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  • Sep 09, 2021Raymond G. Lahoud to Speak on Temporary Protection Status at 6th Annual NJRC Immigration Conference: Beyond the Border

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will be a panelist at the 6th Annual Immigration Conference: Beyond the Border, hosted by the NJ Reentry Corporation (“NJRC”). Lahoud and co-panelist Edward Shulman will discuss temporary protection status from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. All are welcome to attend the live event via Facebook.

    As Chair of the Immigration Practice Group, Lahoud oversees a leading team of immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants with extensive and continuing immigration law training and significant practice experience.

    About the 6th Annual NJRC Immigration Conference: Beyond the Border

    New Jersey Reentry Corporation is a nonprofit agency with a social mission to remove all barriers to employment for court involved individuals. In this program, participants receive individualized assessments and treatment plans that first address essential needs, such as housing, treatment, mental health care, medical care, and access to health. Governor Jim McGreevey, who will be monitoring this year’s event, started NJRC and has been the Chairman of the Board since October 2014.

    The 6th Annual NJRC Immigration Conference: Beyond the Border begins at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15 with a welcome from Governor Jim McGreevey, a prayer by Reverend Bolivar Flores and a keynote address from Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes. At 11:15 a.m., McGreevey will begin moderating a panel of national and state experts on the following topics:

    Green Card Renewal with a Criminal Record
    Temporary Protection Status
    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”)
    Family Separations
    Asylum and Refuge
    Immigration and Custom Enforcement

    The event includes a Q&A from participants from 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. and a closing benediction by Reverend Raul Ruiz.

    The Beyond the Border conference will be live streamed on Facebook from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET. Registration is not required and attendance is free.

    Click here to watch!

    About Raymond G. Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign.

    Lahoud’s compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Additionally, his immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Lahoud’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration.”

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been included in New York Super Lawyers “Rising Stars.” EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Aug 11, 2021Immigration Attorney William C. Menard Recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as a “New Leader of the Bar”

    William C. Menard, a Member of the law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been recognized as one of the “New Leaders of the Bar” in the 2021 New Jersey Law Journal’s Legal Awards.

    “It is an honor to be recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal among such a tremendous group of attorneys who have demonstrated a commitment to the legal profession and to their clients,” Menard said.

    About the “New Leader of the Bar” Honor

    The New Jersey Law Journal’s annual legal awards honor attorneys who have made an impact on the New Jersey legal community. The “New Leaders of the Bar” category recognizes attorneys under the age of 40 who have exhibited notable achievements as well as outstanding potential. Information on the methodology can be found here. Honorees will be recognized at a gala in September. For more information or to register for the event, please click here.

    About William Menard, Esq.

    Menard is an immigration law and deportation defense attorney. He represents individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law and has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings throughout the country. Menard has represented clients before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, immigration courts, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. He has completed and advised on permanent residence visas and various temporary visas for clients from around the globe.

    In 2020, Menard was included in the “Rising Star” New York Metro Super Lawyers list. A description of the selection methodology can be found at superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. A frequent author and speaker, he was recognized as a “Top Author” in the JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards. Menard is active in his community and helped write a town ordinance protecting immigrants from discrimination and establishing guidelines for educators on how to help immigrant students feel safer in school. He earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2012 and his B.A. in Government at Claremont McKenna College in 2009.

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  • Jun 24, 2021Raymond Lahoud Appointed to American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National Member Engagement Committee

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, has been appointed to American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National Member Engagement Committee for the 2021-2022 term.

    “As a long-time, devoted member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, I am thrilled to take this next step in my participation by recruiting and mentoring new members,” said Lahoud.

    About the American Immigration Lawyers Association

    The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) liaisons and committee members play an integral part in helping to achieve the association’s mission to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

    The Member Engagement Committee supports membership growth by actively recruiting and identifying ways to retain members. Members of the committee identify and recruit potential new member leads and contact lapsed members for renewal. The committee also provides input and feedback regarding membership needs, programs, and policies. The responsibility of serving on a national committee carries with it a commitment to hard work, selflessness, and excellence.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, has received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers® Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area, in which a description of the selection methodology can be found here. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also included in the Lehigh Valley Business 2021 “Power 30 in Law” listing and named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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  • Jun 10, 2021U.S. Immigration Basics In the Biden/Harris Era and Beyond: “Crimigration”

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will present the “Crimigration” session as part of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) annual “U.S. Immigration Basics In the Biden/Harris Era and Beyond” program, presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Immigration Law Section and Special Committee on International Law and Organizations.

