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  • Aug 08, 2019Lana Ros Named NJSBA Health Law Section Secretary

    Svetlana (Lana) Ros, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Health Law Section. As Secretary, she is responsible for assisting the leadership team to handle correspondence and manage the section’s yearly schedule of events.

    The NJSBA Health Law Section keeps members informed of frequent changes in laws and regulations affecting the provision of health care services through publications, programs, and conferences, such as the annual Health Law Symposium to be held this year on Friday, October 4, in Iselin.

    “I am excited to begin my term as Secretary, as I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the NJSBA Health Law Section, and look forward to working with my colleagues to further our mission and put on informative events and seminars relating to health care law,” said Ros.

    Ros 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 healthcare providers. Ros 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.

    Ros 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.

    Ros earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2007 and her B.S. in biotechnology and nutrition from Rutgers University in 2003.

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  • May 22, 2019S. Graham Simmons III Named Honorary Chair of the 31st Annual Children’s Home of Easton’s Golf Tournament

    S. Graham Simmons III, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Administrative Partner of the firm’s Pennsylvania office, was named honorary chair of the 31st Annual Children’s Home of Easton’s Golf Tournament, which took place on Monday, May 20 at the Northampton Country Club. Simmons has been a supporter and contributor to The Children’s Home of Easton since 2007.

    The Children’s Home of Easton is a nonprofit organization that provides long term care for children in need, as well as, assistance to their families. They provide a continuum of services, including group care and other family-like programs in a safe, compassionate atmosphere.  The professional staff guides, supports, and encourages the children to believe in their own self-worth and reach their full potential. For more information on The Children’s Home of Easton, please visit thechildrenshome.org.

    A business and real estate lawyer, Simmons serves both public and private sector clients on all types of M&A transactions, commercial and syndicated credit facilities, economic development projects, real estate transactions, leases, and corporate work.  He has represented clients across a diverse spectrum of industries, and is deeply experienced in the banking and financial services, health care, real estate development, economic development, and automobile dealership industries.  Simmons has been proud to represent buyers and sellers of businesses throughout Pennsylvania and beyond, as well as developers and lenders who have invested in the Lehigh Valley’s cities through incentives such as the Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) and the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone (CRIZ). He also serves as Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority.

    Simmons has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing fewer than 10 years, and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania.  He has been honored by Lehigh Valley Business as one of their annual Forty Under 40, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business. He is an active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, and is a member of the Board of the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, the Greater Valley YMCA, and of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, where he is the immediate past Chairman.

    Simmons earned his J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, Business Law, Economic Development Law, Health Care & Life Sciences, Municipal Law, News, Real Estate & Finance, S. Graham Simmons, III | Tags: , ,

  • May 08, 2019Three Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

    Graham Simmons, III, Saleem M. Mawji, and Julie M. Macomb, Attorneys of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Pennsylvania Rising Stars®. Only two-and-a-half percent of Pennsylvania attorneys are given this honor, which recognizes lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years. No more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

    Pennsylvania Rising Stars®,a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, is published in Super Lawyers Magazine and Philadelphia magazine. The rigorous selection process combines peer nominations and evaluations with third-party validation of professional accomplishments. Super Lawyers Magazine, which features the entire list of Super Lawyers and profiles of selected attorneys, is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    A resident of the Lehigh Valley and the firm’s Pennsylvania Administrative Partner, Simmons practices primarily in the areas of business law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and land use, banking and financial services, and health care law.  He was recognized as a Rising Star in 2008, and every year since 2013. He was honored in 2013 as one of the Lehigh Valley Business’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business.  Simmons is the Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority. He is an active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, and is a member of the Board of the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, the Greater Valley YMCA, and of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, where he is the immediate past Chairman. Simmons earned his J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    A Lehigh Valley native and Salisbury High School alumni, Co-Chair of Litigation Group, Mawji devotes his practice primarily to complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contract enforcement, government investigations.  He has represented businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. He represents clients at all stages of the legal process, from depositions and judicial conferences to trial, using his extensive litigation experience to advise companies on how to avoid unnecessary litigation, and frequently negotiates settlements. Mawji’s understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to assist clients with managing electronic documents and producing them during discovery. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Saleem is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network, Muhlenberg College, and of the Board of Community Bike Works, and is a Member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce.  He is a past board member of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and of the Steering Committee of the Philadelphia Young Lawyer’s Division of the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee. He has been recognized as a Rising Star since 2015. Mawji earned his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Woolsack National Honor Society, Penn State Law Review Comments Editor, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, Pi Sigma Alpha, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

