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  • Jun 05, 2020Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate

    Richard B. Somach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., along with the firm’s Associates Matthew B. Andersen, David C. Berger, and Alyssa M. Hicks, will present the livestream webinar, “Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate,” for Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, a trade association that represents nearly 3,000 real estate professionals.

    About the Impact on Real Estate

    Discussion topics will include:

    • What landlords must consider when renting a property to a tenant with a liquor license
    • The implications of leasing a property to a manufacturer of medical marijuana
    • The eviction process and the restrictions on property use
    • The legal vs. illegal uses of marijuana
    • The rights and responsibilities of landlords, tenants, and property buyers
    • The difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal
    • The responsibilities and liability of having an animal on their premises

    When: Monday, August 17, 2020

    1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

    Where: Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy

    10 S. Commerce Way, Bethlehem, PA 18017

    Registration: glvreacademy.com

    • Members: $45.00
    • Non-Members: $65.00

    About Your Attorneys

    Rich Somach

    Rich focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks. He has represented real estate owners, developers, and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters,  subdivisions, and shopping center development.

    As a licensed title insurance agent, Rich is the founder of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services, creatively serving client needs. He currently serves as legal counsel to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®.

    As a former Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, Rich advised the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau, and frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, including sheriff’s sales, real estate tax sales, and lien priority issues for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He has also presented numerous lectures at the annual Real Estate Institute program.

    Matt Andersen

    Matt concentrates his practice on business law and liquor law.

    In his liquor law practice, Matt works with all tiers of the alcohol industry, advising manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers. He assists breweries, distilleries, wineries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurants, and hotels on obtaining and transferring liquor licenses, obtaining state and federal manufacturing permits and licensing, complying with federal/state liquor regulations and laws, providing transactional counseling, and defending citations and protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Matt has presented at numerous events held by the Brewers of Pennsylvania trade organization on subjects such as U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliance for alcohol manufacturers, legal updates affecting the industry members, and general compliance. Additionally, he has presented to a local and national audience on Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Federal laws affecting brewery and distillery businesses. Matt is a frequent contributor to the Norris McLaughlin Liquor Law Blog, Legal Liquor, and has been quoted by various newspapers and publications on liquor-related matters.

    As a business lawyer, Matt is involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, drafting of agreements between partners, corporate restructurings, lending, and shareholder disputes. He has the experience to assist his business and liquor clients in matters that impact real estate, such as property acquisition, leasing, and zoning and land use issues. Matt’s liquor law and business law practices often coincide in the legal counseling of start-up businesses entering the alcohol industry. He frequently advises clients from the idea stage to the operational stage of their alcohol business and is well versed in discussing the issues that come up in between.

    David Berger

    David concentrates his practice on business, real estate, and liquor law. He actively counsels clients on general business topics including organization and formation, corporate governance, lease negotiations, restructurings, and finance.

    A licensed title agent, David works closely with lenders, real estate developers, and homebuilding companies. He handles both residential and commercial real estate development including acquisitions, land use and zoning matters, title review, and other due diligence requirements.

    In his liquor law practice, David handles sale and purchase of liquor licenses and provides transactional counseling, including defending licenses who have received citations from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

    Alyssa Hicks

    Alyssa devotes her practice to business law and general civil litigation.

    Alyssa actively assists clients with commercial transactions, including financing and loan documentation; asset purchases and sales; entity selection, formation, and organization; and general contract drafting and review. She also counsels businesses in all aspects of employment law including discrimination, contracts, policies, and handbook reviews. Alyssa represents companies in employment-related litigation and handles administration matters before the EEOC and PHRC.

    In her litigation practice, Alyssa handles all aspects of litigation from pre-trial counseling, discovery, and drafting pleadings and motions to representation at depositions and judicial conferences.

    Posted in: Alyssa M. Hicks, Cannabis Law, David C. Berger, Events, Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, Matthew B. Andersen, Real Estate & Finance, Richard B. Somach | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Jun 05, 2020Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate

    Richard B. Somach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., along with the firm’s Associates Matthew B. Andersen, David C. Berger, and Alyssa M. Hicks, will present the livestream webinar, “Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate,” for Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, a trade association that represents nearly 3,000 real estate professionals.

