Thomas Lanza – South Plainfield Estate Planning Attorney

Thomas Lanza |

Lanza Law Firm

(908) 753-6010

2416 Plainfield Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Thomas Lanza | Lanza Law Firm


Firm Summary

For over twenty-five years Mr. Thomas J. Lanza (“Thom”) has advised clients on ways to preserve family assets and shares a variety of estate planning techniques with his clients.  Additionally, he advises heirs, guides executors, administrators, trustees, and beneficiaries through the probate process.

Thom’s twenty year experience as a Municipal prosecutor has provided him with a unique knowledge of all aspects of the municipal court practice.  He has the ability to effectively work with the most complex municipal court cases.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Transactions – represents various business entities and individuals in the formation, sale, purchase, and organization of businesses
  • Estate Planning and Administration, Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney and Living Wills – he advises individuals and families in the preservation of family assets, and the drafting of their wills and trust documents, and handles disputes that may arise from these documents.
  • Real Estate Practice – represent clients in all aspects of selling, acquiring and leasing both residential and commercial real estate
  • Municipal Court – represent clients in all municipal court matters including drug charges, DWI violations, traffic violations, driving while suspended, no-insurance, domestic violence, ordinance violations

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1988
  • Pennsylvania, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey J.D. – 1988
  • Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey
  • B.A. – January, 1978
  • Major: English /Secondary Education Classes/Seminars
  • Special Presenter, Peoples Law School, Raritan Valley College
  • Pitfalls to avoid in residential and commercial real estate transactions

Honors and Awards

Hall of Fame SPHS – For outstanding dedication and contributions in the areas of education, academic accomplishments, community service, government service, volunteerism and service to humanity

Past Employment Positions:

  • Lanza & Lanza LLP
  • Thatcher & Lanza, Partner and Attorney at Law, 1998 – 2005
  • Prosecutor for Borough of South Plainfield, New Jersey, January 11, 1993 – Present
  • Senior Prosecutor for Township of Piscataway, New Jersey, January 1, 2007 – Present
  • Lee, Chu, Walters and Colimbini, Law Clerk, 1986 – 1988
  • Prosecutor for Borough of Dunellen, 2013 – Present
  • TD Bank (previously Commerce Bank) review and closing attorney for small business loans (SBA Loans)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Co-Chair – Coaches Care, Inc. 501c.3 – Charity raising funds for children’s health issues), 2005 – Present
  • Trustee – South Plainfield Soccer Association, 2003 – 2007
  • Member – Sacred Heart School – SAC committee, 2009
  • Advisor – South Plainfield Junior Football Association