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  • Oct 21, 2020Norris McLaughlin Continues to Expand Amid Pandemic; Welcomes New Associates to the Firm

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Anthony P. D’Elia as an Associate for the Litigation Practice Group in New Jersey and Jillian P. Levitt as an Associate for the Real Estate & Finance Practice Group and the Cooperative (“Co-op”) and Condominium Law Industry Group in New York.

    “We are excited to add these new Associates to our firm, and we are particularly proud of the way we have been able to continue the expansion of our firm, even during the COVID pandemic. We continue to add high-quality talent across all our offices to further enrich our practice and build towards further success in the future,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Anthony D’Elia

    D’Elia focuses his practice on litigation matters including commercial litigation, corporate and business disputes, intellectual property disputes, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, and professional liability. He also has a general litigation practice.

    Through his litigation practice, D’Elia represents creditors and other interested parties in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings, as well as lenders and other creditors in litigation over unpaid loans. He handles the appointment of rent receivers, collection of debts, and enforcement of settlement agreements. D’Elia’s intellectual property practice includes copyright and trademark litigation. He also handles disputes over defective construction and claims for delays, damages, and back charges. His work in the area of professional liability has involved matters relating to engineering and accounting liability.

    D’Elia’s pro bono work has involved assisting incarcerated individuals in litigation over claims of assault, seeking unpaid judgments in bankruptcy court through the filing of proofs of claim and adversary complaints, and negotiating plea bargains in family court.

    Following law school, D’Elia served as law clerk to the Honorable Garry J. Furnari, J.S.C., who, in addition to his civil docket, managed the environmental docket of the Essex County Superior Court. He assisted Judge Furnari in matters involving tort, contract, property, insurance, and environmental law.

    D’Elia received his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2016, where he was a member of its nationally-ranked Interscholastic Moot Court Board, the Courtroom Advocates Project, and the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic. He received his B.A. from Monmouth University, Honors School, summa cum laude, in 2013.

    About Jillian Levitt

    Levitt focuses her practice on litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters in the real estate industry.

    She advises property owners on real estate matters and handles negotiations and buyouts of residential and commercial buildings. Levitt also litigates commercial and residential matters in New York Supreme Court and Civil Courts, as well as matters before the New York State Court of Appeals and the First, Second, and Fourth Appellate Divisions.

    In addition to her real estate litigation practice, Levitt drafts lease agreements for residential, commercial, and mixed-use developments. She prepares applications for developers to obtain various economic incentives.

    Levitt conducts due diligence for purchases of large residential and commercial buildings, for compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. She also advises clients on federal, state, and city affordable housing rules and regulations, including the Mitchell-Lama program, section eight vouchers, SCRIE, rent control, and rent stabilization.

    While in law school, Levitt was Managing Editor of Articles for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal. She received her J.D. from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in 2016 and her B.A. from Union College in 2011.

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  • Oct 19, 2020Nick Duston Joins Adult Day Center of Somerset County Board of Trustees

    Nicholas A. Duston, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been welcomed to the Board of Trustees for the Adult Day Center of Somerset County.

    “On behalf of the Board and Staff of the ADC, we are delighted to welcome Nick to the Board of Trustees. The combination of his professional qualifications and personal experience and empathy for the challenges of caring for an aging loved one makes him uniquely suited to join the team. We are looking forward to working with him,” said Diann Robinson, Executive Director of the Adult Day Center of Somerset County.

    Duston said, “I spent several years in high school volunteering at Little Sisters of the Poor Adult Day Care in my hometown of Enfield, Connecticut. During that time, I saw firsthand the importance of providing a space for older adults to receive stimulation and socialization. After watching my parents care for their aging parents, I am committed to doing my part to help older adults and their caregivers age in the community with dignity. I am excited to give back in the community where I live and work.”

