• Apr 07, 2021Shana Siegel Speaks on Legal Planning for Vulnerable Adults

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care and Special Needs Law Practice Group, virtually presented “Specialized Legal Planning for Vulnerable Adults and Ethical Considerations Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity” on Monday, March 29, 2021, co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association and myLawCLE.

    “In our office, we think a lot about solo seniors – older adults who live alone and have no immediate family. It is our duty to assist those who are vulnerable and to educate others who do the same,” said Siegel.

    Legal Planning for Vulnerable Adults

    Older adults and individuals with special needs face many challenges, but those without close family members are particularly at risk. This session helps identify clients who may be vulnerable and need specialized legal planning. Discussion topics include drafting documents to ensure clients’ rights are protected and ways to address the risk of exploitation, legal issues surrounding health care decision making for vulnerable adults, and ethical issues attorneys face when representing a client with diminished capacity as well as when acting as a fiduciary for a client or former client.

    This live webinar is now accessible on-demand, viewable for up to one year. One general and one ethics CLE credit may be earned, depending on state availability. For more information and to purchase the on-demand video for $195, please visit

    About Shana Siegel

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

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was with WanderPolo & Siegel for over 10 years, five of which were as principal. She has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. Siegel is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, she was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP).

    Siegel is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar Elder Law Section, the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and the Bergen and Essex County Bar Associations. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, with honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, with honors, in 1989.

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  • Mar 22, 2021Patrick Collins Speaks to Somerset County Business Employers and HR Professionals on COVID-19 Vaccine

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Labor & Employment Law Practice Group, co-presented the webinar “Don’t Miss Your Shot: Vaccine Information and Your Role as an Employer” on March 17.

    “The considerations surrounding how employers will address vaccines in the workplace are many and complex. This is a dynamic area that will continue to change as more employees get vaccinated and as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Employers and HR professionals need to stay on top of the latest guidance as employees continue to return to the workplace,” commented Collins.

    About the COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Webinar 

    Sejal Sharma, Director of Business Development at RWJUH Somerset, was co-presenter of the webinar, which was co-hosted by the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) HR Roundtable and Employee Wellness Roundtable. Sharma presented information about the vaccine and the vaccination process. Collins, as Chair of the SCBP HR Roundtable, addressed employment law issues regarding vaccinating employees with the COVID-19 vaccine; legal considerations under federal and state anti-discrimination laws and practical guidance on mandatory and non-mandatory vaccination policies and medical and religious exemptions from vaccine requirements; and additional vaccine-related legal considerations involving wage and hour issues, workers’ compensation issues, and vaccine incentive programs that may affect an employer.

    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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  • Mar 11, 2021Judith A. Harris Named in 2021 Women of Influence by Lehigh Valley Business

    Judith A. Harris, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Estate, Trust, and Tax Law Practice Group, has been recognized as a “Circle of Excellence” recipient for the Lehigh Valley Business 2021 Women of Influence Awards.

    “The opportunity to serve my clients here in my native Lehigh Valley, and beyond, each day is my pleasure and honor. Receiving special recognition by Lehigh Valley Business is an added delight. Brava to my esteemed fellow honorees,” said Harris.

    About the Lehigh Valley Business Women of Influence

    The Women of Influence Awards honor high-achieving women for their career accomplishments. The honorees are selected based on their professional experience, community involvement, leadership, and sustained commitment to mentoring. To be eligible, the winner must live or work in the Greater Lehigh Valley area. Specifically, “Circle of Excellence” honorees are women of longstanding, notable success in the community who are leading the way for other women.

    “This year’s Women of Influence are breaking the glass ceiling and soaring to new heights. They lead by example and make time to mentor others,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher of Lehigh Valley Business. “Their outstanding professional accomplishments, community involvement, and commitment to positive change make them leaders to admire, and Lehigh Valley Business is honored to recognize them.”

    Winners will be honored Monday, May 3, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., with a virtual celebration. Each winner will be celebrated for their achievements through video storytelling. Guests will be able to add their congratulations and cheers using social media platforms from their homes or offices. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

    About Judith A. 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 their 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, where she was a published Law Review author; her A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1983; and a Diploma from the Pushkin Institute, Moscow, USSR, in 1982.

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  • Mar 11, 2021Jeanne Hamburg Listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers® Women’s Edition for 2021

    Jeanne M. Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of the firm’s Internet Law Practice Group, has been included in the 2021 New York Metro Super Lawyers® Women’s Edition. Each year since 2009, Hamburg has been recognized for her work in Intellectual Property. Only five percent of New York lawyers are given the honor of being included.

    “It is an honor to be included among my peers for the twelfth consecutive year. This past year has been difficult for many of us, so communities such as Super Lawyers® are so heartening,” said Hamburg.

