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  • Nov 14, 2019Shana Siegel to Present on End-of-Life Care Planning in Woodbridge, New Jersey

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care and Special Needs Law Practice Group, will present “Just Do It: Planning for a Good Life and Death” at the New Jersey “Conversation of Your Life” (COYL) program. Hosted by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the free event will take place Friday, November 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Berkeley College Atrium in Woodbridge.

    About the Presentation

    “Planning for end-of-life is difficult for many to think about and discuss, but it’s extremely important to plan in advance for end-of-life care,” said Siegel.

    The presentation will cover the importance of advance care planning. Siegel will discuss planning for your health care needs, including medical power of attorney, health care proxy, and important documents; and planning for your financial needs. For more information, visit the COYL website.

    About Shana Siegel

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

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin’s experienced elder care and special needs law attorneys go beyond traditional planning to address the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. Services offered blend estate planning with long-term care planning. The firm’s estate planning & administration attorneys have vast experience in all aspects of state, federal, and international tax law, with a particular emphasis on the planning and administration of trusts and estates.

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

  • Nov 14, 2019Eric Alvarez to Speak on Legal Implications Regarding Cannabis and Vaping

    Eric Alvarez, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a featured speaker at Revel’s upcoming event “Cannabis + Vaping.”

    About the Event

    The “Cannabis + Vaping” event will be held on Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., at SubCulture in New York. Vaping has been making headlines in recent months due to its link to health-related problems. Speakers will use their knowledge of the cannabis industry to discuss how these headlines affect the cannabis industry. Alvarez will specifically speak on the potential product liability implications, including manufacture and design defects.

    “I am honored Revel has chosen me as one of the speakers for their cannabis and vaping event. It’s a hot topic right now. I am looking forward to educating the audience on the legal implications of alleged vaping-related injuries, as well as learning from such great co-presenters,” Alvarez said.

    Working to promote, inspire, and celebrate entrepreneurs within the legal cannabis industry, Revel hosts many events to showcase technologies, as well as inform and educate.

    To learn more and to register, click here.

    About Eric Alvarez

    Alvarez concentrates his practice on high-stakes, complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court. He represents businesses of all shapes and sizes—from closely-held partnerships to international corporations—as well as individuals, in a wide range of litigation matters, including general commercial litigation, consumer fraud, products liability, and mass tort litigation. Alvarez handles and coordinates multi-jurisdictional cases through all stages of litigation, up to and including trial.

    Alvarez is also a member of Norris McLaughlin’s Cannabis Law Group. He advises clients on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations relating to production, research, and testing of cannabis and cannabis-derived products such as cannabidiol (“CBD”).

    Alvarez understands that every client’s situation is unique, as are the parties involved in it. He approaches each case focused on achieving the best possible result for his client based on that client’s individual objectives and goals.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Alvarez worked at an Am Law 100 firm, where he was a team member of the New Jersey Law Journal’s 2015 Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year.

    Alvarez came to Norris McLaughlin to better serve the companies and individuals in his local community. A resident of Somerset County, Alvarez is active in the local bar association. He maximizes his “Big Law” experience and better serves his client’s needs with Norris McLaughlin’s depth and breadth of experience, nimble market position, and focus on assisting businesses and individuals in the local community prosper.

    Alvarez received his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2013 and his B.A., cum laude, from Villanova University in 2009.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    The cannabis law attorneys at Norris McLaughlin provide a full range of legal and consultation services in all areas of cannabis law for employers, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors. This diverse group of attorneys navigates the complex and ever-changing laws and regulations governing the medical and recreational use of marijuana.

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  • Nov 13, 2019James Major Provides Insight in U.S. Supreme Court Amicus Brief

    In an amicus brief submitted on behalf of the New York City Bar Association, James R. Major, D.Phil., an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that the federal Copyright Remedy Clarification Act, which abrogated state sovereign immunity in copyright suits, was unnecessary based on events around the time of ratification of the U.S. Constitution and on historical practice. Major and his team of Association members also argued that the Act was, in any event, within Congress’ power to enact.

