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  • Jul 30, 2020Barbara Hollenbach Speaks on Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure

    Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin P.A., was a member of the faculty that presented the July 9 Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) webinar, “Workers’ Compensation Practice and Procedure,” which was attended by over 640 viewers.

    “It is always my pleasure to participate in the PBI Workers’ Comp Practice and Procedure presentation. While this year’s implementation was a little different, we were able to provide topical information of the same quality as in past years,” said Hollenbach.

    About Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure

    The “Workers’ Compensation Practice and Procedure” book, of which Hollenbach is an author, is published once every two years in conjunction with the seminar. The seminar features information designed to bring the audience up to date on recent developments and topics and tips of interest to all practitioners and judges in a fast-paced, focused, and thought-provoking way. Discussion topics that were addressed include recent case law developments, Medicare Set-Asides, IREs including Act 111 issues, UEGF legislation, ethical considerations, litigation strategies, COVID-19 considerations, EDI updates, and Utilization Review issues. Registrants now have access to the recording as well as the PBI book. For more information, the “Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedure 2020 Edition” is available for $139 to download.

    About Barbara Hollenbach

    A resident of Bethlehem, Hollenbach focuses her practice on workers’ compensation, professional liability, product liability, and general litigation. Her civil litigation experience includes representing manufacturers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and other products, as well as professionals including psychiatrists and veterinarians. She also represents clients in a variety of Orphans’ Court matters, including will contest and actions involving claims of undue influence and lack of mental capacity.

    Hollenbach is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She was the first woman elected president of the Northampton County Bar Association and is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section. From 2011 – 2016, Hollenbach served on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee. A Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, she has co-authored and co-presented the PBI Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedures manual and course since 2000. Hollenbach has been named one of Pennsylvania’s Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers for several years, most recently in 2020.

    An active community volunteer, Hollenbach is a past Chair and current member of Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites’ Board of Trustees. She is also active in Cops ‘n” Kids of the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Hollenbach has served on the boards and has been president of numerous charitable organizations, including Quota International of Bethlehem and the YWCA of Bethlehem. She earned her J.D., cum laude, in 1978 from Dickinson School of Law and her B.A., with highest distinction, in 1975 from Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Jul 21, 2020Jill Lebowitz to Speak on New Jersey Inheritance Tax at NJICLE Estate Planning Summer Institute

    Jill Lebowitz, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Digging Deeper into the New Jersey Inheritance Tax” for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Education (NJICLE) Estate Planning Summer Institute.

    “Each year, it is my pleasure to participate in the NJICLE Estate Planning Institute. Especially now, during these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to stay informed,” said Lebowitz.

    About the NJICLE Estate Planning Summer Institute

    The two-day program, co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, will be held on Thursday, July 23, and Friday, July 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., as a live webcast. The Institute offers 13.4 CLE credits, including one ethics/professionalism credit. For more information and to register, visit njsba.com or call NJICLE at 732-214-8500.

    About Jill Lebowitz

    Lebowitz devotes her practice to estate planning, trust and estate administration, and counseling tax-exempt organizations. She is experienced in drafting sophisticated estate planning instruments and counseling individuals and families regarding estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax issues. Lebowitz advises clients on the development of both simple and complex estate plans, philanthropic planning, and business succession issues. She drafts estate planning instruments including wills, revocable living trusts, insurance trusts, dynasty trusts, charitable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, shareholders agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives for health care.

    In addition, Lebowitz handles all aspects of trust and estate administration, as well as fiduciary litigation and guardianship matters. She prepares federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns and federal gift tax returns. Lebowitz is knowledgeable in drafting disclaimers and agreements regarding post-mortem planning, informal distribution agreements, judicial fiduciary accountings, and handling court proceedings to effect the final distribution of estates and trusts. She also counsels individuals and financial institutions regarding their fiduciary duties as personal representatives and trustees, including advising on legal and tax issues, as well as issues in connection with administering trusts. She also assists individuals, families, and fiduciaries with all aspects of fiduciary litigation and handles guardianship matters.

