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  • Jul 28, 2021Medical Decision Making in 2020 and Beyond

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the free webinar, “Medical Decision Making in 2020 and Beyond,” hosted by Brighton Gardens of Mountainside, a community of Sunrise Senior Living. Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will discuss some best practices for case managers and social workers. Connie Pizarro, Certified Senior Advisor at Oasis Senior Advisors, will join as moderator, along with Maureen Cassidy, Director of Sales at Sunrise Senior Living.

    Medical Decision Making for Senior Living

    This webinar will address:

    • Principles of medical ethics
    • The impact of COVID-19 on medical decision making
    • Federal and New Jersey laws in relation to medical ethics
    • A case manager and social worker’s role in patient advocacy
    • Mechanisms for autonomy

    When: Thursday, August 19, 2021

    5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    This program is worth 2 CEU Credits for Case Managers and Social Workers.

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana 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 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. She and the attorney work with clients and their families for an extended period helping them navigate the healthcare maze and plan proactively.

    Prior to joining the firm, Lori was a Geriatric Social Worker at WanderPolo & Siegel law firm. She also 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. Prior to that, she worked as a Discharge Planner in a variety of hospital and nursing home settings.

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

  • Jul 20, 2021Advanced Mediation Training: Business Litigation

    Risa M. Chalfin, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a panelist for “Business Litigation,” a live stream session for the Middlesex County Bar Association’s “Advanced Mediation Training” program.

    Advanced Mediation Training

    Panelists will speak on the good, the bad, and the ugly of mediation, including the seriousness of the mediation process and the need to apply high ethical standards. As the second session of a two-part program, “Construction Litigation” was presented on Tuesday, July 20.

    When: Thursday, July 22, 2o21

    4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    2.4 CLE credits, including 1 credit towards ethics/professionalism, may be earned. Attending both sessions also fulfills the annual advanced mediation training requirement for civil mediators.

    • One Session
      • MCBA Members $30
      • All Others $60
    • Both Sessions
      • MCBA Members $50
      • All Others $100

    About Risa Chalfin

    Risa Chalfin is a trial attorney, focusing her practice on complex commercial litigation matters. She handles all aspects of litigation from inception through appeal before state, Chancery, and federal courts.

    Based on her depth of experience, Risa is a trusted advocate for her clients. She has extensive experience in matters arising from partnership and shareholder disputes, including breaches of fiduciary duties, real estate litigation, motor vehicle franchise disputes, restrictive covenant disputes, contractual claims, construction defects, probate litigation, and guardianships.

    Risa has extensive experience as a trial lawyer. Her approach to litigation and conflict resolution is informed by her experience and her ability to guide clients to the most efficient way to resolve disputes. Risa regularly works with clients on matters from the initial pleading stage of litigation through resolution. She has broad experience with the New Jersey Appellate Division, handling cases from briefing through argument.

    In addition, Risa often speaks for CLE seminars sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association, and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. She has been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers® and issued by Thompson Reuters, each year since 2015. A description of the selection methodology can be found at superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    Posted in: Events, Litigation, Risa M. Chalfin | Tags: ,

  • Jun 28, 2021Medical Decision Making in 2020 and Beyond

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the free webinar, “Medical Decision Making in 2020 and Beyond,” hosted by Spring Hills at Matawan. Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will discuss some best practices for case managers and social workers. Connie Pizarro, Certified Senior Advisor at Oasis Senior Advisors, will join as moderator.

    Medical Decision Making

    This webinar will address:

    • Principles of medical ethics
    • The impact of COVID-19 on medical decision making
    • Federal and New Jersey laws in relation to medical ethics
    • A case manager and social worker’s role in patient advocacy
    • Mechanisms for autonomy

    When: Thursday, July 15, 2021

    5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    This program is worth 2 CEU Credits for Case Managers and Social Workers. If you cannot attend on July 15, the program will also be held on August 19, 2021.

    About Shana Siegel

    Shana 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 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. She and the attorney work with clients and their families for an extended period helping them navigate the healthcare maze and plan proactively.

    Prior to joining the firm, Lori was a Geriatric Social Worker at WanderPolo & Siegel law firm. She also 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. Prior to that, she worked as a Discharge Planner in a variety of hospital and nursing home settings.

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

  • Jun 10, 2021U.S. Immigration Basics In the Biden/Harris Era and Beyond: “Crimigration”

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present the “Crimigration” session as part of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) annual “U.S. Immigration Basics In the Biden/Harris Era and Beyond” program, presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Immigration Law Section and Special Committee on International Law and Organizations.

    Immigration Basics In the Biden/Harris Era

    Hosted by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, this program is designed for those who want an immigration update or refresher and for those who wish to have a basic understanding of immigration practice and procedure. New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania CLE credits are available, including for ethics as well as diversity and inclusion.