    States are frequently immune from suit in federal court. In the brief, available here, Major and the team argued that the States surrendered any sovereign immunity to enforcement of exclusive rights secured by the Constitution’s Copyright and Patent Clause according to the “plan of the convention,” a synonym for the abrogation of the states’ sovereignty around the time that the Constitution was ratified. During oral arguments last week, the petitioner’s counsel asserted that the Copyright and Patent Clause’s “text signals a plan of the convention waiver like no other in Article I.” Subsequently, Justice Sotomayor asked “can you articulate what ‘plan of the convention’ means to you?” to which counsel replied “[a] plan of the convention waiver refers to some reflection that states were surrendering their back-dropped default sovereign immunity in a discrete respect as part of the constitutional convention . . . .” Therefore, counsel’s arguments were consistent with Major and the team’s brief.

    About James Major

    Major dedicates his practice to U.S. and foreign copyright, patent, and trademark matters.  His doctorate in immunology and virology and over ten years’ legal experience enable him to understand the patentability of new technologies, as well as the science and data required to secure and expand patent protection in light of new statutory subject matter requirements. Major is highly experienced in rendering patentability, landscape, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions, particularly in the field of biologics. He also has patent and trademark litigation experience.

    Major is exceptionally qualified in patent prosecution matters relating to small molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, antibodies, chemical processes, formulations, industrial processes, beverages, genetically-modified plants, and methods of treatment. He has also published on patent and cannabis-related matters.  He assists players in the emerging cannabis industry in the evaluation and securing of patents.

    Major received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2011 from New York Law School, where he was on the Dean’s List and was a candidate for the Trustees’ Prize for the highest average in the Evening Division. He was also Staff Editor of the New York Law School Law Review, a John Marshall Harlan Scholar, and a member of the Institute for Information Law and Policy. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2003 and his B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1996.

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  • Nov 12, 2019Karolina Dehnhard to Receive Boy Scouts of America 2019 Tribute to Women 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 Boy Scouts of America Tribute to Women Award.

    About the Award

    This year’s Tribute to Woman and Mary A. Mulholland Service Award Luncheon will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 15, at the Morris County Golf Club in Morristown. The annual event honors women who serve as role models for the community’s youth through their professions and daily lives by demonstrating the Scout Oath and Law ideals. All funds support the Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Program, an award-winning child abuse prevention program that offers assistance throughout North and Central New Jersey.

    “I am honored to have been chosen as one of the Tribute to Women award recipients and thank the Boy Scouts of America for this recognition. I’d also like to congratulate all the other recipients on their achievements as well,” said Dehnhard.

    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.” 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 12, 2019Judge Giordano Designated Vice-Chair of Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee

    The Honorable Emil Giordano (Ret.), a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group, has been reappointed to and designated Vice-Chair of the statewide Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania commencing January 1, 2020.

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee and am so honored to have been designated the next Vice-Chair. I very much look forward to serving my term, assisting the committee to continue doing the good work in a community dear to my heart,” said Judge Giordano.

    About Judge Giordano

    Judge Giordano served as a presiding judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, Third Judicial District, from 2004 through 2018. He was Northampton County’s first administrative judge of the Orphans’ County Division, overseeing estates and trusts of the county, and was named to the Statewide Orphans’ Court Task Force, an organization charged with implementing changes to Orphans Court. He was also the first judge in Pennsylvania to institute guardianship certification requirements for the protection of senior citizens.

    For 15 years, Judge Giordano presided over many jury trials and non-jury trials, hearings and motions, and a wide range of disputes under Pennsylvania and federal law, including construction, commercial litigation, professional malpractice, CERCLA, Civil Rights, condemnations, labor and land use appeals, criminal, and domestic relations.

    As an arbitrator and mediator, Judge Giordano is certified through Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute in Advanced Mediation, is a fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators, and is affiliated with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Mediation.

    Judge Giordano is a member of the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame CYO, and of the Board of Governors for Saint Thomas More Society, and is the Northampton County Bar Association Wills and Trusts Committee Lecturer. In 2005, he was the first judicial recipient of the Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council Award for Outstanding Commitment to Victims’ Rights.