    Lebowitz regularly advises tax-exempt organizations regarding federal tax exemption issues, state charitable registration filings, and governance issues. On behalf of tax-exempt organizations, she drafts nonprofit corporation documents and prepares federal applications for tax-exempt status, state charitable registration filings, and state property tax and sales tax exemption applications. Lebowitz has extensive experience advising individuals, family and corporate foundations, and tax-exempt organizations on nonprofit corporate governance, private foundation excise taxes, domestic and international grant-making, executive compensation, excess benefit rules and intermediate sanctions, unrelated business income, scholarship programs, and fundraising issues.

    Lebowitz is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a national organization of approximately 2,500 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence, and experience as trust and estate counselors. She has also been selected for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Estate & Probate section.

    Lebowitz is a Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section, and continues to serve on the Section’s Board of Consultors. She is also a Past President of the Greater Middlesex/Somerset Estate Planning Council and continues to serve on its Board of Trustees.

    Lebowitz earned her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law—Newark, and her B.A. from New York University.

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  • Jul 14, 2020Andrew Linden and Lana Ros Reappointed to New Jersey State Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee

    Andrew D. Linden, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Cannabis Law Industry Group, and Svetlana (Lana) Ros, also a Member of the firm, have been reappointed to the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Cannabis Law Committee for the 2020-2021 term.

    “It is exciting to be able to continue my involvement with a great group of practitioners that will help shape the legal, regulatory, and business framework for this new and rapidly changing industry in New Jersey,” said Linden. “It’s been a pleasure and an honor to be involved in that process,” added Ros.

    About the NJSBA Cannabis Law Committee

    The committee studies the many legal issues in all practice areas that arise from cannabis within the health care industry, as well as potential consumer access. They continuously review the applicable legislation, make recommendations and suggest amicus advocacy positions, and inform and educate other attorneys about this new and ever-changing field. The work of the NJSBA committees is essential to advancing the interests of the association, the legal profession, and the public.

    About Andrew Linden

    Linden assists marijuana entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors to navigate complex statutory and regulatory schemes, including those related to permitting and licensing such as initial applications, transfers, expansions, changes to ownership, and related disclosures; distribution; and general business operations such as sales, storage of product, and recordkeeping. He assists clients in all tiers of the distribution chain regarding compliance and business law issues.

    Linden also counsels alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers with all facets of their business. These include licensing and regulatory compliance, business formation, and product labeling. He has assisted craft breweries and distilleries with applications before the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and retailers with applications before the local municipality. Linden provides guidance in connection with TTB federal permitting laws, advises clients concerning federal and state labeling requirements and approval processes, and helps them navigate state distribution and beer franchise laws.

    In addition, Linden has ten years of experience handling complex business litigations, including construction matters, shareholder disputes, and warranty and product liability claims.

    Linden has been named in “New Leaders of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal as part of its 2020 Professional Excellence Awards for his impressive accomplishments and great promise in the legal profession and was included in New Jersey Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” for Business Litigation from 2013 to 2017. He is a trustee of the Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy, which supports Essex County’s Grover Cleveland Park; is an active member of the Lehigh Lawyers Association; serves on the Borough of Caldwell’s Rent Review Board; and previously served on the Executive Committee for Young Lawyers Division of the NJSBA. Linden attended Seton Hall University School of Law, where he received his J.D., cum laude, in 2007.  He earned a B.S., with honors, from Lehigh University in 2004, majoring in Accounting and Marketing.

    About Lana 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 health care providers. Ros routinely represents health care 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.

    As a member of the firm’s Cannabis Law Practice Group, Ros draws on her extensive knowledge and background in dealing with regulatory agencies to assist health care providers and non-health care clients to navigate the complex and developing area of medical cannabis. She frequently writes and lectures throughout New Jersey and New York on legal issues affecting health care professionals, such as medical cannabis, over-prescribing of medications, inappropriate conduct of practitioners, general licensure, health care-related cybersecurity issues, fraud and abuse, medical records, HIPAA, and employment law.

