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  • Jan 02, 2020Norris McLaughlin Promotes Litigators Nick Duston, Amy Kruzel, and Jessica Palmer to Members of the Firm

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA, is pleased to announce the promotion of three associates to Members of the firm. The promotions for Nicholas A. Duston, Amy L. Kruzel, and Jessica L. Palmer are effective January 1, 2020, and follow the firm’s announcement earlier this month that four associates joined the firm, building upon the firm’s unique position to represent middle-market companies, Fortune 500 corporations, and individuals across a number of legal practices.

    John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm, said, “Norris McLaughlin is growing, and we are further strengthening our ability to provide a range of legal services to businesses and families in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. As rising leaders in the firm, Amy, Jessica, and Nick will diligently counsel clients and maintain the firm’s values in our commitment to our clients and our communities.”

    “I have had the pleasure of working with Amy, Jessica, and Nick, and I can attest to their exemplary litigation skills and dedication to their clients,” added David C. Roberts, who co-chairs the Litigation Practice Group along with the Honorable Emil Giordano (Ret.)Daniel R. Guadalupe and Saleem Mawji.

    About the New Members

    Nick Duston

    Since joining Norris McLaughlin in 2014 in the firm’s Bridgewater office, Duston has focused his practice on complex commercial disputes involving business owners, their managers, and their employees.

    With significant litigation experience in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, Duston handles cases related to fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty, employee theft of trade secrets, diversion of corporate opportunities, and breaches of restrictive covenants or non-compete obligations. He is adept at unwinding complex fact patterns arising from complicated financial instruments, multi-entity business structures, and large amounts of electronically stored information. He also represents clients in arbitrations with the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

    Duston’s practice also includes white-collar criminal matters, such as conducting internal investigations or defending companies and individuals during internal or government investigations into alleged securities fraud, money laundering, and other financial crimes. He has also handled many matters at the intersection of white-collar and civil litigation. Duston regularly handles issues relating to government seizure of property, particularly on behalf of secured lenders, including defense against civil and criminal asset forfeiture, as well as civil rights litigation when the government seizes property without due process or in violation of other constitutionally-protected rights.

    Duston earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2010 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston University in 2007.

    Amy Kruzel

    As a Member of the firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law Group in the Allentown office, Kruzel works closely with clients on all aspects of matrimonial law including divorce, custody, support, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. With more than 12 years of experience, Kruzel is a compassionate and assertive advisor, representing clients in all stages of divorce, including post-judgment litigation. She serves as a mediator in divorce, custody, and support matters, and has presented oral argument in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District.

    Active in the Lehigh Valley community, Kruzel serves on the Executive Leadership Board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, volunteers at the legal clinic at the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center; is the Treasurer of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Lehigh County; and is on the Advisory Council of the Allentown Branch of the YMCA. She recently was nominated by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the Lehigh Valley Branch’s first-ever All-Star Alumni candidate for the 2020 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign.

    Kruzel joined Norris McLaughlin in 2017. She earned her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, in 2005 and her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002.

    Jessica Palmer

    Based in the Bridgewater office, Palmer is a litigator and advisor with more than ten years of experience assisting clients with complex commercial and environmental matters.

    As a litigator, Palmer is known for her thoughtful and diligent representation of clients in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”). Palmer has extensive experience with both federal and state environmental laws, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”), the New Jersey Site Remediation Reform Act (“SRRA”), the Industrial Site Recovery Act (“ISRA”), the Major Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”).

    Palmer also devotes a significant portion of her practice to representing clients in regulatory compliance, permitting, and remediation efforts. She frequently advises clients on issues related to environmental insurance coverage and other cost recovery options. Finally, Palmer has extensive knowledge of the regulations governing licensed site remediation professionals (“LSRPs”).

    Palmer serves as Board Secretary for the Hunterdon County YMCA Board of Trustees. Licensed in New Jersey and New York, she has been selected for inclusion in the General Litigation section of New Jersey Rising Stars every year since 2014. Palmer is also a Barrister with the Justice Stewart G. Pollack Environmental Inn of Court.

    Palmer joined Norris McLaughlin in 2013. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert P. Contillo, P.J.Ch. for the 2009-2010 court term. Palmer earned her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law in 2009 and her B.A., with honors, from McGill University in 2006.

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  • Jun 25, 2019Amy Kruzel Concludes Third Year Teaching Conflict Resolution Skills

    Amy L. Kruzel, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., concluded her third year of teaching Conflict Resolution at the Easton Area Middle School.  Through the school’s Conflict Resolution Partnership Program, students are taught how to define what a conflict is; to identify different styles of conflict; to develop and recognize non-verbal communication skills; to advance their active learning skills; and to recognize how conflict and peace can coexist within our society.  Kruzel rotates teaching the six-week course with other local attorneys and Judges.  Kruzel indicates, “I fully intend to continue to participate in this program for as long as it is in existence. It affords me the unique opportunity to teach positive conflict resolution skills to adolescents in their crucial formative years.”

    Kruzel focuses her practice on all aspects of matrimonial law including divorce, custody, support, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She represents clients at trials, hearings, conciliation conferences, support conferences, De Novo hearings, and settlement conferences. Kruzel has also served as a mediator in divorce, custody and support matters.  Kruzel has presented oral argument in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District.

    Outside of work, Kruzel volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and serves on their Executive Leadership Board. Kruzel recently accepted the nomination as the Lehigh Valley Branch’s first ever All-Star Alumni candidate for the 2020 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign.  She is also a volunteer at the legal clinic at the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center; is the Treasurer of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Lehigh County; and is on the Advisory Council of the Allentown Branch of the YMCA. Kruzel earned her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002 and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, in 2005.

