• Aug 19, 2019John Lushis a Presenter at CDFA Summer School

    John F. Lushis, Jr., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Setting the Stage: The Basics of TIF” and “TIF Financing Variation” on August 15 and “Understanding TIF Bond Financing” on August 16 at the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) Summer School at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit in Detroit, Michigan.

    “Setting the Stage: The Basics of TIF” focused on a general understanding of what TIF is and why communities use it to achieve economic development objectives. “TIF Financing Variation” covered alternatives to the issuance of bonds in a TIF project, including the use of low-interest loans and a public-private partnership component to reduce project construction costs. “Understanding TIF Bond Financing” covered the components of a bond issuance including the creation of Neighborhood Improvement Districts to levy special tax assessments to secure bonds. The presentations were part of a week-long series of courses sponsored by the CDFA Training Institute August 12-16. For more information, please click here.

    Lushis focuses his practice on real estate, commercial transaction law, and environmental law. He provides counsel on an extensive diversity of transactions including leases, acquisitions and divestitures, tax-exempt and conventional financings, brownfields redevelopment, and an array of commercial agreements. Lushis has worked on multi-million-dollar loans and major tax-exempt financings for businesses and non-profits including Cetronia Ambulance Corps, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and St. Luke’s Hospital.  He also has been involved in tax increment financing projects including Hamilton Crossings Retail Complex and West Hills Business Center. Lushis is solicitor for Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority and has been solicitor to Northampton County New Jobs Corp, Northampton County General Purpose Authority, and Lehigh Valley Economic Investment Corp.

    In late 2015, Lushis became involved in “P3” projects (public-private partnerships) and is a lead architect of a first-of-its-kind P3 project in Pennsylvania. This project, which includes a novel financing structure, will allow Northampton County to replace or rehabilitate numerous bridges at substantial cost and time savings compared to traditional methods. The project has become a model for other P3 projects and has received statewide and national attention. As an outgrowth of the project, Lushis assisted in drafting legislation signed by Governor Wolfe in October 2017 to allow counties having a certain population, such as Northampton County, to construct a new jail using a P3 transaction structure.

    Lushis is also registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and his knowledge of intellectual property is a valuable resource for clients who have projects and transactions in the area. He received his B.S.M.E., cum laude, from University of Notre Dame in 1977, and his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law in 1980.

    Posted in: Business Law, Economic Development Law, Environmental, John F. Lushis, Jr., Mergers & Acquisitions, News | Tags: , , ,

  • Aug 15, 2019Three Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named 2020 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year” in Woodbridge Area

    Three lawyers from law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., were recently selected by The Best Lawyers in America© as 2020 “Lawyers of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.

    Best Lawyers® designates a select group of individuals as “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile specialties in large legal communities.  Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each Metropolitan Area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Those honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in the surveys by earning high levels of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

    The firm’s 2020 Best Lawyers “Lawyers of the Year” include Martha N. Donovan for Litigation – Environmental, Morris S. Bauer for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and William A. Dreier for Arbitration.

    Donovan, a Member of the firm and Co-Chair of its Environmental Law Practice Group, devotes her practice to environmental law and complex litigation with an emphasis on the defense of environmental property damage claims. She also has considerable experience working on related insurance coverage matters. She has authored articles and has made presentations to various trade groups and associations on issues ranging from lender liability under Superfund to the availability of insurance coverage for various aspects of business-related accidents. Donovan is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations and the Society of Women Environmental Professionals. She has been selected for inclusion on the list of Super Lawyers® and Best Lawyers® for many years, named in Who’s Who Legal, and ranked as Band 1 in Chambers. A resident of West Windsor, Donovan earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. in Chemistry from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, now Randolph College.

    Bauer, a Member of the firm, is a member of its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group. He represents debtors, creditors’ committees, financial institutions, landlords, and trade creditors in Chapter 11 proceedings of publicly and closely-held corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. Bauer is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association (Debtor/Creditor Section), the American Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association. A resident of Long Valley, he earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his B.S. from Dickinson College.

    Judge Dreier, Of Counsel to the firm, focuses his practice in the areas of mediation and arbitration. He frequently lectures, mediates, and arbitrates substantial Chancery and other disputes. In 2009, he was selected as the namesake and the first recipient of the William A. Dreier Award, now given annually by the Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) to attorneys and jurists for excellence in and advancement of product liability and toxic tort law in New Jersey. That same year, he was designated ADR Practitioner of the Year by the NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section.  In 2008, Judge Dreier was awarded the prestigious Medal of Honor, the highest award for an attorney, by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation for his professional excellence, as demonstrated by his accomplishments in the law and service to the profession and community throughout his career. In 2015, he was given the New Jersey Law Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the profession. Judge Dreier has published numerous articles on ADR, products liability, and other subjects, in addition to 380 published judicial opinions. He frequently lectures throughout New Jersey and nationally on products liability and ADR. Before joining Norris McLaughlin, Judge Dreier was a trial judge in the New Jersey Superior Court from 1973 to 1983, served in the Appellate Division from 1983 to 1994, and was a Presiding Judge from 1994 to 1998. A resident of Warren, he received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his B.S. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries.

