Two lawyers from the law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., were recently selected by Best Lawyers as 2019 “Lawyers of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.
Best Lawyers designates a select group of individuals as “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each Metropolitan Area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in the surveys by earning high levels of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.
The firm’s 2019 Best Lawyers “Lawyers of the Year” include Gary N. Marks for Bankruptcy – Litigation and Kenneth D. Meskin for Trusts and Estates.
Marks devotes his practice to bankruptcy law. He has substantial experience in corporate and individual reorganizations and liquidations under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and state insolvency laws. Marks has experience guiding financially distressed companies through the reorganization process by identifying the sources of financial problems, recommending solutions, planning reorganization strategy, interfacing with management on a day-to-day basis and negotiating confirmable plans of reorganization with disparate creditor interests. He also has extensive experience representing Chapter 11 operating trustees and creditors’ committees in significant cases, and is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of bankruptcy-related issues.
Marks earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1977 and his B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Rutgers College in 1974. He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Turnaround Management Association, and is a Master of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court. Marks has been listed in the Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation – Bankruptcy sections of Best Lawyers since 2005.
Meskin has over forty years of experience in sophisticated trust and estate planning, the administration of trusts and estates, probate litigation, and closely-held business planning. He uses sophisticated and creative tax and estate planning techniques to ensure that assets pass to the intended beneficiaries at as little cost as possible to the client. In order to minimize state and federal tax burdens and transfer wealth, Meskin has structured gift-giving programs, insurance planning, established charitable trusts and foundations, devised installment sale transactions, grantor trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, zeroed-out GRATs, and private annuity transactions, planned for the succession of family businesses to younger generations, and has drafted wills, revocable and irrevocable trust agreements, powers of attorney, and living wills.
Meskin has worked on a wide variety of matters, including estate and trust litigation, post-mortem tax planning, the preparation of estate, gift, generation skipping, income and inheritance tax returns, federal estate tax audits, state inheritance proceedings, the representation of clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Tax Court, and guardianship issues and proceedings.
Meskin earned his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and his B.A., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a frequent lecturer on tax and estate planning topics and has been listed in the Trusts and Estates section of Best Lawyers since 2006.
Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries.
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