    During the “Crimigration” presentation, Ray will address:

    • Different Immigration Consequences (Inadmissible v. Removable)
    • Convictions
    • Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude
    • Controlled Substance Convictions/Violations
    • Aggravated Felonies
    • Criminal Representation with Immigration Consequences

    When: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

    • Full-Day Webcast: 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    • Ray Lahoud’s Presentation: 11:20 – 11:40 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    • NJSBA Member Rate: $159
    • NJSBA Section Member Rate: $159
    • General Tuition: $199

    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 immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Ray’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has provided him extensive knowledge on issues of “crimmigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

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  • Jun 07, 2021Trust Disputes: Current Trends and Hot Issues

    James J. Costello, Jr., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Estate, Trust, and Tax Law Practice Group, and Nicholas J. Dimakos, also a Member of the firm, will present the webinar, “Trust Disputes: Current Trends and Hot Issues,” hosted by the National Business Institute (NBI).

    Current Trends and Hot Issues in Trust Disputes

    Designed for attorneys, accountants, fiduciaries, and paralegals, this webinar will address:

    • Mechanisms to support or refute the validity of a trust
    • Case laws shaping trust litigation practice
    • The most common accounting and distribution issues
    • Resolving trust problems out-of-state
    • Tax trust liability

    When: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    This program costs $229 and is worth 1.5 CPE credits for accountants. CLE credits vary by state.

    About Jim Costello

    Jim focuses his practice on estate planning and administration, litigation and disputes among beneficiaries, general federal and state tax law and controversies, and the formation, dissolution, purchase, sale, and mergers of all types of closely-held business entities. He represents individuals in all aspects of general and sophisticated estate planning, including drafting wills, lifetime and testamentary trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, prenuptial and cohabitation agreements, employing sophisticated strategies when warranted matters including family limited liability companies (“LLCs”), sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts, spousal lifetime access trusts (“SLATS”), dynasty trusts, and charitable trusts.

    Jim’s representation of fiduciaries includes all aspects of estate and trust administration, including preparation and filing of federal and state estate and income tax returns, representation in IRS and New Jersey Division of Taxation audits, litigation and disputes among beneficiaries, preparation and filing of federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns, and defending those returns on audit.

    About Nick Dimakos

    Nick focuses on trust and estate litigation, representing both beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested matters. His practice encompasses a broad range of disputes, including will contests and challenges to account beneficiary designations; accounting actions involving estates, trusts, and powers of attorney; contested administrations involving challenges to and the defense of the actions of executors and trustees; trust terminations and modifications; and guardianship actions.

    Nick regularly appears before probate courts throughout northern and central New Jersey, including Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union, and Warren Counties. He is also frequently appointed to serve as counsel to alleged incapacitated individuals, and he volunteers as a mediator for the Probate Early Settlement Programs in Somerset and Middlesex Counties. Nick’s experience helps him to advise clients in formulating a strategy tailored to their case and to maintain a comprehensive and even-keeled perspective when guiding clients through the emotionally fraught issues that often arise when the opposing parties are members of the same family.

    Both Jim and Nick write about probate litigation and guardianships on the firm’s New Jersey beneficiary rights law blog, Guardians of Your Will.

    Posted in: Estate Planning & Administration, Events, James J. Costello, Nicholas J. Dimakos | Tags: , ,

  • Jun 03, 2021Digital Content and Copyright: The Social Media Company’s Liability to the Content Provider for Copyright and Trademark Infringement

    Jeanne Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Internet Law Practice Group, will present the webinar, “Digital Content and Copyright: The Social Media Company’s Liability to the Content Provider for Copyright and Trademark Infringement,” for the Media Law International (MLI) 2021 Annual Global Conference.

    Digital Content and Copyright

    Jeanne will be joined by Robert Lands, a Partner of London-based law firm Howard Kennedy. Discussion topics will include:

    • Copyright infringement
    • Trademark rights
    • The scope of liability for social media companies in the U.S. and UK

    When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    The conference costs $700 or £495.

    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. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. 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.

    Posted in: Events, Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Jeanne Hamburg | Tags: , ,

  • May 27, 2021Commercial Contracts Through the IP Looking Glass: Key Patent and Trademark Licensing Provisions

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present “Commercial Contracts Through the IP Looking Glass: Key Patent and Trademark Licensing Provisions.” Members of the firm in the Intellectual Property Practice Group, Jeanne M. Hamburg and Joseph A. Farco, will discuss some best practices in drafting commercial contracts involving intellectual property rights and pitfalls to avoid when negotiating terms.

    Commercial Contracts

    Participants will learn about exclusive versus non-exclusive licensing provisions and how they may differ depending on whether the property being licensed is a patent or a trademark. Speakers will also discuss provisions for patent marking and the importance of monitoring the quality of products and services subject to a licensed trademark.

    Additional topics will include:

    • Indemnification
    • Non-infringement warranties
    • Addressing enforcement of rights by the trademark owner and licensee against infringements
    • Handling assets connected to trademark and patent rights, such as marketing materials
    • Access to know-how and trade secrets; and ownership of subsequently developed materials and inventions

    Please Note: This course has been approved for 1.2 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits in New Jersey, and 1.0 CLE credit in Pennsylvania. Attorneys seeking CLE credit in New York may apply by submitting a request for credit using a New Jersey CLE certificate.

