Time of Application’ Legislation” (co-author), Pepper Hamilton LLP Real Estate Alert, July 2, 2010
  • “Collecting from the Federal Government for Subcontractors Under the Public Vessels Act: Does the Maritime Lien Act Matter?” (co-author), Journal of Law and Maritime Commerce, January 2007.
Ms. Smith is a member of the board of the Risingville Intercommunity Service Effort (RISE), a charitable organization devoted to repairing homes for those in need. She also is a member of the board of the French American School of Princeton and participates in the Mercer County and Princeton bar associations.

Prior to joining Pepper, Ms. Smith was an associate at Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP.

B.A. 2002, with honors, Georgetown University
J.D. 2006, with high honors, Rutgers University School of Law

2006-07 Law Clerk to Hon. Jack M. Sabatino, Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division (Trenton, NJ)

Bar Admissions
Admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania

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