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  • Nov 20, 2019Karolina Dehnhard to Receive Woman of Achievement Award

    Karolina A. Dehnhard, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its New Jersey Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, has been selected to receive a Woman of Achievement Award by Emerge New Jersey.

    About the Award

    The 2019 Annual Gala will be held 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, at the Clubhouse at the Galloping Hill Golf Course in Kenilworth. The event honors Democrats whose turn-key knowledge and experience build the bench for highly qualified women to get involved in the political process. Emerge New Jersey raises funds to support a training program focused on preparing women to run for elected office at all levels of government.

    “I am honored and humbled to have been selected for the Woman of Achievement Award, as I pride myself in being a catalyst for change. Empowering women has no boundaries and I am excited every day that I am able to help rewrite fairytales, just as I have with my own,” said Dehnhard. She is being honored for her career focus on educating and empowering women in all stages of their lives.

    To learn more, click here.

    About Karolina Dehnhard

    Dehnhard devotes her practice to matrimonial law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody, parenting time, alimony, child support, and domestic violence issues. She assists with complex financial issues, including the valuation of businesses both domestically and abroad; international custody rights; the impact of immigration status on divorcing spouses and their children; enforcement of foreign divorce decrees; and the complexities of alimony rights and post-judgment cohabitation.

    Dehnhard has appeared on various TV shows and news programs. She has published articles on family law topics in numerous print publications, including North Jersey Woman Magazine, Industry Magazine, VUENJ, and various Polish publications. She co-authored a chapter in “Understanding the Legal Issues Surrounding Same-Sex Marriage.” She is also the co-host of two radio shows, “The Law Matters” on WMTR Radio and “There’s Always a Way Out” hosted in Polish on Radio RAMPA.

    Dehnhard has been a featured presenter at numerous women in business events on topics including women protecting their assets, becoming the CEO of your home, planning for the future, and promoting financial awareness before and during a divorce. She has also taken part in U.S. delegations to Ireland, Cuba, and Spain, to develop international business relations among women in business. Dehnhard was recognized by the Trade and Investment Section of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland for her influence and leadership in integrating women-owned businesses in both Poland and the United States. In 2018, she launched the Polish-American Chamber of Commerce, North-East, covering Maine to Florida, with a focus on creating business opportunities for both American and Polish businesses. In this role, she speaks globally on international business relations between the U.S. and Poland. Dehnhard is also the Ambassador of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs Short Hills Leadership Lounge, a platform dedicated to the advancement of women globally, and has been named to the Southern New Jersey Advisory Board for Investors Bank.

    Named to the “Top Women in Law” in 2018 by the New Jersey Law Journal, Dehnhard was also recognized in 2016 as one of the “Top 25 Leading Intrapreneurs in New Jersey” and received the Boy Scouts of America “Tribute to Women Award.” She has been selected as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers® and received the 2018 Leadership Award presented by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, a charity she has supported for more than a decade.

    Dehnhard received her J.D. from New York Law School in 2009, and her B.A./M.A. in Psychology from the College of St. Elizabeth in 1999. Before entering private practice, Dehnhard clerked for the Honorable Rosemary E. Ramsay, J.S.C., in Morris County Superior Court, Family Part and Civil Part. While in law school, she interned for the Honorable Michael Ambrecht, J.S.C., in the Supreme Court, Criminal Part, Manhattan, and the Honorable Raymond T. Lyons, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey.

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  • Nov 08, 2019Karolina Dehnhard and Ray Lahoud to Speak on Global Business Interests to Women Entrepreneurs

    Karolina A. Dehnhard, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its New Jersey Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, and Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the firm, and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will speak at the Leading Women Entrepreneurs – New Jersey “FORCE for Change” Conference for Women on Thursday, November 14, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott.

    About the Presentation

    Dehnhard and Lahoud will co-present “Think Global, Connect Local” from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., discussing global business interests and challenges regarding capital, immigration, and regulations.

    “I am so excited about this event. Leading Women Entrepreneurs is such an influential group and I am thrilled to not only be an Ambassador for its Short Hills Leadership Lounge but to be able to take that role beyond county lines and influence business women internationally, which has always hit close to home for me” said Dehnhard.

    Lahoud added, “I’m honored that Karolina has asked me to be a part of this great event and I look forward to working more with this powerful group of women going forward.”

    The day will be filled with local and global influencers, including the First Lady of New Jersey, Tammy Murphy, and Keynote Speaker, Martha Stewart. For more information and to register, visit lweworld.com.