    Immigration Basics In the Biden/Harris Era

    Hosted by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, this program is designed for those who want an immigration update or refresher and for those who wish to have a basic understanding of immigration practice and procedure. New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania CLE credits are available, including for ethics as well as diversity and inclusion.

    During the “Crimigration” presentation, Ray will address:

    • Different Immigration Consequences (Inadmissible v. Removable)
    • Convictions
    • Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude
    • Controlled Substance Convictions/Violations
    • Aggravated Felonies
    • Criminal Representation with Immigration Consequences

    When: Wednesday, June 23, 2021

    • Full-Day Webcast: 9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
    • Ray Lahoud’s Presentation: 11:20 – 11:40 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    • NJSBA Member Rate: $159
    • NJSBA Section Member Rate: $159
    • General Tuition: $199

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Ray’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Ray’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has provided him extensive knowledge on issues of “crimmigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

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  • Feb 10, 2021Raymond Lahoud to Judge NYU 2021 National Immigration Law Competition

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, has volunteered once again to judge the New York University (NYU) School of Law Moot Court Board’s 2021 National Immigration Law Competition (ILC), to be held virtually through Zoom February 12-14, 2021. Lahoud will judge Preliminary Round 1.8, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., on Friday, February 12.

    “I am honored to participate in the NYU Immigration Law Competition again this year. It is a privilege to see these young minds at work,” said Lahoud.

    About the NYU Immigration Law Competition

    Since 2006, the NYU Moot Court Board has hosted the ILC annually for NYU Law students and those of other ABA-accredited law schools, concentrating on leading immigration law issues. The competition is judged by a distinguished panel of NYU alumni and New York’s legal practitioners, with the final round judged by federal appellate and district court judges. The two issues on appeal are whether a noncitizen’s failure to register as a sex offender is a crime involving moral turpitude that makes them subject to removal; and whether noncitizens in removal proceedings have a due process right to be made aware of discretionary relief from removal.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations. Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, has received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40 for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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  • Jan 21, 2021Ray Lahoud to Speak at 2021 New York Asylum & Immigration Law Conference

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will be a panelist for “Basic Bars to Asylum” on Friday, February 5, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the 2021 New York Asylum & Immigration Law Conference. The sixth annual conference is hosted by the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section and the Safe Passage Project at New York Law School.

    “Each year, it has been a pleasure to get involved in the New York Asylum & Immigration Law Conference. As much has changed in immigration law this year, I look forward to taking part in this highly-educational event again,” said Lahoud.

    About the New York Asylum & Immigration Law Conference

    The virtual event, February 5-6, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., provides basic/beginner and advanced tracks and offers up to nine New York CLE credits. Other discussion topics on February 5 include basic asylum, withholding, CAT, the International Human Rights Law, evolving theories of social group, protection, and expedited forms of removal. The following day, the conference will address representing children in asylum claims, presenting a case remotely, and immigration court updates. The event, typically held at New York Law School will also include welcome speeches, closing remarks, and networking opportunities. For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.

    Lahoud’s experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers. His immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals, at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, Lahoud seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. His ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimigration” before state and federal courts reviewing post-conviction relief claims.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. Lahoud was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A., English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Jan 08, 2021Immigration Virtual Town Hall: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Updates for Businesses, Health Care Providers, Colleges and Universities, and Individuals

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, and William C. Menard, a Member of the firm, are pleased to present the free webinar, “Immigration Virtual Town Hall: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Updates for Businesses, Health Care Providers, Colleges and Universities, and Individuals.”

    COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Updates for Businesses, Health Care Providers, Colleges and Universities, and Individuals

    The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the American immigration system in a wide range of areas. Large corporations are seeking to transfer employees to the United States from foreign affiliates. Small businesses are interested in hiring foreign workers. Employers are trying to continue employing individuals who are authorized to work under Temporary Protected Status. Overwhelmed and understaffed hospitals are looking to hire and/or retain foreign medical professionals. Colleges and universities are supporting a large roster of foreign students and faculty. Individuals are interested in traveling to and from the United States or seeking to retain or hire au pairs through international agencies. Millions of people have been affected.

