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  • Oct 22, 2020Raising Capital During COVID-19

    Jeanne Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Michael J. Locke, an Associate of the firm, will present the free webinar, “Raising Capital During COVID-19,” hosted by the New York State Restaurant Association.

    Raising Capital During COVID-19

    As restaurants and catering businesses continue to struggle due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to be creative in raising capital while marketing options attractive to your consumer. Jeanne will moderate the program, while Michael will discuss the following topics:

    • The right ways to use creative solutions, like the sale of gift cards and coupons or pooling menus with others, to market without running afoul of legal restriction
    • How capital can be raised by encouraging investment in your business or even the sale of assets
    • Different ways to raise capital including convertible notes, SAFEs, debt, equity, and others
    • Securities law rules related to raising capital
    • Selling assets to raise capital

    When: Thursday, November 19, 2020

    11:00 a.m. – noon

    Registration: web.nysra.org

    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 Michael Locke

    Michael’s practice focuses on providing counsel to small businesses in all phases of their corporate existence, from formation through merger and acquisition. He also works closely with clients as they grow and expand their businesses, offering advice and legal guidance in connection with customer and supplier agreements, terms and conditions of use (for both physical and digital products), inter-business relationships (including joint ventures), export regulations, securities regulations, litigation support, and more.

    Michael is especially focused on working with businesses that seek to bridge the gap between commercial success and environmental or social responsibility. He has counseled clients in forming “benefit corporations” (also known as “B-corps”) and drafting corporate governing documents for those seeking to maximize profitability and have a positive effect on their communities while simultaneously minimizing their environmental impacts. Michael also has experience assisting larger corporations to conduct cross-border transactions, including the international purchase and sale of goods as well as the international purchase and sale of assets and equity.

    Michael joined the firm after spending three years with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. As a Deputy Attorney General, he led a trial team that handled complex, white-collar criminal and regulatory matters. Michael investigated and prosecuted cases involving insurance fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and other related financial crimes. As such, he has worked closely with many of the country’s largest insurance companies and financial institutions as well as state and federal regulators. Drawing on this diverse experience, Michael offers a unique perspective to clients seeking a broad and creative approach to growing and protecting their businesses.

    Posted in: Business Law, Events, Jeanne Hamburg, Michael J. Locke, Securities | Tags: , , , ,

  • Oct 19, 2020Food Intellectual Property and Trademarks

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, will present “Food Intellectual Property and Trademarks” for the virtual Learn Before You Leap: Food Business Basics for Startup Food Entrepreneurs hosted by the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University, a unique food business incubator and accelerator through the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

    About Food Business Basics

    Food Business Basics is a unique opportunity for food entrepreneurs to learn critical aspects of entering or growing a business in the prepared food and beverage industry. It is designed to save food entrepreneurs time and money as they navigate through the complexities of the food and beverage industry from concept to commercialization.

    This annual one-day workshop is being presented as an in-person virtual class format by Webex, conducted in two-hour “Lunch ‘n’ Learn” sessions, November 16-19. Other discussion topics will include:

    • How the Food Innovation Center can help you grow your business
    • Positioning your brand in the marketplace specialty food trends
    • Building a better business plan
    • Product development and scale-up
    • Understanding packaging and label options
    • Managing food safety regulations
    • Getting retail-ready
    • Navigating distribution
    • 30-minute session to discuss your business concept with food industry veterans on the Food Innovation Center team

    When: Tuesday, November 17, 2020 

    11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

    Registration: foodinnovation.rutgers.edu

    This program costs $249.

    About Danielle DeFilippis

    Danielle focuses her practice on intellectual property, contracts, and litigation, particularly in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. Her passion for food and beverage brands began at a young age, as she watched her father service various food brands through his work for a sales and marketing company. As the products came through her household, Danielle learned about marketing and branding from a retail and manufacturing perspective. Her appetite grew, and she now enjoys working with emerging and established food and beverage companies on brand development, clearance, counseling through the various stages of growth, and when the need arises, prosecuting and defending litigation.

