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  • Jun 17, 2019Norris McLaughlin Welcomes Judge Giordano to Pennsylvania Office

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome the Honorable Emil Giordano (Ret.) as a Member of the firm.  He joins the firm’s Litigation Practice Group as Co-Chair and focuses his practice on estate and commercial litigation, and mediation and arbitration.

    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. Judge Giordano was also the first Judge in Pennsylvania to institute guardianship certification requirements for the protection of senior citizens.

    For fifteen years, Judge Giordano served as Judge for 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 Board of Governors for Saint Thomas More Society, and the Northampton County Bar Association Wills and Trusts Committee Lecturer. In 2005, he was the first judicial recipient to receive the Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council Award for Outstanding Commitment to Victim’s Rights. He was also a recipient of the Bethlehem Catholic High School Distinguished Graduate Award.

    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 currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for Undergraduate classes. Born in Brooklyn to Italian immigrant parents, Judge Giordano was the first to attend high school and is a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School.

     

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  • Jun 14, 2019Shana Siegel to Speak on Aging Well

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, will present “When it Comes to Aging, It’s Important Not to Go it Alone.” The event will take place on Wednesday, June 19, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at St. John Neumann Church in Califon.

    The seminar is intended to ease attendees’ concerns when it comes to aging. Siegel will discuss how to avoid the potentially devastating costs associated with aging; the common pitfalls families encounter without proper planning; the role an Elder Law Attorney can play; and more. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Shana 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. She 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. Siegel earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, honors, in 1989.

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  • Jun 12, 2019Norris McLaughlin Members Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that Members of the firm, Robert E. Donatelli and Rebecca J. Price, were admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, June 10, at the 2019 Bar Association of Lehigh County (BALC) Bench Bar Conference & Supreme Court of the United States Admissions Ceremony in Washington, D.C

    Michelle M. Forsell, Of Counsel to the firm, moved for admission to the Court for 21 members of The Bar Association of Lehigh County, including Donatelli and Price.  “It was an honor to move members of my local bar association for admission to the Supreme Court,” said Forsell. “And to have Bob and Rebecca included in those members made it even more meaningful for me.”

    The Annual Bench Bar Conference is a 3-day event for BALC judges, attorneys, and others. The weekend included a cocktail reception, CLE seminars, group activities, and a formal Sunday brunch. For more information, please click here.

    Donatelli has over 40 years of experience in estate administration, wills and trusts, and real estate law. He helps clients with all aspects of estate planning – will preparation, tax issues, guardianships, powers of attorney, living wills, living trusts, and special needs trusts; and estate administration – the process of probate, valuing and managing the estate, and executing decisions on guardianships and conservatorship. In real estate law, he advises clients on residential and commercial sales transactions, real estate contracts, mortgages, re-finances, foreclosures, eminent domain, title insurance, and title disputes. Donatelli is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. He is a former solicitor of the Register of Wills of Lehigh County; currently serves as Chair of the City of Allentown, Board of Ethics; is active in the Bar Association of Lehigh County, where he served as President in 1985; and is a member of the Barristers Inn of Court, where he served as President. Donatelli received his J.D. from University of Kansas School of Law in 1963 and his A.B. from Muhlenberg College in 1960.

    As a commercial litigator, Price represents clients in the eastern counties of Pennsylvania, the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey. She is involved in complex commercial business litigation, landlord/tenant matters, and contract disputes. In her general litigation practice, Price represents numerous insurance companies’ insureds in a wide spectrum of civil matters, and has also represented clients in personal injury matters. She represents local and out-of-state banks in bankruptcy, complex foreclosures, receiverships, and asset recovery matters, including negotiating deed in lieu transfers and confession of judgment for ejectment and money proceedings. She has also defended clients in actions to open or strike judgments entered by confession. She received her J.D. from William and Mary School of Law in 2007 and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio State University in 2004.

    Forsell focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration, and municipal law. She represents clients in all aspects of estate planning, including the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, with careful analysis to minimize the tax liabilities resulting from such planning. Former Solicitor to the Borough of East Greenville, she is experienced in drafting and implementing resolutions and ordinances, complying with the Right to Know law, and dealing with zoning and land use issues and tax appeals. Forsell serves as a Montgomery County Arbitrator, and teaches law courses at Cedar Crest College. She is a board member of the Gulack Foundation, the Upper Perkiomen YMCA, the Villanova Law Inn of Court, and the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce. She is secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee of Frederick Living, a Mennonite Health Services not-for-profit continuing care retirement community. Forsell received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2003, her M.A. from Temple University in 2006, and her B.A. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1999.