    About the Adult Day Center of Somerset County

    All those who participate in the Adult Day Center’s compassionate community are accepted as part of a loving family despite any disability. As an experienced adult day care provider, the center is staffed by 20 individuals who care for up to 80 seniors each day. The center offers a wide variety of services, such as a beautician, counseling, entertainment, exercise programs, field trips, hot meals, information and referrals, nursing services, personal care, pharmaceutical consultation, podiatry, therapeutic recreation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, support groups, and transportation arranged through Somerset County.

    About Nick Duston

    Duston focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, as well as arbitrations with the American Arbitration Association, FINRA, and other arbitration organizations. His practice is focused primarily on disputes involving business owners, their managers, and their employees. This includes shareholders, members, partners, officers, managers, employees and other agents of corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and other types of business entities. Duston has extensive experience litigating fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty and regularly handles cases with related issues, such as employee theft of trade secrets, diversion of corporate opportunities, or breaches of restrictive covenants or non-compete obligations. He is adept at unwinding fact patterns such as those arising from complicated financial instruments, complex multi-entity business structures, or large amounts of ESI.

    In representing companies, company owners, and officers/managers, Duston’s practice also includes white-collar criminal matters, such as conducting internal investigations or defending companies and individuals during internal or government investigations into alleged securities fraud, money laundering, and other financial crimes. He has also handled many matters at the intersection of white-collar and civil litigation. Duston also regularly handles issues relating to government seizure of property, particularly on behalf of secured lenders, including defense against civil and criminal asset forfeiture, as well as civil rights litigation when the government seizes property without due process or in violation of other constitutionally-protected rights. He is adept at preserving lienholders’ rights and securing possession of collateral in a variety of civil contexts.

    Duston recognizes, above all, that the reason clients need him to handle this type of matter is that something has gone wrong, often in a complicated and completely unforeseen way. A client dealing with such an issue needs not only an experienced litigator who can win but also an attorney who understands their goals and can expertly guide them through each of their options from start to finish. Every dispute has a spectrum of solutions, from an efficient and pragmatic deal to an all-out, knock-down fight through trial and beyond, and everything in between. Some clients focus exclusively on monetary cost and gain, while others seek to avoid repeat litigation, want to make an impact on the law, or have reputational or other broad, non-monetary agendas. Duston can handle each dispute as the situation warrants, but more importantly, he remains laser-focused on clients’ goals to help the client make informed decisions about each possible path to resolution.

    Duston earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2010 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston University in 2007.

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  • Oct 02, 2020Peter Hutcheon Named Founding Fellow of the American College of LLC and Partnership Attorneys

    Peter D. Hutcheon, Of Counsel to law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named a Founding Fellow of the American College of LLC and Partnership Attorneys.

    “I am honored to have been invited to join this very prestigious organization. As a Founding Fellow, I look forward to supporting the efforts of the College, as well as having the opportunity to consult with international, national, state, and local organizations interested in the continuation, growth, operation, and management of LLC, partnership, and other unincorporated entity law and practice,” said Hutcheon.

    About the American College of LLC and Partnership Attorneys

    The College was formed to honor attorneys, judges, or professors who have distinguished themselves by devoting and demonstrating a willingness to organize bar projects, write articles, teach law courses, draft legislation, practice, and focus a significant amount of their time to matters involving limited liability company (LLC), partnership, and other unincorporated entity law for ten or more years. The objectives for Fellows are to provide forums for attorneys to meet and exchange ideas and professional experience; speak on matters of interest and importance; make educational materials available to the bar, the public, and legislative, judicial, and executive bodies authoritative; promote high standards of professional and ethical responsibility and continuing education of attorneys, judges, and professors; and seek to improve the practice of LLC, partnership, and other unincorporated law.

    About Peter Hutcheon

    Hutcheon has practiced in his 45 years with Norris McLaughlin primarily in the areas of business governance, commercial transactions, securities, banking, and finance. He counsels managements of public and private companies including companies involved with the bio-tech and pharmaceutical industries, as well as banking institutions, on governance matters. Hutcheon represents clients seeking investment capital from private placements, venture capital, and private equity deals, and firm commitment underwritten offerings of securities. Many of these financings involve high-tech businesses. He is experienced with securities matters ranging from stock options to dividend reinvestment plans, is familiar with bank regulatory matters, and has worked on mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry. Hutcheon is experienced in corporate and financing transactions and has represented both buyers and sellers in public and private corporate acquisition transactions, including public/private partnership financings, in deals involving over $2 billion.