    Danielle is an author for the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your MaⓇk™. She has been recognized by NJBIZ in its “Manufacturing Power 50” list and named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2019 list of “New Jersey Trailblazers” for her efforts in the food and beverage industry in New Jersey and for expanding those efforts on a global scale.

    Posted in: Danielle M. DeFilippis, Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Intellectual Property | Tags: , ,

  • Oct 16, 2020I-9 Compliance Webinar: Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group; the Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), a Member of the firm; and William C. Menard, an Associate of the firm, are pleased to present the free I-9 compliance webinar, “Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit,” hosted by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    I-9 Compliance, COVID-19, and the Inevitable ICE Audit

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Latest updates to the I-9 employee immigration verification process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Recently-instituted restrictions on visas for foreign employees
    • Changes to onboarding procedures
    • How employees can properly complete I-9 employee immigration verification for both in-person and remote hiring
    • Steps that must be taken after hire to ensure ongoing compliance with federal regulations
    • The recent White House proclamation putting a freeze on visas for many foreign employees, including executives and managers, health care professionals, and worker specialty occupations
    • Some ways employers can manage these new rules and minimize disruption to their day-to-day operations
    • PLUS…just released updates from the Department of Labor revising rules for federally mandated Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19

    When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: lehighvalleypacoc.wliinc16.com

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Ray’s corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. He has served nearly every industry, including healthcare, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports. Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, business and corporate matters, and general liability litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. Rebecca has created thousands of customized legal documents for corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietors. She is also well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues and concerns ranging from employment matters to third-party disputes.

    As a former prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, and regulatory and business compliance. She has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels in multiple states.

    In addition, Rebecca has extensive experience in insurance defense, white-collar crime, election law, health care, commercial law, estate practice and administration, family law, and real estate. She handles all aspects of litigation for her clients, having appeared in court on thousands of hearings, proceedings, arbitrations, jury and non-jury trials, and appeals. Rebecca was formerly appointed Solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county Arbitration panel member and Chairperson.

    Rebecca was elected as the first female District Attorney of Montour County by a 3:1. In that role, she designed and implemented an intensive, personalized victim rights program; created the Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team for child abuse cases to minimize trauma for minor victims; and collaborated with agencies to provide services and treatment for offenders.

    About William Menard

    William practices exclusively in immigration law and deportation defense. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law. William has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Board of Immigration Appeals, and conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    William has completed and advised on a host of permanent residence visas, including green cards for family members of United States Citizens (both consular processing applications and adjustments of status within the United States), and EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5 visas for business managers, executives, other professionals, and investors (including PERM labor certifications, when needed), as well as a wide range of temporary visas, including B1/B2 visas for visitors and tourists, F visas for international students, K visas for fiancé(e)s of United States Citizens, L visas for both international corporations and their executives and managers, U visas for victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes, TN Visas for professionals from Canada and Mexico, applications for asylum, applications for cancellation of removal from the United States for both permanent and nonpermanent residents, and many more.

    William represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. He has represented clients from six continents spanning the entire globe, including Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

    Posted in: Events, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Immigration, Labor & Employment, Raymond G. Lahoud, William C. Menard | Tags: , , , ,

  • Oct 07, 2020Special Needs Trusts and Beyond: Understanding Planning for Individuals with Disabilities

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, will present the webinar, “Special Needs Trusts and Beyond: Understanding Planning for Individuals with Disabilities,” co-hosted by the Federal Bar Association and myLawCLE.

    Understanding Planning for Individuals with Disabilities

    Discussion topics will include:

    • How to identify when special needs planning is needed
    • ABLE Accounts
    • Considering trust provisions: revocability, trust protectors and advisors, distribution language
    • First-party special needs trusts
    • Planning with Retirement Accounts and Life Insurance
    • Pooled Trusts
    • SECURE Act
    • Supplemental benefits trusts vs. discretionary trusts
    • Trust administration and distributions
    • Understanding how public benefits impact special needs planning
    • Other issues to address in planning for an individual with a disability

    When: Thursday, October 22, 2020

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Registration: mylawcle.com

    This program is being offered as a live webcast and on-demand video for $95. One CLE credit is available.