    About the Presenters

    Karolina Dehnhard

    Dehnhard devotes her practice to matrimonial law including divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody, parenting time, alimony, child support, and domestic violence issues. She assists with complex financial issues, including the valuation of businesses both domestically and abroad; international custody rights; the impact of immigration status on divorcing spouses and their children; enforcement of foreign divorce decrees; and the complexities of alimony rights and post-judgment cohabitation.

    Dehnhard has appeared on various TV shows and news programs. She has published articles on family law topics in numerous print publications, including North Jersey Woman Magazine, Industry Magazine, VUENJ, and various Polish publications. She co-authored a chapter in “Understanding the Legal Issues Surrounding Same-Sex Marriage.” She is also the co-host of two radio shows, “The Law Matters” on WMTR Radio and “There’s Always a Way Out” hosted in Polish on Radio RAMPA.

    Dehnhard has been a featured presenter at numerous women in business events on topics including women protecting their assets, becoming the CEO of your home, planning for the future, and promoting financial awareness before and during a divorce. She has also taken part in U.S. delegations to Ireland, Cuba, and Spain, to develop international business relations among women in business. Dehnhard was recognized by the Trade and Investment Section of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland for her influence and leadership in integrating women-owned businesses in both Poland and the United States. In 2018, she launched the Polish-American Chamber of Commerce, North-East, covering Maine to Florida, with a focus on creating business opportunities for both American and Polish businesses. In this role, she speaks globally on international business relations between the U.S. and Poland. Dehnhard is also the Ambassador of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs Short Hills Leadership Lounge, a platform dedicated to the advancement of women globally, and has been named to the Southern New Jersey Advisory Board for Investors Bank.

    Named to the “Top Women in Law” in 2018 by the New Jersey Law Journal, Dehnhard was also recognized in 2016 as one of the “Top 25 Leading Intrapreneurs in New Jersey.” She has been selected as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers® and received the 2018 Leadership Award presented by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, a charity she has supported for more than a decade.

    Dehnhard received her J.D. from New York Law School in 2009, and her B.A./M.A. in Psychology from the College of St. Elizabeth in 1999. Before entering private practice, Dehnhard clerked for the Honorable Rosemary E. Ramsay, J.S.C., in Morris County Superior Court, Family Part and Civil Part. While in law school, she interned for the Honorable Michael Ambrecht, J.S.C., in the Supreme Court, Criminal Part, Manhattan, and the Honorable Raymond T. Lyons, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey.

    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.

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  • Nov 01, 2019Norris McLaughlin Recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms For 10th Consecutive Year

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in 12 practice areas in the “2020 Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. This marks the 10th consecutive year the firm has earned Metropolitan First-Tier rankings in New Jersey. The firm’s full listing of First Tier rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation –- Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law

    “It’s an honor for the firm to be highly ranked in multiple, diverse practice areas. We are proud of our client relationships and it’s especially rewarding to earn this recognition based largely on their feedback,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Best Law Firms

    From the start, the mission of Best Law Firms has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. A full listing is posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin has been serving the New Jersey community and New York metropolitan area since 1953. Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, Norris McLaughlin has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey. Throughout its growth, the firm remembers its culture and values. Norris McLaughlin has remained a firm committed to client service, its community, and its employees. The firm and its attorneys have historically been committed to the communities where clients live and do business.

    Clients value a personal level of care, therefore the firm strives for deep, meaningful, people-first relationships with each one. With many of its attorneys selected as The Best Lawyers In America each year, in addition to its active repertoire of speaking engagements and legal publications, Norris McLaughlin possesses large-firm talent in a small-firm setting that allows its attorneys to provide service and value to their clients on a personal level. It is the firm’s goal to accommodate the needs of every client through the use of experience, strategic planning, and common courtesy.

    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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  • Jul 11, 2019Norris McLaughlin and Attorneys Karolina Dehnhard and Shana Siegel Nominated for Best of Essex 2019

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce its nomination in the Suburban Essex Readers’ Choice Contest, “Best of Essex 2019,” in the Professional Services: Law Firms category.  Karolina A. Dehnhard, a Member of the firm and Chair of its New Jersey Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, and Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, have also been nominated in the Professional Services: Family Law and Professional Services: Elder Law categories respectively.