    About the Impact on Real Estate

    Discussion topics will include:

    • What landlords must consider when renting a property to a tenant with a liquor license
    • The implications of leasing a property to a manufacturer of medical marijuana
    • The eviction process and the restrictions on property use
    • The legal vs. illegal uses of marijuana
    • The rights and responsibilities of landlords, tenants, and property buyers
    • The difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal
    • The responsibilities and liability of having an animal on their premises

    When: Monday, June 15, 2020

    • 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

    Registration: glvreacademy.com

    • Members: $45.00
    • Non-Members: $65.00

    About Your Attorneys

    Rich Somach

    Rich focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks. He has represented real estate owners, developers, and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters,  subdivisions, and shopping center development.

    As a licensed title insurance agent, Rich is the founder of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services, creatively serving client needs. He currently serves as legal counsel to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®.

    As a former Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, Rich advised the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau, and frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, including sheriff’s sales, real estate tax sales, and lien priority issues for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He has also presented numerous lectures at the annual Real Estate Institute program.

    Matt Andersen

    Matt concentrates his practice on business law and liquor law.

    In his liquor law practice, Matt works with all tiers of the alcohol industry, advising manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers. He assists breweries, distilleries, wineries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurants, and hotels on obtaining and transferring liquor licenses, obtaining state and federal manufacturing permits and licensing, complying with federal/state liquor regulations and laws, providing transactional counseling, and defending citations and protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Matt has presented at numerous events held by the Brewers of Pennsylvania trade organization on subjects such as U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliance for alcohol manufacturers, legal updates affecting the industry members, and general compliance. Additionally, he has presented to a local and national audience on Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Federal laws affecting brewery and distillery businesses. Matt is a frequent contributor to the Norris McLaughlin Liquor Law Blog, Legal Liquor, and has been quoted by various newspapers and publications on liquor-related matters.

    As a business lawyer, Matt is involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, drafting of agreements between partners, corporate restructurings, lending, and shareholder disputes. He has the experience to assist his business and liquor clients in matters that impact real estate, such as property acquisition, leasing, and zoning and land use issues. Matt’s liquor law and business law practices often coincide in the legal counseling of start-up businesses entering the alcohol industry. He frequently advises clients from the idea stage to the operational stage of their alcohol business and is well versed in discussing the issues that come up in between.

    David Berger

    David concentrates his practice on business, real estate, and liquor law. He actively counsels clients on general business topics including organization and formation, corporate governance, lease negotiations, restructurings, and finance.

    A licensed title agent, David works closely with lenders, real estate developers, and homebuilding companies. He handles both residential and commercial real estate development including acquisitions, land use and zoning matters, title review, and other due diligence requirements.

    In his liquor law practice, David handles sale and purchase of liquor licenses and provides transactional counseling, including defending licenses who have received citations from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

    Alyssa Hicks

    Alyssa devotes her practice to business law and general civil litigation.

    Alyssa actively assists clients with commercial transactions, including financing and loan documentation; asset purchases and sales; entity selection, formation, and organization; and general contract drafting and review. She also counsels businesses in all aspects of employment law including discrimination, contracts, policies, and handbook reviews. Alyssa represents companies in employment-related litigation and handles administration matters before the EEOC and PHRC.

    In her litigation practice, Alyssa handles all aspects of litigation from pre-trial counseling, discovery, and drafting pleadings and motions to representation at depositions and judicial conferences.

    Posted in: Alyssa M. Hicks, Cannabis Law, David C. Berger, Events, Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, Matthew B. Andersen, Real Estate & Finance, Richard B. Somach | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Jun 05, 2020Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: When and How to Use an ABLE Account

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In the third session, “When and How to Use an ABLE Account,” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, will be joined once again by Elizabeth McKenna, ChSNC™, CFP®, of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

    When and How to Use an ABLE Account

    When: Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    About the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series

    Throughout this series, Shana and her guests will address legal, financial, care, and psychosocial issues, such as guardianship, public benefits, ABLE accounts, life care planning, supported decision-making, residential options, etc.

    To save the dates for future segments, please click here.

    About Elizabeth McKenna

    Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been in practice as a financial advisor since 2000. In 2008, she earned my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. Elizabeth also holds the Chartered Special Needs Consultant® designation. As a Portfolio Manager, she can help clients pursue their objectives by managing on a discretionary basis my own Personalized or Defined Strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill model portfolios, and third-party investment strategies.

    Through wealth management and education, Elizabeth strives to work with clients and their families to overcome life’s financial challenges and help them develop a financial design that will offer them an opportunity to sleep better at night. She takes a collaborative approach to develop a personalized plan that addresses the client’s unique financial goals. While she has the capability to address the needs of any investor, Elizabeth has a particular emphasis on serving the families and individuals with special needs and eldercare who have unique financial challenges. She also offers guidance on investment portfolios, liquidity issues, risk tolerance, concentrated stock and restricted stock management, retirement transition, and wealth transfer strategies.

