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  • Nov 01, 2019Norris McLaughlin Recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms For 10th Consecutive Year

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in 12 practice areas in the “2020 Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. This marks the 10th consecutive year the firm has earned Metropolitan First-Tier rankings in New Jersey. The firm’s full listing of First Tier rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation –- Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law

    “It’s an honor for the firm to be highly ranked in multiple, diverse practice areas. We are proud of our client relationships and it’s especially rewarding to earn this recognition based largely on their feedback,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Best Law Firms

    From the start, the mission of Best Law Firms has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. A full listing is posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin has been serving the New Jersey community and New York metropolitan area since 1953. Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, Norris McLaughlin has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey. Throughout its growth, the firm remembers its culture and values. Norris McLaughlin has remained a firm committed to client service, its community, and its employees. The firm and its attorneys have historically been committed to the communities where clients live and do business.

    Clients value a personal level of care, therefore the firm strives for deep, meaningful, people-first relationships with each one. With many of its attorneys selected as The Best Lawyers In America each year, in addition to its active repertoire of speaking engagements and legal publications, Norris McLaughlin possesses large-firm talent in a small-firm setting that allows its attorneys to provide service and value to their clients on a personal level. It is the firm’s goal to accommodate the needs of every client through the use of experience, strategic planning, and common courtesy.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices located in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA.  For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

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  • May 31, 2019Barbara Hollenbach Moderates “Legal Updates” at the 18th Annual Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Conference

    Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will moderate “Legal Updates” on June 3 – 4 at the 18th Annual Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Conference in Hershey. The panel is an open discussion focusing on leading cases and potential problematic issues facing workers’ compensation practitioners.

    The conference, which promises a sharing of practical, useful and timely information, and provides a unique opportunity to network with other workers’ compensation professionals, is attended by 1,400 people including employers, case managers, third-party administrators, defense/claimant counsel, and others. For more information, please click here.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Hollenbach focuses her practice on workers’ compensation, professional liability, products liability, and general litigation. She is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Her civil litigation experience includes representing manufacturers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and other products; professionals including psychiatrists and veterinarians. She also represents clients in will contest actions including allegations of undue influence and lack of mental capacity. She has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the past 10 years.  She was the first woman elected president of the Northampton County Bar Association, and is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section.  From 2011 – 2016, Hollenbach served on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee.  A Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Hollenbach has co-authored and co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedures manual and course since 2000.  An active community volunteer, she serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.

    Hollenbach earned her J.D., cum laude, from Dickinson School of Law in 1978, and her B.A., with highest distinction, from Pennsylvania State University in 1975

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  • May 28, 2019Barbara Hollenbach to Participate in Pennsylvania Bar Institute Best Practices Forum

    Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will participate in the Pennsylvania Bar Institute “Best Practices: The Well-Prepared Workers’ Compensation Lawyer,” sponsored by PBA Workers’ Compensation Law Section on Wednesday, May 29, 1:00 – 4:15 p.m.

    The 2019 Best Practices forum features a distinguished panel of judges and attorneys who will analyze the top issues including preparedness, professionalism, and communication in relation to WCAIS, hearings and mediations, and evidence. For more information, please click here.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Hollenbach focuses her practice on workers’ compensation, professional liability, products liability, and general litigation. She is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Her civil litigation experience includes representing manufacturers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and other products; as well as professionals including psychiatrists and veterinarians. She also represents clients in will contest actions including allegations of undue influence and lack of mental capacity. She has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the past 10 years.  She was the first woman elected president of the Northampton County Bar Association, and is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section.  From 2011 – 2016, Hollenbach served on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee.  A Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Hollenbach has co-authored and co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedures manual and course since 2000.  An active community volunteer, she serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.

    Hollenbach earned her J.D., cum laude, from Dickinson School of Law in 1978, and her B.A., with highest distinction, from Pennsylvania State University in 1975.

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  • May 08, 2019Barbara Hollenbach Named Among Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Again in 2019

    Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin P.A., has been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. She was first selected for inclusion in 2006 and has been selected every year since 2008.  Only five percent of Pennsylvania lawyers are given this honor.

    Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, is published in the Super Lawyers Magazine and Philadelphia magazine. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.  Super Lawyers Magazine, which features the list and profiles of selected attorneys, is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country.  In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Hollenbach focuses her practice on workers’ compensation, professional liability, products liability, and general litigation.  Her civil litigation experience includes representing manufacturers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and other products, as well as professionals including psychiatrists and veterinarians.  She also represents clients in will contest actions including allegations of undue influence and lack of mental capacity. Hollenbach is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  She was the first woman elected president of the Northampton County Bar Association, and is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section.  From 2011 – 2016, Hollenbach served on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee.  A Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Hollenbach has co-authored and co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedures manual and course since 2000.  An active community volunteer, she is Chair of the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Board of Trustees.  She has also served on the boards and has been president of numerous charitable organizations, including Quota International of Bethlehem and the YWCA of Bethlehem. She earned her J.D., cum laude, in 1978 from Dickinson School of Law and her B.A., with highest distinction, in 1975 from Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Dec 19, 2018Barbara Hollenbach Elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites for 2019

    Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees of Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites for 2019.

    “I am honored to have been elected to serve as Chair for 2019. I am looking forward to working with our very talented staff and board to promote the mission of HBMS and the initiative to recognize Historic Moravian Bethlehem as a UNESCO World Heritage site,” said Hollenbach.

    Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites brings history to life by educating the public about Bethlehem’s rich heritage; by preserving historic sites; and by collecting, preserving, and exhibiting historical and artistic objects that can be used to tell stores of Bethlehem’s people.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Hollenbach focuses her practice on workers’ compensation, professional liability, products liability, and general litigation.  Her civil litigation experience includes representing manufacturers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and other products, as well as professionals including psychiatrists and veterinarians.  She also represents clients in will contest actions including allegations of undue influence and lack of mental capacity. Hollenbach is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  She has been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the past 10 years.  She was the first woman elected president of the Northampton County Bar Association, and is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section.  From 2011 – 2016, Hollenbach served on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee.  A Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Hollenbach has co-authored and co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedures manual and course since 2000. She earned her J.D., cum laude, in 1978 from Dickinson School of Law and her B.A., with highest distinction, in 1975 from Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Aug 31, 2012Steven Karg to Present at Annual Mass Tort Law Program


    August 31, 2012

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
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    Steven Karg to Present at Annual Mass Tort Law Program

    Bridgewater, NJ (August 31, 2012) – Steven A. Karg, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-moderate and serve on the panel for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s “Mass Tort Law Review: An Essential Update 2012.” The seminar will take place on Monday, September 10, 2012, from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m., at the Law Center in New Brunswick. Karg will represent the defense side and will present a segment entitled “Developments in Class Actions.”

    In addition to Karg, the distinguished panel includes all four of the New Jersey Superior Court judges assigned to hear these matters: the Hon. Carol E. Higbee, PJCV; the Hon. Jessica R. Mayer, JSC; the Hon. Brian R. Martinotti, JSC; and the Hon. Vincent Leblon, JSC; as well as Special Master Agatha N. Dzikiewicz, Esq., and Christopher M. Placitella of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., for the plaintiff’s side. For more information and to register, visit www.njicle.com.

    Karg focuses his practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis on products liability defense. He has substantial experience defending manufacturers and/or distributors of a wide variety of products including prescription medications. He represents clients at both the trial and the appellate level.

    The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) was created in 1961 to help lawyers keep abreast of legal developments, aid them in becoming proficient in selected areas of law and assist them in maintaining a high level of professional competence. During its first year, NJICLE offered 11 courses, attracting more than 1,000 attorneys. The scope of NJICLE’s service to the bench and bar has increased dramatically over the past 50 years. The Institute now presents more than 275 live and online seminars annually throughout the State, offers audio/video CLE packages, develops software programs specifically designed for the practicing attorney, and publishes comprehensive treatises and lecture handbooks. More than 35,000 lawyers, judges, and other interested parties avail themselves of these services each year, and NJICLE continues to explore new avenues through which the quality of Continuing Legal Education in New Jersey can be enhanced.

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  • Mar 10, 2010Steven Karg Speaks to New Jersey Defense and Corporate Counsel Associations

    Steven A. Karg, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will participate in a seminar entitled “Product Liability Defense Strategies,” presented by the New Jersey Defense Association (NJDA) in conjunction with the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (NJCCA), on Friday, March 12, 2010, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Woodbridge Hilton in Iselin, New Jersey. He will discuss the topic “The Structure and Operations of New Jersey’s Mass Tort Court.” For more information and to register, visit www.njdefenseassoc.com/events.htm.

    The mission of the New Jersey Defense Association is to establish a communication link among New Jersey defense attorneys, insurance claim professionals, self-insurers and other corporations who devote a substantial portion of their time to the defense of damage suits or to claims administration. The New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel represents the interests of over 1,000 in-house counsel in over 350 corporations throughout the state. It offers focus, value, and consistency for those desiring training and development, whether based on seminars, meetings, peer-to-peer interaction or online webcasts. It is in-house counsel developing programs for in-house counsel. It is also a perfect forum for professional and leadership development by offering multiple opportunities for networking and benchmarking and for becoming an active part of the Chapter.