    Ros is very active in the legal community. In addition to being a Trustee for the Somerset County Bar Association, she currently serves as its Continuing Legal Education Committee Co-Chair. Ros is also the Secretary for the New Jersey State Bar Association Health Law Section, a member of the Cannabis Law Committee for the New York State Bar Association, a member of the Healthcare Forum Steering Committee of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, and serves on the Supreme Court of New Jersey District XA Ethics Committee for East Morris and Sussex Counties. She 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.

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  • Jun 26, 2020Kate Curcio Named Lehigh Valley Business 2020 Forty Under 40 Honoree

    Catherine A. Curcio, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named to the Lehigh Valley Business 2020 “Forty Under 40.”

    “I am honored to be included on this list amongst so many distinguished members of the community. I would like to extend my gratitude to Lehigh Valley Business for this recognition and my congratulations to the other recipients,” said Curcio.

    About the Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40

    Each year, Lehigh Valley Business recognizes 40 of the “most outstanding professionals” in the Greater Lehigh Valley. The awards celebration will be held virtually this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and social distancing requirements at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16. For more information and to register, visit lvb.com.

    About Kate Curcio

    Curcio focuses her practice on matrimonial and family law as well as real estate and finance. Because of her dual practice areas, she is uniquely positioned to serve clients and address client needs that transcend a single area of the law. Curcio works with clients whose needs lie in all areas of family law, from inception to conclusion, throughout the Lehigh Valley, as well as Northampton, Monroe, Carbon, Berks, and Bucks Counties.

    Curcio, a licensed title agent and President of ABE Settlement Services, LLC, also represents real estate owners, both individuals and entities, and developers in a broad range of real estate transactions and projects. In addition, she assists municipalities and municipal code enforcement officers in compliance hearings and has drafted, interpreted, and implemented ordinances, regulating matters from property maintenance to life and safety measures. Curcio currently sits as solicitor to the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission.

    Outside of her practice, Curcio is an active advocate of the Third Street Alliance for Women and Children, where she serves on the Executive Committee, the Development Committee, and as Secretary of its Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Lafayette College Alumni Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the Northampton County Bar Association. Curcio received her J.D. from New York Law School and her B.A. from Lafayette College.

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  • Jun 17, 2020Norris McLaughlin Elects Melissa Peña to Management Committee

    Melissa A.  Peña, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected to the firm’s Management Committee. She succeeds Robert C. Gabrielski who has served on the committee for the past eight years and has stepped down to allow the next generation of leaders to play a more active role in managing the firm.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Management Committee

    Peña will join John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm, and the other esteemed Management Committee members, including David S. Blatteis, Dolores A. Laputka, Bruce S. Londa, Robert Mahoney, and David C. Roberts, to collaborate and oversee the day-to-day operations of the firm with the goal of preserving the firm’s values, mission, and culture, as well as implement strategic growth plans for the firm’s future success.

    “I am humbled by the trust my colleagues have placed in me by selecting me to join the management team, particularly during such an unprecedented time for the legal industry and our clients,” said Peña. “The committee has already successfully navigated the firm through the early stages of the pandemic, focusing on our clients’ evolving needs and the safety of our staff. I intend to contribute to our progress and focus on strategic planning to ensure the firm’s future growth.”

    Chairman John Vanarthos added, “Melissa brings a wealth of business acumen and years of leadership experience. She has shown that she possesses a strategic vision and has a proven track record of success. Her focus on the firm’s clients, their needs, and the firm’s best interests, along with her many other contributions to the firm reflect her deep commitment and understanding of the firm’s core values. She will contribute a unique perspective to the Management Committee and we look forward to benefiting from it.”

    About Melissa Peña 

    Peña serves as the Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, which is well suited to assist clients as the impact of the pandemic takes its toll on the economy.

