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  • Dec 05, 2019Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Welcomes Four New Associates to the Firm

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome four new associates to the firm. Allison J. Arotsky joins the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, Sarah M. Bouskila joins the Litigation Practice Group, Stephanie A. DeVos joins the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group, and Milan Jakubcak joins the Business Law Practice Group.

    “We are excited to have these four new hard-working, passionate, and dedicated Associates join Norris McLaughlin. In addition to expanding our attorney-base, we will soon be moving our New York office to Times Square. It’s a very exciting time for Norris McLaughlin right now and we look forward to what the future will bring for us,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About the Attorneys

    Allison Arotsky

    Arotsky focuses her practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and litigation matters.

    Arotsky represents debtors, creditors, equity holders, purchasers, investors, insurers, and other interested parties in all aspects of distressed situations and chapter 11 cases in a variety of sectors, including retail, manufacturing, energy, consumer discretionary, finance, and municipal.

    Arotsky also represents plaintiffs, defendants, and other interested parties in contested matters, adversary proceedings, and other insolvency-related litigation involving claims arising under federal and state law, including avoidance actions, objections to claims, and real property disputes.

    Before entering private practice, Allison was a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Nancy Hershey Lord, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York.

    Arotsky received her J.D., cum laude, with a Certificate in Business Law, from Brooklyn Law School in 2012, where she also received the Barry L. Zaretsky Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Fellowship and the Professor Philip K. Yonge Memorial Prize, denoting achievements of student excellence in commercial law or bankruptcy. She received her B.A. from Cornell University in 2009.

    Sarah Bouskila

    Bouskila focuses her practice on real estate and complex commercial litigation. Her experience includes representation of individuals and corporate clients in a variety of practice areas, such as breach of contract, business torts, fraud, bankruptcy, employment and restrictive covenant disputes, foreclosure litigation, and an array of real estate-related litigation.

    Prior to entering private practice, Bouskila served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jessica R. Mayer in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

    While in law school, Bouskila was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and served as an Articles Editor for the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal. She received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, cum laude, in 2016 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from City University of New York—Brooklyn College in 2012.

    Stephanie DeVos

    DeVos devotes her practice to environmental law, focusing on product liability, toxic and environmental torts, and general liability matters.

    DeVos drafts pleadings, motions, discovery, and briefs, and conducts legal research on procedural and substantive issues at trial and appellate levels. She also has experience in pre-trial case evaluations, including detailed settlement analysis and recommendations, negotiates settlements, and regularly appears at court for conferences and oral argument of motions.

    DeVos has been the lead associate for multiple environmental cases, tendering demands for defense and indemnity, handling all phases of litigation, and overseeing and managing indemnity counsel.

    Before entering private practice, DeVos represented large national insurance carriers in first-and third-party coverage and subrogation matters in New Jersey, New York, and federal courts. She also clerked for the Honorable William L’E. Wertheimer, J.S.C. (Ret.), Superior Court of New Jersey.

    DeVos received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2011, M.S. in Spanish from Georgetown University in 2007, and B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2006.

    Milan Jakubcak

    Jakubcak focuses his practice on all areas of taxation and business law.

    Jakubcak is experienced in preparing tax structure papers and identifying US tax consequences of domestic and cross-border transactions, including the impact of the US tax reform on clients structures and contemplated transactions. He advises private equity and corporate clients on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including entity mergers and acquisitions, tax-free corporate reorganizations, Section 351 transactions, and business joint ventures.

    Prior to joining the firm, Jakubcak was Manager in Mergers and Acquisitions Tax practice at KPMG LLP where he focused on providing tax due diligence and structuring advice to his clients.

    Jakubcak received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2014, while he interned with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and the Honorable Michael A. Shipp, U.S.D.J., for the District of New Jersey. He received his LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2019 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 2009.

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  • Nov 05, 2019Bill Beneduce to Speak on Environmental Issues for Business or Real Property Sales

    William J. Beneduce, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be co-presenting “The Basics of Surplus Property Disposition (Get Ready to Sell that Asset)” on the first panel discussion of the day at  9:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 6, for the 14th Annual Mid-Atlantic Buildings & Facilities Management Trade Show & Conference. Marc Hudock, LSRP, of GZA GeoEnvironmental and Andrew Warren of Atlantic Real Estate Services will also be panelists.

    About the Presentation

    The conference for developers, educational facilities, governmental facilities, and property management services, to be held 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the NJ Convention Center in Edison, will cover topics such as energy efficiency, facility maintenance, building comfort, sustainability, carbon emissions, and income stream without risk or capital investment.

