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  • Mar 30, 2020Federal/State Relief Programs for Small Business Owners [WEBINAR]

    Michael J. Locke, an Associate at law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the free webinar, “Federal/State Relief Programs for Small Business Owners,” hosted by Office Evolution Somerville. Part one of this two-part series is “Managing Your Business through COVID-19.” This second and final part will address aid and relief for small business owners impacted by COVID-19.

    Discussion Topics for Small Business Owners:

    • Federal and State COVID-19 Programs for Businesses
    • Future State of Emergency Planning and Preparation Options

    When: Friday, April 3, 2020

    3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Registration: meetup.com

    About Michael Locke

    Michael’s practice focuses on providing counsel to small businesses in all phases of their corporate existence, from formation through merger and acquisition. He also works closely with clients as they grow and expand their businesses, offering advice and legal guidance in connection with customer and supplier agreements, terms and conditions of use (for both physical and digital products), inter-business relationships (including joint ventures), export regulations, securities regulations, litigation support, and more.

    Michael is especially focused on working with businesses that seek to bridge the gap between commercial success and environmental or social responsibility. He has counseled clients in forming “benefit corporations” (also known as “B-corps”) and drafting corporate governing documents for those seeking to maximize profitability and have a positive effect on their communities while simultaneously minimizing their environmental impacts. Michael also has experience assisting larger corporations conduct cross-border transactions, including the international purchase and sale of goods as well as the international purchase and sale of assets and equity.

    Michael joined the firm after spending three years with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. As a Deputy Attorney General, he led a trial team that handled complex, white-collar criminal and regulatory matters. Michael investigated and prosecuted cases involving insurance fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and other related financial crimes. As such, he has worked closely with many of the country’s largest insurance companies and financial institutions as well as state and federal regulators. Drawing on this diverse experience, Michael offers a unique perspective to clients seeking a broad and creative approach to growing and protecting their businesses.

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  • Mar 30, 2020Managing Your Business Through COVID-19 [WEBINAR]

    Michael J. Locke, an Associate at law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the free webinar, “Managing Your Business through COVID-19,” hosted by Office Evolution Somerville. Part one of the two-part series will address key questions small business owners and entrepreneurs may have due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The second part is “Federal/State Relief Programs for Small Business Owners.”

    COVID-19 Managing Business Discussion Topics Include:

    • Reviewing and Renegotiating Insurance Policies and Bank Relationships
    • Creating and Improving Business Operations and Processes
    • Maximizing and Controlling Cash Flow
    • Understanding Decision Impact
    • Protecting Supply Chain

    When: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Registration: meetup.com

    About Michael Locke

    Michael’s practice focuses on providing counsel to small businesses in all phases of their corporate existence, from formation through merger and acquisition. He also works closely with clients as they grow and expand their businesses, offering advice and legal guidance in connection with customer and supplier agreements, terms and conditions of use (for both physical and digital products), inter-business relationships (including joint ventures), export regulations, securities regulations, litigation support, and more.

    Michael is especially focused on working with businesses that seek to bridge the gap between commercial success and environmental or social responsibility. He has counseled clients in forming “benefit corporations” (also known as “B-corps”) and drafting corporate governing documents for those seeking to maximize profitability and have a positive effect on their communities while simultaneously minimizing their environmental impacts. Michael also has experience assisting larger corporations conduct cross-border transactions, including the international purchase and sale of goods as well as the international purchase and sale of assets and equity.

    Michael joined the firm after spending three years with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. As a Deputy Attorney General, he led a trial team that handled complex, white-collar criminal and regulatory matters. Michael investigated and prosecuted cases involving insurance fraud, securities fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and other related financial crimes. As such, he has worked closely with many of the country’s largest insurance companies and financial institutions as well as state and federal regulators. Drawing on this diverse experience, Michael offers a unique perspective to clients seeking a broad and creative approach to growing and protecting their businesses.

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  • Feb 24, 2020Norris McLaughlin Welcomes Two New Members to Pennsylvania Office

    The Pennsylvania office of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Christopher R. Gray and the Honorable Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.) as Members of the firm. Gray joins both the Tax, Trust, and Estates Practice Group and the Business Law Practice Group, while Warren will be a part of the Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Business Law Practice Groups.

    “We are grateful to have these two established attorneys join our team and look forward to enhancing our multiple practices at Norris McLaughlin. Our clients will benefit from the additional experience Chris and Rebecca are bringing,” said S. Graham Simmons, III, Administrative Partner of the firm’s Pennsylvania office.

    About Christopher Gray

    Gray focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and income tax planning.

