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  • Dec 11, 2017Nicholas Pellitta Honored by Boy Scouts of America

    Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., received The Boy Scouts of America Toast to Scouting Award at the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s 2017 Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner at the Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater on November 30.

    Recipients of the award are chosen for their outstanding community service as evidenced by the interest and leadership they have given to many worthwhile organizations, as well as the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues.

    According to their website, the Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America (Council #358) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of good character, citizenship and personal fitness. They serve more than 19,000 youth members and 6,000 leaders each year in the counties of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and parts of Middlesex. The Council’s core objective is to build strong personal values, family values and character in young people by providing program activities that teach, support and encourage such values.

    A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts, and provides a wide variety of litigation strategy and assistance for business clients in commercial matters, including contract review, insurance-related issues, and real property tax appeals. He represents colleges and universities for more than 25 years in areas such as tort claim defense, campus security, alcohol policies, police litigation, civil rights, and student discipline.  Pellitta also assists clients in matters involving personal injury, criminal charges, juvenile delinquency, and other similar offenses, both in municipal and superior courts.

    Pellitta is a current board member and former Chair of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and former Chair of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation Board. He earned his J.D. from New York Law School and his B.A. from Rutgers College.

    Pictured from left to right: Event Co-Chair, Lesley Gabel; Award Recipient, Nicholas Pellitta; President & CEO of Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, Chris Phelan; and Event Co-Chair, Donna Simon

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  • Apr 08, 2014Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Selected as Counsel for Flemington Business Improvement District

    Bridgewater, NJ (April 8, 2014) – The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been selected as counsel for the Flemington Business Improvement District. Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the firm, will provide legal services and guidance to the Board of Directors as they work towards the FBID’s mission of recruiting, revitalizing and retaining businesses in the Borough of Flemington.

    “The attorneys at Norris McLaughlin, P.A. have been serving the business community for over 60 years,” said Pellitta. “We are dedicated to serving our clients and are extremely happy to have the Flemington Business Improvement District as one.”

    The Flemington BID is a non-profit organization that partners with the public and private sectors in the promotion and development of the Flemington commercial district. The initiatives and programs of the FBID are managed by a full-time executive director, and an elected Board of Directors oversees the operations of the organization.

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., founded in 1953, currently operates with over 125 lawyers and 145 support staff. The firm has distinguished itself among the best within the fields of arbitration and mediation; banking and finance; bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights; litigation, including bankruptcy, commercial, eminent domain and condemnation, and environmental; mergers and acquisitions; securities and capital markets; and trust and estates; and its Environmental and Health Care Groups are globally recognized. With offices in three locations, including Bridgewater, New Jersey; New York, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. serves a broad range of clients, from high net-worth individuals to start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit nmmlaw.com.

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  • Mar 13, 2014Nicholas Pellitta Receives the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Award

    Bridgewater, NJ (March 12, 2014) – On February 28, Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., received the 2013 Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) President’s Award at the Annual Meeting and Dinner Dance. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that are engaged in and supportive of the mission of the Chamber.

    “Nicholas F. Pellitta has been dedicated to the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce for many years. It was with great pleasure that I presented this year’s President Award to him for being an active member of the HCCC, including serving as legal counsel, chair of numerous committees, a long-standing member of the Executive Committee, and Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors,” stated Christopher Phelan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber.

    The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce is a proactive partnership of businesses, with approximately 500 member companies, dedicated to promoting a favorable business climate, supporting member companies and providing business leadership throughout the county. The volunteer membership drives the committees and activities of the organization, which serves as a collective voice for business where and when it matters.

    A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts. He has represented colleges and universities for more than 20 years in areas such as tort claim defense, police litigation, civil rights and student discipline. Pellitta earned his J.D. from New York Law School in 1985 and his B.A. from Rutgers College in 1982.

    Pellitta is Chair of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation and a member of the Hunterdon Prevention Resources Board of Trustees.

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  • Oct 11, 2013Nicholas Pellitta Appointed Chair of the Board of Raritan Valley Community College Foundation

    Nicholas Pellitta Appointed Chair of the Board of Raritan Valley Community College Foundation

    Bridgewater, NJ (October 11, 2013) – Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the Bridgewater law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed Chair of the Board of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation.