    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.

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

  • May 26, 2020The Financial Impact of COVID-19: Bankruptcy 101

    Svetlana (Lana) Ros and Bruce J. Wisotsky, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “The Financial Impact of COVID-19: Bankruptcy 101,” for the New Jersey Medical Group Management Association and eight other state Medical Group Management Associations.

    About the COVID-19 Bankruptcy Webinar

    Discussion topics will include:

    • How the CARES Act has raised the debt ceiling for small businesses
    • Different chapters of bankruptcy
    • Sub-Chapter V rules in the Small Business Reorganization Act
    • Which chapter of bankruptcy may be appropriate for medical practices experiencing financial hardships caused by COVID-19
    • What factors must be considered when determining whether to file for bankruptcy

    When: Friday, May 29, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: njmgma.net

    About Lana Ros

    Lana focuses her practice on health care law, specifically in the area of civil and administrative litigation, with a concentration in professional licensure and general defense before government agencies providing oversight to the practice of medicine and dentistry. She also handles transactional and regulatory matters affecting health care providers. Lana routinely represents healthcare professionals before federal agencies, including Medicare, Office of Civil Rights, and Office of the Inspector General, and state agencies such as Department of Banking and Insurance, Attorney General’s Office, and Department of Health. She often writes and lectures throughout New Jersey and New York on legal issues affecting healthcare professionals, such as over-prescribing of medications, inappropriate conduct of practitioners, general licensure, healthcare-related cybersecurity issues, fraud and abuse, medical records, HIPAA, and employment law.

    About Bruce Wisotsky

    Bruce represents debtors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, trustees, landlords, secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy proceedings. He has litigated a wide variety of bankruptcy and commercial issues during his career inclusive of contract and lien validity disputes, actions to recover preferential transfers, fraudulent conveyance claims, and non-dischargeability of debt actions. Bruce has also lectured on various bankruptcy issues before the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Turnaround Management Association, and the Essex County Bar Association. He has addressed topics including prosecution and defense of preference actions; treatment of tax claims in bankruptcy proceedings; and retention bonus issues.

    Posted in: Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Bruce J. Wisotsky, Events, Health Care & Life Sciences, Svetlana (Lana) Ros | Tags: , , ,

  • May 26, 2020Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: Integrating Financial & Legal Planning for Families with a Child with a Disability

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In this second session, “Integrating Financial & Legal Planning for Families with a Child with a Disability,” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, will be joined by Elizabeth McKenna, CFP and Chartered Special Needs Consultant.

    Integrating Financial & Legal Planning

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Designing the right Special Needs Trust
    • Protecting your child with special needs through your estate plan
    • Outlining changes under the SECURE ACT and its impact on your estate plan
    • Determining how much money you will need for your child’s future
    • Integrating your life insurance and beneficiary designations with your legal documents
    • Weighing potential funding sources
    • Breaking down child support issues

    When: Monday, June 1, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    To save the dates for future segments, please click here.

    About Your Speakers

    Elizabeth McKenna, ChSNC™, CFP®

    Elizabeth of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been in practice as a financial advisor since 2000. In 2008, she earned my CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification. Elizabeth also holds the Chartered Special Needs Consultant® designation. As a Portfolio Manager, she can help clients pursue their objectives by managing on a discretionary basis my own Personalized or Defined Strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill model portfolios, and third-party investment strategies.

    Through wealth management and education, Elizabeth strives to work with clients and their families to overcome life’s financial challenges and help them develop a financial design that will offer them an opportunity to sleep better at night. She takes a collaborative approach to develop a personalized plan that addresses the client’s unique financial goals. While she has the capability to address the needs of any investor, Elizabeth has a particular emphasis on serving the families and individuals with special needs and eldercare who have unique financial challenges. She also offers guidance on investment portfolios, liquidity issues, risk tolerance, concentrated stock and restricted stock management, retirement transition, and wealth transfer strategies.

    Shana Siegel, Esq., CELA, CAP

    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

    Throughout this series, Shana and her guests will address legal, financial, care, and psychosocial issues, such as guardianship, public benefits, ABLE accounts, life care planning, supported decision-making, residential options, etc.

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

  • May 15, 20202020 U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond – “Crimmigration”

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present the “Crimmigration” session as part of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s annual “U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond” program, which will be presented as a live webcast this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    About “Crimmigration”

    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.