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision-making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Shana has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She is active with the Long Term Living Association, several local chambers of commerce, and Jewish philanthropies.

    Posted in: Elder Care & Special Needs Law, Estate Planning & Administration, Events, Shana Siegel | Tags: , ,

  • Oct 07, 2020HR Roundtable: Independent Contractors and the Continuing Dangers of Misclassifying Workers

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, will present the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) HR Roundtable, “Independent Contractors and the Continuing Dangers of Misclassifying Workers,” as Chair of the group. Norris McLaughlin is a proud sponsor of the event.

    Independent Contractors and the Continuing Dangers of Misclassifying Workers

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Updates on New Jersey’s laws on independent contractors
    • Updates on the misclassification of employees
    • A review of the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed regulation addressing the standard for determining when a worker is an employee or an independent contractor

    When: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Registration: web.scbp.org

    Free for SCBP members; $20 for non-members.

    About Pat Collins

    Pat practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management. He is experienced in all areas of litigation in both federal and state courts, defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge and whistleblower suits, and claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the multitude of other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. In addition, Pat represents parties in breach of contract claims, and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Pat has appeared before state human rights agencies throughout the country, as well as the EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board, and various wage and hour agencies. He has represented employers in numerous labor grievance/arbitration proceedings, and in a variety of other matters relating to the unionization of employees and collective bargaining. He has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

    Much of Pat’s practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions that will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. He regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. Pat has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, as well as drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies. He has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.

    About the SCBP HR Roundtable

    The HR Roundtable provides an opportunity to discuss hot topics with an experienced employment law attorney and other experts in an informal setting that allows participants to grow as professionals and add value to their business at the same time. It is meant for human resources professionals responsible for overseeing personnel issues within their companies, seeking a local support system of peers, hoping to stay ahead of the constantly evolving, complex labor and employment laws and regulations.

    Posted in: Events, Labor & Employment, Patrick T. Collins | Tags: ,

  • Oct 07, 2020HR Roundtable: The Current State of Family Leave

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, will present the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) HR Roundtable, “The Current State of Family Leave,” as Chair of the group. Norris McLaughlin is a proud sponsor of the event.

    The Current State of Family Leave

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Updates on New Jersey’s Family Leave and Family Leave Insurance Acts
    • Update on the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act
    • Comparison of these laws
    • Update on possible paid family leave at the federal level

    The HR Roundtable provides an opportunity to discuss hot topics with an experienced employment law attorney and other experts in an informal setting that allows participants to grow as professionals and add value to their business at the same time. It is meant for human resources professionals responsible for overseeing personnel issues within their companies, seeking a local support system of peers, hoping to stay ahead of the constantly evolving, complex labor and employment laws and regulations.

    When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

    Registration: web.scbp.org

    Free for SCBP members; $20 for non-members.

    About Pat Collins

    Pat practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management. He is experienced in all areas of litigation in both federal and state courts, defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge and whistleblower suits, and claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the multitude of other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. In addition, Pat represents parties in breach of contract claims, and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Pat has appeared before state human rights agencies throughout the country, as well as the EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board, and various wage and hour agencies. He has represented employers in numerous labor grievance/arbitration proceedings, and in a variety of other matters relating to the unionization of employees and collective bargaining. He has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

    Much of Pat’s practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions that will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. He regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. Pat has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, as well as drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies. He has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.

    Posted in: Events, Labor & Employment, Patrick T. Collins | 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.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Events, Ross J. Switkes | Tags: ,

  • Oct 01, 2020How to Become a Neutral

    The Hon. Emil Giordano (Ret.), a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group, will be a panelist for the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Lunch Time Learning Program, “How to Become a Neutral.”