    Posted in: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Environmental, Martha N. Donovan, Morris S. Bauer, News, William A. Dreier | Tags: , , ,

  • Aug 12, 2019Norris McLaughlin Expands Estate Planning and Administration Group

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Shauna M. Deans as an Associate of the firm.  She joins the firm’s Estate Planning & Administration Practice Group.

    “Joining Norris McLaughlin is an exciting step in my career. I’m looking forward to working with such a great team and putting my knowledge and experience to use for the firm’s clients,” Deans said.

    Deans focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, including inheritance and gift taxation. She is experienced in preparing estate and inheritance tax returns, and responding to and resolving audits of the returns. Deans counsels beneficiaries and fiduciaries of estates and trusts on marshalling assets, issues regarding basis, and maximizing of tax savings.

    “With the addition of Shauna, we are expanding our team of estate planning and administration attorneys to better serve our clients and their needs. With her breadth of knowledge, Shauna will be a valuable resource to not only the group, but the entire firm,” stated James J. Costello, Jr., Co-Chair of the firm’s Trust, Estate, and Individual Tax Group.

    Deans is also certified by the State of New Jersey as a civil mediator, and has assisted parties in the settlement of special civil, small claims, and landlord/tenant matters on behalf of the Court.

    While attending law school, Deans served as a Senior Articles Editor for the Howard Law Journal, where her article entitled “The Forgotten Side of the Battlefield in America’s War on Infidelity: A Call for the Revamping, Reviving, and Reworking of Criminal Conversation and Alienation of Affections,” was published. During and after law school, she clerked for the Honorable Frederick J. Schuck, Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County, Law Division.

    Deans received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2010, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Spelman College in 2007.

    Posted in: Estate Planning & Administration, News, Shauna M. Deans | Tags: , ,

  • Aug 12, 2019Shana Siegel and Lori Kayne to Present on Planning for Solo Seniors

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, Geriatric Social Worker, will present “Planning for Solo Seniors.” The seminar, hosted by Senior Source, will take place on Tuesday, August 13 at 1:30 p.m., in Hackensack.

    Do you anticipate growing older without the support of close relatives and friends nearby? Siegel and Kayne will address this overwhelming challenge that many aging adults face. The presentation will cover the best way for “solo seniors” to prepare for the financial, legal, and other challenges they may face as they age. For more information please click here.

    Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of 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. A past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), she has 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 is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar Elder Law Section, the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and the Bergen and Essex County Bar Associations. Siegel earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, honors, in 1989.

    Kayne has been working in the healthcare field for over 20 years. In collaboration with client’s attorneys, she conducts Geriatric Assessments and develops detailed Life Care Plans to address any care, legal, or financial issues the client may have.

    Prior to joining the firm, Kayne was an Elder Care Coordinator at WanderPolo & Siegel. Kayne earned her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College in 1983, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Bucknell University. She holds a Certificate in Elder Care from Stockton University, and a Certificate of Gerontology from Rutgers University.

    Posted in: Elder Care & Special Needs Law, News, Shana Siegel | Tags: , , ,

  • Aug 09, 2019David Vozza tp Present at Cayuga Medical Center Grand Rounds Program

    David N. Vozza, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Medical-Legal Liability in the Age of #MeToo” for the Cayuga Grand Rounds Program on Friday, September 6, 7:30 a.m., at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York.

    The presentation will educate participants as to the current state of law related to sexual harassment in the workplace, specifically in the health care setting, through real-world examples and scenarios. The goal is to inform participants of the applicable legal pitfalls and provide them with risk management measures to mitigate liability.

    “The “#MeToo” movement is here to stay. It has already been a game changer in the field of sexual harassment that has not been seen since the likes of Anita Hill and Justice Clarence Thomas. Small businesses, including medical practices, may be subject to substantial liability for the actions of their principals and employees. It is essential that practitioners become knowledgeable about the applicable law concerning sexual harassment and the prevention of a hostile work environment,” said Vozza.

    Vozza defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts. He also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. Vozza frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation. He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

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  • Aug 08, 2019Lana Ros Named NJSBA Health Law Section Secretary

    Svetlana (Lana) Ros, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Health Law Section. As Secretary, she is responsible for assisting the leadership team to handle correspondence and manage the section’s yearly schedule of events.

    The NJSBA Health Law Section keeps members informed of frequent changes in laws and regulations affecting the provision of health care services through publications, programs, and conferences, such as the annual Health Law Symposium to be held this year on Friday, October 4, in Iselin.