    Peña is also a member of the firm’s Women’s Forum and its Diversity Committee, and is committed to mentoring and developing female and minority attorneys through their careers. Peña joined Norris McLaughlin as a summer associate and, upon graduation from law school, returned as an associate and was then promoted to member. “Over the years,” Peña said, “I have been fortunate to be mentored by many attorneys at Norris, and I attribute my career path to the development efforts of this firm. It is important to me to continue to focus on women and diversity, and to support the firm’s values.” Active in the legal community, she is a member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, the Turnaround Management Association (New Jersey), and New York County Lawyers’ Association.

    Peña serves on the Board of Directors of Meritas, an established global alliance of more than 180 independent, full-service law firms in every U.S. state and in 90 foreign countries. She is also a member of the Meritas Quality Assurance Committee and the Chair of the Meritas Financial Services Group.

    Peña concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures. Her practice covers all aspects of litigation and insolvency matters in both state and federal courts. She frequently represents secured lenders, creditors’ committees, debtors, trustees, landlords, and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings pending in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. Peña also has extensive experience litigating cases involving UCC matters, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, inter-creditor agreements, lien priority disputes, equipment leases, fraudulent conveyance actions, preferences, and various creditor enforcement matters.

    Peña earned her J.D., cum laude, from The American University Washington College of Law in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, from George Washington University in 2000.

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  • Jun 15, 2020Lana Ros Named Somerset County Bar Association Trustee

    Svetlana (Lana) Ros, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named a Trustee of the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA), based on her depiction of exceptional service both in the legal industry and the Somerset County community.

    “It has been my pleasure to be a part of the Somerset County Bar Association and I look forward to serving in this leadership role. I’ve learned so much through the education provided and met a lot of great people, and I look forward to continuing my work with the Association and advancing its mission,” said Ros.

    About the Somerset County Bar Association

    Founded over 100 years ago, the SCBA is dedicated to public service and the enhancement of the legal profession by providing programs such as continuing legal education and legal referral services. Association members have included many prominent judges, legislators, and attorneys who have served New Jersey and Somerset County with distinction. The SCBA promotes the highest standards of practice and encourages its members to contribute their time within both the legal community and the community at large.

    About Lana 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 health care providers. Ros routinely represents health care 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.

    As a member of the firm’s Cannabis Law Industry Group, Ros draws on her extensive knowledge and background in dealing with regulatory agencies to assist health care providers and non-health care clients to navigate the complex and developing area of medical cannabis. She frequently writes and lectures throughout New Jersey and New York on legal issues affecting health care professionals, such as medical cannabis, over-prescribing of medications, inappropriate conduct of practitioners, general licensure, health care-related cybersecurity issues, fraud and abuse, medical records, HIPAA, and employment law.

    Ros is very active in the legal community. In addition to now being a Trustee for the SCBA, she currently serves as its Continuing Legal Education Committee Co-Chair. Ros is also the Secretary for the New Jersey State Bar Association Health Law Section, a member of the Cannabis Law Committee for the New York State Bar Association, a member of the Healthcare Forum Steering Committee of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, and serves on the Supreme Court of New Jersey District XA Ethics Committee for East Morris and Sussex Counties. She 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.

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  • Jun 12, 2020Mo Bauer Highlighted for New Jersey Bankruptcy/Restructuring in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

    Morris S. Bauer, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been selectively ranked in the Chambers USA 2020 Guide for Bankruptcy/Restructuring in New Jersey. He was recognized for being “practical in his approach to engagements” and a “pleasure to work with.”

    Chambers USA is a very prestigious ranking; I am humbled, honored, and extremely grateful that my clients and peers hold me in that regard,” said Bauer.

    About Chambers USA

    Chambers USA ranks firms and attorneys considered leaders in their respective fields. Chambers and Partners has been publishing their world-famous guides to the legal profession since 1990. In addition, they host major award ceremonies in London and New York to honor the achievements of the world’s leading lawyers. The key to the success of their legal directories and the validity of their awards is the in-depth, unbiased research conducted by Chambers’ team of highly qualified and experienced researchers. The guiding principle behind Chambers USA is to meet the needs and expectations of the client. For more information and methodology, please click here.

