Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Attorneys to Co-Chair Mock Trial Committee of Somerset County Bar Association

Posted on August 26th, 2009

Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Rachel Anna Wingerter, an Associate with the firm, have been selected as Co-Chairs of the Mock Trial Committee for 2009-2010 by the Somerset County Bar Association. The Committee is responsible for the Somerset County Mock Trial Competition, an annual competition of high schools to represent the county in the Regional Competitions. The competition is part of the larger statewide competition sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. Judging is done by Somerset County Superior Court Judges and attorney members of the Somerset County Bar Association. The Somerset County Bar Association honors the winners at the Somerset County Bar Foundation’s Scholarship Dinner.

A resident of Watchung, Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law. Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney and a Family/Divorce Mediator, she has worked with clients whose needs lie in all areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, custody and parenting time issues, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship advice, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony. She takes great pride and care in helping her clients make it through these difficult personal matters.

To complement the breadth of her matrimonial, divorce and family law practice, Lawrence involves herself in various professional engagements outside the firm. She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars, and she has been admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County. She spends her spare time as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County. Lawrence is Trustee of the Somerset County Bar Association and Somerset County Bar Foundation. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Somerset County Bar Association. She was recently appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group as a representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section. She is currently a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators. She is also a member of the NMM Women’s Forum Steering Committee.

Recently, Lawrence was selected as the 2009 Kean University Distinguished Alumna, the preeminent award for alumni, by the Kean University Alumni Association. She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County for 2008 by the Somerset County Commission On the Status of Women. She has been selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40. She has also been recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40. For several years, she has been listed among New Jersey’s Super Lawyers ®, which rates her among the top 5 percent of New Jersey lawyers. She has also been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers ® for 2009, as well as Top 50 Female New Jersey Super Lawyers ® in 2008 and 2009. In 2007, Lawrence received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award and the Annual Legislative Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association. Lawrence has received Certificates of Appreciation from 1998 to 2008 from the Somerset County Superior Court in recognition of her valuable contributions.

Wingerter, a resident of Bridgewater, focuses her practice on executive compensation and employee benefits and corporate law. She has assisted in the successful negotiation of employment and severance packages for clients, particularly individuals in the financial industry. She has addressed all aspects of employment and post-employment compensation and structures and strategies for these packages for individuals leaving or searching for jobs in small to mid-size companies. In addition, Wingerter’s representation includes providing advice and counsel to employers in the negotiation of employment and severance packages with their employees, the design of compliance programs, including employee policy manuals, and counseling and training concerning implementation of those policies. In the area of corporate law, Wingerter has done contract review.

Previously, Wingerter has represented clients in a variety of commercial disputes including breach of contract, post-employment restrictive covenant, warranty claims, and construction defects. Wingerter has successfully handled several large insurance litigation matters on behalf of commercial business owners involving bad faith claims, business interruption insurance, and the interpretation of insurance policies.
Wingerter is a member of the NMM Women’s Forum Education Subcommittee, which is responsible for the professional development and training of the firm’s women attorneys.

Prior to joining the firm, Wingerter was the Assistant Director of Human Resources at a pharmaceutical consulting firm and a litigation associate at Skoloff & Wolfe, P.C. After graduation from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Thomas H. Dilts, Superior Court of New Jersey, Presiding Judge, Family Part.

Wingerter was a staff writer for the Law Review Delaware Journal of Corporate Law while at Widener University School of Law and a staff writer for The Dickinsonian during her undergraduate studies at Dickinson College. She studied two semesters abroad in Heidelberg, Germany at the Ruprecht-Karls Universität.

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