    “Environmental law is an ever-changing topic, and it is important for those who are thinking about selling their business or real property to hear. There are many environmental issues that one can run into and, unless one has an experienced environmental attorney by one’s side through the process, the sale can get very messy,” said Beneduce, who will focus his presentation on such potential environmental issues. For more information and to register, visit the MABFM website.

    About Bill Beneduce

    A resident of Randolph, Beneduce focuses his practice on all facets of environmental law, including transactional, compliance, regulation, and litigation, and has handled complex environmental matters for clients in New Jersey, New York, and abroad. He is experienced in navigating his clients through state and federal environmental regulatory schemes, including water and air pollution, urban redevelopment, CERCLA, RCRA, OSHA, New Jersey’s Spill Act, Site Remediation Reform Act, ISRA, and many others. Beneduce also counsels clients on environmental due diligence, Brownfields redevelopment, and cost recovery actions in New Jersey and New York.

    Beneduce’s clients include real estate developers, manufacturers and industrial companies, and lenders. He advises them on environmental laws that address remediation obligations and liabilities, underground storage tanks, hazardous waste and materials, insurance coverage, and permitting. His objective is to facilitate his clients’ compliance with these laws, to resolve their land issues and achieve their intended goals. A significant portion of his practice is dedicated to aiding clients in site remediation, allowing clients to complete pending real estate transactions.

    Beneduce is a member of the Justice Stewart G. Pollock Environmental American Inn of Court and the New Jersey State Bar Association and its Environmental Law Section. A highly-regarded author and speaker on current environmental law, he has been selected for inclusion in the Environmental Law section of New Jersey Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star” three times, most recently in 2018.

    Beneduce earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 2003 and his B.A. from the University of Delaware in 2000.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Businesses throughout the nation, and particularly in New Jersey, are subject to a web of federal, state, and local environmental and safety legislation and regulation that is continuously expanding in scope and complexity. The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys who have been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in New Jersey, provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area.

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  • Nov 01, 2019Norris McLaughlin Recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms For 10th Consecutive Year

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in 12 practice areas in the “2020 Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. This marks the 10th consecutive year the firm has earned Metropolitan First-Tier rankings in New Jersey. The firm’s full listing of First Tier rankings is as follows:

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

    “It’s an honor for the firm to be highly ranked in multiple, diverse practice areas. We are proud of our client relationships and it’s especially rewarding to earn this recognition based largely on their feedback,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About 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. A full listing is posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin has been serving the New Jersey community and New York metropolitan area since 1953. Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, Norris McLaughlin has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey. Throughout its growth, the firm remembers its culture and values. Norris McLaughlin has remained a firm committed to client service, its community, and its employees. The firm and its attorneys have historically been committed to the communities where clients live and do business.

    Clients value a personal level of care, therefore the firm strives for deep, meaningful, people-first relationships with each one. With many of its attorneys selected as The Best Lawyers In America each year, in addition to its active repertoire of speaking engagements and legal publications, Norris McLaughlin possesses large-firm talent in a small-firm setting that allows its attorneys to provide service and value to their clients on a personal level. It is the firm’s goal to accommodate the needs of every client through the use of experience, strategic planning, and common courtesy.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices located in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA.  For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

    Posted in: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Construction Law, Environmental, Estate Planning & Administration, Litigation, Matrimonial & Family Law, News, Products Liability Defense, Solar Energy | Tags: , ,

  • Oct 28, 2019Jeff Casaletto to Co-Present Remedial Action Permit Applications and Response Action Outcomes Course

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Remedial Action Permit Applications and Response Action Outcomes: Preparations 10 Years Since the Enactment of SRRA” with Philip I. Brilliant, CHMM, LSRP, Owner and Principal of Brilliant Environmental Services, LLC.

    About the Presentation

    Presented by the Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC, the half-day course will be held 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., Friday, November 1, at Montclair State University.

    “I am looking forward to presenting this important course with Philip Brilliant. The course will cover the issues, administrative, and technical deficiencies, and addressing these with those responsible for remediation and NJDEP,” said Casaletto.