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  • Oct 25, 2018Amy Kruzel Supports Allentown’s New YMCA Warming Station

    Amy L. Kruzel, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., attended the “State of the Allentown Warming Station” press conference hosted by the Greater Valley YMCA, Allentown Branch on Monday, October 22.

    “The Advisory Council and I strongly advocated for this project. I feel very passionately about the warming station, and I am eager to draw some positive attention to such a worthwhile endeavor that is located right in the heart of downtown Allentown,” said Kruzel, an Advisory Council member for the Allentown YMCA.  “The warming station project exemplifies the mission of the YMCA and demonstrates what can be accomplished when a community comes together for a greater good.  As a result, men, women and children will have shelter, warmth, and food in the coming winter months.”

    The event gave an update of the warming station’s progress, including walkthroughs, and talks by key supporters including David Fagerstrom of the Greater Valley YMCA, Lehigh County Executive Phil Armstrong, and Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell. The 64-bed overnight shelter will be open November 1 – April 20 at the Allentown Branch YMCA in a portion of its sub-basement. The space will provide a clean, safe, basic shelter to homeless men and women.

    Kruzel focuses her practice on all aspects of family and matrimonial law including divorce, custody, support, alimony, protection from abuse, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Outside of work, Kruzel volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and serves on the Executive Leadership Board.  She also teaches Positive Conflict Resolution & Mediation Skills at the Easton Area Middle School; is a volunteer at the legal clinic at the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center; is the Treasurer for the Family Law Section of the Lehigh County Bar Association; and is a Member of the Lehigh County Barristers Inn. Kruzel earned her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002 and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, in 2005.

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  • Sep 21, 2018Amy Kruzel Appointed Treasurer of the Family Law Section at the BALC

    Amy L. Kruzel, an Associate in the Matrimonial & Family Law Group of the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin P.A., has been appointed Treasurer of the Bar Association of Lehigh County’s Family Law Section, effective August 29, 2018.

    The Bar Association of Lehigh County has provided service and assistance to the area’s lawyers and the community. Services include Continuing Legal Education, a Lawyer Referral Service, Lehigh Law Journal publication, and Barristers Club banquet and meeting facilities.

    Kruzel represents clients at trials, hearings, conciliation conferences, support conferences, de novo hearings, and settlement conferences.  She drafts answers, briefs, complaints, counterclaims, memoranda, motions, petitions, custody stipulations, agreements in support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and property settlement agreements on behalf of clients.  She also presents oral argument in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District, and mediates divorce, custody, and support matters.

    Outside of work, Kruzel volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and serves on the Executive Leadership Board.  She also teaches Positive Conflict Resolution & Mediation Skills at the Easton Area Middle School, is a member of the Advisory Council for the Allentown YMCA, and is a volunteer at the legal clinic at the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Kruzel earned her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002 and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, in 2005.

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  • May 31, 2017Amy Kruzel Named to Advisory Council Member of Allentown YMCA

    Amy L. Kruzel, an Associate in the Matrimonial & Family Law Group of the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named to the Branch Advisory Council of the Allentown YMCA.

    The ultimate mission of the YMCA is to strengthen the community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  The Allentown YMCA participates in the YMCA AWAY Program, the YMCA Military Outreach Program, and Healthy Kids Day, and offers health and fitness, aquatics, camping, family, childcare, community development, arts, and sports in its facilities.

    Kruzel represents clients at trials, hearings, conciliation conferences, support conferences, de novo hearings, and settlement conferences.  She drafts answers, briefs, complaints, counterclaims, memoranda, motions, petitions, custody stipulations, agreements in support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and property settlement agreements on behalf of clients.  She also presents oral argument in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District, and mediates divorce, custody, and support matters.

    Kruzel earned her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002 and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, in 2005.

    During college and law school, Kruzel was afforded unique opportunities that helped solidify her strong desire to practice family law.  Specifically, she interned at Edward Duthie Solicitors Firm in London, England; served as a protection from abuse advocate at Mid Penn Legal Services; and was a student attorney at the Dickinson School of Law Family Law Clinic.  While in law school, Kruzel was a research assistant to Professor Richard F. Storrow.

    After graduation, Kruzel served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Patti Margherita Worthington in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, from 2005 until 2007.

    Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Kruzel was a Partner in a law firm where she represented clients in divorce, support, custody, and protection from abuse matters.  She had also was appointed as a Parenting Coordinator in high conflict custody cases.

    Outside of work, Kruzel volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and serves on the Executive Leadership Board.  She also teaches Positive Conflict Resolution & Mediation Skills at the Easton Area Middle School.

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  • Mar 08, 2017Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes Associate to Pennsylvania Office

    The Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Amy L. Kruzel as an Associate.   She joins the Firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law Group.

    “Amy will make an excellent addition to our team here in Allentown.  She brings with her more than ten years of experience in this area of the law.  She is diligent and compassionate.  Our clients will be in good hands with her by their side in any matrimonial or family law matter,” said Lauren L. Sorrentino, Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and Chair of the Pennsylvania Matrimonial & Family Law Practice.

    Prior to joining the Firm, Kruzel had been Partner at Saltzman, Gordon & Kruzel where she represented clients all aspects of family law, including divorce, support, custody, and protection from abuse matters.

    Kruzel earned her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002 and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law in 2005.  Following her graduation, she served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Patti Margherita Worthington in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, from 2005 until 2007, when she relocated to the Lehigh Valley.

    Outside of work, Kruzel volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and currently serves on its Executive Leadership Board.  She is also involved in teaching Positive Conflict Resolution & Mediation Skills at the Easton Area Middle School.

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