    About the New York Metro Super Lawyers® Women’s Edition

    New York Metro Super Lawyers® Women’s Edition is a listing of outstanding female lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The edition, which features the list and profiles of selected attorneys, is published as a supplement in The New York Times. For more information, including the selection process, visit

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    A resident of New York, Hamburg concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area. She assists clients in a broad range of industries with their IP needs. Hamburg was ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, which lists the top 1,000 trademark attorneys in 70 jurisdictions globally.

    Hamburg litigates copyright, trademark, and cybersquatting cases through trial, and if necessary, appeal. She has acted as national counsel in federal courts across the country to bring and defend infringement claims for clients, both foreign and domestic. Additionally, Hamburg has recovered domain names for clients in many Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings, prosecuted and defended numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings, and represented applicants in ex parte appeals in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

    In the transactional area, Hamburg is experienced in trademark and copyright licensing, traditional print, and online publishing, software development, website development, content licenses, and electronic subscriptions. She counsels clients on the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Hamburg is experienced in copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, and has particular expertise with contentious and transactional issues arising from the Internet.

    Hamburg is a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves. She is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your MaⓇk®. Additionally, Hamburg is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on the Leadership Development Committee, and a member of the Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA). She formerly served on the Government Officials Training Committee, was nominated and served as Chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, and was selected as a speaker for INTA’s Trademark Basics “Maintaining the Perfect Partnership” seminar held in New York for inside and outside counsel.

    Hamburg attended Wellesley College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received her B.A., magna cum laude, in English and Psychology, with Honors in English, in 1987. In 1990, she received her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, where she was editor of the Columbia Law Review.

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  • Mar 10, 2021Peter Hutcheon Elected Presiding Justice of Clayton Elks Lodge 2132

    Peter D. Hutcheon, Of Counsel to law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been reappointed as the Presiding Justice at his local Clayton Elks Lodge 2132 for the fourth term.

    “It has been a privilege and an honor to serve my local community through the Lodge. I am quite proud of the work we have been able to accomplish, particularly helping children with special needs and veterans, and happy to continue to give back to those most in need,” said Hutcheon.

    About Clayton Elks Lodge 2132

    Clayton Elks Lodge 2132, located at the intersection of Broad and Walnut Streets in Clayton, New Jersey, has been named the “Pride of the South District” of the New Jersey State Elks Association. As the most active community-based organization, its primary focus is to benefit children with special needs and veterans. Norris McLaughlin has been a proud sponsor of its annual fundraising events and supporter of its monthly newsletter, “The Horn.”

    About Peter Hutcheon

    In his 46 years with Norris McLaughlin, Hutcheon has practiced primarily in the areas of business governance, commercial transactions, securities, banking, and finance.

    Hutcheon has been a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, and Unincorporated Entities Committee of the 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 is a Founding Fellow of the American College of Limited Liability Company and Partnership Attorneys.

    Hutcheon 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. He also served as Chair of the ABA Science & Technology Law Section, as well as Editor of Jurimetrics Journal.

    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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  • Mar 10, 2021Norris McLaughlin Ranked Tier 1 in Media Law International 2021

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that it has been ranked in the Media Law International (MLI) 2021 United States Tier 1 List, the comprehensive guide of leading media law firms and practitioners across 56 global jurisdictions.

    “We are proud to have advanced from Tier 2 to Tier 1 in the space of just one year. We said last year that we hoped the first MLI ranking was just the start of public recognition of our outstanding media law team, and we plan on continuing to always strive for excellence,” said Jeanne Hamburg, one of the primary attorneys involved in the firm’s Sports, Media & Entertainment Law Industry Group, who led the effort to achieve a ranking in its first-ever submission last year and again this year. Hamburg is also Chair of the firm’s Internet Law Practice Group.

    About Media Law International

    MLI publications focus exclusively on media law, providing coverage of legal and business sectors around the world, dedicated solely to the examination of the legal media practice through producing rankings, industry insight, coverage of trends, and global legal perspectives.

    To determine inclusion in the rankings, MLI distributed research questionnaires to all participating firms. To ensure the research was extensive and objective, they also conducted interviews with partners, in-house counsel, clients, and other legal service buyers to discuss legal and economic developments, legislative changes, rankings, and firm progress. This allows MLI to accurately represent each jurisdiction under review. For more information, including the methodology, visit

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin’s attorneys bring the firm a wealth of experience in the area of media law. Whether for authors, designers, influencers, celebrities, or executives employed by companies within the sports, entertainment, and media industries, Norris McLaughlin has handled a wide array of media law transactions. Its group has represented professional athletes and sports leagues, drafted celebrity licensing, endorsement, merchandising, and service agreements, and handled transactions involving the publishing, film, television, music, and theatrical industry and professionals.