    The course, designed for LSRPs, environmental professionals, engineers, attorneys, financial institutions, and local regulators, will cover many topics including, soil and groundwater permits issued by NJDEP, the problems raised during the permitting process, and the obligations of all parties involved. Casaletto and Brilliant will work through the permitting process, using case studies and real-life scenarios, while discussing common errors and corrections. There will also be a discussion on remediation funding sources and financial assurance. 3.5 LSRP CECs have been requested. For more information and to register, please click here.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    A resident of Raritan Township, Casaletto concentrates his practice on environmental law. He represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Casaletto assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, solid waste utilities, regulatory compliance, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery. He also has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, and cost recovery for removal and remedial actions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Casaletto was Assistant Regional Counsel and the 2002 Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Fellowship Attorney at the U.S. EPA Region III, where he focused on Superfund matters. Before that, he was a judiciary law clerk for the Honorable Vincent LeBlon and the Honorable Dennis V. Nieves in Middlesex County, New Jersey. While attending law school, he was a legal intern at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and at the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    Casaletto served as an elected councilman for the Borough of Stockton. During his term, he was appointed by Mayor Stephen Giocondo to the Stockton Planning Board as Council Liaison and to several committees for the community of Stockton, including finance, personnel, and water and sewer.

    Casaletto earned his J.D. from The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, formerly known as Pace Law School, cum laude, and his M. Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Businesses throughout the nation, and particularly in New Jersey, are subject to a web of federal, state, and local environmental and safety legislation and regulation that is constantly expanding in scope and complexity. The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys who have been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in New Jersey, provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area.

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  • Oct 21, 2019Jeff Casaletto to Co-Present Course for the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Due Diligence in New Jersey” with Chemmie Sokolic of Matrix New World and Benjamin Alter of GZA GeoEnvironmental. Co-sponsored by the firm and the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA), the full-day course will be held 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, at 101 Carnegie Center in Princeton.

    About the Presentation

    “I am pleased to once again have the opportunity to present this course alongside my co-presenters, Chemmie Sokolic and Ben Alter. This course will give attendees greater depth of knowledge on when and how environmental due diligence should be performed when acquiring real property,” said Casaletto.

    Environmental risks and liabilities are common in real estate transactions, and participants will learn how environmental due diligence can identify and mitigate them. The course covers the details of performing a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and Preliminary Assessment. Using numerous case studies for illustration, the course will offer due diligence insights, due diligence-related legal nuances commonly encountered during real estate transactions, and a look at the role and legal liability of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals. This course is eligible for 3.5 Regulatory and 3.5 Technical Credits for LSRPs, as well as 8.2 NJ CLE Credits for attorneys. For more information and to register, click here or visit the LSRPA website.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    A resident of Raritan Township, Casaletto concentrates his practice on environmental law. He represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Casaletto assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, solid waste utilities, regulatory compliance, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery. He also has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, and cost recovery for removal and remedial actions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Casaletto was Assistant Regional Counsel and the 2002 Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Fellowship Attorney at the U.S. EPA Region III, where he focused on Superfund matters. Before that, he was a judiciary law clerk for the Honorable Vincent LeBlon and the Honorable Dennis V. Nieves in Middlesex County, New Jersey. While attending law school, he was a legal intern at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and at the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    Casaletto served as an elected councilman for the Borough of Stockton. During his term, he was appointed by Mayor Stephen Giocondo to the Stockton Planning Board as Council Liaison and to several committees for the community of Stockton, including finance, personnel, and water and sewer.

    Casaletto earned his J.D. from The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, formerly known as Pace Law School, cum laude, and his M. Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Businesses throughout the nation, and particularly in New Jersey, are subject to a web of federal, state, and local environmental and safety legislation and regulation that is constantly expanding in scope and complexity. The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys who have been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in New Jersey, provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area.

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  • Oct 15, 2019LSRPA Due Diligence in New Jersey

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to have Jeffrey M. Casaletto, Member of the firm, instruct “Due Diligence in New Jersey” hosted by NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professional Association (LSRPA).

    Course Description:

    Throughout this full-day class, you will learn about the environmental risks and liabilities that can potentially be associated with real estate transactions; how environmental due diligence can limit and offer protections against those risks and liabilities; and some of the many laws, regulations, standards, and guidance documents from where these due diligence activities are derived.

    You will understand who may need to conduct environmental due diligence, and when it should be performed. You will also learn about the two primary types of environmental assessments in New Jersey — the ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I) and the Preliminary Assessment (PA) — the protections they offer, what they include, and what they don’t.

    Due diligence assessment insights will be shared throughout the course, and the role and legal liability of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals will be discussed. The class will also present certain due diligence-related legal nuances that are commonly encountered during real estate transactions.

    Numerous case studies will be used throughout the course for illustration purposes.

    8.2 NJ CLE Credits pending.

    When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

    Registration: 8:30 a.m.
    Program: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    (includes one 45-minute break and two 10-minute breaks)
    Networking Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

    Where: Carnegie Center – The Einstein Room (lower level, near cafeteria)

    101 Carnegie Center
    Princetown, NJ 08540

    For more information and to register, please click here.