    Hutcheon has been a member of the Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, and Unincorporated Entities Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section since 1981. He founded and served 16 years as Editor of the Committee’s newsletter. In 2005, Hutcheon received the Committee’s Martin I. Lubaroff Award in recognition of his contributions to the law of unincorporated entities. He was once again honored by the Committee in 2018 as the first recipient of the Professor Elizabeth Miller Prize for his written work for the Committee’s publications.

    Hutcheon was a director for 22 years (including two years as chair) of the New Jersey State Bar Association Corporate and Business Law Section, and has chaired the State Bar’s Banking Law Section. He was Chairman of the New Jersey Corporate and Business Law Study Commission from its inception in 1989 to 2002, providing reports and suggestions on business law developments to the New Jersey Legislature and the governor. He chaired the New Jersey Securities Advisory Committee appointed by the attorney general from 1995 to 2001, and served as the ABA’s Liaison to the New Jersey Bureau of Securities for over 39 years. Hutcheon served as Chair of the ABA Science & Technology Law Section, as well as the Editor of Jurimetrics Journal, and more recently, as a member of its Editorial Board.

    Hutcheon is listed in the Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, and Securities Law sections of the current edition of The Best Lawyers In America, and has been included on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Business/Corporate section every year since its inception in 2005. Additionally, he has authored numerous articles on business-related law topics including limited liability companies, securities, and directors and officer’s liability.

    Hutcheon received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Williams College and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

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  • Oct 01, 2020Dean Roberts Speaks at First Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York Virtual Meeting

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its New York Real Estate & Finance Law Practice Group and of the firm’s Cooperative (“Co-op”) and Condominium Law Industry Group, spoke at the first virtual meeting of the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York (CCC) on Saturday, September 12.

    “It is important for condo and co-op boards to consider how to address the issues of enforcing maintenance obligations with limitations created by the COVID-19-related orders, while the current status of the Housing Court and how that affects shareholders’ abilities is confusing and so fluid during these trying times,” said Roberts.

    About the Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York

    The CCC, composed of housing cooperatives ranging from seventy to thousands of units, aims to serve as a sounding board for circulating ideas and experiences that may apply to other cooperatives and to implement joint programs for economic and political achievement.

    At the meeting, Roberts addressed many topics that have come up due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as wearing masks, holding virtual meetings, opening gyms, and what the court system is and is not doing on arrears issues. He set liability and legal procedure expectations for condo and co-op boards and discussed how Norris McLaughlin has been operating remotely and what resources the firm offers during these unprecedented times. The next meeting, also virtual, will be on Saturday, October 17. For more information, visit cccofgny.coop.

    About Dean Roberts

    Roberts focuses on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums. He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership, from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors. Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement. In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • Sep 24, 2020Ray Lahoud Speaks to Moravian Academy ‘Latinos in the Lehigh Valley’ Students

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, was a virtual guest speaker for the Moravian Academy “Latinos in the Lehigh Valley” class taught by Professor Gonzalo F. del Real, M.A., Tuesday, September 22.

    “I always enjoy speaking to the younger generation about immigration and seeing their passion on the topic. To be able to help educate them on the immigration system and immigration law, as well as speak to them as a child of immigrants reminds me of why I got into this profession and why I love what I do,” said Lahoud.

    About the Moravian Academy “Latinos in the Lehigh Valley” Class

    The purpose of the class is to provide students with information to help dispel any erroneous stereotypes and misconceptions they may have about the immigration process and those who are part of it. Lahoud visited the class last year to speak to students about imperialism and immigration, discussing his experience working with the immigration process, student and work visas, and the residency/citizenship process, as well as his personal journey as a child of Lebanese immigrants.