    A resident of Allentown, Macomb devotes her practice to business law, health care law and real estate law.  She is actively involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, corporate restructurings, and shareholder disputes.  In her health care practice, Macomb works with hospitals and their affiliated corporations, physician groups, clinical laboratories, medical staffs, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities.  Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues; leasing; leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients; and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties.  Macomb is President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW), on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance and the Board of Directors of Community Music School, and the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2017, Macomb was honored by Lehigh Valley Business as a Woman to Watch, an award for someone age 30 or under who is stepping up to help shape tomorrow’s Lehigh Valley. Recently she was honored as one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley names to Lehigh Valley Business 2019 Forty Under 40. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Maryland and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.

    Posted in: Business Law, Health Care & Life Sciences, Julie M. Macomb, Mergers & Acquisitions, News, Real Estate & Finance, S. Graham Simmons, III, Saleem Mawji | Tags: , , , , ,

  • May 08, 2019S. Graham Simmons III Named Pennsylvania’s Administrative Partner

    S. Graham Simmons III, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected Administrative Partner of the firm’s Allentown, Pennsylvania office. He also serves Co-Chair the Business Law Group.

    As the administrative partner, Simmons will oversee the daily functions of the Pennsylvania office and work directly with the firm’s management committee.

    A business and real estate lawyer, Simmons serves both public and private sector clients on all types of M&A transactions, commercial and syndicated credit facilities, economic development projects, real estate transactions, leases, and corporate work.  He has represented clients across a diverse spectrum of industries, and is deeply experienced in the banking and financial services, health care, real estate development, economic development, and automobile dealership industries.  Simmons has been proud to represent buyers and sellers of businesses throughout Pennsylvania and beyond, as well as developers and lenders who have invested in the Lehigh Valley’s cities through incentives such as the Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) and the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone (CRIZ). He also serves as Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority.

    Simmons has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing fewer than 10 years, and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania.  He has been honored by Lehigh Valley Business as one of their annual Forty Under 40, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business. He is an active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, and is a member of the Board of the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, the Greater Valley YMCA, and of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, where he is the immediate past Chairman.

    Simmons earned his J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, Business Law, Economic Development Law, Health Care & Life Sciences, News, Real Estate & Finance, S. Graham Simmons, III | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • May 06, 2019David Vozza to Present at Onondaga County Medical Society’s Ask the Carriers Conference

    David N. Vozza, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “How to Deal with Difficult Patients” at the Ask the Carriers Conference on Thursday, May 9, 2:35 – 3:05 p.m., at the Syracuse Holiday Inn in Liverpool, New York. The all-day event, hosted by the Onondaga County Medical Society, gives physicians and their staff an opportunity to ask questions of local insurance carrier representatives and to learn about their new policies or programs. Many local vendors and organizations of interest to physicians and their staff will be onsite as well.

    Norris McLaughlin is proud to sponsor the event, as General Counsel to the Society, whose members include physicians and medical students in Onondaga County. To learn more about the conference and to register, please visit www.oncms.org.

    Vozza defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts. He also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. Vozza frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation. He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

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  • Apr 25, 2019F. Peter Lehr to Speak at Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia’s Resident Education Day

    F. Peter Lehr, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  will present “Pitfalls of Professional Courtesy” on Friday, April 26, at Resident Education Day, sponsored by the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia. The event will be at the Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

    The presentation is open only to members of the Obstetrical Society. To learn more about the society please click here. Lehr will discuss the risks involved when physicians treating other colleagues, family members, and co-workers.

