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  • Sep 18, 2019Ray Lahoud to Speak at Lehigh Valley Schools

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will speak at Moravian Academy and Muhlenberg College on Friday, September 20.

    About the Presentations

    First, Lahoud will speak on imperialism and immigration to the “Latinos in the Lehigh Valley” class at Moravian Academy, 11:00 a.m. – noon. He will discuss his experience working with the immigration process, student and work visas, and the residency/citizenship process, as well as his personal journey as a child of Lebanese immigrants. The purpose of the class is to give the students information to help dispel any erroneous stereotypes and misconceptions they may have about the immigration process and those who are part of it.

    Lahoud will then present “Borders, Nationalisms, Identities: The Ethics of Global Citizenship” program for the Muhlenberg College Center for Ethics. This panel discussion, open to the public, will take place 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in Miller Forum of Moyer Hall. Theresa Cardinal Brown from the Bipartisan Policy Institute will also participate in the discussion, to be moderated by Ross Dardani, Assistant Professor of Political Science.

    “In a time when immigration is at the forefront of the American political debate, it is important that education facilities open their campuses to discussions on today’s immigration system, not only to answer the concerns raised by students and faculty about current immigration enforcement measures but also to provide an intellectual forum to discuss today’s immigration laws and the future of America’s immigration policies,” said Lahoud.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on 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. His 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.

    Lahoud’s 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.

    Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A., English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    With more than 30 years of experience, Norris McLaughlin’s higher education attorneys have represented colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York with a broad range of legal needs. The firm also provides a full-service immigration practice whose trained professionals have extensive experience in the field of immigration law.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices located in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

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  • May 15, 2018Raymond Lahoud Interviewed by New Jersey Business Magazine

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was recently interviewed by New Jersey Business, a publication of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association.  The resulting article, “Immigration Law Issues: Strict enforcement of immigration law is impacting New Jersey employers,” discusses how New Jersey businesses are affected by current issues in immigration law, affected businesses within New Jersey, such as the importance of the I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification  Form; the H-1B Work Visa; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); Temporary Protected Status (TPS); discrimination in the workplace; and the impact on higher education.

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, has received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally.  He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40 for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review.  He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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  • Sep 08, 2016Edward Sponzilli to Speak at New Jersey State Bar Association on Title IX Related Issues

    Edward G. Sponzilli, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Higher Education Committee, will speak at “The Title IX Tidal Wave: College Disciplinary Hearings for Sexual Harassment and Assault – What Every Lawyer, Student and Parent Should Know.”  The program, presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the Higher Education Committee, will be held on Tuesday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.  It is being offered for Continuing Legal Education credit for New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  To register, or for more information, visit the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education website at www.njicle.com or call (732) 214-8500.

    NJSBA serves, protects, fosters, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members.  It serves as the voice of New Jersey attorneys to other organizations, governmental entities, and the public with regard to the law, legal profession, and legal system, and promotes access to the justice system and fairness in its administration.  The organization fosters professionalism and pride in the profession, as well as within NJSBA.  It provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law, as well as to the New Jersey public to enhance awareness of the legal profession and legal system.  The Higher Education Committee brings together attorneys who represent colleges and universities and provides a forum within which to share information and provide programs, lectures and opportunities to meet on a myriad of topics that challenge or inform the college and university community.

    A resident of Caldwell, Sponzilli is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia.  He is a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney with more than 40 years of experience in complex corporate and commercial litigation.  He has litigated cases in many different jurisdictions, including employment litigation relating to restrictive covenants, wrongful termination, CEPA, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment.  He has defended civil rights, products liability, toxic tort, and professional malpractice claims, and has handled matters involving franchise practices, intellectual property, health care, estate, real estate, construction, antitrust, commodities, civil RICO, Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumer fraud, shareholder disputes, civil rights, constitutional law, sports law, personal injury, insurance and reinsurance coverage matters, dram shop, alcohol, defamation, business tort, criminal, and education law matters.

    Sponzilli is a 2008 recipient of the Professionalism Award.  In 1999 he was awarded the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Fund for Client Protection’s “Client Protection” Award for his outstanding service on behalf of the public and the Bar of New Jersey in his role as Chancery Court-appointed Receiver in the case of Montano v. Cohen & Cohen.

    Sponzilli is a past president of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court and the Rutgers—Newark Law School Alumni Association.  He has been a Trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey for thirty years.  He has been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for nearly twenty years and, for a decade, has been one of only two non-government faculty members in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Trial Advocacy Institute.  Sponzilli is currently a master of the New York City American Inn of Court and the Lifland (federal practice) American Inn of Court.  He has served as a federal arbitrator and state court certified mediator.

