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  • Jun 12, 2019Norris McLaughlin Members Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that Members of the firm, Robert E. Donatelli and Rebecca J. Price, were admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, June 10, at the 2019 Bar Association of Lehigh County (BALC) Bench Bar Conference & Supreme Court of the United States Admissions Ceremony in Washington, D.C

    Michelle M. Forsell, Of Counsel to the firm, moved for admission to the Court for 21 members of The Bar Association of Lehigh County, including Donatelli and Price.  “It was an honor to move members of my local bar association for admission to the Supreme Court,” said Forsell. “And to have Bob and Rebecca included in those members made it even more meaningful for me.”

    The Annual Bench Bar Conference is a 3-day event for BALC judges, attorneys, and others. The weekend included a cocktail reception, CLE seminars, group activities, and a formal Sunday brunch. For more information, please click here.

    Donatelli has over 40 years of experience in estate administration, wills and trusts, and real estate law. He helps clients with all aspects of estate planning – will preparation, tax issues, guardianships, powers of attorney, living wills, living trusts, and special needs trusts; and estate administration – the process of probate, valuing and managing the estate, and executing decisions on guardianships and conservatorship. In real estate law, he advises clients on residential and commercial sales transactions, real estate contracts, mortgages, re-finances, foreclosures, eminent domain, title insurance, and title disputes. Donatelli is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. He is a former solicitor of the Register of Wills of Lehigh County; currently serves as Chair of the City of Allentown, Board of Ethics; is active in the Bar Association of Lehigh County, where he served as President in 1985; and is a member of the Barristers Inn of Court, where he served as President. Donatelli received his J.D. from University of Kansas School of Law in 1963 and his A.B. from Muhlenberg College in 1960.

    As a commercial litigator, Price represents clients in the eastern counties of Pennsylvania, the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey. She is involved in complex commercial business litigation, landlord/tenant matters, and contract disputes. In her general litigation practice, Price represents numerous insurance companies’ insureds in a wide spectrum of civil matters, and has also represented clients in personal injury matters. She represents local and out-of-state banks in bankruptcy, complex foreclosures, receiverships, and asset recovery matters, including negotiating deed in lieu transfers and confession of judgment for ejectment and money proceedings. She has also defended clients in actions to open or strike judgments entered by confession. She received her J.D. from William and Mary School of Law in 2007 and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio State University in 2004.

    Forsell focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration, and municipal law. She represents clients in all aspects of estate planning, including the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, with careful analysis to minimize the tax liabilities resulting from such planning. Former Solicitor to the Borough of East Greenville, she is experienced in drafting and implementing resolutions and ordinances, complying with the Right to Know law, and dealing with zoning and land use issues and tax appeals. Forsell serves as a Montgomery County Arbitrator, and teaches law courses at Cedar Crest College. She is a board member of the Gulack Foundation, the Upper Perkiomen YMCA, the Villanova Law Inn of Court, and the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce. She is secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee of Frederick Living, a Mennonite Health Services not-for-profit continuing care retirement community. Forsell received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2003, her M.A. from Temple University in 2006, and her B.A. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1999.

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Estate Planning & Administration, Litigation, Michelle M. Forsell, News, Rebecca J. Price, Robert E. Donatelli, Taxation | Tags: , , ,

  • Apr 30, 2019Mo Bauer to Speak at 2019 NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention

    Morris S. Bauer, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a panelist for “Small Business and Individual Chapter 11 Cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey” on Friday, May 17, 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., as part of the Business and Tax Law Track for the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Annual Meeting and Convention at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

    The multi-day event, May 15 – May 17, will feature speakers and presenters including members of New Jersey’s federal and state, appellate, and local courts. The NJSBA serves, protects, fosters, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members, serving as the voice of New Jersey attorneys. It fosters professionalism and pride in the profession and the NJSBA and provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law. For more information and to register, visit www.njsba.com.

    A resident of Long Valley, Bauer is a member of the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group at Norris McLaughlin. He represents debtors, creditors’ committees, financial institutions, landlords, and trade creditors in Chapter 11 proceedings of publicly and closely-held corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

    Bauer is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (Debtor/Creditor Section), the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Bauer earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, and his B.S. from Dickinson College.

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  • Apr 30, 2019Richard Somach to Speak at Bar Association of Lehigh County Breakfast Seminar

    Richard B. Somach, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “What Every Attorney, and Judge They Go Before, Should Know about Sheriff Sales, Tax Sales, Tax Foreclosures and How They Affect Lien Divestiture and Lien Priority,” on Thursday, May 2, 8– 9 a.m., at the Bar Association of Lehigh County. Somach will discuss the difference between sheriff’s sales and tax sales, and everything in between.

    Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. For more information, please click here. To register call Nancy at (610) 433-6401, extension 16, or email .

    Somach focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks. He has represented real estate owners, developers, and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters, residential subdivisions, and shopping center development. A licensed title insurance agent, Somach is president of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services. He is legal counsel to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, and also serves as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau. He frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales, and real estate tax sales. He received his B.A., with honors, in 1971 from Lehigh University, and his J.D. in 1974 from Hofstra University Law School.

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Construction Law, Municipal Law, News, Real Estate & Finance, Richard B. Somach | Tags: , , , , , , ,

  • Apr 09, 2019Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Present on Asset Protection for Physicians

    Svetlana (Lana) Ros and Bruce J. Wisotsky, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Asset Protection for Physicians: Prescriptions for Preservation of Wealth” at the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 2019 Socio-Economic Meeting, Saturday, April 6, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel and Conference Center in Iselin.

    Ros and Wisotsky discussed asset protection, creditors rights, and best practices to protect physician’s practice’s and personal assets if unforeseen creditors come looking to collect. For more information, please click here.

    Ros focuses her practice in the area of health care law, including civil and administrative litigation, professional licensure defense, hospital medical staff matters, hospital disciplinary actions, regulatory compliance, managed care and government audits, and refund demands and investigations. She also handles transactional and regulatory matters affecting health care providers. She has successfully defended physicians before medical boards, OPMC, and SBME, and in OPD investigations, as well as Medicare fraud, fraud and abuse, RAC audits, Medicare audits, OIG fraud, health care fraud, medical audits, and health plan billing audits. Ros frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New Jersey and New York about legal issues affecting health care professionals. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.S. in biotechnology and nutrition from Rutgers University.

    Wisotsky represents debtors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, trustees, landlords, and 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.  He is also on the United States Bankruptcy Court’s approved list of mediators.

    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 also served as an officer and counsel to Help Darfur Now, a non-profit corporation which raised funds to purchase food and medical supplies for refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan.  Wisotsky received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Temple University and Temple University School of Law.

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

  • Mar 06, 2019Mo Bauer to Speak at NJ CLE Panel Discussion

    Morris S. Bauer, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a panelist for “Small Business and Individual Chapter 11 Cases in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey,” on Wednesday, March 13, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., at K&L Gates in Newark.

    Hosted by the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation of New Jersey and the Essex County Bar Foundation, the panel will cover small business filing and chapter 11 cases. For more details and to register, please click here. If you have questions, please contact Wendy Deer at .

    A resident of Long Valley, Bauer is a member of the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group at Norris McLaughlin. He represents debtors, creditors’ committees, financial institutions, landlords, and trade creditors in Chapter 11 proceedings of publicly and closely-held corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

    Bauer is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (Debtor/Creditor Section), the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U. S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Bauer earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, and his B.S. from Dickinson College.

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