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  • Jun 24, 2019Lauren Sorrentino Named to Community Services for Children Board of Directors

    Lauren L. Sorrentino, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Pennsylvania Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, has been named to the Board of Directors of Community Services for Children, Inc. The Board provides guidance, oversight, and support to the organization.

    Community Services for Children aims to prepare children and their families for success with innovative, comprehensive, and leading-edge services assisting in learning and in life. Since 1965, the organization has been the local platform for several early education programs, including Early Head Start, which supports expectant mothers and children from birth to age 3; and Head Start and Pre-K Counts, two preschool options. They also lead Early Learning Resource Centers in 17 Pennsylvania counties and provide national-level professional development for teachers and trainers.

    A resident of Allentown, Sorrentino focuses her practice on matrimonial and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, prenuptial and property settlement agreements, child support, child custody, and protection from abuse. Apart from the board position with Community Services for Children, she is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section and is a Council Member of the Section. She is a former member of the Section’s Rules Committee and Programming Committee.  Sorrentino is actively involved in the Family Law Committees of the Bar Association of Lehigh County and the Northampton County Bar Association. A top Lehigh Valley lawyer, she publishes articles on a variety of family law topics and serves as a panelist at family law educational programs.

    Sorrentino earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, in 2002 and her B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University in 1998.

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  • Jun 18, 2019GETTING MARRIED? TALK TO A LAWYER

    Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Have Vast Experience in All Facets of Matrimonial Law

    Preparing to get married is an exciting time in one’s life. It can also be a challenging time. Decisions about wedding venues, entertainment, catering, and guests can test everyone’s stress levels. Adding discussions about budgeting, children, household division of labor, and long-term financial planning may pose additional challenges, but the discussions are worthwhile. Marriage is, after all, a legal contract, and some knowledge and discussion about what the law provides can be extremely useful in helping couples plan their future.

    A lawyer can advise you with respect to the legal rights and obligations that attach to spouses at the time of marriage. He or she can also talk to you about options for contracts, such as pre-marital agreements, that allow couples to re-define various aspects of the marriage contract in a way that can protect certain assets of a party, or even just define the financial landscape for a couple who does not feel that existing estate or divorce laws suit their individual needs. Attorneys at Norris McLaughlin, P.A. have experience in all aspects of matrimonial and family law, and can help clients consider options at the time of marriage and beyond. With the firm’s wide breadth of experience in virtually all areas of law, the matrimonial and family law attorneys are able to work collaboratively with business, tax, and estate planning attorneys to develop strategies and solutions for every situation.

    A common misimpression is that if an asset is titled in a person’s individual name, that person’s spouse has no legal right to that property. In fact, with very few exceptions (including gifts and inheritances), the majority of assets acquired by people during their marriages are considered “marital property”, which means a court has the authority to divide those assets in a divorce. The increase in value of an asset brought by one party to a marriage is also considered a marital asset. “People should know that if they bring an existing asset to the marriage – a piece of real estate or an interest in a business or partnership – and the asset increases in value, that increase is subject to distribution in the event of a divorce,” says Lauren Sorrentino, Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Pennsylvania Matrimonial and Family Law Practice. Sorrentino also points out that defining “marital property” is one of the things she most frequently helps clients to adjust through the use of a pre-marital agreement. “A pre-marital agreement allows people the flexibility to create their own definitions of what will and will not constitute ‘marital property’. ”

    Having realistic economic expectations can also prevent unpleasant surprises if the marriage does not work. For example, many people expect that infidelity will have a dramatic negative financial consequence to the spouse who committed it. Sorrentino explains that even if a party can prove “fault,” that fact will not be considered by a court as part of property distribution. Infidelity is one of many things a court can consider with respect to alimony, but the reality is that the law is designed to prioritize the effectuation of economic justice between divorcing couples. Whether someone was a bad actor frequently has much less impact than a party would like. “In the unfortunate event that a marriage does not work out, I find that people are much better served in the long run if they can focus on moving on with their lives, as opposed to who is the most ‘wrong’ in the relationship,” says Sorrentino.

    The better educated couples are, the less pain they may experience if the marriage does not ultimately continue as planned.

    Article by Lauren Sorrentino, Esq. Published in The Morning Call’s Valley Life & Health.

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  • Nov 30, 2018Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Speak at NBI Advanced Family Law Seminar

    Lauren L. Sorrentino and Catherine A. Curcio, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be presenters at the Advanced Family Law Seminar hosted by the National Business Institute on Monday, December 10, 8:30 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. at the Best Western in the Lehigh Valley.

    Curcio will speak on ethics, covering the client/lawyer relationship, conflicts of interest, communication issues with clients and opposing parties and counsel, and other issues. Sorrentino will address domestic violence, child abuse, and associated legal and jurisdictional issues and procedures.

    Sorrentino, Chair of the firm’s Pennsylvania Family Law Practice, focuses her practice on matrimonial and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, prenuptial and property settlement agreements, child support, child custody, and protection from abuse. She has been named one of the “10 Best Attorneys” for two years in a row by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law section. Sorrentino is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section and is a former Council Member of the Section. She is a former member of the Section’s Rules Committee and Programming Committee and is actively involved in the Family Law Committees of the Bar Association of Lehigh County and the Northampton County Bar Association. She previously served on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Family Law Section and co-chaired the Section’s Domestic Violence Committee. A top Lehigh Valley Lawyer, Sorrentino has published articles on a variety of family law topics and has served as a panelist at family law educational programs. She is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Hospital. Prior to entering private practice, Sorrentino was an Independence Foundation Fellow and staff attorney at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in 1998 from Columbia University and her J.D. in 202 from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.