    “I am excited to begin my term as Secretary, as I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the NJSBA Health Law Section, and look forward to working with my colleagues to further our mission and put on informative events and seminars relating to health care law,” said Ros.

    Ros focuses her practice on health care law, specifically in the area of civil and administrative litigation, with a concentration in professional licensure and general defense before government agencies providing oversight to the practice of medicine and dentistry. She also handles transactional and regulatory matters affecting healthcare providers. Ros routinely represents healthcare professionals before federal agencies, including Medicare, Office of Civil Rights, and Office of the Inspector General, and state agencies such as Department of Banking and Insurance, Attorney General’s Office, and Department of Health.

    Ros writes and lectures throughout New Jersey and New York on legal issues affecting healthcare professionals, such as over-prescribing of medications, inappropriate conduct of practitioners, general licensure, healthcare-related cybersecurity issues, fraud and abuse, medical records, HIPAA, and employment law.

    Ros earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2007 and her B.S. in biotechnology and nutrition from Rutgers University in 2003.

    Posted in: Health Care & Life Sciences, News, Svetlana (Lana) Ros | Tags: , ,

  • Aug 02, 2019Saleem Mawji Named Member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council for LINC-LV

    Saleem Mawji, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group, has been selected to be a Member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council for the Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking and Connecting Consortium.

    The Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking and Connecting Consortium (LINC) supports and enhances employers’ efforts to attract, retain, and cultivate a highly skilled and diverse workforce in Lehigh Valley by networking and connecting potential, recent, and new hires and their families resulting in more acceptances and longer retention. For more information, click here.

    The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council’s (D&I) mission is to provide resources and facilitate best practices sharing in the D&I space for local employers.

    “I am honored to have been selected to be a Member of D&I. I am looking forward to working with the other Council Members to assist in promoting the mission to better the Lehigh Valley,” said Mawji.

    A Lehigh Valley Native and Salisbury High School alumni, Mawji has been with Norris McLaughlin for nine years and serves as a member of the firm’s diversity committee. He devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation matters, focusing primarily on three areas: shareholder disputes, fraudulent investigations, and construction law. He represents businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. He acts as outside “general counsel” for Global Export Marketing, Ltd., and Access Innovations Global, and regularly advises clients on a variety of general business issues, including contract negotiation, review and enforcement. He regularly contributes to the firm’s Shareholder Dispute in Pennsylvania Blog.

    Mawji represents corporations, majority shareholders, and minority shareholders in legal disputes including oppression rights cases and disputes within closely-held companies. He helps clients to understand their rights and obligations under Pennsylvania’s Business Corporation Law, and the issues involved in allegations of shareholder “freeze-out.”

    His fraudulent investigations practice involved assisting clients who have been defrauded by employees, partners, and other parties. While some matters are handled as criminal matters, he uses the civil process to help recoup embezzled funds. The process typically involved working closely with financial forensic experts.

    Mawji’s construction practice focuses on litigation, mechanic’s lien claims, construction defects, and contractor/subcontractor payment disputes. He is experienced with Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act and the Prompt Payment Act.

    His understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to help clients manage electronic documents and produce them during discovery. He drafts document retention policies and litigation hold letters, and has evaluated numerous electronic discovery tools for overall effectiveness and efficiency.

    Mawji was honored in 2016 as one of the Forty Under 40 in Lehigh Valley Business, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-document track record of achievements in business, and has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Stat Lawyer in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

    A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, he is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network and Muhlenberg College. He is on the Board of Community Bike Works, is a Member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Fellowship of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.  He is a past board member of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and a past member 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, Woolsack National Honor Society, Penn State Law Review Comments Editor, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, Pi Sigma Alpha, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

    Posted in: Construction Law, Litigation, News, Saleem Mawji | Tags: , ,

  • Aug 01, 2019Norris McLaughlin Sponsors 42nd Lebanese Heritage Days Festival

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, are proud to sponsor the 42nd Lebanese Heritage Days Festival, the largest Lebanese festival in the tri-state area, hosted by Our Lady of Lebanon Church. Festivities include food, drinks, music, and dancing. The event, free and open to the public, will be held Saturday, August 3, and Sunday, August 4, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m., at the Church located at 55 South 4th Street in Easton.

    “As the son of Lebanese immigrants, I am proud to support these great festivities and help the Lebanese communities play a vital part in the success of our region,” said Lahoud

    “Attorney Lahoud, a Maronite Catholic himself, and Norris McLaughlin have long been supporters of Lebanese communities in the United States. We thank both for their continued service as our immigration attorneys and for their support of Maronite Catholic immigrants and events across the United States,” said His Excellency, Bishop Gregory Mansour, Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn.

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

    Posted in: Immigration, News, Raymond G. Lahoud, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,