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  • Apr 05, 2020Business Interruptions in the Time of COVID-19 [WEBINAR]

    Margaret Raymond-Flood and Nicholas A. Duston, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “Business Interruptions in the Time of COVID-19,” hosted by the Somerset County Business Partnership, in which Eric Alvarez, an Associate of the firm, will moderate.

    COVID-19 Business Interruptions

    This webinar will discuss two important topics that many business owners are currently dealing with as a result of the current pandemic:

    1. Does insurance cover “business interruptions” due to COVID-19?
    2. What happens if a business can’t perform on its contractual obligations due to the current business climate?

    When: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Registration: scbp.org

    About Your Presenters

    Margaret Raymond-Flood

    Margaret devotes her practice to general litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial matters. She has appeared in the federal and state courts of New Jersey, as well as the federal courts of other jurisdictions. Margaret has considerable experience in the defense of environmental litigation. She also serves as panel counsel in a variety of professional liability claims, including legal, medical and environmental matters.

    Margaret has extensive litigation experience, including pretrial procedure, motion practice, and taking and defending depositions of corporate representatives, employees, and expert witnesses throughout the country. She has tried several complex matters on both the state and federal levels and she has also used state-of-the-art technology as part of her trial preparation and presentation. In addition, Margaret has participated as a speaker in seminars dealing with a variety of insurance-related topics and trial presentation.

    Margaret is Chair of the firm’s Response to Electronic Discovery and Information (“REDI”) Group, an interdisciplinary team that helps clients with the identification, preservation, collection, review, and production of massive amounts of electronically-stored information required by federal and state court rules. She authors and presents extensively on this topic as well.

    Nick Duston

    Nick focuses on complex commercial litigation in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as arbitrations with the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and other arbitration organizations. His practice is primarily focused on disputes involving business owners, their managers, and their employees. Nick has extensive experience litigating fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty and regularly handles cases with related issues such as employee theft of trade secrets, diversion of corporate opportunities, or breaches of restrictive covenants or non-compete obligations. He is adept at unwinding complex fact patterns such as those arising from complicated financial instruments, complex multi-entity business structures, or large amounts of electronically-stored information (ESI).

    In representing companies, company owners, and officers/managers, Nick’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. Nick also 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 under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 when the government seizes property without due process or in violation of other constitutionally-protected rights. He is adept at preserving lienholders’ rights and securing possession of collateral in a variety of civil contexts

    Eric Alvarez

    Eric Alvarez concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court. He represents businesses of all shapes and sizes—from closely-held partnerships to international corporations—in a wide range of litigation matters, including general commercial litigation, consumer fraud, product liability, and franchise disputes.

    Eric came to Norris McLaughlin to better serve the companies and individuals in his local community. A resident of Somerset County, he is active in the local bar association and the Somerset County Business Partnership. Eric maximizes his previous “Big Law” experience and better serve his clients’ needs with the firm’s depth and breadth of experience, nimble market position, and focus on assisting businesses and individuals in the local community prosper.

    Posted in: Business Law, Eric Alvarez, Events, Insurance Coverage, Margaret Raymond-Flood, Nicholas A. Duston | Tags: , , , , ,

  • Jan 21, 2020CannaRiskCon 1.0 Mitigating Risk and Limiting Liability

    CannaRiskCon 1.0, a panel discussion forum sponsored by Norris McLaughlin, The John Morgan McLachlan Agency, and New Ventures Consulting, will include in-depth Q&A-style conversations about the inherent legal liabilities and potential business risks facing the cannabis industry.  This inaugural event will take place on January 29, 2020, at the Bridgewater Manor in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

    Featuring leading experts risk management, insurance coverage, and the ever-expanding discipline of cannabis law, growers and dispensary operators from all levels of management and ownership will receive actionable information takeaways to help protect themselves from risk and liability and ensure their companies are successful.

    Registration for this event is FREE, but is limited to the first 100 people who register!  The information and takeaways from this event will be most valuable to growers and dispensary owners already invested in the industry, as well as those interested in starting a cannabis business or introducing cannabis products to their existing business.  Ancillary service providers, vendors, distributors, and supply chain manufacturers are also encouraged to attend.  Whatever role your business plays in delivering cannabis products to this fast-growing market, this is one program you will not want to miss.

    When: January 29, 2020

    8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Where: Bridgewater Manor

    1251 US-206
    Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807

    Registration: CannaRiskCon.com

    About Our Presenters

    Eric Alvarez

    Alvarez concentrates his practice on high-stakes, complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court. He represents businesses of all shapes and sizes—from closely-held partnerships to international corporations—as well as individuals, in a wide range of litigation matters, including general commercial litigation, consumer fraud, products liability, and mass tort litigation. Alvarez handles and coordinates multi-jurisdictional cases through all stages of litigation, up to and including trial. Alvarez is also a member of the firm’s Cannabis Law Practice Group. He advises clients on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations relating to production, research, and testing of cannabis and cannabis-derived products such as cannabidiol (“CBD”).

