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  • Jul 29, 2021Jill Lebowitz to Speak on New Jersey Inheritance Tax at NJICLE 2021 Estate Planning Summer Institute

    Jill Lebowitz, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Estate, Trust, and Tax Law Practice Group, will present “Digging Deeper into the New Jersey Inheritance Tax” virtually once again for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) Estate Planning Summer Institute on Friday, July 30, at 9:00 a.m.

    “Being my fifth time presenting on the New Jersey inheritance tax for the Estate Planning Summer Institute, I look forward to further discussion with those in attendance about the changes that have occurred this year,” said Lebowitz.

    About the New Jersey Estate Planning Summer Institute

    This annual program provides an in-depth look at estate planning, featuring an advanced analysis of the most pressing estate planning topics during the current year. Topics to be addressed include law and procedure, essential drafting techniques, and information to elevate an attorney’s practice.

    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 29, and Friday, July 30, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., as a live webcast. This year offers 13.9 New Jersey CLE credits, including 1.2 ethics/professionalism credits. New York and Pennsylvania CLE credits are also available. For more information and to register, visit njsba.com or call (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 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 2019, 2020, and 2021 lists of New Jersey Super Lawyers® in the Estate & Probate section. A description of the selection methodology can be found at superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    Lebowitz currently serves on the Meritas U.S. Trusts and Estates Industry Group Steering Committee. She 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. Lebowitz 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 23, 2021Norris McLaughlin Welcomes David Shepherd to New York Real Estate & Finance Practice Group

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome David B. Shepherd as an Associate. He joins the firm’s Real Estate & Finance Practice Group in New York.

    “We are excited to have David join the firm. His knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to our team, his joining allows us to expand the full range of services with the personal level of care that our clients have come to know and appreciate,” said Dean M. Roberts, Chair of the New York Real Estate & Finance Practice Group.

    Shepherd commented, “In addition to the firm’s collegial environment, I am most excited about joining the firm because of the partners, associates, and support staff’s commitment to providing the highest quality of service to clients. I look forward to being able to learn from the partners and associate’s extensive experience and being able to apply that knowledge to better assist our clients.”

    About David Shepherd

    Shepherd focuses his practice primarily on commercial real estate and finance transactions. He has counseled developers, for-profit, and not-for-profit corporations in the acquisition and disposition of various classes of commercial real estate, as well as financing transactions.

    Additionally, Shepherd is experienced in drafting and negotiating office and retail leases on behalf of both owners and tenants; as well as license agreements, operating agreements, shareholder agreements, the formation of corporate documents, and other real estate transaction-related documents.

    As a young real estate attorney, Shepherd recognizes the importance of both being involved in the local legal community and connecting with young leaders in the New York real estate industry. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, and New York County Lawyers Association. Moreover, Shepherd was a Spring 2019 graduate of the New York City class of Project REAP; through which, he has been able to experience personal growth by participating in educational and mentorship opportunities offered through the International Council of Shopping Centers, NAIOP, and Urban Land Institute.

    Shepherd received his J.D. in 2016 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was an E. Nathaniel Gates Scholarship recipient, Staff Editor of the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, and President of the Real Estate Law Association. He received his B.A. in 2011 from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business.

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  • Jul 20, 2021Norris McLaughlin Welcomes Risa Chalfin to New Jersey Litigation Practice Group

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Risa M. Chalfin as a Member of the firm. She joins the firm’s Litigation Practice Group in New Jersey.

    “Risa makes a great addition to our team. We are lucky to have her and look forward to seeing her excel here at Norris McLaughlin,” said Margaret Raymond-Flood, Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice Group.

    Risa Chalfin commented, “Joining Norris McLaughlin is an exciting step in my career. I am looking forward to working with such a great group of attorneys and putting my knowledge and experience to use for the firm’s clients.”

    About Risa Chalfin

    Risa Chalfin, an experienced trial attorney, focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation matters. She handles all aspects of litigation from inception through appeal before state, chancery, and federal courts. Based on her depth of experience, Risa is a trusted advocate for her clients. She has extensive experience in matters arising from partnership and shareholder disputes.

    Her approach to litigation and conflict resolution is informed by her experience and her ability to guide clients to resolve disputes most efficiently. Risa regularly works with clients from the initial pleading stage of litigation through resolution. She has broad experience with the New Jersey Appellate Division, handling cases from briefing through argument.