    About Mo Bauer

    A resident of Long Valley, Bauer is a member of the Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group at Norris McLaughlin. He represents debtors, creditor committees, banks, and other secured creditors, trade creditors, and landlords in Chapter 11 proceedings. Bauer has also been appointed by the Court as a Chapter 11 trustee, a liquidating trustee, an assignee for the benefit of creditors, and a bankruptcy mediator.

    In addition to his bankruptcy practice, Bauer has represented banks, equipment lessors, and one of the nation’s largest utility providers in commercial foreclosure and commercial collection matters. He has been an instructor for the New Jersey Skills and Methods Course and the New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court, and a panelist for the annual New Jersey Bankruptcy Bench-Bar Conference, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and local bar associations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    Bauer has been involved in civic activities as a corporate advisory board member of Homeless Solutions, Inc.; and a board member of Team for Kids Foundation, Inc., a non-profit that provides funding for children of low-income families to play team sports. He is Vice-Chairman of the Washington Township, Morris County Zoning Board of Adjustment, and has served as President of the Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey.

    Bauer is included in the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law section of the current edition of The Best Lawyers In America and the Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights section of New Jersey Super Lawyers, including selection to the 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100. He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his B.S. from Dickinson College.

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  • Jun 08, 2020Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group Highlighted Again in Chambers USA 2020

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world, has named the firm and three of its lawyers to its list of leading law firms and lawyers in New Jersey for 2020. These recognitions highlight the firm’s investment in and development of practice areas, as well as its commitment to preeminence in the legal industry.

    Edward A. Hogan and Martha N. Donovan, Members of the firm and Co-Chairs of its Environmental Law Practice Group, were ranked Band 1, the highest ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section. Jeffrey M. Casaletto, also a Member of the firm, was ranked as “Up and Coming” in the Environment section for helping drive the firm’s growth.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group

    Hogan, a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, has been recognized for his decades of experience in site remediation matters. Chambers states the “[h]e is highly regarded for his work in site cleanup and cost recovery proceedings” and “commended by clients as ‘smart, responsive and experienced.’”  In past years, clients have called Hogan “a lawyer of choice” who “knows the law inside out” and they “trust his instincts and advice completely.” Currently listed in four categories in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America: Environmental Law, Energy Law, Litigation–Environmental, and Natural Resources Law, Hogan has been included in the Environmental Law section since 1993.

    Donovan, who was also named the Best Lawyers in America Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area, for 2020, has previously been praised as “an exemplary litigator who, according to interviewees, ‘achieves positive and timely results for clients.’” She has been highlighted for her expertise in insurance coverage and state and federal environmental regulations. Chambers states that market commentators have said Donovan “‘has the full skill set’ when it comes to environmental law.” This year, her “wealth of experience handling issues relating to Superfund sites and environmental litigation” earned her another year of recognition.

    For the second year now, Casaletto has been recognized for navigating remedial investigations and noted for his “deep understanding of environmental law,” as well as hazardous waste, site remediation, and solid waste regulations, being described as “incredibly helpful” and “terrific to work with.” The sources Chambers spoke with mention that “[h]e’s knowledgeable and good at what he does.”

    Norris McLaughlin was also recognized in the Environment category for being regularly sought out to represent clients before state and federal courts and various agencies. Its Environmental Law Practice Group is designated as a well-respected group with extensive experience in handling disputes concerning contaminated land and property damage claims. The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area. Chambers states that sources they’ve spoken to say, “It’s a great team, which is client-centric and knowledgeable of the law.”

    About Chambers USA

    Chambers USA ranks firms and attorneys considered leaders in their respective fields. Chambers and Partners have been publishing their world-famous guides to the legal profession since 1990. In addition, they host major award ceremonies in London and New York to honor the achievements of the world’s leading lawyers. The key to the success of their legal directories and the validity of their awards is the in-depth, unbiased research conducted by Chambers’ team of highly qualified and experienced researchers. The guiding principle behind Chambers USA is to meet the needs and expectations of the client. For more information and methodology, please click here.