    Andrew D. Linden

    Linden, Co-Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Practice Group, assists marijuana entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors to navigate complex statutory and regulatory schemes, including those related to permitting and licensing. These include initial applications, transfers, expansions, changes in ownership, and related disclosures, distribution, and general business operations such as sales, storage of product, and recordkeeping. He assists clients in all tiers of the distribution chain with compliance and business law issues. Linden also counsels alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in all facets of their business. These include licensing and regulatory compliance, business formation, and product labeling. He has assisted craft breweries and distilleries with applications before the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and retailers with applications before the local municipality. Linden provides guidance in connection with TTB federal permitting laws, advises clients on federal and state labeling requirements and approval processes, and helps them navigate state distribution and beer franchise laws. He frequently writes for Norris McLaughlin’s liquor law blog, Legal Liquor, and cannabis law blog, Legally Grown.

    Stephanie S. Spangler

    Spangler, Co-Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Practice Group and a member of the Food, Beverage & Hospitality Group, focuses her practice on trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution and enforcement.  She appears in state and federal courts and before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in opposition and cancellation proceedings.  She counsels clients in industries including startups, technology, food and beverage, cannabis, and arts and entertainment.  She is a co-author for the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Ma®k, and the cannabis law blog, Legally Grown.

    Posted in: Andrew D. Linden, Cannabis Law, Eric Alvarez, Events, Stephanie S. Spangler | Tags: , , ,

  • Nov 14, 2019Cannabis + Vaping
    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to have Eric Alvarez, an Associate of the firm, be a featured speaker at Revel’s upcoming event “Cannabis + Vaping.”

    Course Description

    Vaping has been making headlines in recent months due to its link to health-related problems. Speakers will use their knowledge of the cannabis industry to discuss how these headlines affect the cannabis industry. Alvarez will specifically speak on the potential product liability implications, including manufacture and design defects

    When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    Registration & Networking 6:30 —7:15 p.m.

    Program 7:15—8:30 p.m.

    Questions & Answers 8:30—9:00 p.m.

    Post Networking Event 9:00 – 11:00 p.m.

    Where: Subculture

    45 Bleeker Street
    New York, NY 10012

    Please click here to register.

    Posted in: Cannabis Law, Eric Alvarez, Events | Tags: , ,

  • Nov 14, 2019Eric Alvarez to Speak on Legal Implications Regarding Cannabis and Vaping

    Eric Alvarez, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a featured speaker at Revel’s upcoming event “Cannabis + Vaping.”

    About the Event

    The “Cannabis + Vaping” event will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., at SubCulture in New York. Vaping has been making headlines in recent months due to its link to health-related problems. Speakers will use their knowledge of the cannabis industry to discuss how these headlines affect the cannabis industry. Alvarez will specifically speak on the potential product liability implications, including manufacture and design defects.

    “I am honored Revel has chosen me as one of the speakers for their cannabis and vaping event. It’s a hot topic right now. I am looking forward to educating the audience on the legal implications of alleged vaping-related injuries, as well as learning from such great co-presenters,” Alvarez said.

    Working to promote, inspire, and celebrate entrepreneurs within the legal cannabis industry, Revel hosts many events to showcase technologies, as well as inform and educate.

    To learn more and to register, click here.

    About Eric Alvarez

    Alvarez concentrates his practice on high-stakes, complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court. He represents businesses of all shapes and sizes—from closely-held partnerships to international corporations—as well as individuals, in a wide range of litigation matters, including general commercial litigation, consumer fraud, products liability, and mass tort litigation. Alvarez handles and coordinates multi-jurisdictional cases through all stages of litigation, up to and including trial.

    Alvarez is also a member of Norris McLaughlin’s Cannabis Law Group. He advises clients on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations relating to production, research, and testing of cannabis and cannabis-derived products such as cannabidiol (“CBD”).

    Alvarez understands that every client’s situation is unique, as are the parties involved in it. He approaches each case focused on achieving the best possible result for his client based on that client’s individual objectives and goals.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Alvarez worked at an Am Law 100 firm, where he was a team member of the New Jersey Law Journal’s 2015 Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year.

    Alvarez came to Norris McLaughlin to better serve the companies and individuals in his local community. A resident of Somerset County, Alvarez is active in the local bar association. He maximizes his “Big Law” experience and better serves his client’s needs with Norris McLaughlin’s depth and breadth of experience, nimble market position, and focus on assisting businesses and individuals in the local community prosper.

    Alvarez received his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2013 and his B.A., cum laude, from Villanova University in 2009.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    The cannabis law attorneys at Norris McLaughlin provide a full range of legal and consultation services in all areas of cannabis law for employers, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors. This diverse group of attorneys navigates the complex and ever-changing laws and regulations governing the medical and recreational use of marijuana.

    Posted in: Cannabis Law, Eric Alvarez, News | Tags: ,

  • Mar 10, 2017Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes New Litigation Associates to New Jersey Office

    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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