    In addition, Gray is experienced in corporate matters, business transactions, non–profit issues, health care governance, elder law, and general litigation. He represents high net-worth clients and their businesses in developing estate, gift, income tax, and succession planning strategies.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Gray has worked both in private practice and with a financial strategies company advising affluent private clients on business investments, multigenerational estate preservation, and wealth planning.

    A long-time resident of Pennsylvania, Gray is a past officer of the Lehigh Valley Estate Planning Council, and currently serves on the Northampton Community College Foundation Board of Directors, where he is also Chair of its Planned Giving Committee.

    With 25 years of experience, Gray frequently presents on tax law and initiatives, estate planning tools and techniques, and asset protection.

    Gray received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, cum laude, in 1993 and his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1987. He also earned his LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994.

    “Our Practice Group has witnessed recent and robust growth. We are delighted to welcome Attorney Gray to join our Team at this auspicious time. Chris is a fine asset to our firm and to our clients,” said Judith A. Harris, Co-Chair of the Tax, Trust, and Estates Practice Group.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Warren devotes her practice to labor and employment, business and corporate matters, and general liability litigation.

    As a former in-house corporate attorney and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, Warren is acutely aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients. She has created thousands of customized legal documents for corporations, partnerships, LLCs, and sole proprietors. Warren is also well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues and concerns ranging from employment matters to third-party disputes.

    As a former prosecutor, Warren is well-positioned to counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, and regulatory and business compliance. She has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels in multiple states.

    In addition, Warren has extensive experience in insurance defense, white-collar crime, election law, health care, commercial law, estate practice and administration, family law, and real estate.

    Warren handles all aspects of litigation for her clients, having appeared in court on thousands of hearings, proceedings, arbitrations, jury and non-jury trials, and appeals. She was formerly appointed Solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county Arbitration panel member and Chairperson.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Warren founded a multi-county law firm and real estate closing company and was a partner in a Philadelphia firm.

    Warren was elected as the first female District Attorney of Montour County by a 3:1 margin. In that role, she designed and implemented an intensive, personalized victim rights program; created the Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team for child abuse cases to minimize trauma for minor victims; and collaborated with agencies to provide services and treatment for offenders.

    Warren received her J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in 1991 and her B.A. with honors from Bloomsburg University in 1988.

    “We are excited to see growth within the firm and I am proud to be able to extend our team’s reach in Pennsylvania by adding Rebecca’s many years of experience. Having her in-house perspective, as well as her service as a District Attorney, will be a great addition to our group,” said Patrick T. Collins, Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice Group.

    Posted in: Business Law, Christopher R. Gray, Elder Care & Special Needs Law, Estate Planning & Administration, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Labor & Employment, Litigation, News, Taxation | Tags: , , , , , , ,

  • Dec 12, 2019Victor Elgort to Speak on LLC Operating Agreements for the National Business Institute

    Victor S. Elgort, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at the National Business Institute’s seminar, “LLC Operating Agreements,” on Friday, December 13, at the Hyatt Place Princeton.

    About the Presentation

    Elgort will present “Tax Mistakes Made in Distribution, Allocation and Entity Selection,” discussing a sample drafting checklist for attorneys, the tax process, options for tax entity selection, allocations of profits and losses, distributions, preferred returns, and payments for providing services or capital, while utilizing real-world examples. He will also present “Formation and Drafting: Articles and Operating Agreement,” focusing on types of LLCs, steps to LLC formation, the basics of articles of organization, capital contributions, ownership interest documentation, LLC record-keeping, and drafting tips and suggestions.

    “I have been speaking at these NBI seminars for many years and always look forward to it. The organization puts on a great presentation and those who attend are eager to learn. It’s a good opportunity for business owners as well as my fellow business attorneys to stay educated on these important topics,” stated Elgort.

    Other topics to be addressed include common drafting oversights and current developments in LLC litigation; transfer restriction issues, right of first refusal, impasse, capital call, and dissolution provisions; rights, responsibilities, and voting provisions for members and manager; top operating agreement mistakes attorneys make, and ethics. For more information or to register, please visit the NBI website.

    About Victor Elgort

    Elgort often speaks at seminars on structuring complex LLC and partnership transactions. He is Chair Emeritus of the firm’s Tax Group, practicing out of all three Norris McLaughlin locations, as he is admitted in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. 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 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 NBI, Lorman Education Services, Professional Education Seminars, and other national seminar companies, including topics such as “LLCS: Beyond the Basics,” “LLC Business Law Bootcamp,” “LLCs: Advising Small Business Start-Ups and Larger Companies in New Jersey,” “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 high honors from Rutgers University, his J.D. with honors from Cornell University, and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. He 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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  • Dec 05, 2019Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Welcomes Four New Associates to the Firm

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome four new associates to the firm. Allison J. Arotsky joins the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, Sarah M. Bouskila joins the Litigation Practice Group, Stephanie A. DeVos joins the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group, and Milan Jakubcak joins the Business Law Practice Group.

