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  • Jan 11, 2021Krista Halpin

    Krista Halpin primarily focuses her practice on complex commercial real estate transactions and major projects for private, public, governmental, and high-profile individuals. She handles cooperative (“co-op”) and condominium real estate, finance, and corporate matters, issues, agreements and transactions, contract negotiations, and development.

    Additionally, Krista is experienced in general real estate law and finance; commercial transactions; lease and license agreements; corporate law; the formation of corporate entities; governing documents and general agreements; municipal and regulatory matters; project management entitlements, agreements, and easements; tax benefits and conditions; and tax payer agreement plans and negotiations. She manages legal risk and resolves situations with potentially adverse financial repercussions, resulting in favorable outcomes.

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  • Jan 11, 2021David H. Siegel

    David Siegel concentrates his practice on all aspects of intellectual property strategy, maintenance, and enforcement. He represents clients in patent, trademark, and copyright prosecution, transactions, and litigation.

    David has significant experience in intellectual property licensing and brand protection. He advises clients on global patent and trademark protection and clearance options and alternatives. David has represented inventors, businesses, and start-ups in patent-related matters such as the drafting, filing, and prosecution of patent applications and non-disclosure and development agreements.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, David was an in-house counsel for a leading multinational costume designer, manufacturer, and distributor, managing licensing, clearance, and brand protection for a global intellectual property portfolio.

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  • Jan 04, 2021Laura M. Miller

    Laura Miller is a business attorney focusing her practice on administrative and government regulatory law in the public utility, telecommunications, cable television, and communications infrastructure industries.

    Laura handles New Jersey Board of Public Utilities regulatory approval and compliance matters, municipal franchise renewals, public right-of-way access negotiations and agreements, compliance investigations, enforcement actions, and administrative law proceedings. She represents clients in commenting on agency rulemaking and understands and keeps apprised of regulatory and political changes that affect client business operations and initiatives.

    In the course of her representation of public entities, Laura has drafted numerous resolutions and ordinances and provided counsel in regard to municipal management including public bidding and procurement and compliance with the Open Public Records Act.

    Additionally, Laura has over a decade of experience in complex civil litigation, having represented both private and public clients in state and federal courts in cases involving commercial and corporate disputes and the defense of labor and employment claims.

    Prior to her career in the law, Laura was active in political fundraising and campaign management in the state of Arizona, serving as the Field Director for a statewide political campaign and later as the Director of Public Policy in the Arizona Attorney General’s office.

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  • Nov 30, 2020Jodi A. Sokol

    With over 20 years of experience, Jodi has been involved in all aspects of commercial real estate finance, acquisition, and sale transactions; with significant experience drafting and negotiating loan documents for single and multiple lender transactions; purchase and sale agreements; and conducting due diligence including analysis of title commitments and surveys; zoning reports, opinion letters; and borrower organizational documents. She focuses primarily on the structuring, negotiating, and closing of financial transactions, such as mortgage loans, secured and unsecured lines of credit, construction loans, and retail and commercial leasing.

    Jodi represents institutional, non-institutional, and private equity lenders to provide permanent and construction financing, leasing, acquisition, and sale of multi-family residential, commercial, hospitality, retail, and mixed-use properties. She represents buyers and sellers of commercial properties in transactional matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, and the refinance of assets, as well as transactions involving I.R.C. Section 1031 Exchanges. Jodi has been involved in substantial transactions, including representing the lead lender and agent in the financing and syndication of a $141 million acquisition and construction financing project in Orange County, New York, and representing the purchaser/borrower in the acquisition and financing of a multi-family portfolio in Jackson, Mississippi.

    Jodi also represents landlords and tenants in commercial and retail lease negotiations, lease assignments, sublease agreements, modifications and extensions, and termination agreements for retail spaces and office buildings.

    Additionally, Jodi consults clients with various business transactions, including the organization of entities; drafting stockholder, partnership, and operating agreements; and employment contracts.

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  • Nov 23, 2020Hugh P. Finnegan

    Hugh Finnegan focuses his practice on commercial real estate financings and construction matters.

    For over 35 years, Hugh has built a special expertise in commercial real estate acquisitions, bridge, construction, project, and mezzanine matters. He represents both local and international landlords and tenants in leasing transactions for offices, warehouses, shopping centers, restaurants, and other retail uses throughout the United States. Hugh also handles sales and acquisitions of undeveloped and developed properties, including “Green” developments.

    In addition, Hugh represents lenders and borrowers on loan restructurings and workouts, and has represented several commercial banks in the sale of distressed loans.

    Hugh was named in “2018 Ones to Watch” by the New York Real Estate Journal. He has been selected for inclusion on the list of New York Metro Super Lawyers from 2009-2020. Only five percent of New York attorneys are given this honor. Additionally, Hugh is included in the Real Estate Law section of the current edition of Best Lawyers®.

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  • Oct 14, 2020Jillian P. Levitt

    Jillian Levitt focuses her practice on litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters in the real estate industry.

    Jillian advises property owners on various types of real estate matters. She handles negotiations and buyouts of residential and commercial buildings. Jillian also litigates commercial and residential matters in New York Supreme and Civil Courts, and matters before the New York State Court of Appeals and the First, Second, and Fourth Appellate Divisions.

    In addition to her real estate litigation practice, Jillian drafts lease agreements for residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments. She prepares applications for developers to obtain various economic incentives.

    Additionally, Jillian conducts due diligence for purchases of large residential and commercial buildings for compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. She also advises clients on federal, state, and city affordable housing rules and regulations, including the Mitchell-Lama program, section eight vouchers, SCRIE, rent control, and rent stabilization.

