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  • May 18, 2018Three Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

    Attorneys of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Saleem M. Mawji, S. Graham Simmons, III, and Julie M. Macomb, have been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars® 2018 Edition. Only two-and-a-half percent of Pennsylvania attorneys are given this honor, which recognizes lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years. No more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

    Pennsylvania Rising Stars, 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 rigorous selection process combines peer nominations and evaluations with third-party validation of professional accomplishments. Super Lawyers Magazine, which features the list and profiles of selected attorneys, is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and to 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 Orefield, Mawji devotes his practice primarily to complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contract enforcement, government investigations. He has represented businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. He represents clients at all stages of the legal process, from depositions and judicial conferences to trial, using his extensive litigation experience to advise companies on how to avoid unnecessary litigation, and frequently negotiates settlements. Mawji’s understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to assist clients with managing electronic documents and producing them during discovery. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Saleem is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network, Muhlenberg College, and of the Board of Community Bike Works, and is a Member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce. He is a past board member of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and of the Steering Committee of the Philadelphia Young Lawyer’s Division of the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee. He has been recognized as a Rising Star since 2015. Mawji earned his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

    A resident of the Lehigh Valley, Simmons practices primarily in the areas of business law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and land use, banking and financial services, and health care law.  He was recognized as a Rising Star in 2008, and every year since 2013. He was honored in 2013 as one of the Lehigh Valley Business’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business.  Simmons is the Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority. An active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Simmons has previously served as a committee member and youth leader.  He currently a Board member for the Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP), the State Theatre in Easton and the Greater Valley YMCA, is a former Chair of the GEDP Board and also having served on the boards of the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce and Renew Lehigh Valley.  Simmons earned his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    A resident of Allentown, Macomb devotes her practice to business law, healthcare law and real estate law.  She is actively involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, corporate restructurings, and shareholder disputes.  In her health care practice, Macomb works with hospitals and their affiliated corporations, physician groups, clinical laboratories, medical staffs, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities.  Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues as well as commercial leasing, and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Main Street Program, the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Commercial Real Estate for Women, and is on the Board of Directors of Community Music School and the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Macomb earned her J.D., magna cum laude from Widener University School of Law in 2013, and her B.A., from University of Maryland, magna cum laude in 2010.

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  • Apr 06, 2018Milan Slak Presents Tax Webinar to NAILBA Members

    Milan D. Slak, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was pleased to present a tax webinar for members of The National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies at 10 a.m. Friday, April 6. Slak discussed the “New Section 199A Deduction for Domestic Qualified Business Income.” This webinar was aimed to help demystify the complexity of the new tax deduction and give participants a clear understanding of how to move forward.

    “Beginning in 2018, most individuals, estates and trusts too, may deduct up to 20% of certain domestic qualified business income from limited liability companies, partnerships, S corporations, and sole proprietorships. The deduction may be limited by the business’s Form W-2 wages, depreciable property, and the taxpayer’s taxable income. Also, the deduction may also not apply to income from certain service trades or businesses, in some cases,” Slak noted. But he did indicate that there are several ways to plan to maximize the new tax deduction.

    Slak focuses his practice on all areas of taxation, business law, and estate planning. He assists in the formation and organization of business entities, including S corporations, C corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. He works with clients to properly structure the governing documents for these entities and to minimize income, net investment income, and self-employment taxes. Slak earned his B.B.A., from University of Toledo, and his J.D. and LL.M of Taxation from Villanova University School of Law.

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  • Dec 07, 2016Victor S. Elgort Speaks On LLC Operating Agreements

    Victor S. Elgort, a Senior Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at “LLC Operating Agreements,” a one-day course presented by the National Business Institute on Monday, December 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott in Princeton.

    Elgort will speak on “Tax Mistakes Made in Distribution, Allocation and Entity Selection” and “Transfer Restriction Issues, Right of First Refusal, Impasse (Put/Call), Capital Call and Dissolution Provisions.”  For more information or to register, visit the NBI website.

    Elgort is Chair of the firm’s Tax Group. His practice concentrates on business law and tax planning, including the structuring of partnerships and joint ventures, tax-saving real estate and business exit strategies, executive compensation, and domestic and international estate planning matters.

    Elgort organized and created the first limited liability company in New Jersey.  He has authored the standard form operating agreements and other documents for limited liability companies published by Julius Blumberg, Inc., including both the forms for use in New Jersey and the generic forms offered nationwide for limited liability companies.