    This year, Lahoud discussed Lehigh Valley’s immigrant population and communities; and the “underground” world that takes advantage of the undocumented immigrant community through “notario” fraud, fraud, human trafficking, and smuggling; and the impact of issues such as document, benefit, and identity fraud on those in the United States lawfully. He also spoke of the need for comprehensive immigration reform, noting that it may be difficult, if not impossible, to see such reform in the near future.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of 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. While his immigration practice is global, serving individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey; New York, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania. As Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice Group, Lahoud oversees a leading team of experienced and highly-trained immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants.

    Lahoud’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. He represents businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer compliance matters, serving nearly every industry. His compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts.

    Lahoud’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Lahoud’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration.”

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Sep 17, 2020Judith Harris and Dolores Laputka Participate in Lehigh Valley Business First Diversity and Inclusion Summit

    Judith A. Harris, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Estate, Trust, and Individual Tax Practice Group, was a panelist for the Lehigh Valley BusinessDiversity and Inclusion Mastermind Summit” held virtually on September 16. Dolores A. Laputka, a Member of the firm, a member of its Management Committee, and former Co-Chair of the Business Law Practice Group, introduced Harris. Norris McLaughlin was proud to sponsor the event.

    “We must listen actively to those who say they are impacted by systemic racism or other bias. Each day we hear about initiatives designed to address these issues, but all too often, those initiatives do not address or remedy the true issues at hand in an organized, effective, and ongoing manner. Organizations must commit from the top down to implement such changes through recruitment, training, and establishing a firm culture of diversity and inclusion, at the very least,” said Harris.

    Laputka added, “We need to find ways to bind our futures together, so that we are moving forward in lockstep toward common goals – that’s when these initiatives and programs on which we spend so much time discussing, are going to lead to lasting change.”

    About the Lehigh Valley Business Diversity and Inclusion Summit

    The “Diversity and Inclusion Mastermind Summit” was the first event of its kind that Lehigh Valley Business has put on to encourage inclusive workplaces for local businesses. The discussion addressed how creating a more diverse workforce is not only good for social progress but also crucial for the financial well-being of a company. Harris was joined by William D. Brown, CEO of FIA NYC Employment Services, and Desha Dickson, Associate Vice President of Community Health at Tower Health and Co-Chair of the Reading Hospital Diversity & Inclusion Council. Eric Ellis, M.A., presented the keynote, and Qiana Cressman, Executive Director of Donor Operations at Miller-Keystone Blood Center and publisher of Emerge Woman Magazine, moderated.

    Harris specifically addressed why it is important for the composition of a board and management team to reflect the community it serves, how male-dominated organizations find ways to make sure diversity is a priority in leadership, how Norris McLaughlin’s global legal team has helped underserved communities, and what progress looks like in the Lehigh Valley. Other topics included systemic racism or a lack of diversity and inclusion in the workplace; how to move from acknowledgment to support and lasting change; how to begin to diversify employees and leadership in companies and organizations with demographics that may have a disproportionate number of minorities in that area or who need to start improving the pipeline of diverse candidates; resistance to expanding an approach to diversity and inclusion; and the long-term consequences of ignoring diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    About Judith Harris

    Harris has over 30 years of experience in the areas of taxation, wills and trusts, estate administration, business matters, and tax-exempt entities. She works with clients to structure the optimal transfer of a client’s wealth and business interests to younger generations with minimal tax consequences.

    Harris is President of the Board of Trustees for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, a board member since 1993 and former officer of the Allentown Symphony Association, and a board member of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society. She is a board member and past President of the Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, Inc., and a former board member and Executive Committee member of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Harris is past President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley and served for ten years on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority board of governors. From 1993 to 2000, she was an adjunct instructor of “Wills, Trusts, and Estates” at Penn State University’s Lehigh Valley Campus.

    Harris earned her LL.M in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 1991; J.D. from American University in 1986; A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1983; and a Diploma from the Pushkin Institute, Moscow, USSR, in 1982.

    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.

    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.

