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  • Aug 15, 2018Two Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named 2019 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year” in Woodbridge Area

    Two lawyers from the law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., were recently selected by Best Lawyers as 2019 “Lawyers of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.

    Best Lawyers designates a select group of individuals as “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile specialties in large legal communities.  Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each Metropolitan Area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in the surveys by earning high levels of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

    The firm’s 2019 Best Lawyers “Lawyers of the Year” include Gary N. Marks for Bankruptcy – Litigation and Kenneth D. Meskin for Trusts and Estates.

    Marks devotes his practice to bankruptcy law. He has substantial experience in corporate and individual reorganizations and liquidations under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and state insolvency laws.  Marks has experience guiding financially distressed companies through the reorganization process by identifying the sources of financial problems, recommending solutions, planning reorganization strategy, interfacing with management on a day-to-day basis and negotiating confirmable plans of reorganization with disparate creditor interests.  He also has extensive experience representing Chapter 11 operating trustees and creditors’ committees in significant cases, and is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of bankruptcy-related issues.

    Marks earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1977 and his B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Rutgers College in 1974.  He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Turnaround Management Association, and is a Master of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court. Marks has been listed in the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy sections of Best Lawyers since 2005.

    Meskin has over forty years of experience in sophisticated trust and estate planning, the administration of trusts and estates, probate litigation, and closely-held business planning. He uses sophisticated and creative tax and estate planning techniques to ensure that assets pass to the intended beneficiaries at as little cost as possible to the client. In order to minimize state and federal tax burdens and transfer wealth, Meskin has structured gift-giving programs, insurance planning, established charitable trusts and foundations, devised installment sale transactions, grantor trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, zeroed-out GRATs, and private annuity transactions, planned for the succession of family businesses to younger generations, and has drafted wills, revocable and irrevocable trust agreements, powers of attorney, and living wills.

    Meskin has worked on a wide variety of matters, including estate and trust litigation, post-mortem tax planning, the preparation of estate, gift, generation skipping, income and inheritance tax returns, federal estate tax audits, state inheritance proceedings, the representation of clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Tax Court, and guardianship issues and proceedings.

    Meskin earned his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a frequent lecturer on tax and estate planning topics and has been listed in the Trusts and Estates section of Best Lawyers since 2006.

    Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries.

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  • Sep 28, 2017Gary Marks & Bruce Wisotsky Present to NJ Association of Public Accountants

    Gary N. Marks and Bruce J. Wisotsky, Members of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “How the Accountant Can Assist Counsel in a Chapter 11 Reorganization Case” to the Essex-Hudson-Union Chapter of the NJ Association of Public Accountants on Tuesday, October 3.  This seminar, part of the Association’s Fall Series of Seminars, has been approved for two CPE & CE credits.

    The presentation will cover the initial interview with the debtor; voluntary Chapter 11 petition; employment and compensation of professionals; debtor-in-possession; conversion or dismissal;  appointment of a Chapter 11 trustee; responsibilities of DIP/trustee; small business Chapter 11 cases; use, sale, or lease of property of the estate; and financing the DIP business operations – cash collateral and use of credit.  Also discussed will be Section 341 meetings, creditors committee, executory contracts, exclusivity period to file plan, negotiating the plan – liquidation or reorganization, the structure of the plan and disclosure statement, confirmation of the plan, and post confirmation issues.

    Marks, a resident of Sparta, devotes his practice to bankruptcy law and has substantial experience in corporate and individual reorganizations and liquidations under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and state insolvency laws.  He guides financially distressed companies through the reorganization process by identifying the sources of financial problems, recommending solutions, planning reorganization strategy, interfacing with management on a day-to-day basis and negotiating confirmable plans of reorganization with disparate creditor interests.  He also represents Chapter 11 operating trustees and creditors’ committees in significant cases.  He is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of bankruptcy-related issues.

    Marks is included in the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law section of the current issue of The Best Lawyers In America.

    Marks is admitted to the New Jersey Bar, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Turnaround Management Association, as well as a Master of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court.  He earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1977 and his B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Rutgers College in 1974.

    A resident of Roseland, Wisotsky 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, including contract and lien validity disputes, actions to recover preferential transfers, fraudulent conveyance claims, and non-dischargeability of debt actions.

    Wisotsky has lectured on bankruptcy issues before the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Turnaround Management Association, and Essex County Bar Association.  Addressing topics including prosecution and defense of preference actions, treatment of tax claims in bankruptcy proceedings, and retention bonus issues.  He is also on the United States Bankruptcy Court’s approved list of mediators.

    Wisotsky is a member of the New Jersey Regional Advisory Board of the Anti-Defamation League, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association.  He also served as an officer and counsel to Help Darfur Now, a non-profit corporation that raised funds to purchase food and medical supplies for refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan.  He received his B.A. from Temple University and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law.

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  • Aug 15, 2017Four Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Best Lawyers 2018 “Lawyers of the Year”

    Five lawyers from the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., were recently selected by Best Lawyers© as 2018 “Lawyers of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.

    Best Lawyers designates a select group of individuals as “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile specialties in large legal communities.  Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each Metropolitan Area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in the surveys by earning high levels of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

    The firm’s 2018 Best Lawyers “Lawyers of the Year” include:

    First published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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  • Aug 25, 2015Six Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Attorneys Named Best Lawyers 2016 “Lawyers of the Year”

    Six lawyers from the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., were recently selected by Best Lawyers as 2016 “Lawyers of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.

    Best Lawyers designates a select group of individuals as “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile specialties in large legal communities.  Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each Metropolitan Area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in the surveys by earning high levels of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

    “This selection by Best Lawyers is not only recognition of our attorneys’ expertise and experience, but a positive reflection of the reputation they maintain among their peers,” said Alison L. Galer, Managing Partner of Norris McLaughlin, P.A..

    The firm’s 2016 “Lawyers of the Year” include:

    First published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. Over 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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    Clockwise from top left: Michael J. Stanton, William A. Dreier, Martha N. Donovan, Bruce J. Wisotsky, Gary N. Marks, Jeralyn L. Lawrence

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