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  • Oct 15, 2019Private Equity in Healthcare

    Private equity in Healthcare has doubled over the past 10 years, and now accounts for more than 10% of all private equity deals.

    Join Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and Sax LLP as we draw on the industry expertise of our panelists to highlight the pros and cons to priming your practice for private equity. You will walk away with meaningful insights and suggestions for navigating the transition to private equity in healthcare.

    Topics will include:

    • What an arrangement with private equity looks like
    • How to prepare for the deal
    • The importance of due diligence and compliance
    • Maximizing a practice’s value
    • Pre and post considerations of a deal

    Featured speakers will include:

         Robert Goodman                                      David N. Vozza, Esq.                                      Deborah Nappi, CPA

    Robert Goodman                                          David N. Vozza, Esq.                                Deborah Nappi, CPA, MST
    Vice President                                          Member, Healthcare Practice                        Director, Healthcare Practice
    MidCap Advisors                                          Norris McLaughlin, P.A.                                            Sax LLP

    When: Tuesday, November 19

    8:00 – 10:30 a.m.

    Where: Upper Montclair Country Club

    177 Hepburn Rd

    Clifton, NJ 07012

    For more information or to register, please click here.

    Posted in: David N. Vozza, Events, Health Care & Life Sciences | Tags: ,

  • Sep 05, 2019Best Practices for Branding and Marketing Your Restaurant Webinar
    Please join marketing expert, chef, and restaurant owner Marcus Guiliano, and food, beverage & hospitality attorney Jeanne Hamburg, for a not-to-be-missed webinar providing tips on how to set your restaurant apart and bring in new patrons.

    From Marcus, learn the top psychology triggers to use in emails, websites, business cards, and every other guest interaction, as he covers how to implement psychology-based marketing on all your platforms.

    We have all been frustrated with marketing that doesn’t work. And then there are times we run a campaign that gets decent results. Confusion reigns when sales reps – from radio, to magazines, to banner ads – walk in and give you conflicting advice. What gives when it comes to marketing? There are proven tactics you can use that, when implemented, can influence the brain to buy. When it comes down to it, the brain is lazy. There are close to two dozen reasons why the brain will make a quick decision and buy in a split second. It’s the same split-second decision that you use when you sit at the bar and meet the bartender.

    From Jeanne, learn how to select, protect, and enforce your restaurant’s name, design and website, how to protect your restaurant from copycats, and create new revenue streams through merchandising your brand.

    As a restaurant whose brand is critical to attracting new patrons, and retaining loyal ones, you will, or already have, faced those who use your restaurant’s name, website, or even an interior design similar to yours. By mastering the best practices for protecting these important assets, you can confidently handle these challenges and even create new revenue streams through merchandising. You will learn how to select and protect your brand, as well as how to protect your restaurant’s unique design. So that you can promote all the favorable reviews you have received, you will be given guidance on how to handle rights clearance for using customer testimonials and photos in social media and on your web site. You will also learn how copyrighting your website can discourage copycats and assist in enforcing your rights, and the essentials of a good website development agreement, privacy policy, and terms of use. And finally, you will also learn the types of contracts critical to merchandising your restaurant-branded food, beverage, and other products.

    When: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Where: Zoom Meeting

    Registration: Eventbrite

    Posted in: Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Jeanne Hamburg | Tags: , ,

  • Aug 30, 2019Ted Zeller and Matt Andersen to Present at Brewers of PA Mid Atlantic Brewers Symposium

    Theodore J. Zeller III, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Chair of its Liquor Law Practice Group, and General Counsel to the Brewers of Pennsylvania (BOP), and Matthew B. Andersen, an Associate of the firm, will present “Pennsylvania Liquor Law Legal Update” on Friday, September 6, 8:45 – 9:30 a.m., at the Days Inn Penn State in State College. Zeller’s presentation will include participation from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue concerning the recent changes to the Pennsylvania Tax Code affecting breweries. Andersen will address changes to the laws affecting Pennsylvania breweries, including common regulatory mistakes to avoid in the operation of their businesses.

    “Pennsylvania is one of the best beer states, if not the best beer state, in the United States. It’s been my pleasure to be a part of this journey for breweries in Pennsylvania and I look forward to continuing our work, starting with providing fellow BOP members with this liquor law legal update, including the latest on the new sales tax law,” said Zeller.

    The update is part of the 5th Annual Mid Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium, “The Business of Brewing. The Science of Brewing. The Network of Brewers.,” to take place September 5-7. Also included will be educational seminars, a welcome reception with industry exhibitors, a networking happy hour at Liberty Craft House, and a Penn State Tailgate for BOP Brewery and Associate Members with state legislators. Discussion topics include sales and profits, finance and accounting, branding and marketing, diversity and inclusion, sustainability, fermentation, and liquor law. For more information and to register as a BOP member, non-member licensed brewer, or homebrewer, visit the BOP website.