    Lehr focuses his practice on health care transactional and regulatory matters, real estate, and land use law, including zoning and subdivision applications and commercial lending.

    He has represented and counseled a variety of health care providers, including hospitals, long term care and nursing facilities, home health agencies, assisted living facilities, and more. He has assisted clients in numerous transactions and regulatory issues involving such mandates as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), the Stark law and accompanying Phase I-III regulations, the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute and attendant safe harbors, and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Act of Labor Act (“EMTALA”). He has experience in leading operational assessments of health care providers and drafting corporate compliance programs. He has counseled clients on fraud and abuse avoidance and represented them in third party payer reimbursement cases.

    Lehr has obtained favorable decisions for clients in numerous land use and zoning cases, and has served as counsel of record in municipal hearings, trial court cases, and appellate level proceedings. He has assisted municipal code enforcement officers in compliance proceedings and has drafted, interpreted, and implemented ordinances and resolutions, regulating matters from permit issuances to zoning classifications. As part of his practice, he also regularly performs contract and real estate document reviews, including commercial leases.

    Lehr prepares and reviews loan documents for financial institutions in connection with various forms of commercial credit facilities. Such experience includes negotiations with borrowers’ counsel over loan and reimbursement agreement provisions, as well as the terms and conditions contained in security, collateral pledge, and suretyship documents.

    As an active member of the community, Lehr serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including LifePath, Inc., the Weller Health Education Center, and the Forum for Ethics in the Workplace. He is a member of the Leonard Pool Society of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network.

    Lehr earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1998, and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1995.

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, F. Peter Lehr, Health Care & Life Sciences, Municipal Law, News, Real Estate & Finance | Tags: , , ,

  • Apr 23, 2019David Adelson Speaks to New Jersey Medical Societies

    David L. Adelson, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been presenting to multiple medical societies throughout New Jersey this month. He frequently lectures at numerous hospitals and before healthcare-related legal and medical organizations on health law issues including over-prescribing of medications, inappropriate conduct of practitioners, general licensure, healthcare-related cyber security issues, fraud and abuse, medical records, confidentiality of protected health information, employment contract challenges, and administrative law proceedings.

    Adelson delivered two presentations for the Union County Medical Society’s Annual Meeting, “Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment, and Accountability Act” and “Legal Implications of Prescribing CDS.” The meeting was held Friday, April 5, at The Westwood in Garwood. In his first presentation, he discussed the Out of Network Law; and in the second, the regulations limiting the prescribing of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) for acute pain and those governing the prescribing of CDS for chronic pain, problem areas in prescribing CDS, and necessary safety measures.

    On Saturday, April 13, Adelson presented “Protecting Your Medical Practice from Within” for The New Jersey Plastic Surgery Society’s Annual Meeting at the Hyatt in New Brunswick. Adelson once again presented “Legal Implications of Prescribing CDS” for the Dermatological Society Of New Jersey’s Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 14, at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township.

    Adelson has over 30 years of litigation and healthcare law experience and represents a wide array of healthcare professionals and medical practices.  His practice includes a broad range of health law litigation and administrative legal matters in New York and New Jersey with concentrations in the fields of professional discipline, hearings and appeals related to professional misconduct, private and public insurance audits, fraud and abuse, audit refund requests (private, Medicaid and Medicare), HIPAA, employment matters, and IPRO inquiries.

    Adelson has successfully defended physicians in investigations before medical boards including OPMC, SBME, and OPD, as well as in private health insurance billing audits, civil Medicare/Medicaid audit/fraud claims, physician privileges, insurance fraud and abuse, RAC audits, OIG matters and MACRA.  He has litigated numerous healthcare matters and defended sizable audits against some of the largest national healthcare insurance providers.

    Adelson is a member of the Health and Hospital Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.  Adelson earned his B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication from SUNY Albany in 1984, his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 1987, and his Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from Long Island University in 2011.