    In addition, Elgort is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  He frequently lectures at tax planning courses, including continuing education seminars. He has authored extensive material published by the National Business Institute, Lorman Education Services, Professional Education Seminars, and other national seminar companies, including “Partnerships, LLCs and LLPs: Organization and Operation,” “Asset Protection Planning in New Jersey,” “Limited Liability Companies in New Jersey,” “Transferring Business Wealth,” “Administration of the Estate in New Jersey,” “Planning Opportunities with Living Trusts in New Jersey,” “New Jersey Probate: Beyond the Basics,” “A Practical Guide to Estate Administration in New Jersey,” and “Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies in New Jersey.”

    Elgort received his undergraduate degree with honors from Rutgers University, his J.D. with honors from Cornell University, and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. Elgort is included in the Trusts and Estates section of The Best Lawyers in America and has been named by his peers as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in the Tax section.

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  • Nov 22, 2016Milan D. Slak to Present CPA Class

    Milan D. Slak, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present a one hour continuing education class on self-employment tax and LLC operating agreement provisions for the CPAs at Buckno, Lisicky & Company.  The class will be held on Tuesday, December 6.

    A resident of Allentown, Slak focuses on all areas of taxation, business law, and estate and succession planning.  As a licensed CPA, he handles corporate, partnership, and individual taxation matters, and addresses tax issues and resolves tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state governmental taxing authorities.  He works closely with clients to design and advise on a variety of tax planning initiatives and transactions involving federal and state tax law; mergers and acquisitions; capital investment; corporate, limited liability company, and partnership structuring; operation, reorganization, and termination; the use and taxation of trusts; and estate and succession planning for owners of closely held businesses.

    Additionally, Slak assists in the formation and organization of business entities, including corporations, S corporations, C corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.  He works with clients to properly structure the governing documents for these entities and to minimize income, net investment income, and self-employment taxes.  Slak also works with clients to design and implement estate, succession, and gifting strategies to achieve personal goals and minimize taxes.

    Over the past 10 years, Slak has been a speaker at local and national conferences on topics including choice of entity, capitalization structure, tax provisions of the healthcare act, the net investment income tax, and the taxation of S corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

    Slak also works with franchise owners on business, personal, succession, estate, gift, and tax minimization strategies.  He focuses on achieving client goals in a tax efficient manner.

    Slak earned his LL.M. in Taxation in 2001 and J.D. in 1995 from Villanova University School of Law, and his B.B.A. in Accounting in 1991 from the University of Toledo.

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  • Nov 22, 2016Milan D. Slak Guest Speaker in October

    Milan D. Slak, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented a Lehigh Valley Institute for Learning in Retirement course on October 25.  The course, entitled “Headline News: The ILR Investor’s Guide to What Matters Most,” was on the topic of estate planning.

    On October 27, he presented a two hour continuing education class on tax-free corporate reorganizations for Buckno, Lisicky & Company, Certified Public Accountants.

    A resident of Allentown, Slak focuses on all areas of taxation, business law, and estate and succession planning.  As a licensed CPA, he handles corporate, partnership, and individual taxation matters, and addresses tax issues and resolves tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state governmental taxing authorities.  He works closely with clients to design and advise on a variety of tax planning initiatives and transactions involving federal and state tax law; mergers and acquisitions; capital investment; corporate, limited liability company, and partnership structuring; operation, reorganization, and termination; the use and taxation of trusts; and estate and succession planning for owners of closely held businesses.

    Additionally, Slak assists in the formation and organization of business entities, including corporations, S corporations, C corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.  He works with clients to properly structure the governing documents for these entities and to minimize income, net investment income, and self-employment taxes.  Slak also works with clients to design and implement estate, succession, and gifting strategies to achieve personal goals and minimize taxes.

    Over the past 10 years, Slak has been a speaker at local and national conferences on topics including choice of entity, capitalization structure, tax provisions of the healthcare act, the net investment income tax, and the taxation of S corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

    Slak also works with franchise owners on business, personal, succession, estate, gift, and tax minimization strategies.  He focuses on achieving client goals in a tax efficient manner.

    Slak earned his LL.M. in Taxation in 2001 and J.D. in 1995 from Villanova University School of Law, and his B.B.A. in Accounting in 1991 from the University of Toledo.