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  • Jun 04, 2020A Message From the Firm About the Racism Rampant in Our Nation

    George Floyd is the latest in a string of tragic deaths symbolizing the racial division that continues to exist in our society. The importance of equality and respect for the rule of law are pillars of our legal system and are among the key principles that guide our attorneys every day. Racism has no place in our hearts and should have no place of acceptance in our society. Norris McLaughlin condemns racism of any kind and vows to keep listening and learning from the tragedies of the past to ensure we deliver on a lifetime promise of justice and equality for all.

    We recognize that often times, change has to begin in our own house, so we are challenging our Diversity Committee to help our firm find new ways to introduce diversity of thought and expression to our practice of law.

    Further, as the first-ever Public Defender in Somerset County and a tireless advocate for justice and equality throughout his 60-year career, we are looking at ways to turn our thirst for activism on this issue into a meaningful platform that will honor the memory of our recently-departed longtime partner, friend, and founding member of our firm, Richard A. Norris, who passed away on May 31, 2020.  Stay tuned for more information about the specific details of this program.

    Questions or comments about the statement above should be directed to our Chairman, John N. Vanarthos.

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  • Jun 04, 2020Dan Guadalupe to Receive New Jersey Law Journal 2020 Professional Excellence Award

    Daniel R. Guadalupe, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Litigation Law Practice Group and Diversity Committee, has been named in the “Mentors” listing of the New Jersey Law Journal 2020 Professional Excellence Awards for his leadership both within and outside of the firm.

    “I was fortunate to have been mentored by Larry Orloff and Judge William Dreier, two giants of our legal community. It has been so rewarding to share everything they’ve taught me with the next generation. I am very humbled by this award,” said Guadalupe.

    About the Professional Excellence Award

    This recognition identifies attorneys who have helped to educate, guide, and shape New Jersey’s legal future. The winners, named by a distinguished panel of outside professionals, will be honored at the annual New Jersey Legal Awards event on September 23, 2020, at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park. For more information and to register, please click here.

    About Dan Guadalupe

    Guadalupe represents clients in commercial litigation and “outside” general counsel assistance with a specialty in manufacturing and distribution, business disputes, medical device companies, construction, professional liability, franchise law, arbitrations and mediations, and international matters.

    Guadalupe has been counsel to Lloyd’s of London in professional liability defense matters, Swiss conglomerate ABB, French power company Alstom, National Starch and Chemical Company, the Housing Authority of the City of Newark, the City of Perth Amboy, MFS Engineers and is the main U.S. outside counsel for Swiss medical equipment manufacturer, Schiller A.G. He was a member of the legal team representing Finnish medical equipment manufacturer Datex-Ohmeda in North America and Latin America. Guadalupe is outside counsel for one of the largest Hispanic-owned food manufacturing businesses in the U.S., Tropical Cheese Industries, as well as ice cream manufacturer Delicioso Coco Helado. He defended car maker John Z. DeLorean in a federal action in New Jersey. Guadalupe also represents hotel and restaurant franchisees in litigation and disputes. He has handled and supervised litigation and transactional matters in Switzerland, Spain, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Costa Rica, and Puerto Rico. Guadalupe is regarded as a trusted, reliable advisor to many business owners and companies.

    Early on in his career, Guadalupe wrote the winning trial and appellate briefs for former Governor Tom Kean in an election dispute and received a letter commendation from the Governor after his position was upheld by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Having been appointed in July 2011 by Governor Christie, he served on the Advisory Committee of the Governor’s only and premier policy advice group on Hispanic affairs in New Jersey.

    Guadalupe is on the exclusive roster of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. He served as an International Chamber of Commerce Arbitrator and Adjunct Seton Hall Law School Professor.

    Guadalupe is a former President of the New Jersey Hispanic Bar Association and a former General Counsel of the Hispanic National Bar Association. He has also served as board member of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund; Glassroots (at-risk youth art organization); the American Red Cross; the New Jersey Lawyer Editorial Board; and several other non-profits. Guadalupe also recently served as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees of CentraState Healthcare System. He earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Columbia College.

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