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  • Nov 05, 2020Norris McLaughlin Has Been Named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 11 Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2021

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in eleven practice areas for the 2021 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The firm’s full listing of First Tier Metropolitan rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation – Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law
    • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

    Norris McLaughlin has also received a Tier 2 Metropolitan ranking in the following practice areas:

    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Communications Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Family Law
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Natural Resources Law

    “This listing of Norris McLaughlin is an outstanding achievement for the practice groups and dedicated attorneys who serve our clients. The rankings represent independent substantiation of the value we provide our clients, producing real results through efficient and diligent counsel,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

    From the start, the mission of “Best Law Firms” has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. For more information, including methodology, and the full listing, see bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin is a multi-practice, commercial law firm with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though regionally based, the firm has grown its capabilities to include counseling on matters of national and international scope. Boasting a team of more than 120 attorneys practicing in over 25 legal disciplines and industry-focused groups, Norris McLaughlin is well-positioned to represent a wide range of client segments, including small business, middle-market companies, and Fortune 500 corporations, as well as the private individuals and families who own and run them.

    Once a humble two-man practice in Somerville, New Jersey, the firm has leveraged a multi-disciplinary legal practice with a deep dedication to superior client service to become the largest law firm in Somerset County and one of the Top 20 law firms based in New Jersey. To respond to the changing needs of the firm’s clients and the business community, Norris McLaughlin expanded its geographic reach by merging with like-minded firms in New York City (1999) and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania (2009). As a result of this expansion, and with the resources of international law firm networks providing additional bench strength and service capability, Norris McLaughlin now delivers a total package of legal solutions to represent clients wherever they are and whatever their legal issues may be.

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Business Law, Construction Law, Environmental, Estate Planning & Administration, Litigation, Matrimonial & Family Law, News, Products Liability Defense, Solar Energy, Telecommunications, Workers’ Compensation—Pennsylvania Office | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  • Oct 02, 2020General Practitioner’s Guide to Bankruptcy Contested Matters and Adversary Proceedings

    Ross J. Switkes, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present “General Practitioner’s Guide to Bankruptcy Contested Matters and Adversary Proceedings,” for the Mercer County Bar Association Xtreme CLE 2020, which will be held virtually through Zoom this year. The firm is a proud sponsor of the event.

    About Bankruptcy Contested Matters and Adversary Proceedings

    This two-day seminar aims to meet the continuing education requirements of attorneys, featuring local and regional speakers. Participants will have access to all recorded sessions until the end of the year and can obtain up to 60 MCLE credits. Discussion topics include the latest developments and the future of the profession; challenges faced by attorneys, legal professionals, and New Jersey citizens; key insights into what the future may hold; and the latest technology, including how to stay safe in an increasingly hostile online environment.

    When: Thursday, October 15, 2020

    10:05 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

    Registration: xtremecle.mercerbar.com

    • Member Rate: $95 before October 13
    • Non-member Rate: $285 before October 13 (includes 2021 membership)
    • Member Late Fee: $50 after October 13
    • Non-member Late Fee: $100 after October 13
    • Public Employee Member Rate: $45 before October 13
    • Public Employee Non-member Rate: $95 before October 13 (includes 2021 membership)
    • Pennsylvania Registration Fee: $95
    • New York Registration Fee: $75

    About Ross 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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  • Sep 02, 2020The Pandemic Recovery: Debt Recovery Options Facing New York’s Restaurant Industry

    Jeanne Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Internet Law Practice Group, and Melissa Anne Peña, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, will present the free webinar, “The Pandemic Recovery: Debt Recovery Options Facing New York’s Restaurant Industry,” hosted by the New York State Restaurant Association.

    Debt Recovery Options Facing New York’s Restaurant Industry

    Poised for another banner year in 2020, New York’s restaurant and hospitality industry arguably endured the most significant decline as the COVID-19 global pandemic has dragged into its seventh month in New York. As other areas of the country tempted fate with a full reopening, local requirements for social distancing and indoor seating limitations have created additional challenges for struggling New York restauranteurs. As they grapple with keeping their businesses afloat, and despite relief in the form of eviction moratoriums and federal stimulus, the road to recovery seems fraught with more potholes than pavement.