    How to Become a Neutral

    This program boasts a panel of mediators and arbitrators who will talk to participants about their career paths and how they became neutrals. Judge Giordano will be joined by Mary Kate Coleman, Sunu Pillai, and Selina Shultz.

    When: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    Registration for PBA Members: pabar.org

    About Judge Giordano

    Judge Giordano focuses his practice on estate and commercial litigation, and mediation and arbitration. As an arbitrator and mediator, he is certified through Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute in Advanced Mediation, is a fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, and is affiliated with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Mediation. Judge Giordano serves as an arbitrator and mediator to the Judicial Roster, Real Estate, and Pennsylvania at Large ADR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution.

    Judge Giordano served as a presiding judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, Third Judicial District, from 2004 through 2018. He was Northampton County’s first administrative Judge of the Orphans’ County Division, overseeing estates and trusts of the county, and was named to the Statewide Orphans’ Court Task Force, an organization charged with implementing changes to Orphans’ Court. He was also the first Judge in Pennsylvania to institute guardianship certification requirements for the protection of senior citizens. For fifteen years, Judge Giordano served as judge for many jury trials and non-jury trials, hearings and motions, and a wide range of disputes under Pennsylvania and Federal Law, including construction, commercial litigation, professional malpractice, CERCLA, Civil Rights, condemnations, labor and land use appeals, criminal, and domestic relations.

    Judge Giordano is Vice-Chair of the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is a Diplomate Member for mediation for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He is also a member of the Board of Governors for Saint Thomas More Society and the Northampton County Bar Association Wills and Trusts Committee Lecturer. In 2005, Judge Giordano was the first judicial recipient to receive the Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council Award for Outstanding Commitment to Victim’s Rights. He was also a recipient of the Bethlehem Catholic High School Distinguished Graduate Award.

    Posted in: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Events, Hon. Emil Giordano (Ret.), Litigation | Tags: , ,

  • Sep 25, 2020Personal Values: Advance Care Planning and Dementia

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will co-present the free webinar, “Personal Values: Advance Care Planning and Dementia,” hosted by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute as part of their Conversation of Your Life (COYL) series.

    Advance Care Planning and Dementia

    Meant for caregivers, patients, and families, Shana and Lori will be joined by Kim Polachek, Memory Care Advisor at Arden Courts Of Whippany, and Michele Smith, Hospice Liaison of Compassionate Care Hospice, to address how to provide for a loved one with Dementia. They will discuss the importance of communicating wishes before it is too late and the various options available to help document those wishes.

    When: Thursday, October 1, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: njhcqi.org

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision-making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Shana has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She is active with the Long Term Living Association, several local chambers of commerce, and Jewish philanthropies.

    About Lori Kayne

    Lori Kayne has been working as a Geriatric Social Worker in the healthcare field for over 20 years. At Norris McLaughlin, she works in collaboration with an Elder Care Attorney to develop a detailed Life Care Plan that addresses the health, safety, and care concerns of her clients as they impact their legal and financial planning. Lori and the attorney work with clients and their families for an extended period helping them navigate the health care maze and plan proactively.

    Lori has previously worked as a Geriatric Care Manager for Generations Counseling and Care Management and Senior Bridge, where she conducted geriatric assessments, developed plans of care, and provided supportive counseling to assist clients with adjustments to illness and changes in lifestyle. She also worked as a Discharge Planner in a variety of hospital and nursing home settings.

    Posted in: Elder Care & Special Needs Law, Estate Planning & Administration, Events, Lori Kayne, Shana Siegel | Tags: , , ,

  • Sep 23, 2020Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: Considering Residential Options
    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In this tenth and final session, “Considering Residential Options,” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, will address the resources available in assisting individuals with special needs to determine their residential options.

    Considering Residential Options

    When: Friday, October 2, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), she has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision-making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Shana has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.

    About the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series

    Every parent of a child with special needs worries about what will happen if (or when) they predecease their child. Throughout this series, Shana and her guests addressed legal, financial, care, and psychosocial issues, such as guardianship, public benefits, ABLE accounts, life care planning, supported decision-making, residential options, etc.

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