    In addition, Ms. Chalfin often speaks for CLE seminars sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association, and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. She has been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers® and issued by Thompson Reuters, each year since 2015. A description of the selection methodology can be found at superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Ms. Chalfin practiced at a large, multi-disciplinary firm in New Jersey. She was a member of the firm’s Political Contributions Committee, advising members and clients on the implications of contributions according to local and state pay-to-play ordinances. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Glenn Berman, Chancery Division, New Jersey Superior Court, from 2011-2012. During her term, Judge Berman presided over the highly publicized State v. Ravi trial, which addressed the issue of bias intimidation and cyberbullying of Rutgers University students.

    Actively engaged in the legal community, Ms. Chalfin is a Trustee of Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, serves on the General Council of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is an Editor of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Legal Eagle, Law-Related Education Committee. She served as a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association from 2013 to 2020 and currently sits on its Chancery Practice Committee. She is also a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.

    Risa Chalfin received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2011 and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Involved in her alumni networks, she interviews prospective students for the University of Pennsylvania. While attending law school, she interned for the Honorable Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, New York County Defender Services, and the National Football League. In her spare time, Risa enjoys running, reading, the New York Yankees, and the Oregon Ducks.

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  • Jul 13, 2021Shana Siegel and Lori Kayne Speak on Medical Decision Making

    Shana Siegel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Elder Care and Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Lori Kayne, the firm’s Geriatric Social Worker, will present “Medical Decision Making in 2020 and Beyond” virtually on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in partnership with Runnells Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare exclusively to St. Clare’s Health hospital network.

    “It has always been an issue that people have not discussed what their treatment wishes would be if they were critically ill, and the COVID crisis with the rapid onset of serious symptoms has brought this dilemma into the forefront,” said Siegel.

    Kayne added, “As health care professionals it is our ethical imperative to ensure that decisions are made that reflect the patient’s wishes, not the wishes of the family or physician.”

    About Medical Decision Making

    This webinar will address some best practices for case managers and social workers, including principles of medical ethics, the impact of COVID-19 on medical decision making, federal and New Jersey laws in relation to medical ethics, a case manager and social worker’s role in patient advocacy, and mechanisms for autonomy.

    About Shana Siegel

    Siegel concentrates her practice on 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. One of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), she has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

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

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

    About Lori Kayne

    Kayne has worked in the health care field for over 20 years. In collaboration with a client’s attorneys, she conducts Geriatric Assessments and develops detailed Life Care Plans to address any care, legal, or financial issues the client may have.

    Prior to joining the firm, Kayne was an Elder Care Coordinator at WanderPolo & Siegel. Kayne earned her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr College in 1983, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Bucknell University. She holds a Certificate in Elder Care from Stockton University and a Certificate of Gerontology from Rutgers University.

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  • Jul 07, 2021Andrew Shaw Appointed to Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley Board of Directors

    Andrew J. Shaw, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

    “It is my honor and pleasure to serve the Greater Lehigh Valley not only professionally, but also personally, through public service. Being dedicated to this community allows me to better serve the firm’s clients and help those in need,” said Shaw.

    About Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley

    Since 1970, Meals on Wheels of the Greater Lehigh Valley has supported the most vulnerable people in the Lehigh Valley by providing home-delivered meals, grocery shopping, pet food and supply delivery, emergency meals, and other services needed by homebound senior citizens and adults with disabilities.

    About Andrew Shaw

    Shaw concentrates his practice on commercial litigation. He has a wide range of experience through all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts and administrative agencies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums.

    Shaw’s experience includes bankruptcy litigation, commercial disputes, insurance coverage counseling and litigation, insurance defense litigation, fraud litigation, criminal defense, real estate litigation, unemployment compensation, and collections. He represents individuals and closely held and public companies, including bankruptcy trustees, business owners, property owners, landlords, construction contractors, hospitality, sports, recreation and entertainment entities, and insurance companies. Shaw is well versed in both federal and state Fair Debt Collections Practices Acts and has made presentations on various bankruptcy topics.

    Shaw has also handled non-litigation matters including residential real estate transactions, business formations, probate, and wills, trusts, and estates. Additionally, he was an Assistant Deputy Public Defender with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, where he represented indigent criminal defendants in indictable felony trial court matters.

    Outside of work, Shaw serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Campaign in the Lehigh Valley. He also participates in the Pennsylvania, Northampton County, and Lehigh County Bar Associations. Shaw earned his J.D. in 1998 from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was a judicial extern for Associate Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton of the Supreme Court of Ohio and an Associate Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal; and his B.A. in 1994 from University of Wisconsin.

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  • Jul 01, 2021David Vozza Speaks to Onondaga County Medical Society

    David N. Vozza, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Insurance Audits – Recent Trends” at the Ask the Carriers Conference, sponsored by the Onondaga County Medical Society, virtually on June 29.