    This webinar will cover all these issues and provide an update for 2021. Ray and William will discuss:

    • Current COVID-19 Travel Restrictions on Visas and Travel to the United States and How These Have Affected a Broad Range of Employers and Employees
    • Exceptions to the Travel Restrictions from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland
    • Current Restrictions at the U.S. Border With Canada
    • Recent Updates on Extensions of Temporary Protected Status

    When: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: Eventbrite

    This course has been approved for 1.2 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits in New Jersey. We have provisional approval for CLE credit in Pennsylvania, however, the number of total credits and final approval are still pending. Attorneys seeking CLE credit in New York may apply for credit by submitting a request for credit using a New Jersey CLE certificate.

    We strongly encourage you to submit questions in advance of the town hall to be sure we address your specific needs. Please submit your questions by 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 25, 2021, via email to marketing@norris-law.com with “TOWN HALL QUESTION” in the subject line.

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global in reach, with service to individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices: New York, New York; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and Allentown, Pennsylvania.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Ray’s corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. He has served nearly every industry, including healthcare, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports. Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

    About William Menard

    William practices exclusively in immigration law and deportation defense. He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law. William has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Board of Immigration Appeals, and conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    William has completed and advised on a host of permanent residence visas, including green cards for family members of United States Citizens (both consular processing applications and adjustments of status within the United States), and EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5 visas for business managers, executives, other professionals, and investors (including PERM labor certifications, when needed), as well as a wide range of temporary visas, including B1/B2 visas for visitors and tourists, F visas for international students, K visas for fiancé(e)s of United States Citizens, L visas for both international corporations and their executives and managers, U visas for victims of domestic violence and other serious crimes, TN Visas for professionals from Canada and Mexico, applications for asylum, applications for cancellation of removal from the United States for both permanent and nonpermanent residents, and many more. He represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. William has represented clients from six continents spanning the entire globe, including: Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

    William is also active in his community on immigration matters, helping to write a town ordinance protecting immigrants from discrimination. He has also advised education professionals on how to help ensure that immigrant students feel safe in school.

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  • Jan 01, 2021Norris McLaughlin Promotes Two Associate Attorneys to Members of the Firm

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce the promotion of Nicholas J. Dimakos and William C. Menard to Members of the firm effective January 1, 2021.

    “Both Nick and William exemplify what Norris McLaughlin stands for in our mission and values, so we are pleased to present them with this advancement in their legal careers,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Nick Dimakos

    On his promotion, Dimakos stated, “I’ve learned so much from my colleagues and mentors here at Norris McLaughlin, and I’m happy to continue my journey with the firm in this new role.”

    Dimakos focuses on trust and estate litigation, representing both beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested matters. His practice encompasses a broad range of disputes, including will contests and challenges to account beneficiary designations; accounting actions involving estates, trusts, and powers of attorney; contested administrations involving challenges to and the defense of the actions of executors and trustees; trust terminations and modifications; and guardianship actions.

    Dimakos is frequently appointed to serve as counsel to alleged incapacitated individuals and volunteers as a mediator for Somerset County’s Probate Early Settlement Program. He writes about probate litigation and guardianships on the firm’s NJ Beneficiary Rights Law Blog, “Guardians of Your Will.”

    Dimakos received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was a member of the Seton Hall Law Review.  After graduation, Dimakos clerked for the Assignment Judge of Bergen County, the Honorable Peter E. Doyne (Ret.). He earned his B.S., magna cum laude, from The College of New Jersey in 2008.

    About William Menard

    “It’s been a pleasure working at Norris McLaughlin and I am thrilled the firm trusts me enough to provide me with this opportunity to take on more responsibilities,” Menard commented.

    Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney. He represents both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law and represents clients at trial in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country. Menard is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and routinely represents clients before the federal courts of appeals, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. He has completed and advised on permanent residence visas and various temporary visas, representing clients from across the globe.

    Additionally, Menard is active in his community on immigration matters, helping to write a town ordinance protecting immigrants from discrimination and advising education professionals on how to help ensure that immigrant students feel safe in school.