    While in law school, Jillian was the Managing Editor of Articles for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal.

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  • Oct 12, 2020Anthony P. D’Elia

    Anthony D’Elia focuses his practice on various litigation matters, including commercial litigation, corporate and business disputes, intellectual property disputes, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, and professional liability. Anthony also has a general litigation practice.

    Through his litigation practice, Anthony represents creditors and other interested parties in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings, as well as lenders and other creditors in litigation over unpaid loans. He handles the appointment of rent receivers, collection of debts, and enforcement of settlement agreements. Anthony’s intellectual property practice includes copyright and trademark litigation. He also handles disputes over defective construction and claims for delays, damages, and back charges. Anthony’s work in the area of professional liability has involved matters relating to engineering and accounting liability.

    Anthony’s pro bono work has involved assisting incarcerated individuals in litigation over claims of assault, seeking unpaid judgments in bankruptcy court through the filing of proofs of claim and adversary complaints, and negotiating plea bargains in family court.

    Following law school, Anthony served as law clerk to the Honorable Garry J. Furnari, J.S.C., who, in addition to his civil docket, managed the environmental docket of the Essex County Superior Court. Anthony assisted Judge Furnari in matters involving tort, contract, property, insurance, and environmental law. During his clerkship, he also mediated both small claims and Law Division matters. Anthony also drafted opinions, summaries, and recommendations regarding motion practice; interacted with attorneys and pro se parties regularly; and observed oral arguments, trials, motion hearings, and case management conferences.

    In law school, Anthony was a member of Seton Hall University School of Law’s nationally-ranked Interscholastic Moot Court Board, the Courtroom Advocates Project, and the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic.

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  • Aug 31, 2020Alan Tenenbaum

    Alan Tenenbaum concentrates his practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation and counseling. He represents corporate clients throughout the United States and before the International Trade Commission in litigation involving patent, trademark, unfair competition, right of publicity, and commercial claims. His litigation and trial work includes matters involving electronic hardware, software, consumer products, medical devices, chemicals, and both branded and generic pharmaceuticals.

    Alan is a trusted general counsel to a variety of companies. Applying business solutions from a legal perspective, he works with clients to identify, acquire, protect, manage, and monetize products, technology, and intellectual property rights.

    Alan counsels clients who seek to resolve and avoid commercial and intellectual property disputes, with and without recourse to litigation and has litigated and resolved a variety of disputes involving nuisance patents and patent assertion entities. He also negotiates IP and IT agreements and other complex agreements involving technology. Alan has a successful track record in the prosecution of patent applications involving software-implemented applications.

    Alan frequently speaks and writes on the topic of patent litigation, software patents, and intellectual property involving emerging technology. He has been named in New York Super Lawyers® for several years, most recently in 2020. He is also rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell.

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  • Aug 24, 2020Jeffrey K. Cassin

    Jeffrey K. Cassin is a business attorney, concentrating his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), investment transactions, corporate law, and business contracts.

    Jeff represents middle-market, mid-size businesses, funds, start-ups, media and technology companies, and individual investors, among others. He counsels clients concerning complex middle-market M&A transactions, deal negotiations, and management decisions, and has served as the primary attorney on dozens of sell-side and buy-side transactions, across industries.

    Jeff also has extensive transactional experience in negotiating and preparing financing, LLC operating, shareholder, joint venture, and partnership agreements and other corporate formation and organization documents; securities offering memoranda and subscription agreements; employment, consulting, service, and independent contractor agreements; vendor and supply agreements; debt and convertible equity instruments; distribution and marketing agreements; consents and waivers; restrictive covenant agreements; software licenses, SAAS agreements, and assignments; website T&Cs, privacy policies; brand and trademark licensing agreements; HIPAA agreements; corporate governance documents; and various other contracts.

    Jeff represents many start-up companies and founders in initial formation, early operational matters, and friends-and-family, seed, and venture capital rounds of investment. He handles matters ranging from financing rounds, both equity and debt, to negotiating agreements among business owners, investors, executives, and employees. His representation of start-ups, particularly technology companies, has included taking companies from their early stages through sale.

    Jeff also represents non-profit organizations in day-to-day business transactional matters and non-profit governance, including drafting by-laws and articles of organization, attending board meetings, and reviewing conflicts-of-interest issues.

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  • Aug 24, 2020Ross J. Switkes

    Ross focuses his practice on bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, corporate restructuring, and commercial litigation. He has significant experience appearing in federal and state courts on behalf of a variety of clients, including, Chapter 7, 11, and 12 trustees, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, committees, purchasers of assets and stalking horse bidders, officers and directors, non-debtor spouses, landlords, defendants in avoidance actions, insurance companies, distressed companies, and municipalities.

    Ross is active in the legal community, having held multiple leadership roles in local bar associations and industry groups both currently and over the past decade. Among other leadership positions, he currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey, a committee that has served as a two-way conduit between the bankruptcy bar and the Board of Bankruptcy Judges for approximately 25 years. Ross also is a Trustee of the Mercer County Bar Association and Co-Chair of its Bankruptcy, Budget, and Golf Committees.

    Ross frequently writes and speaks on a variety of bankruptcy topics and addresses how bankruptcy proceedings can impact a variety of constituents, including businesses and individuals. He has written articles that appeared in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal, among others. Ross has served as a speaker on educational panels conducted by the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, International Council of Shopping Centers, Mercer County Bar Association, and Essex County Bar Association.

    In 2018, Ross was named in the New Jersey Law Journal Professional Excellence Awards as a “New Leader of the Bar” and was also recognized by the Mercer County Bar Association as “Young Lawyer of the Year.” He has been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star” in the area of Bankruptcy: Business every year since 2017.

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