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  • Nov 05, 2020Norris McLaughlin Has Been Named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 11 Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2021

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in eleven practice areas for the 2021 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The firm’s full listing of First Tier Metropolitan rankings is as follows:

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

    Norris McLaughlin has also received a Tier 2 Metropolitan ranking in the following practice areas:

    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Communications Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Family Law
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Natural Resources Law

    “This listing of Norris McLaughlin is an outstanding achievement for the practice groups and dedicated attorneys who serve our clients. The rankings represent independent substantiation of the value we provide our clients, producing real results through efficient and diligent counsel,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “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. For more information, including methodology, and the full listing, see bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin is a multi-practice, commercial law firm with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though regionally based, the firm has grown its capabilities to include counseling on matters of national and international scope. Boasting a team of more than 120 attorneys practicing in over 25 legal disciplines and industry-focused groups, Norris McLaughlin is well-positioned to represent a wide range of client segments, including small business, middle-market companies, and Fortune 500 corporations, as well as the private individuals and families who own and run them.

    Once a humble two-man practice in Somerville, New Jersey, the firm has leveraged a multi-disciplinary legal practice with a deep dedication to superior client service to become the largest law firm in Somerset County and one of the Top 20 law firms based in New Jersey. To respond to the changing needs of the firm’s clients and the business community, Norris McLaughlin expanded its geographic reach by merging with like-minded firms in New York City (1999) and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania (2009). As a result of this expansion, and with the resources of international law firm networks providing additional bench strength and service capability, Norris McLaughlin now delivers a total package of legal solutions to represent clients wherever they are and whatever their legal issues may be.

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Business Law, Construction Law, Environmental, Estate Planning & Administration, Litigation, Matrimonial & Family Law, News, Products Liability Defense, Solar Energy, Telecommunications, Workers’ Compensation—Pennsylvania Office | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  • 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.

    Posted in: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Construction Law, Environmental, Estate Planning & Administration, Litigation, Matrimonial & Family Law, News, Products Liability Defense, Solar Energy | Tags: , ,

  • 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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  • May 02, 2019Catherine Curcio to Participate in “She Nailed It!”

    Catherine A. Curcio, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will participate in Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley’s “She Nailed It!” event Monday, May 6, 4 – 6 p.m. She will be on Team TSA – The Tulle Belts, comprising of members of Third Street Alliance for Women and Children, where she is Secretary of the Board of Directors and serves on the Executive Committee and the Development Committee. To learn more about the team, please click here.

    “She Nailed It!” is an all-women nail-hammering relay competition that invites women to devote a day to building strength, stability, and shelter in the Lehigh Valley. Each team member must fully hammer a nail into a 2”x6” wood panel and quickly pass the hammer to the next member. In conjunction with Habitat’s Women Build initiative, “She Nailed It!” helps raise awareness of housing inequality for women both globally and right in our local neighborhoods. For more information on the event, please click here.

    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, and in addition to her service with Third Street Alliance, Curcio is a member of the Lafayette College Alumni Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the Northampton County Bar Association.  She also serves as the Solicitor to the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission.

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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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