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  • Jan 21, 2016Jill Lebowitz to speak at “Hot Tips in Taxation” Seminar

    Bridgewater, NJ  – Jill Lebowitz, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at “Hot Tips in Taxation 2016” on Monday, January 25, from 4-8 pm at the New Jersey Law Center.  The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education is presenting the seminar in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Taxation Section.  Bramwit will present “Eduardo Saverin and Other Savvy People: Giving Up U.S. Citizenship and the Exit Tax,” and Lebowitz will present “The PATH to a Permanent IRA Charitable Rollover.”

    This essential update features a panel with 14 of New Jersey’s most experienced tax practitioners delivering hot tips designed to help attorneys better serve their clients. Topics include Estate Planning, Estate and Gift Tax; Corporate Tax Strategies; Flow-Thru Entities; Compliance; Trust and Estate Income Taxation; State Taxation; Individual Income Tax; Foreign Tax Issues; and Procedural Issues. To register, please visit the NJICLE website or call 732-214-8500.

    Lebowitz devotes her practice to estate planning, trust and estate administration, and counseling tax-exempt organizations.  She regularly advises tax exempt organizations regarding federal tax exemption issues, state charitable registration filings, and governance issues.  She is also experienced in drafting estate planning instruments and counseling individuals and families regarding estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax issues, and the development of both simple and complex estate plans.  In addition, she handles all aspects of trust and estate administration, as well as fiduciary litigation.  Lebowitz is Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, and a member of the Elder and Disability Law Section.  She is also Vice President and a Trustee of the Greater Middlesex/Somerset Estate Planning Council, and a member of the Newark Museum Business and Community Council.   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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  • Dec 14, 2015Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes New Tax and Business Law Member

    The Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., welcomes new Member Milan D. Slak to its Taxation, Business Law, Franchise Law and Estate Planning and Administration Groups.

    “We are very excited to have Milan join the firm.  His wealth of experience from working in accounting firms for the last decade, and his knowledge, not only as a lawyer, but as a recently practicing CPA, further enhances the services we can offer our clients,” said Dolores Laputka, a Member of the firm and Chair of the Pennsylvania office Business Law Group.

    “After careful consideration, I decided to leave Concannon, Miller & Co., P.C., a premier CPA firm, to transition my experience to focus directly on the legal aspects of taxation, business law, and estate planning and administration at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.,” Slak said.

    Slak, a resident of Allentown, focuses his practice on all areas of taxation, business law, and estate and succession planning.  He handles corporate, partnership, and individual taxation matters, as well as addressing tax issues and resolving tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and state governmental taxing authorities.  Slak frequently lectures at local and national conferences on topics ranging from tax provisions of the healthcare act to the net investment income tax.  He works with franchise owners on a wide variety of business, personal, succession, estate, gift, and tax minimization strategies.

    Slak earned his LL.M. in Taxation in 2001 and J.D. in 1995 from Villanova University School of Law, and his B.B.A. in Accounting in 1991 from the University of Toledo.

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  • Jan 13, 2015Lebowitz to speak at “Hot Tips in Taxation” Seminar

    Bridgewater, NJ (January 13, 2015) – Jill Lebowitz, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at “Hot Tips in Taxation 2015” on Thursday, January 29, from 4-9 pm at the New Jersey Law Center.  The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education is presenting the seminar in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Taxation Section.  Lebowitz will present “Tips For Using the New Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.”

    This essential update features a panel with 16 of New Jersey’s most experienced tax practitioners delivering hot tips designed to help attorneys better serve their clients. Topics include Estate Planning, Estate and Gift Tax; Corporate Tax Strategies; Flow-Thru Entities; Compliance; Trust and Estate Income Taxation; State Taxation; Individual Income Tax; Foreign Tax Issues; and Procedural Issues. To register, please visit the NJICLE website or call 732-214-8500.

    Lebowitz devotes her practice to estate planning, trusts and estates administration, and counseling tax-exempt organizations. On behalf of tax-exempt organizations, Lebowitz drafts non-profit corporation documents, and prepares federal applications for tax exempt status, state charitable registration filings, and state property and sales tax exemption applications. Jill has extensive experience advising individuals, family and corporate foundations, and tax exempt organizations on non-profit corporate goverance, 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 Vice President of the Greater Middlesex/Somerset Estate Planning Council and the Trust & Estate Legislative Liaison for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.  She is a member of the Newark Museum Business and Community Council. 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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