    Sponzilli has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, New Jersey Super Lawyers, and Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America.  He is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee, Bench, Bar, and Media.

    Sponzilli was a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable James A. Coolahan, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (D.N.J.), from 1975-77.  During the two-year clerkship, Judge Coolahan had a temporary assignment to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and was a member of the only en banc sitting of the District of New Jersey in its history.  Sponzilli earned his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School in 1975, his M.A. from Columbia University in 1972, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Rutgers University in 1971.  He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa national academic fraternity.

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  • Jul 05, 2016Edward Sponzilli Appointed Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Higher Education Committee

    Edward G. Sponzilli, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Higher Education Committee.

    NJSBA serves, protects, fosters, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members.  It serves as the voice of New Jersey attorneys to other organizations, governmental entities, and the public with regard to the law, legal profession, and legal system, and promotes access to the justice system and fairness in its administration.  The organization fosters professionalism and pride in the profession, as well as within NJSBA.  It provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law, as well as to the New Jersey public to enhance awareness of the legal profession and legal system.

    The Higher Education Committee brings together attorneys who represent colleges and universities and provides a forum within which bar members can share information and provide programs, lectures and opportunities to meet on a myriad of topics that challenge or inform the college and university community.

    A resident of Caldwell, Sponzilli is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and the District of Columbia.  He is a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney with more than 40 years of experience in complex corporate and commercial litigation.  He has litigated cases in many different jurisdictions, including employment litigation relating to restrictive covenants, wrongful termination, CEPA, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment.  He has defended civil rights, products liability, toxic tort, and professional malpractice claims.  Additionally, Sponzilli has handled matters involving franchise practices, intellectual property, health care, estate, real estate, construction, antitrust, commodities, civil RICO, Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumer fraud, shareholder disputes, civil rights, constitutional law, sports law, personal injury, insurance and reinsurance coverage matters, dram shop, alcohol, defamation, business tort, criminal, and education law matters.

    Sponzilli is a 2008 recipient of the Professionalism Award.  In 1999 he was awarded the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Fund for Client Protection’s “Client Protection” Award for his outstanding service on behalf of the public and the Bar of New Jersey in his role as Chancery Court-appointed Receiver in the case of Montano v. Cohen & Cohen.

    Sponzilli is a past president of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court and the Rutgers—Newark Law School Alumni Association.  He has been a Trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey for thirty years.  He has been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for nearly twenty years and, for a decade, has been one of only two non-government faculty members in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Trial Advocacy Institute.  Sponzilli is currently a master of the New York City American Inn of Court and the Lifland (federal practice) American Inn of Court.  He has served as a federal arbitrator and state court certified mediator.

    Sponzilli has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and New Jersey Super Lawyers, as well as Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America.  He is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee, Bench, Bar, and Media.

    Sponzilli was a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable James A. Coolahan, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (D.N.J.) from 1975-77.  During the two-year clerkship, Judge Coolahan had a temporary assignment to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and was a member of the only en banc sitting of the District of New Jersey in its history.  Sponzilli earned his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School in 1975, his M.A. from Columbia University in 1972, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Rutgers University in 1971.  He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa national academic fraternity.

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  • Mar 15, 2013Nicholas Pellitta Wins Reversal for Rutgers before New Jersey Supreme Court

     

    March 15, 2013

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    for Rutgers before New Jersey Supreme Court 

    Bridgewater, NJ (March 15, 2013) – Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the Bridgewater law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., successfully argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of Rutgers University in D.D. v. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, A−29/30−11.  The issue was whether a lawyer’s neglect and/or a plaintiff’s alleged physical and emotional incapacitation represented “extraordinary circumstances” allowing a late notice of claim under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act (TCA), which governs lawsuits against public entities.  Pellitta argued that there was nothing extraordinary about the circumstances in the case and that allowing the exception would undermine the notice requirement under the TCA.

    The Court, agreeing with Pellitta in a reversal of the lower courts, held that “[n]either attorney inattention nor incompetence constitutes an extraordinary circumstance sufficient to excuse failure to comply with the ninety-day filing deadline under the TCA.”  The Court further held that the plaintiff’s medical proofs were “insufficient to meet the extraordinary circumstances standard,” and stated that the “the doctrine of substantial compliance [could not] serve to relieve a claimant of the TCA’s written-notice requirement.”