    Zeller has extensive experience in liquor law, regulatory licensing, commercial transactions, real estate transactions, and litigation. He began his legal career as a litigator and has tried multiple cases in county and federal court, including jury trials, and hundreds of cases before arbitration panels, district justices, and administrative law judges. He was lead counsel in a beer rights case brought against the world’s largest brewers and now serves as counsel to D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., among others.

    Zeller’s lobbying efforts helped to modernize parts of the Pennsylvania liquor code. He has authored numerous provisions that have been enacted into law. The bills helped small brewers by allowing more efficient and cost-effective brand registration, as well as altered the package laws for brewery licenses. Zeller also appeared before the House Liquor Committee with the Brewers of Pennsylvania in the Privatization Hearings. Most importantly, his efforts helped change brewery regulations to allow for tap rooms. Zeller authored the Malt Beverage Tax Excise Credit legislation and has written extensively about Acts 39 and 166. As counsel to the Brewers of Pennsylvania, he worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to enact a new tax law, which imposes a fair sales and use tax on consumer sales by breweries, prior to the effective date of a new Tax Bulletin, which imposed a tax rate that was four times what was subsequently enacted and signed into law.

    Zeller counsels clients on the acquisition of liquor licenses and coordinates liquor license transactions with other practice areas, such as real estate, business law, financing, tax law, intellectual property, and litigation. He has helped numerous startup breweries, wineries, distilleries, and retailers. Known throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Zeller also represents beer interests on a national level and advises breweries and wholesalers on state regulatory matters involving beer distribution and franchise laws. He regularly prepares distribution agreements for his clients and coordinates state and federal licensing for manufacturing and national distribution.

    Zeller earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University in 1992. As a volunteer, Zeller is Chairman of the Allentown Parking Authority and youth soccer coach.

    Andersen works with all tiers of the alcohol industry, advising manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers. He assists breweries, distilleries, wineries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurants, and hotels on obtaining and transferring liquor licenses, obtaining state and federal manufacturing permits and licensing, complying with federal/state liquor regulations and laws, providing transactional counseling, and defending citations and protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Andersen is experienced in drafting and negotiating distribution agreements between alcohol manufacturers and distributors to assist manufacturers in expanding the reach of their brands. Additionally, he has worked with nonprofit organizations and event planners on obtaining temporary alcohol permits for various events. Andersen takes pride in helping new and veteran alcohol businesses navigate the complex regulatory framework of state and federal liquor laws, as well as helping them establish and grow their brands on a state and national level.

    Andersen’s liquor law and business law practices often coincide in the legal counseling of start-up businesses entering the alcohol industry. He frequently advises clients from the idea stage to the operational stage of their alcohol business and is well versed in discussing the issues that come up in between. Whether it is, among other things, entity selection, drafting operational business documents, lease review, real estate acquisitions, zoning issues, and alcohol licensing/permitting, Andersen can assist you in turning your ideas into a successful business. He takes great pleasure in assisting dreamers, no matter what age, in preparing their business for future success.

    Andersen earned his B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in 2012 and his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 2015. As a young professional, Andersen feels it is important to give back to the community. He is an assistant lacrosse coach at Northwestern Lehigh High School and enjoys teaching the knowledge, experience, and lessons taught to him throughout his life to the young people in our community.

    Posted in: Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, Matthew B. Andersen, News, Theodore J. Zeller III | Tags: , ,

  • Aug 12, 2019Norris McLaughlin Expands Estate Planning and Administration Group

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Shauna M. Deans as an Associate of the firm.  She joins the firm’s Estate Planning & Administration Practice Group.

    “Joining Norris McLaughlin is an exciting step in my career. I’m looking forward to working with such a great team and putting my knowledge and experience to use for the firm’s clients,” Deans said.

    Deans focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, including inheritance and gift taxation. She is experienced in preparing estate and inheritance tax returns, and responding to and resolving audits of the returns. Deans counsels beneficiaries and fiduciaries of estates and trusts on marshalling assets, issues regarding basis, and maximizing of tax savings.

    “With the addition of Shauna, we are expanding our team of estate planning and administration attorneys to better serve our clients and their needs. With her breadth of knowledge, Shauna will be a valuable resource to not only the group, but the entire firm,” stated James J. Costello, Jr., Co-Chair of the firm’s Trust, Estate, and Individual Tax Group.

    Deans is also certified by the State of New Jersey as a civil mediator, and has assisted parties in the settlement of special civil, small claims, and landlord/tenant matters on behalf of the Court.

    While attending law school, Deans served as a Senior Articles Editor for the Howard Law Journal, where her article entitled “The Forgotten Side of the Battlefield in America’s War on Infidelity: A Call for the Revamping, Reviving, and Reworking of Criminal Conversation and Alienation of Affections,” was published. During and after law school, she clerked for the Honorable Frederick J. Schuck, Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County, Law Division.

    Deans received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2010, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Spelman College in 2007.

