Judith A. Harris, Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been honored as one of 25 Women of Influence by Lehigh Valley Business. The awards ceremony was held on May 19 at Cedar Crest College.
“I am honored to be named among these esteemed leaders who are influential to their companies, industries and our community,” said Harris.
Harris has over 28 years of experience in the areas of wills and trusts, estate planning, estate administration, and taxation. In addition to creating estate plans from the most basic to the most sophisticated wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, Harris’s areas of practice include business matters involving corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies and planning for business succession. Harris’s practice also includes charitable trusts and foundations; and representation of estates, trusts, and beneficiaries in disputes before the Orphans’ Court. She routinely handles the resolution of tax controversies for businesses and individual taxpayers before various divisions (Civil, Criminal, and Collection) of the Internal Revenue Service, and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. These cases often involve the resolution of estate, business, and individual audits; or collection efforts such as liens, levies, and garnishments by the IRS and state taxing authorities. In her work as an estate planning attorney, Harris frequently structures the optimal transfer of a client’s wealth and business interests to younger generations in order to minimize tax consequences. Harris earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 1991, her J.D. from Washington College of Law of The American University in 1986, and her A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1983.