The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. is pleased to welcome Eric Alvarez and Raymond Kim as Associates in the Litigation Group.
A resident of Somerville, Alvarez joins the firm from an international Am Law 100 firm that was named Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal in 2015. Alvarez has experience in handling and coordinating multi-jurisdictional cases through all stages of litigation. He has represented national and international companies in commercial litigation in state and federal courts on a variety of matters including, products liability, consumer fraud, bankruptcy, consumer finance, and general commercial litigation. Prior to joining the Firm, Alvarez assisted a team of trial lawyers in defending an international telecommunications company in a products liability case, and obtaining a defense verdict for the client. He assisted in all aspects of trial preparation, including drafting a motion in limine that ultimately dismissed the plaintiff’s strict liability claim.
Prior to entering private practice, Alvarez clerked for the Hon. Sebastian P. Lombardi, J.S.C. (Ret.) in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County. In addition to a normal civil docket, Judge Lombardi handled the county’s environmental docket, including some of the largest and most complex environmental cases in New Jersey.
Alvarez earned his B.A. in 2009, cum laude, from Villanova University, and his J.D. in 2013, cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was involved in Seton Hall Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic, and Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition.
A resident of Marlboro, Kim focuses his practice on consumer financial services and real estate related litigation, representing financial institutions in connection with commercial business litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters. He has defended national title insurance underwriters involving complex quiet title disputes, title irregularities, and title defects. Additionally, he counsels clients in pre-suit activities, such as workouts, internal investigations, development of internal company procedures and advice about avoidance of litigation risk.
Kim also defends lenders and servicers in cases involving claims and defenses under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), and New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (NJCFA), and interprets and analyzes mortgage agreements and promissory notes to determine lender rights.
Prior to entering private practice, he served as a dual law clerk for both the Honorable Walter Koprowski, Jr. Presiding Judge General Equity Division of the Superior Court in Essex County and the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts – Office of Foreclosure.
Kim earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, where he was a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Law Fellow and Horace Wu and Kate King Wu Fellow in Immigration Law. Additionally, he served as a U.S. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee extern. Prior to attending law school, Raymond worked in molecular biology and genetic research at a preeminent international research institution.
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