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Estate Planning & Administration, Litigation, Michelle M. Forsell, News, Rebecca J. Price, Robert E. Donatelli, Taxation | Tags: , , ,

  • Jun 11, 2019Peter Hutcheon Appointed to the Four-Member Ad Hoc Subcommittee of ABA State Regulation of Securities Committee

    Peter D. Hutcheon, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed to a four-member ad hoc subcommittee of the State Regulation of Securities Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section to comment on the recently proposed Fiduciary Duty Rule of the New Jersey Bureau of Securities.  That proposed rule would hold broker/dealers and their representatives registered in New Jersey to a fiduciary duty standard differing from both federal law and the law of other states.  Hutcheon serves as the Liaison from the State Regulation of Securities Committee to the New Jersey Bureau of Securities.

    The State Regulation of Securities Committee aims to keep track of best practices and developments involving state and provincial securities laws, rules, and their administration, including the regulation of securities offerings, broker-dealers, investment advisers, issuers, and their representatives. The committee reports on rules, policy statements, and interpretations proposed by states and the North American Securities Administrators Association.

    Hutcheon practices 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 biotech and pharmaceutical industries, as well as banking institutions on governance matters and is an expert on indemnification and insurance issues affecting directors and officers.  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. Hutcheon 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.  He 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 was a director for 22 years (including 2 years as chair) of the New Jersey State Bar, 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 has served as the ABA’s Liaison to the New Jersey Bureau of Securities for over 38 years. Hutcheon has been appointed to the ABA Science & Technology Law Section’s Jurimetrics Journal Editorial Board for the past.

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

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  • Jun 07, 2019Norris McLaughlin Sponsors the 34th Annual Lebanese Festival

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and Raymond G. Lahoud, Member of the firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, are proud to sponsor the St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church Lebanese Festival, better known as “Mahrajan,” in Somerset. The event will be held Friday, June 7, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., Saturday, June 8, noon – 11:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 9, noon – 10:00 p.m., at St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church, 526 Easton Avenue, on the corner of Franklin Boulevard. Admission and parking are free of charge.

    The festival is an outdoor gathering for authentic Middle Eastern food, music, dance, and culture. Traditional Lebanese foods such as falafel, shawarma (gyro), hushish kabob, spinach pies, tabouhli, stuffed grape leaves, and more will be featured. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available. In addition, guests will be able to enjoy a large assortment of Middle Eastern pastries including baklawa, mamool, nammoora, and ghraybeh.  Festivities will also include live music, games, raffles, prizes, and nights of Lebanese dancing. Featured performers include Eddie Osama on Friday; Ayad Atallah on Saturday; and Jad Rahme on Sunday, who will be performing traditional and popular Lebanese songs. For more information, please visit: https://saintsharbelnj.org/.

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

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.  His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers. Lahoud received his B.A., English, summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2006, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009.

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  • Jun 07, 2019Annmarie Simeone Elected Nominations Co-Director of NJWLA

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected Nominations Co-Director of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA) for the 2019-2020 term. She will, among other things, oversee the NJWLA’s nominations and elections, and be The Executive Board’s liaison with the Nominations Committee.

    Simeone has been actively involved in the NJWLA for over ten years. She served as Immediate Past President of the NJWLA, 2018-2019; President, 2016-2017; Vice President, 2015-2016; Chief Financial Officer, 2014-2015; Secretary, 2013-2014; Co-Chief Operating Officer, 2010-2011; Co-Director of the Women’s Leadership Resources Committee, 2008-2010; and Chair of the Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law Gala, 2011-2013.

    Simeone concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She primarily defends management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Simeone’s work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  She also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on employment issues including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  Simeone drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    In 2019, she was elected as a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association; in 2018 she received the Presidential Leadership Award from the NJWLA; in 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law; and in 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women. Simeone received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.

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  • Jun 07, 2019James Major to Speak on the Cannabis Goldrush and the IP Landgrab

    James R. Major, D.Phil., an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a panelist for “The Cannabis Goldrush and the IP Landgrab” on Tuesday, June 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at the New York City Bar Association.