    “Challenging unfavorable audit findings and overpayments can be daunting but are largely preventable. Recognizing and identifying opportunities to stem audits before they occur is essential for any health care practitioner,” said Vozza, who spoke about what to expect in the audit process, preventing audits and overpayments, and real-world case examples.

    About the Onondaga County Medical Society Ask the Carriers Conference

    The all-day event gives physicians and their staff an opportunity to ask questions of local insurance carrier representatives and to learn about new policies or programs. MLMIC Insurance Company presented “Practicing in a Pandemic: Addressing Liability Issues and Maintaining a Safe Environment of Care.” Many local vendors and organizations of interest to physicians and their staff members also attended.

    Norris McLaughlin is proud to sponsor the event as General Counsel to the Onondaga County Medical Society, whose members include physicians and medical students in Onondaga County. To learn more about the conference and the Onondaga County Medical Society, visit www.oncms.org.

    About David Vozza

    Vozza devotes his practice to the areas of health care and litigation. He defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, and in private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general health care litigation in both federal and state courts.

    Vozza also defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline. He frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New York State regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation.

    Vozza earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 and his B.A. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in 1998.

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  • Jun 24, 2021Raymond Lahoud Appointed to American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National Member Engagement Committee

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, has been appointed to American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National Member Engagement Committee for the 2021-2022 term.

    “As a long-time, devoted member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, I am thrilled to take this next step in my participation by recruiting and mentoring new members,” said Lahoud.

    About the American Immigration Lawyers Association

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) liaisons and committee members play an integral part in helping to achieve the association’s mission to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

    The Member Engagement Committee supports membership growth by actively recruiting and identifying ways to retain members. Members of the committee identify and recruit potential new member leads and contact lapsed members for renewal. The committee also provides input and feedback regarding membership needs, programs, and policies. The responsibility of serving on a national committee carries with it a commitment to hard work, selflessness, and excellence.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.

    Lahoud 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, has 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, in which a description of the selection methodology can be found here. 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 included in the Lehigh Valley Business 2021 “Power 30 in Law” listing and 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 earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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  • Jun 23, 2021Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Listed in Lehigh Valley Business Power 30 in Law

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys, Judith A. Harris, Raymond G. Lahoud, and Theodore J. Zeller III, Members of the firm, have been included in the Lehigh Valley Business 2021 “Power 30 in Law” listing.

    “My colleagues and I are honored to be recognized by Lehigh Valley Business and are grateful for the community in which we live, work, and play. It is always our pleasure to serve the Lehigh Valley and beyond in any way we can,” said Zeller, Administrative Partner of the Pennsylvania office.

    David C. Roberts, Chair of the firm, added, “With deep roots in the Lehigh Valley, Norris McLaughlin takes pride in being a part of the community, not only by providing the necessary legal work but through our attorneys’ dedication to community service and leadership roles.”

    About the Power 30 in Law

    Although the “Power 30 in Law” listing is not a ranking, it recognizes those who shape the community and impact the way residents in the Lehigh Valley live. The attorneys included help make regulations, settle disputes, and ensure fairness in the Lehigh Valley. Each attorney was asked to introduce themselves and share something personal. For more information and to get to know those recognized, visit lvb.com.

    About the Lehigh Valley Attorneys

    Judith A. Harris

    Harris, Co-Chair of the firm’s Estate, Trust, and Tax Law Practice Group, 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 also 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 was recognized as a “Circle of Excellence” recipient for the Lehigh Valley Business 2021 Women of Influence Awards. She earned her LL.M in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 1991; her 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.

    Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud, Chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice Group, 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 corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.

    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, has 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 earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

    Ted Zeller

    Zeller, Chair of the firm’s Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing, and Distribution Industry Group, has extensive experience in liquor law, regulatory licensing, commercial transactions, real estate transactions, and litigation. He began his legal career as a litigator and has tried multiple cases in county and federal court, including jury trials, and hundreds of cases before arbitration panels, district justices, and administrative law judges. Zeller was lead counsel in a beer rights case brought against the world’s largest brewers and now serves as counsel to D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., among others.

    Zeller’s lobbying efforts helped to modernize parts of the Pennsylvania liquor code. He has authored numerous provisions that have been enacted into law. The bills helped small brewers by allowing more efficient and cost-effective brand registration and altered the package laws for brewery licenses. Zeller also appeared before the House Liquor Committee with the Brewers of Pennsylvania in the Privatization Hearings. Most importantly, his efforts helped change brewery regulations to allow for taprooms. Zeller also authored the Malt Beverage Tax Excise Credit legislation and has written extensively about Acts 39 and 166. As counsel to the Brewers of Pennsylvania, he worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to enact a new tax law, which imposes a fair sales and use tax on consumer sales by breweries, prior to the effective date of a new Tax Bulletin, which imposed a tax rate that was four times what was subsequently enacted and signed into law.