    “It is my pleasure to continue to serve the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation and take on this new leadership role. I am dedicated to serving the Foundation and, in turn, the needs of Somerset and Hunterdon counties,” said Pellitta.

    The Foundation was created in 1971 to help Raritan Valley Community College expand and meet the growing educational and cultural needs of residents and businesses in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. The Foundation strives to enhance the College’s standing as the most important source of culture and continuing education in Somerset and Hunterdon counties and works with the College to expand the relationships it has forged with businesses and the community. The mission of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation is to raise funds above and beyond public and tuition sources and to promote awareness of the institution.

    A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts. He has represented colleges and universities for 25 years in areas such as tort claim defense, police litigation, civil rights and student discipline. On the individual level, Pellitta offers assistance to clients in a variety of matters in all state courts.

    Pellitta currently serves on the Board of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, and was previously Board Chair and Legal Counsel to the Chamber. He is Chair Emeritus of the Hunterdon Prevention Resources (HPR) and serves as a member of the HPR Board of Trustees. He has been honored by the Rutgers University Department of Public Safety for 20 years of service to the Rutgers Police Department as a Rutgers Assistant Prosecutor, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

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  • Mar 15, 2013Nicholas Pellitta Wins Reversal for Rutgers before New Jersey Supreme Court

     

    March 15, 2013

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    for Rutgers before New Jersey Supreme Court 

    Bridgewater, NJ (March 15, 2013) – Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of the Bridgewater law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., successfully argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of Rutgers University in D.D. v. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, A−29/30−11.  The issue was whether a lawyer’s neglect and/or a plaintiff’s alleged physical and emotional incapacitation represented “extraordinary circumstances” allowing a late notice of claim under the New Jersey Tort Claims Act (TCA), which governs lawsuits against public entities.  Pellitta argued that there was nothing extraordinary about the circumstances in the case and that allowing the exception would undermine the notice requirement under the TCA.

    The Court, agreeing with Pellitta in a reversal of the lower courts, held that “[n]either attorney inattention nor incompetence constitutes an extraordinary circumstance sufficient to excuse failure to comply with the ninety-day filing deadline under the TCA.”  The Court further held that the plaintiff’s medical proofs were “insufficient to meet the extraordinary circumstances standard,” and stated that the “the doctrine of substantial compliance [could not] serve to relieve a claimant of the TCA’s written-notice requirement.”

    According to Pellitta, the significance of the decision is the Supreme Court’s recognition that “the notice provisions of the TCA should be construed to effectuate the Legislature’s intent to limit the exception to those cases that are truly extraordinary.”

    Pelitta was assisted by Edward G. Sponzilli and Bradford W. Muller, attorneys with the firm’s Litigation and Higher Education Groups.

    A resident of Flemington, Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts.  He has also represented colleges and universities for 20 years in areas such as tort claims defense, police litigation, civil rights and student discipline.  On the individual level, Pellitta assists clients in a variety of matters, both in municipal and superior courts.

    Pellitta serves as a Vice Chairman of the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation Board.  He has served as Chairman of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, and was previously Legal Counsel to the Chamber.  He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Hunterdon Prevention Resources (HPR).  He has been honored by the Rutgers University Department of Public Safety for 20 years of service to the Rutgers Police Department as a Rutgers Assistant Prosecutor, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.  

    Pellitta earned his J.D. from New York Law School in 1985 and his B.A. from Rutgers College in 1982.

    Colleges and universities have sought the advice of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Higher Education attorneys in litigated matters in state and federal courts within New York and New Jersey, and before administrative agencies. The firm is experienced in the defense of tort claims, including sexual assault, assault, social host and dram shop, premises liability and lack of or inadequate security, products liability, libel and slander, sport injuries, and general negligence. The firm has defended cases alleging failure to regulate or control student misconduct, fraternities and sororities. It has also defended cases in state and federal courts alleging civil rights and constitutional violations.

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