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  • Aug 12, 2021Norris McLaughlin Named in Lehigh Valley Business 2021 Reader Rankings

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to be listed in the 2021 Lehigh Valley BusinessReader Rankings” in three categories. The firm was voted one of the top three winners in Law Firm – Business, Law Firm – Mergers and Acquisitions, and Law Firm – Real Estate.

    “We value our clients, community, and employees, and our clients value a personal level of service. Therefore, we strive for a deep, meaningful, people-first relationship with each one. With large firm talent in a small firm setting, we ensure that all clients receive exceptional service. This award is a testament to that mission, and we are grateful every year,” said David C. Roberts, Chair of the firm.

    About the Lehigh Valley Business 2021 Reader Rankings

    The 2021 “Reader Rankings” awards, based on over 24,500 votes, were announced online on August 11 and will be published in the Lehigh Valley Business October 25 special edition. To celebrate, the winners’ category-specific video roll will be promoted each day, October 11-22, on the magazine’s social media channels and daily email alerts, and online at LVB.com.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    At Norris McLaughlin, over 20 business law attorneys spend all or most of their time in a variety of specialties within their field. The range of clients is broad, as are the legal services that we provide to them. The firm’s mergers and acquisitions attorneys have structured, negotiated, and closed numerous U.S. and international transactions, ranging from small-scale ventures to complex multi-million-dollar deals. They have vast experience in all aspects of corporate transactions.

    The real estate and finance attorneys of Norris McLaughlin have the experience and depth to handle virtually any type of real estate transaction and development project—large or small. With a keen understanding of the complex, ever-changing regulations and restrictions that affect the firm’s real estate clients, Norris McLaughlin achieves each client’s goals in the most cost-effective manner possible.

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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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  • 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.

    Posted in: Anthony M. Brichta, Business Law, John V. Kelly III, Labor & Employment, Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, Litigation, News, Real Estate & Finance | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • May 14, 2021Dean Roberts Speaks at Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York Virtual Meeting

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its New York Real Estate & Finance Law Practice Group and the firm’s Cooperative (“Co-op”) and Condominium Law Industry Group, spoke at the monthly virtual meeting of the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York (CCC) on Saturday, April 10.

    “Each month, I enjoy the conversation had with these cooperative board members. I am glad to be a part of and help this group of New York’s professionals in continuing their legal education to make their residents’ lives the best they can be,” said Roberts.

    About the Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York

    The CCC, composed of housing cooperatives ranging from seventy to thousands of units, aims to serve as a sounding board for circulating ideas and experiences that may apply to other cooperatives and to implement joint programs for economic and political achievement.

    At the meeting, Roberts addressed general information regarding Housing Court, accumulated arrears, landlord-tenant matters, marijuana laws, and nuisance issues. Participants also had the opportunity to ask questions about their specific cooperatives. Additionally, a representative of Get Women Cycling joined the meeting to discuss the services, education, and support they offer for safe street passage and the changing landscape of daily commuting in New York City. To view the recording, please click here, or for more information, visit cccofgny.coop.

    About Dean Roberts

    Roberts focuses on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums. He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership, from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors. Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement. In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

    Posted in: Cooperative ("Co-op") and Condominium Law, Dean M. Roberts, News, Real Estate & Finance | Tags: , ,

  • Apr 28, 2021Reimagining Land Use Boards during COVID-19

    Christopher A. Erd, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the webinar, “Reimagining Land Use Boards during COVID-19,” hosted by the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA) as part of its Law Day celebrations.

    Reimagining Land Use Boards

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Changes to the law due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
    • Application and hearing prep
    • Virtual meetings and public access
    • Predictions for the future, such as the use of virtual/remote technology

    Participants will also have time for a Q&A session. There will be a nominal fee of $25 for SCBA members who want CLE credit, but the webinar is free to the public.

    When: Thursday, May 6, 2021

    1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    To register, please email elviaviera@somersetbar.com.

    About Chris Erd

    Chris devotes his practice primarily to land use and zoning, environmental, regulatory permitting, real estate transactions, community associations, leases, landlord/tenant, business counseling, and transactions. He regularly appears before municipal and county land use agencies on various development applications. Chris has been involved in land use approvals, leases, and sales for energy projects, including solar and battery storage.