    “We are excited to have these four new hard-working, passionate, and dedicated Associates join Norris McLaughlin. In addition to expanding our attorney-base, we will soon be moving our New York office to Times Square. It’s a very exciting time for Norris McLaughlin right now and we look forward to what the future will bring for us,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About the Attorneys

    Allison Arotsky

    Arotsky focuses her practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and litigation matters.

    Arotsky represents debtors, creditors, equity holders, purchasers, investors, insurers, and other interested parties in all aspects of distressed situations and chapter 11 cases in a variety of sectors, including retail, manufacturing, energy, consumer discretionary, finance, and municipal.

    Arotsky also represents plaintiffs, defendants, and other interested parties in contested matters, adversary proceedings, and other insolvency-related litigation involving claims arising under federal and state law, including avoidance actions, objections to claims, and real property disputes.

    Before entering private practice, Allison was a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Nancy Hershey Lord, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York.

    Arotsky received her J.D., cum laude, with a Certificate in Business Law, from Brooklyn Law School in 2012, where she also received the Barry L. Zaretsky Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Fellowship and the Professor Philip K. Yonge Memorial Prize, denoting achievements of student excellence in commercial law or bankruptcy. She received her B.A. from Cornell University in 2009.

    Sarah Bouskila

    Bouskila focuses her practice on real estate and complex commercial litigation. Her experience includes representation of individuals and corporate clients in a variety of practice areas, such as breach of contract, business torts, fraud, bankruptcy, employment and restrictive covenant disputes, foreclosure litigation, and an array of real estate-related litigation.

    Prior to entering private practice, Bouskila served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jessica R. Mayer in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

    While in law school, Bouskila was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and served as an Articles Editor for the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal. She received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, cum laude, in 2016 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from City University of New York—Brooklyn College in 2012.

    Stephanie DeVos

    DeVos devotes her practice to environmental law, focusing on product liability, toxic and environmental torts, and general liability matters.

    DeVos drafts pleadings, motions, discovery, and briefs, and conducts legal research on procedural and substantive issues at trial and appellate levels. She also has experience in pre-trial case evaluations, including detailed settlement analysis and recommendations, negotiates settlements, and regularly appears at court for conferences and oral argument of motions.

    DeVos has been the lead associate for multiple environmental cases, tendering demands for defense and indemnity, handling all phases of litigation, and overseeing and managing indemnity counsel.

    Before entering private practice, DeVos represented large national insurance carriers in first-and third-party coverage and subrogation matters in New Jersey, New York, and federal courts. She also clerked for the Honorable William L’E. Wertheimer, J.S.C. (Ret.), Superior Court of New Jersey.

    DeVos received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2011, M.S. in Spanish from Georgetown University in 2007, and B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2006.

    Milan Jakubcak

    Jakubcak focuses his practice on all areas of taxation and business law.

    Jakubcak is experienced in preparing tax structure papers and identifying US tax consequences of domestic and cross-border transactions, including the impact of the US tax reform on clients structures and contemplated transactions. He advises private equity and corporate clients on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including entity mergers and acquisitions, tax-free corporate reorganizations, Section 351 transactions, and business joint ventures.

    Prior to joining the firm, Jakubcak was Manager in Mergers and Acquisitions Tax practice at KPMG LLP where he focused on providing tax due diligence and structuring advice to his clients.

    Jakubcak received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2014, while he interned with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and the Honorable Michael A. Shipp, U.S.D.J., for the District of New Jersey. He received his LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2019 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 2009.

    Posted in: Allison J. Arotsky, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Business Law, Environmental, Litigation, Milan Jakubcak, News, Sarah M. Bouskila, Stephanie A. DeVos | Tags: , , , , , , ,

  • Nov 06, 20192019 Employment Law Hot Topics – Session 2

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present a presentation on significant legal issues facing human resource professionals, business owners, and in-house lawyers. This program will highlight timely legal developments and managerial concerns in labor and employment law.

