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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Posted in: Business Law, Economic Development Law, Health Care & Life Sciences, Julie M. Macomb, Mergers & Acquisitions, Municipal Law, News, Real Estate & Finance | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Dec 27, 2018Michelle Forsell to Fill New Roles at Frederick Living

    Michelle M. Forsell, Of Counsel of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee of Frederick Living for 2019.

    Forsell’s new roles were announced at the November 12th board meeting of Frederick Living, a close-knit not-for-profit continuing care retirement community nestled in the countryside of Montgomery County in southeastern Pennsylvania.

    A lifelong resident of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, Forsell focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration. The former Solicitor to the Borough of East Greenville, she is the immediate past president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County, an American Bar Association Fellow, Master for the Villanova Law Inn of Court, and a Montgomery County Arbitrator. In her community, she serves on numerous boards including Frederick Living, a Mennonite Health Services not-for-profit continuing care retirement community; The Gulack Foundation; and the Upper Perkiomen YMCA. Forsell earned her B.A. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1999, her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2003, and her M.A. from Temple University in 2006. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania; the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania; the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • Dec 19, 2018Michelle Forsell Elected to Board of UPVCC for 2019

    Michelle M. Forsell, Of Counsel of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected to the board of the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce for 2019.

    “We’re delighted to have Michelle join us on the UPV Chamber Board. In addition to being a very engaged and supportive member, she brings a new skill set and unrepresented profession to the table,” said Luanne Stauffer, President of the UPVCC.

    UPVCC strives to be the most trusted strategic partner for the Upper Perkiomen Valley by providing leadership and vision to foster economic vitality and enrich the quality of life.

    A lifelong resident of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, Forsell focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration. The former Solicitor to the Borough of East Greenville, she is the immediate past president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County, an American Bar Association Fellow, Master for the Villanova Law Inn of Court, and a Montgomery County Arbitrator. In her community, she serves on numerous boards including Frederick Living, a Mennonite Health Services not-for-profit continuing care retirement community; The Gulack Foundation; and the Upper Perkiomen YMCA. Forsell earned her B.A. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1999, her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2003, and her M.A. from Temple University in 2006. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania; the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania; the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • May 17, 2018Michelle Forsell Received 2018 Adjunct Teaching Award

    Michelle M. Forsell, a member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A.., P.A., was presented with the 2018 Adjunct Teaching Award from Cedar Crest College at the May 11 Faculty Meeting. Forsell’s students and colleagues submitted nominations attesting to the high quality of her teaching and positive influence with her students. A colleague stated that Forsell is “actively involved with our students outside the classroom and makes a point to connect with students on an individual basis to review their work and address any questions they have. She is fully committed to our students and their skills development.

    Forsell teaches in Cedar Crest College’s Department of History and Language and Literature, which includes Political Science and Pre-Law. Her courses include Women’s Rights, Legal Research and Writing, and Law and Justice. “I absolutely love teaching at Cedar Crest College. It is fulfilling and rewarding to help shape future generations of women leaders, and I am fortunate to work with a fantastic group of colleagues,” she said.

    A lifelong resident of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, Forsell focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration. The former Solicitor to the Borough of East Greenville, she is the immediate past president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County, an American Bar Association Fellow, Program Chair for the Villanova Law Inn of Court, and a Montgomery County Arbitrator. In her community, she serves on numerous boards including Frederick Living, a Mennonite Health Services not-for-profit continuing care retirement community; The Gulack Foundation; and the Upper Perkiomen YMCA. Forsell earned her B.A. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1999, her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2003, and her M.A. from Temple University in 2006. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania; the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania; the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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  • Jan 11, 2018Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes Michelle M. Forsell, Esq.

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Michelle M. Forsell, formerly of Tomlinson Forsell, as Of Counsel in the firm’s Estate Planning & Administration Group.

    “As the chapter of Tomlinson Forsell comes to a close with the retirements of Allen and Barry Tomlinson, I am pleased to be joining Norris McLaughlin, P.A., where I can offer a deeper and wider bench here in East Greenville.  Our clients can expect the same faces and receive the same services to which they have grown accustomed,” said Forsell.

    A lifelong resident of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, Forsell focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration.  The former Solicitor to the Borough of East Greenville, she is the immediate past president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County, an American Bar Association Fellow, Program Chair for the Villanova Law Inn of Court, and a Montgomery County Arbitrator.  She is active in her community, serving on numerous boards including Frederick Living, a Mennonite Health Services not-for-profit continuing care retirement community; The Gulack Foundation; and the Upper Perkiomen YMCA.  Forsell also teaches law courses at Cedar Crest College in Allentown.  She will continue her practice in her current office location in East Greenville, Pennsylvania, formerly the offices of Tomlinson Forsell.

    “Michelle’s practice will complement and expand the Estate Planning & Administration practice we have in our office in Allentown and has the community focus that we value at NMM,” said Matthew R. Sorrentino, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin, P.A..

    Forsell earned her B.A. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1999, her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2003, and her M.A. from Temple University in 2006.  She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania; the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania; the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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