    During this free webinar, Jeanne and Melissa will discuss:

    • CARES Act
    • Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Case Filings
    • Federal Bankruptcy Law
    • Relief and Protection for New York’s Restaurant Industry Debt
    • Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019
    • State Laws

    When: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: Zoom Meeting

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area. Resident in the New York City office, she assists clients in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries with their IP needs. In each year since 2009, Jeanne has been recognized in New York Super Lawyers® for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. Only 5% of New York attorneys are given this honor. Additionally, Jeanne is ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, which lists the top 1,000 trademark attorneys in 70 jurisdictions globally. Among a group of fewer than 90 trademark professionals in New York, she was named a top trademark attorney in the areas of enforcement and litigation.

    Jeanne litigates copyright, trademark, and cybersquatting cases through trial and, if necessary, appeal. To this end, she has acted as national counsel in federal courts across the country to bring and defend infringement claims for clients, both foreign and domestic. Additionally, Jeanne has recovered domain names for clients in many Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings and prosecuted and defended numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings and ex parte appeals in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She recently litigated through appeal to the Federal Circuit a food trademark case that has been described as generating one of the most important trademark decisions in 2018.

    In the transactional area, Jeanne counsels clients on intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions. She is experienced in copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, and has particular expertise with contentious and transactional issues arising from the Internet.

    As a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your MaⓇk™, Jeanne is a frequent writer and speaker on intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves. Additionally, she is a member of the New York State Restaurant Association, the Specialty Food Association, and the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on its Leadership Development Committee. Jeanne formerly served on the Government Officials Training Committee, was nominated and served as Chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, and was selected as a speaker for INTA’s Trademark Basics “Maintaining the Perfect Partnership” seminar held in New York for inside and outside counsel.

    About Melissa Peña

    Melissa concentrates her practice on commercial litigation and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights. Her clients include financial institutions, private lenders, creditors, and accounting firms. She has successfully represented secured creditors and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and state court insolvency proceedings.

    Melissa frequently handles commercial foreclosure actions, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, lien priority disputes, fraudulent conveyance actions, and creditor enforcement matters. She has also defended accounting firms in disputes regarding alleged failure to detect criminal and fraudulent activity in the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey.

    Outside the courtroom, Melissa handles commercial workouts, negotiating forbearance agreements on behalf of lenders. She frequently represents investors seeking to acquire defaulted loans from the due diligence stage to closing on the sale. She also helps lenders to liquidate their collateral through UCC sales, including sales of co-ops. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Melissa’s goal is to find a practical business solution for her clients. She utilizes litigation as a tool to further her client’s business objectives in a cost-effective manner.

    Melissa is Co-Chair of the Meritas Financial Services Section, Co-Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Diversity Committee, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Jeanne Hamburg, Melissa Anne Peña | Tags: , , ,

  • Aug 24, 2020Norris McLaughlin Brings on Two New Members in Firm Expansion Plans

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Jeffrey K. Cassin and Ross J. Switkes as Members of the firm. Cassin will be the lead corporate attorney in New York as part of its larger Business Law Practice Group, while Switkes joins the growing Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group in the New Jersey office.

    Despite a pall of anxiety across the law firm industry regarding the economic uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, Norris McLaughlin Chairman, John N. Vanarthos, explained that these strategic additions were critical components of the firm strategy for emerging from the pandemic in a position of strength. He also added that it was important for the firm that both of these members reflect the dogmatic philosophy of always looking for “what’s next.”

    “To be able to provide services our clients need, in a time of need, is so crucial to us. We are excited to have Jeff bring our already-well-established business group to New York, and to have Ross as an essential member of our bankruptcy group is truly a testament to our firm’s commitment to client service,” said Vanarthos.

    About Jeff Cassin

    Cassin represents companies at every stage of a corporate lifecycle, from start-up, investment stage, growth (through acquisition or organic), mature companies to their exit, with deep experience in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity. Cassin has led several successful acquisitions and divestitures, guiding clients on deal structuring issues, negotiation, and closing, and has recently closed transactions in media, technology, human capital, insurance, entertainment, restaurant management, and represented an underwriter before FINRA in launching a SPAC. He additionally represents mid-size businesses, funds, start-ups, media and technology companies, and individual investors, among others. Prior to Norris McLaughlin, Cassin was Co-Section Chief of the Business Law section of his previous law firm.