    Curcio focuses her practice on family law and real estate and land use. Because of her dual practice areas, she is uniquely positioned to serve clients and address client needs that transcend a single area of the law. Outside of her practice, Curcio is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Third Street Alliance for Women and Children, where she also serves on the Executive committee and the Development committee.  She is a member of the Lafayette College Alumni Association, the Young Lawyers Division of the Northampton County Bar Association and sits as the Solicitor to the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission. Curcio received her B.A., dean’s lists, in 2003 from Lafayette College and her J.D. in 2006 from New York Law School.

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  • May 13, 2016Three Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

    Graham Simmons, Lauren L. Sorrentino, and Saleem Mawji, Members of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., have been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars® 2016 Edition. 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.

    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 the 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 list and profiles of selected attorneys, is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and to ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country.  In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    A resident of Easton, 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, 2013 and 2015. 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 Assistant Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority and the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority. An active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Simmons has served as a committee member and youth leader.  He is a member of the Board of Directors and current President for the Greater Easton Development Partnership and the Board of the Greater Valley YMCA, and was formerly on the boards of the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce and Renew Lehigh Valley. Simmons earned his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    A resident of Allentown, Sorrentino is Chair of the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Pennsylvania Family Law Practice, which was voted Best of the Valley 2013. She focuses her practice primarily on matrimonial and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, spousal support, prenuptial and property settlement agreements, child support, and child custody. Since 2008, Sorrentino has been consistently recognized as a Rising Star by Philadelphia magazine. In 2014, Sorrentino was named a Top 10 Family Law Attorney under 40 in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys and received similar recognition from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Sorrentino is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and is a former Council Member of the Section and a former member of the Section’s Rules and Programming Committees. Locally, Sorrentino is a member of the Family Law Committees of the Bar Association of Lehigh County and the Northampton County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Hospital. Sorrentino earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 2002, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 1998.

    A resident of Orefield, Mawji devotes his practice primarily to complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contract enforcement, government investigations, debt collection, and representing banks alleged to have violated Pennsylvania’s Commercial Code.  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.  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 was recognized as a Rising Star in 2015. Mawji earned his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

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  • May 18, 2015Four Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

    S. Graham Simmons and Lauren L. Sorrentino, Members of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Saleem M. Mawji, and Julie M. Macomb, Associates of the firm, have been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars® 2015 Edition. 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.

    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 the 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 list and profiles of selected attorneys, is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and to ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country.  In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    A resident of Easton, 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 in Philadelphia magazine as a Rising Star in 2008 and 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 who have a well-documented track record of achievements in business.  Simmons serves as Assistant Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority and the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority. An active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Simmons has served as a committee member and youth leader.  He is a member of the Board of Directors and current President for the Greater Easton Development Partnership, the Board of the Greater Valley YMCA, and was formerly on the boards of the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce and Renew Lehigh Valley. Simmons earned his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    A resident of Allentown, Sorrentino is Chair of the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Pennsylvania Family Law Practice, which was voted Best of the Valley 2013. She focuses her practice primarily on matrimonial and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, spousal support, prenuptial and property settlement agreements, child support, and child custody. Since 2008, Sorrentino has been consistently recognized as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” by Philadelphia magazine. In 2014, Sorrentino was named a Top 10 Family Law Attorney under 40 in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys and received similar recognition from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Sorrentino is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and is a former Council Member of the Section and a former member of the Section’s Rules and Programming Committees. Locally, Sorrentino is a member of the Family Law Committees of the Bar Association of Lehigh County and the Northampton County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Hospital. Sorrentino earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 2002, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 1998.

    A resident of Orefield, Mawji devotes his practice primarily to complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contract enforcement, government investigations, debt collection, and representing banks alleged to have violated Pennsylvania’s Commercial Code.  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.  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. Mawji earned his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

    Macomb, a resident of Bethlehem, devotes her practice to business law, economic development law and real estate law. Her practice is focused in Pennsylvania, and she is also licensed to practice in New Jersey. 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 economic development practice, Macomb handles public financing, legal entity formation and planning; and works with the Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Lehigh’s Economic Advancement Project, and Northampton County New Jobs Corp. Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues, realty transfer tax issues, leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients, and acquisition, zoning and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial and retail properties. Macomb serves on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton District Main Street Program and co-chairs the Design Committee for the Program. She is a member of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW) and Chairperson of the 2015 CREW Programs Committee. Macomb earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law in 2013, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland in 2010.

     

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  • Jun 10, 2014Two Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

    Allentown, PA (June 9, 2014) – S. Graham Simmons, III, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Lauren L. Sorrentino, an Associate of the Firm, have been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars® 2014 Edition. 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.

    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 the Super Lawyers Magazine and Philadelphia magazine.  Pennsylvania Rising Stars are selected through a rigorous process combining peer nominations and evaluations with third-party validation of professional accomplishments.  Super Lawyers Magazine, which features the list and profiles of selected attorneys, is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country.  In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    A resident of Easton, 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 in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star in 2008 and 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 who have a well-documented track record of achievements in business.  Simmons serves as Assistant Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority and the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority. An active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Simmons has served as a committee member and youth leader.  He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Easton Development Partnership, the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Valley YMCA and Renew Lehigh Valley. Simmons earned his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004 and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    A resident of Allentown, Sorrentino focuses her practice on matrimonial and family law including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, prenuptial and property settlement agreements, child support and child custody.  She was recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star in the 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions. Sorrentino is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section. She is currently a Council Member of the Section, and a Member of the Programming and Rules Committees.  She previously served on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Family Law Section and co-chaired the Section’s Domestic Violence Committee.  Sorrentino has published articles on a variety of family law topics and served as a panelist at family law educational programs.  Sorrentino earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 2002 and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 1998.

     

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