    Zeller was named to The Legal Intelligencer’s 2019 list of “Pennsylvania Trailblazers” because of his contributions that “helped make Pennsylvania the top U.S. producer of domestically-crafted beers and a leader of direct sales to consumers.” He earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University in 1992. As a volunteer, Zeller is Chairman of the Allentown Parking Authority and a youth soccer coach.

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  • Jun 18, 2021Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Associates to the Firm

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Anthony M. Brichta to its Allentown, Pennsylvania office and John V. Kelly III to the Bridgewater, New Jersey office.

    “We are thrilled to be adding more young talent to our already established practice groups and offices. Our goal is to continue our growth plans, providing the firm a great succession plan to secure our future,” said David C. Roberts, Chair of the firm and Co-Chair of its Recruiting Committee.

    About Anthony Brichta

    Brichta concentrates his practice on commercial litigation, corporate matters, and liquor law. He has joined the firm’s expansive Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing, and Distribution Industry Group and brings his wide-ranging experience to its alcohol manufacturing and distribution clients.

    In addition, Brichta has handled a broad range of civil litigation matters for private and municipal clients. He has extensive experience in creditors’ rights, municipal litigation, tax assessment and tax claim litigation, appellate practice, insurance defense and coverage, plaintiffs’ litigation, commercial disputes, bankruptcy, and juvenile dependency matters.

    A resident and native of the Lehigh Valley, Brichta is co-founder and CEO of a start-up craft distillery in Allentown and Easton. He has volunteered for an income tax clinic relief program in New Orleans and taught the Junior Achievement Program at Brooklyn High School. Brichta was selected for inclusion in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 “Rising Stars” lists in Philadelphia Magazine by Super Lawyers®.

    Brichta received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2008, where he participated in the mock trial and trial practice programs. He was also a member of the university’s wrongful convictions clinical program and assistant editor of its national political science journal, Political Communication. From Lehigh University, Brichta received his M.A. in 2005 and his B.A., summa cum laude, in 2004.

    About John Kelly

    Kelly, who is joining the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, focuses his practice exclusively on labor and employment law. He advises clients on various local, state, and federal labor and employment laws.

    Additionally, Kelly handles litigation matters from pleading through appeal, including discrimination and sexual harassment suits, workplace investigations, and wage and hour compliance, and employer investigations. He drafts employer and employee policies, handbooks, and contracts, and negotiates vendor contracts and agreements.

    Prior to joining the firm, Kelly was a clerk for the New Jersey Superior Court, Hudson County Vicinage Law Division in Jersey City for the Hon. Christine Farrington, J.S.C. He is an Army Veteran and JAG Officer in the New Jersey Army National Guard. In 2020, Kelly was elected to the Nutley Board of Commissioners, where he serves as Commissioner and Director of Nutley’s Public Affairs and Health Department.

    Kelly earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2012, where he was a member of the Legislative Law Journal and recipient of the Del Tufo Constitutional Law Award; and his B.S., cum laude, from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007.

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  • Jun 15, 2021Eric Alvarez Named Chair of the Norris McLaughlin Cannabis Law Industry Group

    Eric Alvarez, an Associate of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Industry Group.

    “It is an honor to lead such a talented group of attorneys into the next chapter. Our goal is to successfully guide our clients through the ever-changing legal landscape by providing innovative, efficient, and top-shelf legal services,” said Alvarez.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Cannabis Law Industry Group

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

    About Eric Alvarez

    Alvarez advises clients on compliance with state and federal laws and regulations relating to the production, research, and testing of cannabis and cannabis-derived products such as cannabidiol (“CBD”). He understands that every client’s situation is unique, as are the parties involved in it, and approaches each matter focused on achieving the best possible result based on his client’s individual objectives and goals.

    Additionally, Alvarez concentrates on high-stakes, complex commercial litigation in both state and federal court. He represents businesses of all shapes and sizes—from closely-held partnerships to international corporations—in a wide range of litigation matters.

    A resident of Somerset County, Alvarez is active in the local bar association and the Somerset County Business Partnership, where he serves on its Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Additionally, he is active in his local Somerville community, where he serves as an Alternate Member on the town’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin to better serve the companies and individuals in his local community, Alvarez worked at an Am Law 100 firm. He maximizes his “Big Law” experience and better serves his clients’ needs with Norris McLaughlin’s depth and breadth of experience, nimble market position, and focus on helping businesses and individuals in the local community to prosper. Alvarez received his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2013 and his B.A., cum laude, from Villanova University in 2009.

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