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  • Oct 15, 2019Remedial Action Permit Applications and Response Action Outcomes: Preparations 10 Years Since the Enactment of SRRA

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to have Jeffrey M. Casaletto, Member of the firm, instruct “Remedial Action Permit Applications and Response Action Outcomes: Preparations 10 Years Since the Enactment of SRRA” hosted by Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC. This course is designed for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals, environmental professionals, engineers, attorneys, financial institutions, and local regulators; such as mayors, health inspectors, and building officials. The goal of the course is to provide insight in handling policies and procedures as it relates to the issuance of Remedial Action Permits and Response Action Outcomes.

    Course Description

    Following the enactment of the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) created a Remedial Action Permit (RAP) application, forms, and process. The program covers Soil and Groundwater Permits used by the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) in the Site Remediation Program, to assure protection of the onsite remedy and prior to the issuance of the Response Action Outcome (RAO).

    This course will address those soil and groundwater permits issued by NJDEP, the issues raised during the permitting process by NJDEP, LSRP, and clients, as well as obligations of all parties. Presenters will work through the permitting process, utilizing case studies and real-life scenarios, while discussing common errors and corrections. A discussion of remediation funding sources and financial assurance will also be included.

    An additional presentation and discussion of the Response Action Outcome (RAO) document will occur, from the proper preparation based upon the issuance of Unrestrictive or Restrictive and Area of Concern or Entire Site. In addition, a review of the inserts and notices will be discussed, and the proper use when it comes to on-site versus off-site remediation requirements. A legal aspect of an LSRPs obligation and responsibilities will be discussed, including how an LSRP amends an RAO and the interaction between NJDEP, client and counsel following the issuance of an RAO.

    • NJ LSRP CEC’s – 3.5 Regulatory
    • NJ Continuing Legal Education: 4.2 CLEs
    • NJ Professional Engineers: 3.5 CPCs
    • ATTENTION HEALTH OFFICERS AND REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS: Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 3.5 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs)

    When: Friday, November 1, 2019

    1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

    Where: Center for Environmental & Life Sciences (CELS) Building at Montclair State University

    1 Normal Avenue
    Montclair, NJ 07043

    For more information or to register, please click here.

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  • Aug 19, 2019John Lushis a Presenter at CDFA Summer School

    John F. Lushis, Jr., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Setting the Stage: The Basics of TIF” and “TIF Financing Variation” on August 15 and “Understanding TIF Bond Financing” on August 16 at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Summer School at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.

    “Setting the Stage: The Basics of TIF” focused on a general understanding of what TIF is and why communities use it to achieve economic development objectives. “TIF Financing Variation” covered alternatives to the issuance of bonds in a TIF project, including the use of low-interest loans and a public-private partnership component to reduce project construction costs. “Understanding TIF Bond Financing” covered the components of a bond issuance including the creation of Neighborhood Improvement Districts to levy special tax assessments to secure bonds. The presentations were part of a week-long series of courses sponsored by the CDFA Training Institute August 12-16. For more information, please click here.

    Lushis focuses his practice on real estate, commercial transaction law, and environmental law. He provides counsel on an extensive diversity of transactions including leases, acquisitions and divestitures, tax-exempt and conventional financings, brownfields redevelopment, and an array of commercial agreements. Lushis has worked on multi-million-dollar loans and major tax-exempt financings for businesses and non-profits including Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and St. Luke’s Hospital.  He also has been involved in tax increment financing projects including Hamilton Crossings Retail Complex and West Hills Business Center. Lushis is solicitor for Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority and has been solicitor to Northampton County New Jobs Corp, Northampton County General Purpose Authority, and Lehigh Valley Economic Investment Corp.

    In late 2015, Lushis became involved in “P3” projects (public-private partnerships) and is a lead architect of a first-of-its-kind P3 project in Pennsylvania. This project, which includes a novel financing structure, will allow Northampton County to replace or rehabilitate numerous bridges at substantial cost and time savings compared to traditional methods. The project has become a model for other P3 projects and has received statewide and national attention. As an outgrowth of the project, Lushis assisted in drafting legislation signed by Governor Wolfe in October 2017 to allow counties having a certain population, such as Northampton County, to construct a new jail using a P3 transaction structure.

    Lushis is also registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and his knowledge of intellectual property is a valuable resource for clients who have projects and transactions in the area. He received his B.S.M.E., cum laude, from University of Notre Dame in 1977, and his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in 1980.

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