Q: I have a lawyer, but he practices in another country - what issues are there if he represents me over here?
A: He must be eligible to be admitted pro hoc vice before he can appear in a court in the US. You will need to check the relevant State's admission requirements for pro hoc vice, but NY is particularly liberal on international admissions for foreign lawyers.
A: He needs a license to practice in the U.S., even if he's admitted as a lawyer in another country. Most states have adopted a FLC (Foreign Legal Counsel) status of some sort, allowing the foreign lawyer to practice the law of his country of admission in the State in which he is licensed as a FLC. If he isn't looking to practice as a foreign lawyer in the U.S. per se, but just to appear in a court for a client on a matter calling upon his expertise in foreign law, then I agree the pro hac vice is the right admission route.
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