    Karg focuses his practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis on products liability defense. He has substantial experience defending manufacturers and/or distributors of a wide variety of products including prescription medications. He represents clients at both the trial and appellate level. He is the New Jersey counsel to Pfizer in the Celebrex/Bextra centralized litigation. He is also the New Jersey counsel to APP Pharmaceuticals and Abraxis BioScience, Inc. for several medications.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Karg was the Manager of Property and Facilities at Purolator Courier Corporation where he managed the company’s many facilities and supervised construction projects. Prior to that, he was a production supervisor and industrial engineer at the Colgate-Palmolive Company where he oversaw the production of personal care products.

    Karg frequently speaks to various organizations about products liability issues, such as the American Bar Association, Meritas, Inc., New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, New Jersey Defense Association, New Jersey Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, New Jersey Chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society, Northeast Pharmaceutical Attorneys and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. In addition, he has also authored many articles on various products liability and toxic tort issues.

    Karg is President-Elect of the Somerset County Bar Association, a member of the New Jersey Defense Association (Former Chairperson, Products Liability Committee) and the Defense Research Institute (Member, Products Liability and Drug & Medical Device Committees).

    Karg earned his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University and his B.S., magna cum laude, from Trenton State College in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

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  • Mar 29, 2009William A. Dreier Is First Recipient of Annual Award To Be Named After Him

    William A. Dreier, a Member of the Bridgewater law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be the first recipient of the William A. Dreier Award from the Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (“NJSBA”). The Award, named after him, will be an annual award given to attorneys and jurists for excellence in and advancement of product liability and toxic tort law in New Jersey. He will be presented with the award at the Annual Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section Seminar on Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 5:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.

    “William A. Dreier’s work as an attorney, jurist, author, lecturer and mediator has shown a sustained commitment to increasing an understanding of product liability and toxic tort law. In doing so, he has been generous of his time and his talent to the legal profession in general and the Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association in particular. When they say ‘he wrote the book on it,’ they were obviously referring to Judge Dreier,” stated John B. Kearney, Chair of the NJSBA Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section.

    The Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section reviews all civil liabilities arising from product liability statutes and general product liability law from both a personal injury perspective and a property damage perspective and all toxic and hazardous substance liabilities arising from different statutes. The New Jersey State Bar Association serves, protects, fosters and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members, serving as the voice of New Jersey attorneys. It fosters professionalism and pride in the profession and the NJSBA and provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law.

    A resident of Warren, Judge Dreier heads the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. worldwide products liability practice, in addition to supervising commercial litigation and mediation & arbitration. He frequently lectures, mediates and arbitrates substantial Chancery and other disputes. In 2008, Judge Dreier was awarded the prestigious 2008 Medal of Honor, the highest award for an attorney, by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation (“NJSBF”) for his professional excellence, as demonstrated by his accomplishments in the law and service to the profession and community throughout his career.

    As an arbitrator and mediator, Judge Dreier has been chosen as a member of the New Jersey Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, and the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, its class action and complex case panels and its International Centre for Dispute Resolution. He is also a member of the Marie L. Garibaldi ADR Inn of Court, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators and a founding member of The Resolution Group (TRG). He regularly lectures on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

    In addition, Judge Dreier is an Emeritus member of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors, the editorial board of the New Jersey Law Journal, and the American Law Institute for which he is an advisor or consultative group member for the various areas of the Restatement (Third) of Torts, and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He is an authority on commercial litigation, having authored the state’s principal text on Chancery Practice as well as earlier texts on Secured Financing.

    Judge Dreier has published numerous articles on ADR, products liability and other subjects, in addition to 380 published judicial opinions. His ADR articles include: “Finding the Most Efficient Forum for Resolving Disputes in Today’s Corporate World,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; “Mediate, Arbitrate – Don’t Litigate,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; “Resolve Your Disputes Out of Court,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; and “The Growing Popularity of ADR,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

    Judge Dreier frequently lectures throughout New Jersey and nationally on the subject of products liability, on which his book, New Jersey Products Liability and Toxic Tort Law (Gann Law Books), is based. He has been the Planning Chair and Faculty Member of the annual Advanced National Products Liability Course for the ALI-ABA, a lecturer for ICLE’s annual products liability update and Chancery Practice courses, and has been a lecturer in symposia at five national law schools.

    Judge Dreier received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1961 and his B.S. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958. Before joining Norris McLaughlin, he was a trial judge in the New Jersey Superior Court from 1973 to 1983, served in the Appellate Division from 1983 to 1994, and was a Presiding Judge from 1994 to 1998.

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