    Posted in: Estate Planning & Administration, News, Shauna M. Deans | Tags: , ,

  • Aug 12, 2019Shana Siegel and Lori Kayne to Present on Planning for Solo Seniors

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, Geriatric Social Worker, will present “Planning for Solo Seniors.” The seminar, hosted by Senior Source, will take place on Tuesday, August 13 at 1:30 p.m., in Hackensack.

    Do you anticipate growing older without the support of close relatives and friends nearby? Siegel and Kayne will address this overwhelming challenge that many aging adults face. The presentation will cover the best way for “solo seniors” to prepare for the financial, legal, and other challenges they may face as they age. For more information please click here.

    Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was with WanderPolo & Siegel for over 10 years, five of which were as principal.  She has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. A past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), she has regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the Elder Law Bar and their clients. In 2015, she was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP).

    Siegel is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar Elder Law Section, the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and the Bergen and Essex County Bar Associations. Siegel earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, honors, in 1989.

    Kayne has been working in the healthcare field for over 20 years. In collaboration with client’s attorneys, she conducts Geriatric Assessments and develops detailed Life Care Plans to address any care, legal, or financial issues the client may have.

    Prior to joining the firm, Kayne was an Elder Care Coordinator at WanderPolo & Siegel. Kayne earned her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College in 1983, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Bucknell University. She holds a Certificate in Elder Care from Stockton University, and a Certificate of Gerontology from Rutgers University.

    Posted in: Elder Care & Special Needs Law, News, Shana Siegel | Tags: , , ,

  • Aug 09, 2019David Vozza tp Present at Cayuga Medical Center Grand Rounds Program

    David N. Vozza, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Medical-Legal Liability in the Age of #MeToo” for the Cayuga Grand Rounds Program on Friday, September 6, 7:30 a.m., at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York.

    The presentation will educate participants as to the current state of law related to sexual harassment in the workplace, specifically in the health care setting, through real-world examples and scenarios. The goal is to inform participants of the applicable legal pitfalls and provide them with risk management measures to mitigate liability.

    “The “#MeToo” movement is here to stay. It has already been a game changer in the field of sexual harassment that has not been seen since the likes of Anita Hill and Justice Clarence Thomas. Small businesses, including medical practices, may be subject to substantial liability for the actions of their principals and employees. It is essential that practitioners become knowledgeable about the applicable law concerning sexual harassment and the prevention of a hostile work environment,” said Vozza.

    Vozza defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts. He also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. Vozza frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation. He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

    Posted in: David N. Vozza, News | Tags: , , ,

  • Jun 20, 2019Shana Siegel Named Essex County Top Lawyer

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, was named a 2019 Essex County Top Lawyer in Elder Law by Morris/Essex Health & Life.

    Since its inception in 2018, Siegel has been identified as a top Elder Law lawyer in Essex County by Morris/Essex Health & Life, which names the “best attorneys” in Essex County for 30 specialties. The Top Essex County Lawyer list is generated by an online peer-vote process, facilitated by DataJoe Research of Boulder, Colorado. For more information and to see the full list, please click here.

    Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was with WanderPolo & Siegel for over 10 years, five of which were as principal.  She has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the Elder Law Bar and their clients. In 2015, she was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP).

    Siegel is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar Elder Law Section, the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and the Bergen and Essex County Bar Associations. Siegel earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, with honors, in 1989.

    Posted in: Elder Care & Special Needs Law, News, Shana Siegel | Tags: , , ,

  • Jun 18, 2019Shana Siegel and Lori Kayne to Speak on the Challenges Facing Solo Seniors

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, Geriatric Social Worker, will present “Solo Seniors.” The seminar, hosted by Greater MetroWest CARES, the department of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ that addresses the needs of mature adults in the community, will take place on Thursday, June 20, beginning at 7:00 p.m., in West Orange.

    Aging has many challenges, but for those who go through it without the support of relatives or close friends, these challenges can be overwhelming. The presentation will cover the best way for “solo seniors” to prepare for the financial, legal, and other challenges they may face as they age. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was with WanderPolo & Siegel for over 10 years, five of which were as principal.  She has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the Elder Law Bar and their clients. In 2015, she was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP).

    Siegel is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar Elder Law Section, the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and the Bergen and Essex County Bar Associations. Siegel earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, honors, in 1989.

    Kayne has been working in the healthcare field for over 20 years. In collaboration with client’s attorneys, she conducts Geriatric Assessments and develops detailed Life Care Plans to address any care, legal, or financial issues the client may have.

    Prior to joining the firm, Kayne was an Elder Care Coordinator at WanderPolo & Siegel. Kayne earned her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College in 1983, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Bucknell University. She holds a Certificate in Elder Care from Stockton University, and a Certificate of Gerontology from Rutgers University.

    Posted in: Elder Care & Special Needs Law, News, Shana Siegel | Tags: , , , ,

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