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  • Apr 09, 2019Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Present on Asset Protection for Physicians

    Svetlana (Lana) Ros and Bruce J. Wisotsky, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Asset Protection for Physicians: Prescriptions for Preservation of Wealth” at the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Surgeons 2019 Socio-Economic Meeting, Saturday, April 6, at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel and Conference Center in Iselin.

    Ros and Wisotsky discussed asset protection, creditors rights, and best practices to protect physician’s practice’s and personal assets if unforeseen creditors come looking to collect. For more information, please click here.

    Ros focuses her practice in the area of health care law, including civil and administrative litigation, professional licensure defense, hospital medical staff matters, hospital disciplinary actions, regulatory compliance, managed care and government audits, and refund demands and investigations. She also handles transactional and regulatory matters affecting health care providers. She has successfully defended physicians before medical boards, OPMC, and SBME, and in OPD investigations, as well as Medicare fraud, fraud and abuse, RAC audits, Medicare audits, OIG fraud, health care fraud, medical audits, and health plan billing audits. Ros frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New Jersey and New York about legal issues affecting health care professionals. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.S. in biotechnology and nutrition from Rutgers University.

    Wisotsky represents debtors, creditors’ committees, equity committees, trustees, landlords, and 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.

    Wisotsky 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.  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 which raised funds to purchase food and medical supplies for refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan.  Wisotsky received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Temple University and Temple University School of Law.

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

  • Apr 04, 2019Lana Ros Speaks on CDS for Camden and Burlington County Medical Societies

    Lana Ros, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Legal Implications of Prescribing CDS: What Every Physician Should Know” at a seminar hosted by the Camden County and Burlington County Medical Societies, Tuesday, April 2, at the Tavistock Country Club in Haddonfield.

    Ros discussed the regulations limiting the prescribing of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) for acute pain and those governing the prescribing of CDS for chronic pain; problem areas in prescribing CDS; and necessary safety measures. To learn about becoming a member of the society and the benefits associated with it, please click here.

    Ros focuses her practice in the area of health care law, including civil and administrative litigation, professional licensure defense, hospital medical staff matters, hospital disciplinary actions, regulatory compliance, managed care and government audits, and refund demands and investigations. She also handles transactional and regulatory matters affecting health care providers. She has successfully defended physicians before medical boards, OPMC, and SBME, and in OPD investigations, as well as Medicare fraud, fraud and abuse, RAC audits, Medicare audits, OIG fraud, health care fraud, medical audits, and health plan billing audits. Ros frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New Jersey and New York about legal issues affecting health care professionals. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.S. in biotechnology and nutrition from Rutgers University.

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  • Feb 15, 2019Julie Macomb Named in Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40

    Julie M. Macomb, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley named to Lehigh Valley Business 2019 Forty Under 40.

    An independent panel of judges reviewed the nominees and scored them based on their achievements. Macomb was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the Greater Lehigh Valley, in both her industry and the community.

    “We are proud that Julie is being honored as one of the 2019 Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40. She is a great asset to the firm and has great determination in everything she does. I look forward to her many future accomplishments,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

    Cited for their contributions to their company, industry, and community, the honorees will be recognized at the Forty Under 40 awards reception and ceremony sponsored by DeSales University’s ACCESS and Master of Business Administration programs on Thursday, April 11, at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Longswamp Township. For more information and to obtain tickets for the event, visit here.

    Macomb devotes her practice to business, healthcare, and real estate law. She is actively involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, corporate restructurings, and shareholder disputes.  In her health care practice, Macomb works with hospitals and their affiliated corporations, physician groups, clinical laboratories, medical staffs, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities.  Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues; leasing; leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients; and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties.

    Macomb is on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance and the Board of Directors of Community Music School, as well as the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2017, Macomb was honored by Lehigh Valley Business as a Woman to Watch, an award for someone age 30 or under who is stepping up to help shape tomorrow’s Lehigh Valley. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Maryland and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.

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