    In November of 2009, Chris was a member of a distinguished panel of speakers discussing land use and zoning issues and procedures in New Jersey at the”2009 Annual Planning Conference” for licensed professional planners, held by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick.

    Chris was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the District XI Attorney Fee Arbitration Committee and served as Chairman. He was also Chairman of the Branchburg Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and was formerly a member of the Branchburg Township Environmental Commission, the Branchburg Township Wildlife Management Committee, and the Bedminster Township Environmental Commission. In addition, he has been an officer and general counsel for community associations.

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  • Apr 20, 2021Ethics Credits for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the live webinar, “Ethics Credits for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals,” hosted by Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC.

    Ethics Credits for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals

    Joined by Jorge H. Berkowitz, Ph.D., LSRP, owner and president of Jorge H Berkowitz LLC, and Phil Brilliant, CHMM, LSRP, founder of Brilliant Environmental Services, LLC, Jeff will discuss the differences between ethical and unethical behavior as they apply to obligations within the Site Remediation Reform Act. The half-day program satisfies the requirements of the NJ Site Remediation Licensing Board Rules (NJAC 7:26I-4.4b.1).

    When: Thursday, April 29, 2021

    8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    Registration Costs:

    • General Registration: $215.00
    • LSRPA, CIANJ, or Montclair State Alumni: $170.00
    • Multiple Registrants From Same Company: $170.00

    Credits Offered:

    • NJ LSRP CECs: 3 Ethic CECs (NJ SRPLB Course # 2017-071)
    • NJ Continuing Legal Education: 3.6 CLEs
    • NJ Professional Engineers: 3 CPCs
    • NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours: 3 CEs

    About Jeff Casaletto

    Jeff represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Jeff assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, environmental regulatory compliance and solid waste utility licensing and approvals, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery.

    The practice of environmental law often involves unique technical issues that require the expertise and advice of technical consultants. Jeff’s environmental engineering background enables him to better communicate and problem solves with environmental consultants and to apply a team approach to all issues, legal and technical. His ability to understand the technical aspects of his environmental matters provides clients with an opportunity to efficiently resolve their environmental issues.

    Jeff has obtained solid waste approvals for haulers, brokers, and solid waste facilities and recycling facilities for solid waste utilities just starting up or continuing to grow. He has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. Jeff has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, cost recovery for removal and remedial actions, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Settlements, and Remedial Design/Remedial Action Settlements.

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  • Mar 08, 2021Property Tax Appeals Can Save You Money in 2021

    One obvious reason for filing real estate property tax appeals is to obtain a lower assessment on your real property and thereby save significant tax dollars. Another important reason to lower your assessment and taxes is to help maintain the value of the property by making it more marketable to potential buyers. COVID-19 has been particularly impactful on commercial property values, whose assessments were set prior to COVID.

    Property Tax Appeals

    Property owners often believe that their property is worth an amount equal to the assessment on the property. This misconception leads owners to overlook the different ratios of assessed value to true value applicable in each of the assessing districts of New Jersey and the fact that these ratios generally decline each year. For example, if a property worth one million dollars this year is located in a municipality with a 60% ratio, it should be assessed at $600,000 this year. If that ratio drops to 54% next year, its assessment should be $540,000. If the ratio drops, but the assessment remains high, it may be time for an appeal. The revaluation of all property within a municipality may increase the possibility of over-assessment on larger commercial and industrial parcels.

    If the taxpayer prevails in securing a tax appeal judgment reducing its assessment, the “Freeze Act” binds the municipality for the years covered by the tax appeal plus two additional years, subject to two exceptions. The first is a complete revaluation of all real property in the municipality, and the second is proof by the municipality of a substantial increase in the property’s value. These exceptions aside, the assessment is frozen at the reduced level, at the taxpayer’s sole option. Thus, if a taxpayer wishes to appeal for a further reduction during the freeze period, he or she is free to do so.

    Save Money in 2021

    These points are intended to merely scratch the surface of this area of the law. This should also help to explain why property owners should have their tax assessments reviewed by legal counsel each year to determine whether a tax appeal is warranted. The experienced attorneys at Norris McLaughlin can help you review and analyze your real property valuations to determine if an appeal makes sense.