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  • Sep 15, 2020Danielle DeFilippis and Mike Locke Present Makerhoods First $100k Bootcamp

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, and Michael J. Locke, an Associate of the firm, recently presented a virtual course to 20 attendees as part of the “First $100k Bootcamp” program hosted by Makerhoods.

    “One of the best parts of my job is helping others succeed. I truly enjoy watching entrepreneurs grow their businesses, and to be a part of that brings joy to what I do,” said DeFilippis.

    Locke added, “It’s an honor to be able to stand in front of these ambitious individuals and help them build their futures.”

    About the Makerhoods First $100k Bootcamp

    DeFilippis addressed selecting, clearing, and protecting a brand through trademark law, while Locke spoke on entity formation, the logistics of expanding a business into new states and countries, and how small businesses can use contracts to their advantage.

    Makerhoods in Newark is a unique and original project including restoration of the historic Krueger-Scott Mansion and new construction to support local makers. Its aim is to help small businesses succeed by providing an apartment, commercial space, and business development services for a low monthly fee. The Makerhoods “First $100k Bootcamp” is a free, 10-week, online business training program for product-based businesses on how to grow a business to $100,000 in sales.

    About Danielle DeFilippis

    DeFilippis focuses her practice on intellectual property, contracts, and litigation. Her passion for food and beverage brands began at a young age, as she watched her father service various food brands through his work for a sales and marketing company. As the products came through her household, DeFilippis learned about marketing and branding from a retail and manufacturing perspective. Her appetite grew, and she now enjoys working with emerging and established food and beverage companies on brand development, clearance, counseling through the various stages of growth, and when the need arises, prosecuting and defending litigation.

    DeFilippis is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your MaⓇk™. She has been recognized by NJBIZ in its “Manufacturing Power 50” list and named to New Jersey Law Journal’s 2019 list of “New Jersey Trailblazers” for her efforts in the food and beverage industry in New Jersey and for expanding those efforts on a global scale.

    DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2004 and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2001.

    About Mike Locke

    Locke focuses on providing counsel to small businesses in all phases of their corporate existence, from formation through merger and acquisition. He works closely with clients as they grow and expand their businesses, offering advice and legal guidance in connection with customer and supplier agreements, terms and conditions of use (for both physical and digital products), inter-business relationships (including joint ventures), export regulations, securities regulations, litigation support, and more.

    Locke is especially focused on working with businesses that seek to bridge the gap between commercial success and environmental or social responsibility. He has counseled clients in forming “benefit corporations” (also known as “B-corps”) and drafting corporate governing documents for those seeking to maximize profitability and have a positive effect on their communities while minimizing their own environmental impacts. Locke also has experience assisting larger corporations to conduct cross-border transactions, including the international purchase and sale of goods as well as the international purchase and sale of assets and equity.

    Locke earned his J.D. in 2013, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School, and his B.A. in 2010, magna cum laude, from Rutgers University.

    Posted in: Business Law, Danielle M. DeFilippis, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Intellectual Property, Michael J. Locke, News | Tags: , , , ,

  • Sep 11, 2020Ray Lahoud to Speak on “Immigration Law Amidst A Pandemic” at Emory University

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will be a panelist for “Immigration Amidst A Pandemic,” hosted by Emory University as part of its Behind the Glass: Immigration Reflections initiative, 3:30 – 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, September 29.

    “I am excited to be a part of this incredible mission at Emory University and, as always, look forward to educating young adults interested in immigration law and immigration in general,” said Lahoud.

    About the Emory University Immigration Program

    Behind the Glass: Immigration Reflections aims to facilitate informed, nonpartisan discussion on immigration politics, law, and current events; empower entities advocating for the world’s migrant populations; and share academic and professional opportunities for students interested in the immigration field.

    The panel — comprising attorneys, judges, law school professors, and pro bono individuals serving immigrant populations — will address topics including how the legal system and immigration defense have changed with recent political changes, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected this work.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of 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. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey; New York, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania. As Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice Group, Lahoud oversees a leading team of immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants with extensive and continuing immigration law training and significant practice experience.