    The recent push to legalize cannabis in New York has caused a rush to lay claim to invaluable intellectual property.  As the industry quickly evolves, there have been developments in legislation to protect financial institutions that service cannabis businesses, as well as patent infringement actions.  The panel will discuss the progression of the U.S. cannabis industry, its intellectual property assets, the current regulatory environment at the state and federal level, and the potential branding and trademark issues that cannabis businesses may face.  For more information and to register, please click here.

    Major dedicates his practice to U.S. and foreign patent and trademark matters. His doctorate in immunology and virology and over 10 years’ legal experience enables 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.  He has significant patent prosecution experience relating to small molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, antibodies, chemical processes, formulations, industrial processes, and methods of treatment.  He is highly experienced in rendering patentability, landscape, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions particularly in the field of biologics.  Major can assist players in the emerging cannabis industry in the evaluation and securing of patents.  He also has patent and trademark litigation experience.

    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 a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2003, and a B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1996.

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  • Jun 06, 2019Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Real Estate & Finance Member

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to welcome new Member Leonard A. LaBarbiera to its Real Estate & Finance Group.

    A resident of Hillsborough, LaBarbiera focuses his practice on real estate and finance matters, with an emphasis on affordable housing. He represents various not-for-profit and for-profit developers on all aspects of affordable housing transactions, as well as financial institutions in this area. LaBarbiera has extensive experience in dealing with tax-exempt bond financing, low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), Section 8, and other HUD issues as part of his affordable housing practice.

    In addition, LaBarbiera handles commercial transactions utilizing tax-exempt lease financing structures and regularly represents developers in the construction and development of residential and commercial properties through the use of government grants, historic tax credits, and new markets tax credits. He is experienced in working with other types of bond financings, including qualified 501(c)(3) bonds and revenue bonds. He also represents various domestic and foreign banks and financial institutions in all aspects of secured and unsecured financing.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, LaBarbiera was Special Counsel to Windels Marx and served as Associate General Counsel at MTB Banking Corporation. He earned his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from Rutgers University in 1980, his M.B.A. from Columbia University in 1982, and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1988.

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  • Jun 05, 2019Jeffrey Casaletto Presents on Real Estate Due Diligence at Expo

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Real Estate Due Diligence-Risk and Liability” with Chemmie Sokolic of Whitman at the Construction & Management Citywide B2B Expo.  The presentation was at The Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus last month.

    The presentation covered due diligence activities for those interested in buying, selling, or developing real estate, with a focus on federal and state regulatory environmental concerns. The discussion shed light on important due diligence issues, including why due diligence is critical, when and how due diligence is accomplished, and the scope of due diligence.

    A resident of Raritan Township, Casaletto concentrates his practice on environmental law.  He represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners.  He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives.  Casaletto assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, solid waste utilities, regulatory compliance, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery.  He also has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA.  He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, and cost recovery for removal and remedial actions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Casaletto was Assistant Regional Counsel and the 2002 Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Fellowship Attorney at the U.S. EPA Region III, where he focused on Superfund matters.

    During his term as an elected councilman for the Borough of Stockton, he was appointed to the Stockton Planning Board as Council Liaison and to several committees for the community of Stockton, including finance, personnel, and water and sewer.

    Casaletto earned his J.D. from The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, formerly known as Pace Law School, cum laude, and his M. Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Jun 04, 2019Ray Lahoud to Present Immigration Law Basics

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present “EOIR (Removal and Deportation) and Immigration Courts” on Thursday, June 27, 1:10 – 1:40 p.m., at the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) Seminar, “2019 U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond” hosted by  New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Immigration Law Section, Labor & Employment Law Section, and International Law and Organizations Special Committee.

    The seminar will run 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. It is designed for those who want an immigration update or refresher and for those who wish to have a basic understanding of immigration practice and procedure. This program will present the basics of immigration practice, including how to obtain Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas and how to handle employment and family-based immigration matters; and provide an update on the Trump Administration’s immigration initiatives and its efforts to shift the immigration structure from a family-based to a merit-based system.

    Registration costs are $235 for non-NJSBA members, $188 for NJSBA members, and $176 for NJSBA Section members. New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and ethics CLE credits are available. For more information and to register, click here.

    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. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.  His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers. Lahoud received his B.A., English, summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2006 and his J.D. in 2009 from Georgetown University Law Center.

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