    The “Best of Essex” contest has been an annual tradition for local, independently-owned businesses since 2008.  The website allows consumers to find the best local shops, services, and dining options year-round.  This year’s contest supports CASA of Essex in their mission to “Help Foster Children in Essex County Find Safe Homes.”  Every vote cast will benefit the cause.  For more information and to vote, please visit www.bestofessex.com.

    Dehnhard, based in the firm’s Short Hills office, devotes her practice to matrimonial law including divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody, parenting time, alimony, child support, and domestic violence issues.  She assists with complex financial issues, including valuation of businesses both domestically and abroad; international custody rights; the impact of immigration status on divorcing spouses and their children; enforcement of foreign divorce decrees; and the complexities of alimony rights and post-judgment cohabitation.

    Dehnhard has appeared on TV shows and news programs and published articles on family law topics in numerous print publications, including North Jersey Woman Magazine, Industry Magazine, VUENJ, and various Polish publications.  In addition, she co-authored a chapter in “Understanding the Legal Issues Surrounding Same-Sex Marriage.”  She is also the co-host of two radio shows, “The Law Matters” on WMTR Radio and “There’s Always a Way Out,” hosted in Polish, on Radio RAMPA.

    Dehnhard has been a featured presenter at numerous women in business events on topics including women protecting their assets, becoming the CEO of your home, planning for the future, and promoting financial awareness before and during a divorce.  She has also taken part in U.S. delegations to Ireland, Cuba, and Spain, to develop international business relations among women in business.  Dehnhard was recognized by the Trade and Investment Section of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland for her influence and leadership in integrating women-owned businesses in both Poland and the United States.  In 2018, Dehnhard launched the Polish-American Chamber of Commerce, North-East, covering Maine to Florida, to create business opportunities for both American and Polish businesses.  She is also the Ambassador of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs Short Hills Leadership Lounge, a platform dedicated to the advancement of women globally.

    Named to the “Top Women in Law” in 2018 by the New Jersey Law Journal, Dehnhard was also recognized in 2016 as one of the “Top 25 Leading Intrapreneurs in New Jersey.” She has been selected as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers® and received the 2018 Leadership Award presented by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, a charity she has supported for more than a decade.

    Dehnhard received her J.D. from New York Law School in 2009, and her B.A./M.A. in Psychology from the College of St. Elizabeth in 1999. Before entering private practice, Dehnhard clerked for the Honorable Rosemary E. Ramsay, J.S.C., in Morris County Superior Court, Family Part and Civil Part. While in law school, she interned for the Honorable Michael Ambrecht, J.S.C., in the Supreme Court, Criminal Part, Manhattan, and the Honorable Raymond T. Lyons, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey.

    Siegel, based in the firm’s Montclair office, concentrates her practice on 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), Shana 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.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was with WanderPolo & Siegel for over 10 years, five of which were as principal.  She has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years, recently named a 2019 Essex County Top Lawyer in Elder Law by Morris/Essex Health & Life.

    Siegel is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar Elder Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.  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, she was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP).

    Siegel earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, with honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, with honors, in 1989.

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  • Jun 25, 2019Amy Kruzel Concludes Third Year Teaching Conflict Resolution Skills

    Amy L. Kruzel, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., concluded her third year of teaching Conflict Resolution at the Easton Area Middle School.  Through the school’s Conflict Resolution Partnership Program, students are taught how to define what a conflict is; to identify different styles of conflict; to develop and recognize non-verbal communication skills; to advance their active learning skills; and to recognize how conflict and peace can coexist within our society.  Kruzel rotates teaching the six-week course with other local attorneys and Judges.  Kruzel indicates, “I fully intend to continue to participate in this program for as long as it is in existence. It affords me the unique opportunity to teach positive conflict resolution skills to adolescents in their crucial formative years.”

    Kruzel focuses her practice on all aspects of matrimonial law including divorce, custody, support, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She represents clients at trials, hearings, conciliation conferences, support conferences, De Novo hearings, and settlement conferences. Kruzel has also served as a mediator in divorce, custody and support matters.  Kruzel has presented oral argument in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District.

    Outside of work, Kruzel volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and serves on their Executive Leadership Board. Kruzel recently accepted the nomination as the Lehigh Valley Branch’s first ever All-Star Alumni candidate for the 2020 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign.  She is also a volunteer at the legal clinic at the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center; is the Treasurer of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Lehigh County; and is on the Advisory Council of the Allentown Branch of the YMCA. Kruzel earned her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002 and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, in 2005.

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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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