    Menard earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2012 and his B.A. in Government at Claremont McKenna College in 2009. In law school, Menard was selected to join the prestigious Moot Court Honor Society, earning the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year and being twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.

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  • Dec 21, 2020Ray Lahoud Named National Law Review 2020 “Go-To Thought Leader” in Immigration Law

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, has been named a National Law Review 2020 “Go-To Thought Leader” for his insightful contributions to employment topics related to immigration law developments.

    “I put my blog together and post as often as possible to open the dialogue and talk to people online about the immigration and deportation system as seen from the eyes of a lawyer. Daily, lawyers are dealing with the system, and we must educate anyone who will listen, read, or ask. It has been a privilege and an honor to provide this additional resource for those ready to start the conversation, and I will continue to do so,” said Lahoud.

    About the National Law Review 2020 “Go-To Thought Leadership” Awards

    Each year, the National Law Review recognizes less than 1% of its authors with “Go-To Thought Leadership” awards. In 2020, the National Law Review honored 71 authors or organizations from over 20,000 contributed pieces of thought leadership received. For more information, please click here. To read Lahoud’s blog posts, visit the Norris McLaughlin Immigration Law Blog, “Immigration Matters.”

    A spokesperson for the National Law Review stated, “Mr. Lahoud’s writing harnesses his extensive experience handling client matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department and representing various industries covering immigration changes from a variety of perspectives, including writing about ICE updates, litigation surrounding H-1B wage rules, and local initiatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.”

    About Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. While his immigration practice is global, serving individuals and organizations across the United States and beyond, he is located primarily at the firm’s three globally-linked offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey; New York, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania. As Chair of the firm’s Immigration Law Practice Group, Lahoud oversees a leading team of experienced and highly-trained immigration attorneys, immigration review compliance experts, employer immigration auditors, and paralegals and legal assistants.

    Lahoud’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. He represents businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer compliance matters, serving nearly every industry. His compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts.

    Lahoud’s immigration litigation practice includes deportation defense of thousands of individuals at the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, and federal district and circuit courts. In state and federal trial and appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the removal proceedings and serves as immigration counsel to non-citizens accused of removable crimes. Lahoud’s ability to understand each interaction of criminal law with immigration law has made him a leading expert on issues of “crimmigration.”

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades. He has been awarded the “Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award” each year since 2012, has been selected as “Lead Counsel,” received the Martindale-Hubbell “Platinum Client Champion Award,” and has been named a Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” ranked as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney” in the New York Metro Area. EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 “Forty Under 40” for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community. Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

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  • Nov 25, 2020Remote Litigation Before Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, will co-present the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section webinar, “Remote Litigation Before Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond.”

    Remote Litigation Before Immigration Courts During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

    COVID-19 has presented challenging experiences for nearly every immigration court practitioner, leading to modernization. This webinar will address:

    • An overview of the immigration courts adapting to modern technology, including electronic filing and service, video hearings, and secure video communications with detained clients
    • Implementation of this modernization
    • Best immigration trial litigation practices for detained and non-detained removal proceedings
    • Effective challenges to the electronic hearings, proper e-submissions and service, witness preparation, expert reports and testimony, and preserving appealable issues through pre-trial motions and effective trial objections and evidentiary challenges

    When: Thursday, December 17, 2020

    noon – 1:00 p.m.

    Registration: federalbar.org

    • FBA Members – $0
    • Nonmembers – $75

    About Ray Lahoud

    Ray focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign.

    Ray’s immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike. His corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. Ray has served nearly every industry, including health care, education (community colleges, colleges, universities, students, professors, and researchers), manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, real estate development and EB-5 investor financing, information technology, marketing, entertainment, and sports.

    Ray’s corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance practice includes all non-immigrant and immigrant visas, recruitment of international talent and students, and consular processing, as well as Form I-9 and Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division compliance. Further, he has litigated corporate immigration matters before the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division, the Department of Homeland Security’s investigative bodies and agencies, the State Department, the United States Court of Appeals for International Trade, the Customs & Border Protection review board, and federal appellate courts—seeking review of employer immigration compliance and other immigrant and non-immigrant visa issues.

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