    For all counties, other than Monmouth, Gloucester, and Burlington, the deadline to file a tax appeal in 2021 is April 1st. For all towns subject to a revaluation or reassessment (other than those towns in Monmouth County), the deadline is extended to May 1, 2021.

    For additional information, contact one of our tax appeal attorneys, Nicholas F. Pellitta or Timothy P. McKeown.

    This Real Property Tax Appeals Alert provides information to our clients and friends about current legal developments of general interest in the area of real property tax appeals law. The information contained in this Alert should not be construed as legal advice, and readers should not act upon such without professional counsel. Copyright © 2021 Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

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  • Mar 02, 2021Due Diligence in New Jersey

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the annual “Due Diligence in New Jersey” (Course 2021-024), hosted by the New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professional Association (LSRPA). This two-day program intended for environmental professionals, attorneys, engineers, real estate professionals, and developers will be delivered through GoToWebinar.

    About the Licensed Site Remediation Professional Association’s “Due Diligence in New Jersey” Program

    Jeff will be joined by Ben Alter, P.G., LSRP, Senior Vice President of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., and Chemmie Sokolic, Principal of The FalconRE Group, who will discuss:

    • Environmental risks and liabilities potentially associated with real estate and other business transactions and how environmental due diligence can limit and offer protections against those risks and liabilities
    • An overview of the types and components of environmental due diligence as well as a review of the two primary types of environmental assessments in New Jersey, detailing what they include, what they don’t, the protections they offer, and when they should be performed
    • Various case studies to provide practical guidance on the due diligence process, the techniques and procedures followed, common problems that can arise and the roles and legal liability of the various professionals involved

    When: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 – Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    12:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    • $225 – LSRPA Members and Associate Members
    • $290 – Non-Members

    This course has been approved for 3.5 Regulatory and 3.5 Technical CECs for LSRPs, 8.4 CLEs for attorneys, and 7 CPCs for professional engineers.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    Jeff represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Jeff assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, environmental regulatory compliance and solid waste utility licensing and approvals, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery.

    The practice of environmental law often involves unique technical issues that require the expertise and advice of technical consultants. Jeff’s environmental engineering background enables him to better communicate and problem solves with environmental consultants and to apply a team approach to all issues, legal and technical. His ability to understand the technical aspects of his environmental matters provides clients with an opportunity to efficiently resolve their environmental issues.

    Jeff has obtained solid waste approvals for haulers, brokers, and solid waste facilities and recycling facilities for solid waste utilities just starting up or continuing to grow. He has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. Jeff has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, cost recovery for removal and remedial actions, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Settlements, and Remedial Design/Remedial Action Settlements.

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  • Feb 24, 2021Ethics Credits for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the webinar, “Ethics Credits for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals,” with Jorge H. Berkowitz, Ph.D., LSRP, owner and president of Jorge H Berkowitz LLC, and Phil Brilliant, CHMM, LSRP, founder of Brilliant Environmental Services, LLC, for the Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC.

    Ethics Credits for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals

    This half-day webinar will satisfy the requirements of the NJ Site Remediation Licensing Board rules for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals. The presenters will explore the differences between ethical and unethical behavior as they apply to obligations within the Site Remediation Reform Act.

    When: Monday, March 22, 2021

    8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    • General Registration: $315.00
    • LSRPA, CIANJ, or Montclair State Alumni: $270.00
    • Multiple Registrations From the Same Company: $270.00

    3 Ethics NJ LSRP CECs, 3.6 CLEs, and 3 CPCs will be earned.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    Jeff represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Jeff assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, environmental regulatory compliance and solid waste utility licensing and approvals, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery.

    The practice of environmental law often involves unique technical issues that require the expertise and advice of technical consultants. Jeff’s environmental engineering background enables him to better communicate and problem-solve with environmental consultants and to apply a team approach to all issues, legal and technical. His ability to understand the technical aspects of his environmental matters provides clients with an opportunity to efficiently resolve their environmental issues.

    Jeff has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, cost recovery for removal and remedial actions, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Settlements, and Remedial Design/Remedial Action Settlements. Jeff has also obtained solid waste approvals for haulers, brokers, and solid waste facilities and recycling facilities for solid waste utilities just starting up or continuing to grow.

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