    Judge Giordano earned his J.D. in 1985 from Villanova University School of Law and his B.A. from Moravian College in 1982. A proud Moravian College alumnus, he serves as an Adjunct Professor for undergraduate classes. Born in Brooklyn to Italian immigrant parents, Judge Giordano was the first in his family to attend high school and is a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School, which presented him with its Distinguished Graduate Award.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with offices located in Bridgewater, Montclair, and Short Hills, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, Pennsburg, and Easton, PA. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

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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 08, 2019Nick Pellitta to Speak on College Sexual Harassment and Assault Cases

    Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will join a panel of attorneys discussing “College Disciplinary Hearings Involving Sexual Harassment and Assault – What Is the Latest?” on Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The program is being presented in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Individual Rights Section and the NJSBA Higher Education Special Committee.

    About the Presentation

    “Colleges and universities are committed to protecting their campus communities from sexual violence. Recently proposed rules governing how campuses deal with sexual misconduct allegations may impact the way schools respond to these allegations,” said Pellitta. He will speak on what campus disciplinary proceedings look like and the variations at different schools; the Title IX statute, Department of Education guidance, and proposed federal regulations; and considerations when representing a higher education institution. Discussions will also include due process considerations and related issues.

    The program is approved for 3 NJ CLE credits and 3 NY CLE professional practice credits with 2.5 PA CLE substantive credits pending. For more information and to register, visit the NJSBA website.

    About Nick Pellitta

    A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts. He has represented colleges and universities for more than 30 years in areas such as tort claim defense, campus security, alcohol policies, police litigation, civil rights, and student discipline.

    Pellitta is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). He is a current board member and former chair of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and former chair of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation Board.

    Pellitta earned his J.D. from New York Law School and his B.A. from Rutgers University.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    With a total of more than 40 years of experience, the Norris McLaughlin higher education attorneys have represented colleges and universities in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania with a broad range of legal needs. Services offered include advice and counsel/transactional, bankruptcy, cannabis, construction, criminal, environmental, health care, immigration, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation, real estate and land use, student discipline, and taxation.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with offices located in Bridgewater, Montclair, and Short Hills, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, Pennsburg, and Easton, PA. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

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  • Nov 08, 2019Shana Siegel to Speak on Advanced Care Planning in Somerset, New Jersey

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care and Special Needs Law Practice Group, will present “Advanced Care Planning” at the New Jersey “Conversation of Your Life” (COYL) program. Hosted by the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the free event will take place on Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at the Franklin Township Public Library in Somerset.

    About the Presentation

    “One of the hardest things for people to talk about is planning for end-of-life care. Our programs cover topics beyond the ones people are even thinking about, and the COYL programs are the perfect outlet for us to be able to do so,” said Siegel.

    The presentation will cover the importance of advanced care planning. Siegel will discuss planning for your health care needs, including medical power of attorney, health care proxy, important documents, and planning for your financial needs. For more information, visit the COYL website.

    About Shana Siegel

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

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin’s experienced elder care and special needs law attorneys go beyond traditional planning to address the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. Services offered blend estate planning with long-term care planning. The firm’s estate planning & administration attorneys have vast experience in all aspects of state, federal, and international tax law, with a particular emphasis on the planning and administration of trusts and estates.

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  • Nov 05, 2019Dolores Laputka to Receive Lehigh Valley Business Icon Honors

    Dolores A. Laputka, a Member at Norris McLaughlin, P.A., a member of its Management Committee, and former Co-Chair of the Business Law Practice Group, has been recognized as an “Icon” by Lehigh Valley Business.

    “As a long-time resident of the Lehigh Valley, I am honored to be recognized by Lehigh Valley Business and my peers. It truly is a privilege to be a part of this community and be surrounded by such successful, strong leaders,” said Laputka.

    Lehigh Valley Business honors and celebrates business leaders throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley over the age of 60 for their noteworthy success and presentation of strong leadership skills in their professional fields and within the community. The 2019 Icon Honors will be awarded on Wednesday, November 6, 5:00 p.m., at Renaissance Allentown Hotel. For more information and to register, visit LVB.com/events.

    About Dolores Laputka

    Laputka focuses her practice primarily on tax-related matters, whether connected to a family’s closely-held business, or estate planning for one of the principals. Her prior experience as a Certified Public Accountant enables her to handle complex business and tax-related matters for corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships; as well as succession planning and financial and estate planning for families and executives at all levels. She also devotes a significant portion of her practice to tax issues for not-for-profit organizations, including charitable giving techniques maximizing the income and death tax benefits.