    Our Hot Topics seminar will feature a panel of speakers presenting in-depth on timely legal developments and managerial concerns in labor and employment law, including:

    • The Wage Theft Act (significant amendments to New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Laws) – Patrick T. Collins
    • NJ Ban on Salary History Questions – Annmarie Simeone
    • NJ Ban on Confidentiality Agreements and Arbitration Agreements for discrimination claims
    • Expansion of NJ Medical Marijuana Act protections – Keith D. McDonald
    • Update on NJ Non-compete developments – Edward G. Sponzilli

    A short update on the federal overtime rule and expansion of the NJ Family Leave Act will also be provided.

    Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues. We are offering this seminar free of charge. However, space is limited.

    This program has been approved for CLE, HRCI, and SHRM credits.

    When: Tuesday, December 10, 2019

    Registration & Breakfast: 8:30 —9:00 a.m.

    Program: 9:00—11:00 a.m.

    Questions & Answers: 11:00 —11:30 a.m.

    Where: Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

    400 Crossing Boulevard, 8th Floor
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933

    Please click here to register.

    Please Note: Due to the overflow of requested attendance, in order to accommodate everyone, we have added a simulcast option. As a registered attendee of the simulcast session, you will view the 2019 Employment Law Hot Topics seminar from a conference room through a live video stream.

    Posted in: Annmarie Simeone, Business Law, Edward G. Sponzilli, Events, Keith McDonald, Labor & Employment, Patrick T. Collins | Tags: ,

  • Nov 04, 2019Victor Elgort to Present on LLCs From Start to Finish for National Business Institute

    Victor S. Elgort, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at the National Business Institute’s seminar, “LLCs From Start to Finish,” in Cherry Hill this month.

    About the Presentation

    “As an active member and contributor to the Institute, I am proud to once again present at a continuing education seminar hosted by NBI,” stated Elgort. He will lecture principally on “LLC or S-Corp Tax Considerations” and “How to Draft the LLC Operating Agreement,” focusing on formation issues, self-employment tax issues, qualified subchapter s subsidiaries, formation provisions, and more.

    The two-day seminar, approved for 14.40 NJ and 14 NY CLE credits, 12 PA CLE credits, and 14 CPE credits, will be held Monday, November 4 to Tuesday, November 5, at the Holiday Inn Philadelphia-Cherry Hill. For more information or to register, please visit the NBI website.

    About Victor Elgort

    Elgort often speaks at seminars on structuring complex LLC and partnership transactions. He is Chair Emeritus of the firm’s Tax Group, practicing out of all three Norris McLaughlin locations, as he is admitted in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. 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 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 NBI, Lorman Education Services, Professional Education Seminars, and other national seminar companies, including topics such as “LLCS: Beyond the Basics,” “LLC Business Law Bootcamp,” “LLCs: Advising Small Business Start-Ups and Larger Companies in New Jersey,” “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 high honors from Rutgers University, his J.D. with honors from Cornell University, and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. He 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.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    At Norris McLaughlin, over thirty 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 the firm provides to them.

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  • Oct 30, 20192019 Employment Law Hot Topics – Session 1

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present a free seminar on significant legal issues facing human resource professionals, business owners, and in-house lawyers. This program will highlight timely legal developments and managerial concerns in labor and employment law.

    Our Hot Topics seminar will feature a panel of speakers presenting in-depth on timely legal developments and managerial concerns in labor and employment law, including:

    • The Wage Theft Act (significant amendments to New Jersey’s Wage and Hour Laws) – Patrick T. Collins
    • NJ Ban on Salary History Questions – Annmarie Simeone
    • NJ Ban on Confidentiality Agreements and Arbitration Agreements for discrimination claims
    • Expansion of NJ Medical Marijuana Act protections – Keith D. McDonald
    • Update on NJ Non-compete developments – Edward G. Sponzilli

    A short update on the federal overtime rule and expansion of the NJ Family Leave Act will also be provided.

    Please feel free to share this invitation with your colleagues. We are offering this seminar free of charge. However, space is limited.

    This program has been approved for CLE, HRCI, and SHRM credits.

    When: Thursday, December 5, 2019

    Registration & Breakfast: 8:30 —9:00 a.m.

    Program: 9:00—11:00 a.m.

    Questions & Answers: 11:00 —11:30 a.m.

    Where: Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

    400 Crossing Boulevard, 8th Floor
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933

    Please click here to register.

    Please Note: Due to the overflow of requested attendance, in order to accommodate everyone, we have added a simulcast option. As a registered attendee of the simulcast session, you will view the 2019 Employment Law Hot Topics seminar from a conference room through a live video stream.

    Posted in: Annmarie Simeone, Business Law, Edward G. Sponzilli, Events, Keith McDonald, Labor & Employment, Patrick T. Collins | Tags: ,

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