    Norris McLaughlin services its media law clients by leveraging the skills of a cross-functional attorney team from several disciplines within the firm, including intellectual property, trademark, copyright, business law, health care and life sciences, immigration, and labor and employment. These attorneys have provided legal counseling, negotiations, strategy, media supervision, and crisis management on a global basis for high-profile matters and clients. The professional expertise provided by the attorneys at Norris McLaughlin ensures that clients receive the most competent counsel in the most cost-efficient manner.

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  • Mar 03, 2021Judge Giordano Presents Virtually for the Society of Settlement Planners

    The Honorable Emil Giordano (Ret.), a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group, recently presented “Judiciary Panel: Planning from The Court’s Perspective” and “Working with Ad Litem and Elder Law Attorneys” for the Society of Settlement Planners 2021 Annual Conference, held virtually this year, February 23-25.

    “Preparation is key to any successful legal encounter. It was my pleasure to speak with the members of the Society of Settlement Planners to better assist in that process,” said Judge Giordano.

    About the Society of Settlement Planners 2021 Annual Conference

    The judiciary panel, held February 24, featured judges and mediators, who discussed their experiences with settlement planners. They addressed the settlement plans they are more likely to approve, such as straight blended planning options rather than structured settlement plans; how planners can be better advocates for plaintiffs in these settings; and how they can better communicate with judges about the importance of a balanced plan and settlement protection.

    The elder law presentation, held February 25, covered how planners can expand their network by working with court-appointed guardians, how guardians arrive at a determination and apportionment of the settlement, and what happens when a guardian overrules the wishes of the plaintiff and the family.

    About Judge Giordano

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

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

    As an arbitrator and mediator, Judge Giordano is certified through Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute in Advanced Mediation. He is a fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators; is affiliated with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Mediation; has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) as a Diplomate Member for mediation; and has been selected to serve as an arbitrator and mediator to the Judicial Roster, Real Estate, and Pennsylvania at Large ADR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution.

    Judge Giordano serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Guardianship Certification, the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame CYO, and the Board of Governors for Saint Thomas More Society. He is a recognized member of the Justinian Society of Philadelphia and is the Northampton County Bar Association Wills and Trusts Committee Lecturer. In 2005, he was the first judicial recipient of the Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council Award for Outstanding Commitment to Victims’ Rights. On January 1, 2020, Judge Giordano was designated Vice-Chair of the statewide Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

    Judge Giordano earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1985 and his B.A. from Moravian College in 1982. A proud Moravian College alumnus, he serves as an Adjunct Professor for undergraduate classes.

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  • Feb 19, 2021Ellen Harris Elected to Board of Trustees of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity

    Ellen M. Harris, Senior Counsel to law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been invited to join the Board of Trustees of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity.

    “I am humbled and excited to begin my term with the Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity. It is truly a pleasure for me to give back to this community. The work Habitat does is incredible, and I am thrilled to play my part in it,” said Harris.

    About Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity partners with low-income people in the community to help them build or improve a place they can call home. The organization has built over 50 affordable homes in Hunterdon and Somerset counties since its founding more than 25 years ago.

    “We are grateful to have Ellen join the board. Her voice will be a great asset to our efforts,” said Timothy P. McKeown, a Member of the firm, who has served on the board for the past two years.

    About Ellen Harris

    With 12 years of experience as Chief Legal Officer at Newark Housing Authority, Harris has a strong background in municipal and federal law, contract negotiations, arbitration, mediation, transactional real estate, and eminent domain matters. She has handled transactions involving the acquisition of hundreds of properties, resulting in the relocation of thousands of residents and businesses within 77 redevelopment areas.

    Harris is experienced in negotiating and creating comprehensive agreements for construction projects, redevelopment agreements with private parties, and lease of facilities projects (government-owned assets). She negotiates binding Letters of Intent and term sheets as the framework for final agreements and coordinates with bond counsel, city, federal, and state agencies, and financial consultants to assist in analyzing risks, rewards, and requirements for the agreement under negotiation. Harris understands best practices and industry standards in public/private partnerships.

    Harris’s experience gives her an understanding of asset management, management and labor relations, bond responsibilities, redevelopment agreements, coordination with a multi-governmental approval process, and reaching agreements with stakeholders holding varying opinions and interests. Further, as Chief Legal Officer and Executive Director at Newark Housing Authority, she developed the ability to strategically negotiate and efficiently guide transactions to minimize risk and complications for her clients.

    Harris has been recognized for personal and professional achievements throughout her career, including the “Woman of Achievement Award” from the Tri-County Scholarship Foundation and the “General Counsel of the Year” from NJBiz. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1986 and her B.S. from Bucknell University in 1981.

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