    Laputka has handled multi-dimensional transactions, including tax-efficient methodology for buying and selling of family businesses, inter-relation of succession planning and estate planning for closely-held businesses, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, and management of privacy issues surrounding significant lottery winnings.

    An area that Laputka especially enjoys is the management and consulting with the nonpublic business owner in all aspects of the legal and business environment from “cradle to grave.” When not working, she enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake or “playing at” golf.

    Since Laputka moved to the Lehigh Valley in 1990, she has been involved in many organizations in the community. She is General Counsel and past Chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, Member of the Board of Directors and past Chairman to the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, Board of Directors of the Lehigh Valley Estate Planning Council, past President and Board Member of the Allentown Rotary Club, and past Board Member of the Lehigh County Community College Foundation.

    Laputka earned her J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1978 and her B.A., cum laude, from Boston College in 1975.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    In response to the changing needs of clients and the business community, Norris McLaughlin merged in 2009 with Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, the largest independent commercial firm in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Since then, the firm has continued to grow, remembering its culture and values, and keeping its footprint in the Lehigh Valley for over 100 years. Norris McLaughlin and its attorneys have historically been committed to the Lehigh Valley community, where may attorneys, clients, and staff live and do business – to make them better places to live, work, and play. The firm’s attorneys hold prominent leadership positions in various organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley, and many have been honored for the work they do in the community.

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  • Nov 05, 2019Bill Beneduce to Speak on Environmental Issues for Business or Real Property Sales

    William J. Beneduce, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be co-presenting “The Basics of Surplus Property Disposition (Get Ready to Sell that Asset)” on the first panel discussion of the day at  9:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 6, for the 14th Annual Mid-Atlantic Buildings & Facilities Management Trade Show & Conference. Marc Hudock, LSRP, of GZA GeoEnvironmental and Andrew Warren of Atlantic Real Estate Services will also be panelists.

    About the Presentation

    The conference for developers, educational facilities, governmental facilities, and property management services, to be held 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the NJ Convention Center in Edison, will cover topics such as energy efficiency, facility maintenance, building comfort, sustainability, carbon emissions, and income stream without risk or capital investment.

    “Environmental law is an ever-changing topic, and it is important for those who are thinking about selling their business or real property to hear. There are many environmental issues that one can run into and, unless one has an experienced environmental attorney by one’s side through the process, the sale can get very messy,” said Beneduce, who will focus his presentation on such potential environmental issues. For more information and to register, visit the MABFM website.

    About Bill Beneduce

    A resident of Randolph, Beneduce focuses his practice on all facets of environmental law, including transactional, compliance, regulation, and litigation, and has handled complex environmental matters for clients in New Jersey, New York, and abroad. He is experienced in navigating his clients through state and federal environmental regulatory schemes, including water and air pollution, urban redevelopment, CERCLA, RCRA, OSHA, New Jersey’s Spill Act, Site Remediation Reform Act, ISRA, and many others. Beneduce also counsels clients on environmental due diligence, Brownfields redevelopment, and cost recovery actions in New Jersey and New York.

    Beneduce’s clients include real estate developers, manufacturers and industrial companies, and lenders. He advises them on environmental laws that address remediation obligations and liabilities, underground storage tanks, hazardous waste and materials, insurance coverage, and permitting. His objective is to facilitate his clients’ compliance with these laws, to resolve their land issues and achieve their intended goals. A significant portion of his practice is dedicated to aiding clients in site remediation, allowing clients to complete pending real estate transactions.

    Beneduce is a member of the Justice Stewart G. Pollock Environmental American Inn of Court and the New Jersey State Bar Association and its Environmental Law Section. A highly-regarded author and speaker on current environmental law, he has been selected for inclusion in the Environmental Law section of New Jersey Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star” three times, most recently in 2018.

    Beneduce earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 2003 and his B.A. from the University of Delaware in 2000.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Businesses throughout the nation, and particularly in New Jersey, are subject to a web of federal, state, and local environmental and safety legislation and regulation that is continuously expanding in scope and complexity. The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys who have been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in New Jersey, provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area.

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