    Lahoud’s 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 corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters, serving nearly every industry. Lahoud’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts.

    Lahoud’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Lahoud’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Sep 10, 2020Patrick Collins Appointed Chair of Somerset County Business Partnership HR Roundtable

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, has been appointed the Chair of the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) HR Roundtable.

    “I am honored to lead this group of exceptional professionals in Somerset County’s HR industry. As a long-time resident, I look forward to continuing to contribute to this community and the SCBP is the perfect outlet to do so,” said Collins.

    About the SCBP HR Roundtable

    The SCBP is the premier business resource in Central New Jersey. A member-driven organization, this enhanced Chamber of Commerce, with Four-star Accreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, speaks with a powerful, unified, and dynamic voice representing many vital interests in Somerset County. A diverse composition of investors and members allows the SCBP to integrate the agendas of many organizations working toward similar economic, educational, and quality of life goals.

    The HR Roundtable provides an opportunity to discuss hot topics with an experienced employment law attorney and other experts in an informal setting that allows participants to grow as professionals and add value to their business at the same time. It is meant for human resources professionals responsible for overseeing personnel issues within their companies, seeking a local support system of peers, hoping to stay ahead of the constantly evolving, complex labor and employment laws and regulations.

    About Pat Collins

    A resident of Branchburg, Collins practices labor, employment, and personnel law on behalf of employers and management. He is experienced in all areas of litigation in both federal and state courts, defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge and whistleblower suits, and claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the multitude of other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. In addition, Collins represents parties in breach of contract claims, and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Collins has appeared before state human rights agencies throughout the country, as well as the EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board, and various wage and hour agencies. He has represented employers in numerous labor grievance/arbitration proceedings, and in a variety of other matters relating to the unionization of employees and collective bargaining. He has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

    Much of Collins’ practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions that will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. He regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. Collins has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, as well as drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies. He has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.

    Collins is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and their Labor & Employment Sections, as well as the Somerset County Bar Association. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Legal Services of Northwest New Jersey and is a former member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s District XIII Ethics Committee and the Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court.

    Collins received his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1983 and his B.S. from Glassboro State College in 1979.

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  • Sep 03, 2020Norris McLaughlin Adds Headcount in New York as Firm Continues Expansion Plans Despite Pandemic

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Alan Tenenbaum as a Member of the firm in its Intellectual Property Practice Group in the New York office.

    “We are thrilled to welcome Alan and his litigation and transaction experience to our already well-established IP group. Although COVID-19 affected how we do business, Norris McLaughlin never ceased to assist our clients in any way we could, including in our recruitment opportunities as part of the long-term strategic growth and succession plan, and we’re not done yet,” said Andrew N. Parfomak, Administrative Partner of the firm’s New York office.

    About Alan Tenenbaum

    On joining the firm, Tenenbaum stated, “I’m proud to be a part of a firm that looks at the big picture, even amidst a global pandemic, and stays true to its values and vision. I look forward to working with this team and seeing what the future brings for Norris McLaughlin, not only for my practice but in its entirety, as there is surely more to come.”

    Tenenbaum concentrates his practice on commercial and intellectual property litigation and counseling. He represents corporate clients throughout the United States and before the International Trade Commission in litigation involving patent, trademark, unfair competition, and other commercial claims. His litigation and trial work includes matters involving electronic hardware, software, consumer products, medical devices, chemicals, and both branded and generic pharmaceuticals.

    Tenenbaum is a trusted general counsel to a variety of companies. Applying business solutions from a legal perspective, he works with clients to identify, acquire, protect, manage, and monetize products, technology, and intellectual property rights. He also negotiates IP and IT agreements and other complex agreements involving technology.

    Tenenbaum frequently speaks and writes on the topics of patent litigation, software patents, and intellectual property involving emerging technology. He has been named in New York Super Lawyers® for several years, most recently in 2020. He is also rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. Tenenbaum earned his J.D. with honors in 1988 from George Washington University and his B.S. in 1985 from Union College.

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