    According to Pellitta, the significance of the decision is the Supreme Court’s recognition that “the notice provisions of the TCA should be construed to effectuate the Legislature’s intent to limit the exception to those cases that are truly extraordinary.”

    Pelitta was assisted by Edward G. Sponzilli and Bradford W. Muller, attorneys with the firm’s Litigation and Higher Education Groups.

    A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts.  He has also represented colleges and universities for 20 years in areas such as tort claims defense, police litigation, civil rights and student discipline.  On the individual level, Pellitta assists clients in a variety of matters, both in municipal and superior courts.

    Pellitta serves as a Vice Chairman of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation Board.  He has served as Chairman of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, and was previously Legal Counsel to the Chamber.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Hunterdon Prevention Resources (HPR).  He has been honored by the Rutgers University Department of Public Safety for 20 years of service to the Rutgers Police Department as a Rutgers Assistant Prosecutor, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.  

    Pellitta earned his J.D. from New York Law School in 1985 and his B.A. from Rutgers College in 1982.

    Colleges and universities have sought the advice of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Higher Education attorneys in litigated matters in state and federal courts within New York and New Jersey, and before administrative agencies. The firm is experienced in the defense of tort claims, including sexual assault, assault, social host and dram shop, premises liability and lack of or inadequate security, products liability, libel and slander, sport injuries, and general negligence. The firm has defended cases alleging failure to regulate or control student misconduct, fraternities and sororities. It has also defended cases in state and federal courts alleging civil rights and constitutional violations.

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  • Mar 31, 2008Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Members Honored by Rutgers Department of Public Safety

    Edward G. Sponzilli and Nicholas F. Pellitta, members of the Somerville law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., were recently honored by the Rutgers University Department of Public Safety for 30 years of service to the Rutgers Police Department as the Rutgers Assistant Prosecutors, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Sponzilli and Pellitta were presented with a plaque in “grateful appreciation of the dedicated services provided to improving the safety and security of Rutgers University.”

    Sponzilli is a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney with more than 30 years experience in complex corporate and commercial litigation. In addition to New Jersey, he is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. He has litigated cases in many different jurisdictions, including employment litigation matters relating to restrictive covenant, wrongful termination, CEPA, employment discrimination and sexual harassment. He has defended products liability, toxic tort, and professional malpractice claims.

    Additionally, Sponzilli has handled matters involving franchise practices, intellectual property, health care, estate, real estate, construction, antitrust, commodities, civil RICO, Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumer fraud, shareholder disputes, civil rights, constitutional law, sports law, personal injury, insurance and reinsurance coverage matters, dram shop, alcohol, defamation, business tort, criminal and education law matters.

    Sponzilli is a past president of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court and the Rutgers—Newark Law School Alumni Association and a Trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. He has been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for 12 years and, for the past five years, has been one of only two non-government faculty members in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Trial Advocacy Institute. Sponzilli is also a state certified mediator and federal arbitrator. He is a member of the Bergen, Essex and Middlesex County Bar Associations, New Jersey and New York State Bar Associations, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, American Bar Association, as well as the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, Trial Attorneys of New Jersey (Board of Trustees), The American Association for Justice, Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the New Jersey Defense Association.

    Sponzilli was presented with the Client Protection Award from the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection in December 1999. He was honored for his outstanding service on behalf of the public and the Bar of New Jersey for his role as Chancery Court-appointed Receiver in the case of Montano v. Cohen & Cohen. He has also been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers In America.

    Sponzilli earned his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School in 1975, his M.A. from Columbia University in 1972, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Rutgers University in 1971.

    Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts. He provides a wide variety of litigation strategy and assistance in commercial matters, including contract disputes, fraud claims and insurance-related issues. Pellitta has also represented colleges and universities for 20 years in areas such as tort claim defense, police litigation, civil rights and student discipline. On the individual level, Pellitta offers assistance to clients in matters involving personal injury, criminal charges, juvenile delinquency, DWI and other similar offenses, both in municipal and superior courts.

    Pellitta has served as second vice president in the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court, an organization designed for the continuing education of newly-admitted attorneys. He has also lectured at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and on behalf of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office in the area of trial practice. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, and was previously Legal Counsel to the Chamber, aiding in contract review, lease and vendor agreements, tenant issues and general legal advice. He is also Vice President of Hunterdon Prevention Resources (HPR) and also serves as a member of the HPR Board of Trustees.

    Pellitta obtained his J.D. from New York Law School in 1985 and received his B.A. from Rutgers College in 1982.

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