    When: Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    • Full-Day Wecast 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    • Ray Lahoud’s “Crimmigration” 1:40 – 2:00 p.m.

    Registration: njsba.com

    • NJSBA Member Rate: $170
    • NJSBA Section Member Rate: $160
    • General Tuition: $210

    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 made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

    Posted in: Events, Immigration, Raymond G. Lahoud | Tags: ,

  • May 13, 2020Medicaid Planning

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, will co-present the National Business Institute audio webinar, “Medicaid Planning.”

    About Medicaid Planning

    This webinar, designed for accountants, attorneys, financial planners, geriatric care managers, investment advisors, nursing home administrators, and paralegals, offers the most current and effective Medicaid planning best practices when dealing with increasing health and long-term care costs aging clients experience when seeking assisted care.

    Shana will present “Excluded vs. Countable Assets,” 9:30 – 10:45 a.m., regarding annuities, asset valuations, bank accounts, bonds, Community Spouse Resource Allowance, Earned Income Tax Credit, estate planning, government payment programs, household goods, income-producing property, insurance, loans, mutual fund shares, stocks, trusts, and vehicles. She will then present “Qualifying Asset Transfers: Which Techniques Work,” 12:30 – 1:45 p.m, which covers debt repayments and expense prepayments, exempt assets, gifts, IRAs and retirement accounts, life estate purchases, promissory notes and annuities, Reverse Half-Loaf Income Technique, reverse mortgages, spouse protection, and timing of transfers.

    Other discussion topics will include:

    • “Is Medicaid Right for Your Client?”
    • “Income Eligibility”
    • “Application Process, Appeals, and Post-Eligibility Issues”
    • “Liens, Estate Recovery, and Hardship Waivers”
    • “Legal Ethics”

    When: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Registration: nbi-sems.com

    The first registration costs $349 and each additional registration is $339. You may purchase the live audio webinar, on-demand audio, audio download, or audio CD.

    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.

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

  • May 11, 2020How to Represent Your Client in a Virtual Mediation

    The Hon. Emil Giordano (Ret.), a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Litigation Law Practice Group, will co-present the webinar, “How to Represent Your Client in a Virtual Mediation,” as part of the Northampton County Bar Association (NCBA) Lunch Lectures.

    About the Virtual Mediation Webinar

    Mediation has become a critical part of every litigator’s dispute resolution toolbelt. Are your skills and knowledge up to date? Judge Giordano, as well as other local attorneys, will explain why effective advocacy in mediation requires much more than a persuasive legal argument. It requires an understanding of the objectives of mediation, familiarity with the mediation process, and well-honed negotiation skills. Designed for civil litigators who may have limited or no experience in virtual mediation, this program will cover the following:

    • The decision whether and when to mediate
    • Mediating on Zoom Platform
    • Selecting a mediator (e.g., mediator style; background)
    • Preparing a mediation memo
    • Approaching pre-mediation calls with the mediator
    • Opportunities and pitfalls of the “joint session”
    • Deploying negotiation skills at the bargaining table
    • Working productively with the mediator
    • Ethical dilemmas in mediation
    • How to “follow-up” when the parties are unable to reach a settlement

    When: Thursday, May 21, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: norcobar.org

    • NCBA Members admitted before November 1, 2014: $25.00
    • All BALC Members: $25.00
    • NCBA Members Admitted after November 1, 2014: $25.00
    • All other attendees: $40.00

    This course is pending approval for one hour of CLE by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

    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.

    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. He served as a presiding judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, Third Judicial District, from 2004 through 2018. Judge Giordano 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.

    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, a member of the Board of Governors for Saint Thomas More Society, and a member of 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.) | Tags: , ,

  • May 08, 2020Back to Work: COVID-19 Employment Law Issues

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present “Back to Work: COVID-19 Employment Law Issues,” a webinar hosted by the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) to address critical employment issues affecting the workforce as businesses prepare to reopen during this COVID-19 pandemic.

    About COVID-19 Employment Issues

    Please join Norris McLaughlin Members Charles A. Bruder, Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Law Practice Group; Patrick T. Collins, Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group; Annmarie Simeone; and the Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.) as they cover the following employment law issues developed from the COVID-19 pandemic:

    • CARES Act
    • EEOC Concerns
    • FFCRA
    • Furloughs, Layoffs, and RIFS
    • OSHA Guidelines on Preparing Workplaces
    • PPP Loans
    • Salary Reductions/Unemployment
    • Tax Credits and Assistance Available for Employers
    • Updates on State Leave Laws
    • WARN Act
    • Other Employment Issues on Reopening

    When: Thursday, May 21, 2020

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Registration: scbp.org

    This webinar is free to SCBP members and $20 for non-members. If you wish to join the SCBP, please click here to learn more.