    Cassin has a reputation for being solutions-oriented.  He has taken a special interest in helping clients face issues arising out of the pandemic, such as accessing opportunities under the CARES Act and state programs and preparing their business structure, operation, and contracts for pandemic disruption or, in some cases, pandemic-related growth opportunities.

    On joining Norris McLaughlin, Cassin states, “Norris McLaughlin’s approach throughout the pandemic has been to help clients work through it so they come out stronger on the other end, which is a value that I share. I’m excited to be joining the team.”

    He earned his J.D. in 2005 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and his B.A. in 2002 from The George Washington University: Elliot School of International Affairs.

    About Ross Switkes

    Switkes focuses his practice on bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, corporate restructuring, and commercial litigation. He represents 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.

    Switkes 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. He also is a Trustee of the Mercer County Bar Association and Co-Chair of its Bankruptcy, Budget, and Golf Committees. In addition, Switkes is 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. His articles have appeared in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal, among other publications.

    “I am excited to join Norris McLaughlin and its Bankruptcy Group. It is a privilege to join such a well-respected team. Not only am I benefitting from having access to the kind of business platform and infrastructure that I need to grow my practice, but my clients will benefit from the opportunity to take advantage of the broader range of high-quality legal services that Norris McLaughlin offers, and they can do so without an interruption in value,” said Switkes.

    In 2018, Switkes 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. Switkes earned his J.D. in 2010 from Seton Hall University School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, in 2007 from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Business Law, Jeffrey K. Cassin, News, Ross J. Switkes | Tags: , , ,

  • Jun 12, 2020Mo Bauer Highlighted for New Jersey Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

    Morris S. Bauer, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been selectively ranked in the Chambers USA 2020 Guide for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in New Jersey. He was recognized for being “practical in his approach to engagements” and a “pleasure to work with.”

    Chambers USA is a very prestigious ranking; I am humbled, honored, and extremely grateful that my clients and peers hold me in that regard,” said Bauer.

    About Chambers USA

    Chambers USA ranks firms and attorneys considered leaders in their respective fields. Chambers and Partners has been publishing their world-famous guides to the legal profession since 1990. In addition, they host major award ceremonies in London and New York to honor the achievements of the world’s leading lawyers. The key to the success of their legal directories and the validity of their awards is the in-depth, unbiased research conducted by Chambers’ team of highly qualified and experienced researchers. The guiding principle behind Chambers USA is to meet the needs and expectations of the client. For more information and methodology, please click here.

    About Mo Bauer

    A resident of Long Valley, Bauer is a member of the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group at Norris McLaughlin. He represents debtors, creditor committees, banks, and other secured creditors, trade creditors, and landlords in Chapter 11 proceedings. Bauer has also been appointed by the Court as a Chapter 11 trustee, a liquidating trustee, an assignee for the benefit of creditors, and a bankruptcy mediator.

    In addition to his bankruptcy practice, Bauer has represented banks, equipment lessors, and one of the nation’s largest utility providers in commercial foreclosure and commercial collection matters. He has been an instructor for the New Jersey Skills and Methods Course and the New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court, and a panelist for the annual New Jersey Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and local bar associations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    Bauer has been involved in civic activities as a corporate advisory board member of Homeless Solutions, Inc.; and a board member of Team for Kids Foundation, Inc., a non-profit that provides funding for children of low-income families to play team sports. He is Vice-Chairman of the Washington Township, Morris County Zoning Board of Adjustment, and has served as President of the Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey.

    Bauer is included in the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law section of the current edition of The Best Lawyers In America and the Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights section of New Jersey Super Lawyers, including selection to the 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100. He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his B.S. from Dickinson College.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Morris S. Bauer, News | Tags: ,

  • May 27, 2020Bruce Wisotsky Present to Medical Practice Management on COVID-19 Financial Impact and Bankruptcy

    Bruce J. Wisotsky, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “The Financial Impact of COVID-19: Bankruptcy 101,” at noon on Friday, May 29, for the New Jersey Medical Group Management Association and eight other state Medical Group Management Associations.

    “COVID-19 has brought on significant financial hardships to small businesses, including medical practices. In the face of a practice’s substantially reduced income and mounting debt, it’s helpful to be educated on avenues of business preservation,” said Wisotsky.

    For more topics related to the coronavirus, visit the firm’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Resource Center or its Coronavirus Thought Leadership Connection.