    When: Wednesday, June 16, 2021

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area. She litigates copyright, trademark, and cybersquatting cases through trial and, if necessary, appeal. To this end, Jeanne has acted as national counsel in federal courts across the country to bring and defend infringement claims for clients, both foreign and domestic. Additionally, she 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. Jeanne 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 the 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.

    Jeanne is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, “More Than Your MaⓇk™.” She is a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves. Additionally, she is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on the Leadership Development Committee. She 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 Joe Farco

    Joe focuses his practice on intellectual property matters including litigation, patent, and trade secret transactions.

    As a trial patent lawyer, Joe represents patent owners, including inventors, and foreign and domestic companies in district court and the International Trade Commission. He drafts complaints, answers, 12(b) motions, discovery, and discovery motions, as well as takes and defends fact, expert, and 30(b)(6) depositions. Joe handles pre-filing due diligence for patent owners on how to best assert their patents; cease-and-desist correspondence to avoid litigation; and all aspects, including oral arguments, of Markman proceedings, summary judgement briefs, pre- and post-trial memoranda, technical and damages expert preparation and discovery, accounting and costs motions, appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and petitions for certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States. He also spearheads electronic discovery and strategies for electronically searchable information (ESI).

    Joe makes advance preparation and efficient strategy development his priorities, especially for witnesses who are not native English-speakers and where numerous experts are involved. He has prepared foreign and domestic witnesses and experts for trial.

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  • May 26, 2021Mid-Sized Law Firm Innovation Moving to Advance Diversity & Inclusion

    Melissa Anne Peña, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, will co-present the webinar, “Mid-Sized Law Firm Innovation Moving to Advance Diversity & Inclusion,” hosted by the ARK Group as a part of its 3rd Annual Mid-Sized Law Firm Summit.

    Innovation to Advance Diversity & Inclusion

    Melissa will be joined by Sana Pancholy, President of Meritas Global Legal Network, who will moderate, along with other panelists. This Summit will be held from Wednesday, June 2, 2021, to Thursday, June 3, 2021. Speakers will discuss various issues related to:

    • Promoting diversity in the workplace
    • Hiring and promotional practices
    • The dynamics of company culture, business performance, client satisfaction, and innovation

    When: Thursday, June 3, 2021

    3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    • Legal professionals and law firms: $795
    • Vendors and service providers: $1,495

    About Melissa Peña

    Melissa, a member of the firm’s Management Committee and Chair of its Diversity & Inclusion Committee, concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures. Her practice covers all aspects of litigation and insolvency matters in both state and federal courts. She frequently represents secured lenders, creditors’ committees, debtors, trustees, landlords, and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings pending in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.

    In addition, Melissa has extensive experience litigating cases involving UCC matters, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, inter-creditor agreements, lien priority disputes, equipment leases, fraudulent conveyance actions, preferences, and various creditor enforcement matters. She regularly represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Melissa’s goal is to find a practical business solution for clients. She utilizes litigation as a tool to further a client’s business objectives in a cost-effective manner.

    Melissa serves on the Board of Directors for Meritas, the largest worldwide affiliation of high-quality law firms, and as Co-Chair of its Financial Services/CRABS Section. She is also a member of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court, New York County Lawyers’ Association, and National Association of Women Lawyers.

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  • May 25, 2021The Legal Aspect of Protecting Your Brand: IP, Trademarks, Trademark Registration Process

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, will present “The Legal Aspect of Protecting Your Brand: IP, Trademarks, Trademark Registration Process” for the virtual Food Business Basics Workshop hosted by the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers University, a food business incubator and accelerator through the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

    IP, Trademarks, and the Trademark Registration Process

    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 workshop will be held from Tuesday, June 1, 2021, to Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Other discussion topics will include:

    • How the Food Innovation Center can help you grow your business
    • Tax benefits for small businesses
    • Product development and operations
    • Positioning your brand in the marketplace specialty food trends
    • Building a better business plan
    • Food safety and requirements trends

    When: Tuesday, June 1, 2021

    12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania 

    This program costs $300.

    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.

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  • May 14, 2021Drug/Alcohol Litigation: In Depth Discussion of Social Host, Dram Shop, and Cannabis Law Litigation

    Eric Alvarez, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the webinar, “Drug/Alcohol Litigation: In Depth Discussion of Social Host, Dram Shop, and Cannabis Law Litigation,” hosted by the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA).

    Dram Shops and Cannabis Law

    This webinar will discuss various issues related to:

    • Updates in the shifting landscape of cannabis law
    • Elements of liability
    • The New Jersey Dram Shop Act
    • First party claims

    When: Monday, May 24, 2021

    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    This webinar costs $25 and is worth 1.2 CLE credits.

    About Eric Alvarez

    Eric 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 understands that every litigation 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.

    A resident of Somerset County, Eric is active in the local bar association and the Somerset County Business Partnership, where he serves on its Board of Directors. He 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.

    Eric 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”). He also represents brand owners and representatives in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry in complex commercial litigation, including manufacturer/distributor disputes, consumer claims defense, and intellectual property/trade secret litigation.

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