    We strongly encourage you to submit questions in advance of the town hall to be sure we address your specific needs. Please submit your questions by 1:00 p.m. ET, Wednesday, May 20, 2020, via email to marketing@norris-law.com with “SCBP TOWN HALL QUESTION” in the subject line.

    About the Presenting Attorneys

    Charles Bruder

    Charles focuses his practice in the areas of ERISA, executive compensation, and taxation. Possessing a wealth of experience in all aspects of employee benefits arrangements, he frequently provides counsel to both for-profit and not-for-profit entities regarding numerous employee benefit and retirement benefit arrangements. Charles is regularly involved with issues involving defined contribution and defined benefit pension plans, Code Section 403(b) plans, multiemployer pension plans, ESOPs, and other equity-based and incentive compensation arrangements.

    As many of his clients maintain both tax-qualified and non-qualified arrangements, Charles is often called upon to provide compliance and drafting guidance for deferred compensation arrangements, Code Section 457(b) and 457(f) plans, and similar executive compensation vehicles. Recognizing that education is a key to maintaining successful employee benefit plans, he regularly advises his clients with respect to their group health insurance arrangements, including the ever-changing aspects of compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Charles’s compliance expertise extends to ERISA fiduciary issues, prohibited transaction and controlled group analyses, and government-sponsored correction programs, such as the Employee Plan Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS), the Delinquent Filer Voluntary Correction Program (DFVCP), and the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP).

    Pat Collins

    Pat practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management personnel. He has a wide range of experience 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.

    A great deal of Pat’s practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions, which will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. He regularly counsels his clients on issues 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, and has 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.

    Annmarie Simeone

    Annmarie concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation. She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims, as well as claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability. Her work includes the defense of corporate defendants, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, as well as challenges faced by larger companies.

    In addition, Annmarie provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel with respect to a wide range of employment issues, including employee leaves of absence, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements. She also drafts employee manuals and employment-related policies and procedures. Annmarie has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees. She has presented programs on handling workplace investigations; on acceptable workplace behavior which includes issues of harassment, bullying, and other workplace conduct rules; and on how to properly craft and implement employee handbooks. She also has significant experience in complex commercial litigation, focusing on business disputes such as shareholder actions, commission disputes, and breach of contract matters.

    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 planning and administration, family law, and real estate.

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  • May 07, 2020Business Preparedness for Workforce Return

    Michelle M. Forsell and the Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “Business Preparedness for Workforce Return,” hosted by the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    Being Prepared for Workforce Return in Pennsylvania

    With Pennsylvania Governor Wolf reclassifying of certain counties to “yellow” status as of Friday, May 8, many businesses are unsure of the legal and practical requirements to prepare their physical location, workforce, customers, and clients for the return to work. Michelle and Rebecca will discuss how business owners can best plan for the resumption of business operations, as well as address employee retention and compensation, unemployment issues, and available coronavirus relief loan programs.

    When: Thursday, May 14, 2020

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: upvchamber.org/events

    About Your Presenting Attorneys

    Michelle Forsell

    Michelle focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration, and municipal law. She represents clients in all aspects of estate planning, including the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, and careful analysis to minimize the tax liabilities resulting from such planning.

    Former Solicitor to the Borough of East Greenville, Michelle is experienced in drafting and implementing resolutions and ordinances, complying with the Right to Know law, and dealing with zoning and land use issues and tax appeals. She serves as a Montgomery County Arbitrator, and teaches a number of law courses at Cedar Crest College. Michelle is also accredited by the Veteran’s Administration (VA) and provides advice to veterans, helps with the preparation of VA paperwork, and represents veterans before the VA.

    Michelle is a board member of The Gulack Foundation, the Upper Perkiomen YMCA, and the Project Live Upper Perk. She is 2nd Vice-Chair for the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce and is secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee of Frederick Living, a Mennonite Health Services not-for-profit continuing care retirement community.

    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 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 margin, serving from 2012 to 2016. 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.

    Posted in: Business Law, Events, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Labor & Employment, Michelle M. Forsell | Tags: , , , ,

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