    About the COVID-19 Financial Impact

    Ros and Wisotsky will discuss the different bankruptcy chapters available to businesses, the recently enacted Small Business Reorganization Act, and the impact of the CARES Act on the ability to obtain bankruptcy relief, with an emphasis on the availability of those laws on medical and other professional practices. They will also answer participants’ questions. For more information about the NJMGMA, visit njmgma.com.

    About Bruce Wisotsky

    Wisotsky, a member of the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Law Practice Group, represents debtors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, trustees, landlords, secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy proceedings. He has litigated a wide variety of bankruptcy and commercial issues during his career inclusive of contract and lien validity disputes, actions to recover preferential transfers, fraudulent conveyance claims, and non-dischargeability of debt actions.

    Wisotsky has also lectured on various bankruptcy issues before the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Turnaround Management Association, and the Essex County Bar Association. He has addressed topics including prosecution and defense of preference actions; treatment of tax claims in bankruptcy proceedings; and retention bonus issues. Wisotsky is a member of the New Jersey Regional Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association. He is also on the United States Bankruptcy Court’s approved list of mediators.

    Wisotsky received his J.D. in 1978 from Temple University School of Law and his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1975 from Temple University.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Bruce J. Wisotsky, Health Care & Life Sciences, News | Tags: , ,

  • May 26, 2020The Financial Impact of COVID-19: Bankruptcy 101

    Bruce J. Wisotsky, a Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “The Financial Impact of COVID-19: Bankruptcy 101,” for the New Jersey Medical Group Management Association and eight other state Medical Group Management Associations.

    About the COVID-19 Bankruptcy Webinar

    Discussion topics will include:

    • How the CARES Act has raised the debt ceiling for small businesses
    • Different chapters of bankruptcy
    • Sub-Chapter V rules in the Small Business Reorganization Act
    • Which chapter of bankruptcy may be appropriate for medical practices experiencing financial hardships caused by COVID-19
    • What factors must be considered when determining whether to file for bankruptcy

    When: Friday, May 29, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: njmgma.net

    About Bruce Wisotsky

    Bruce represents debtors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, trustees, landlords, secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy proceedings. He has litigated a wide variety of bankruptcy and commercial issues during his career inclusive of contract and lien validity disputes, actions to recover preferential transfers, fraudulent conveyance claims, and non-dischargeability of debt actions. Bruce has also lectured on various bankruptcy issues before the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Turnaround Management Association, and the Essex County Bar Association. He has addressed topics including prosecution and defense of preference actions; treatment of tax claims in bankruptcy proceedings; and retention bonus issues.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Bruce J. Wisotsky, Events, Health Care & Life Sciences | Tags: , ,

  • Apr 20, 2020Surviving COVID-19: Now and Beyond

    Morris S. Bauer, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a panelist for the free webinar, “Surviving COVID-19: Now and Beyond,” hosted by the New Jersey Turnaround Management Association (NJTMA) and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA).

    About “Surviving COVID-19: Now and Beyond”

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Surviving this uniquely devastating event in the short-term
    • Planning for a return to operations as lockdowns are gradually lifted
    • Implementing the protocols and procedures that will necessarily be part of the “new normal”
    • Navigating these challenges for any business seeking to successfully recover and thrive

    Other panelists include:

    When: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Registration: turnaround.org

    About Mo Bauer

    Mo has represented debtors, creditor committees, banks and other secured creditors, trade creditors, and landlords in Chapter 11 proceedings, and is a New Jersey bankruptcy mediator. Businesses represented in Chapter 11 proceedings include a multi-state non-profit behavioral and mental health care facility, a regional supermarket chain, a national distributor of electronics, residential developers and income-producing property owners, construction contractors, and small businesses.

    Mo has also been appointed by the Court as a Chapter 11 trustee, a liquidating trustee, an assignee for the benefit of creditors, and a bankruptcy mediator. In addition to his bankruptcy practice, he has represented banks, equipment lessors, and one of the nation’s largest utility providers in commercial foreclosure and commercial collection matters.

    Mo has been an instructor for the New Jersey Skills and Methods Course and the New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court, and a panelist for the annual New Jersey Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and local bar associations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is included in the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law section of the current edition of The Best Lawyers In America and the Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights section of New Jersey Super Lawyers, including selection to the 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100.

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