A New Jersey Attorney for forty years, Lou Magazzu maintains a general practice of law with offices in Vineland, Atlantic City and the state capital of Trenton. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctorate from Villanova University.
Lou served as local counsel for Columbia Care which was awarded one of the six medical cannabis licenses in 2018-2019. Lou was intimately involved with the site selection and approval process, the related zoning and planning issues and the settlement of both the dispensary and cultivation locations. He also represented LivWell in the round three application process until the company withdrew its interest to concentrate on other jurisdictions.
During 2021-2022, Lou served as counsel and advisor to two companies recently each awarded conditional cultivation licenses and one manufacturing license. In 2021, Lou was named on the InsiderNJ Cannabis 100 Powerlist as well as “Best of the Best Attorney” by the Daily Journal’s “Official Community Choice Awards”.
Lou has been involved in non-cannabis transactions valued in excess of three billion dollars; with a special emphasis on complicated and sophisticated real estate transactions and approvals.
From 1998 until 2011, Lou served as a member of the Cumberland County Board of County Commissioners. He served as Director of the Board in 2001 and again from 2008 until 2010. Lou received the top leadership award from the New Jersey Association of Counties and the Southern New Jersey Association of County Commissioners. He is a former President of the New Jersey Association of Counties, Chairman of National Democratic County Officials and Board member of the National Association of Counties.
Lou previously served as the City Attorney and Director of Law for Vineland, a municipality in excess of 55,000 residents. Lou has also served as a municipal attorney for many other municipalities, as well as counsel to zoning and planning boards and assisted in the drafting and revising of municipal master plans. Lou has also served as part of underwriting or bond counsel teams for projects with total value in excess of one billion dollars.
Lou also served as New Jersey counsel in sophisticated products liability litigation for several national companies. Lou served as a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary to a cellular telephone company traded on the American Stock Exchange (now NYSE American).