Lehigh Valley Lawyer

  • Dec 07, 2017Robert Donatelli Elected to Board of Directors for Allentown Symphony Association

    Robert E. Donatelli, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Allentown Symphony Association. The Association’s mission is to provide a first-class symphony orchestra and Hall, quality performing arts, and cultural education in partnership with the community.

    “The Allentown Symphony Association contributes to the cultural richness of the Lehigh Valley.  I am happy to serve by being a member of its Board of Directors,” said Donatelli.

    Donatelli, a resident of Wescosville, has over forty years of experience in estate administration, wills and trusts, and real estate law.  Donatelli helps clients with all aspects of estate planning and administration, including will preparation, tax issues, guardianships, powers of attorney, living wills, living trusts, special needs trusts, the process of probate, valuing, managing the estate, and executing decisions on guardianship and conservatorship. In the area of real estate law, Donatelli advises clients on matters of residential and commercial sales transactions, real estate contracts, mortgages, re-finances, foreclosures, eminent domain, title insurance, and title disputes.  He also handles land use, zoning, and permit matters.

    Donatelli is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.  He is a member of the Ethics Board of the City of Allentown and a former solicitor of the Register of Wills of Lehigh County.  He is a Board Member of the Bar Association of Lehigh County, serving as President in 1985, and is a member of the Barristers Inn of Court, where he also served as President. He is the President of the Friends of the Allentown Parks.

    A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, Donatelli is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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  • Nov 07, 2017John Lushis Presents at 2017 RE3 Conference

    John F. Lushis, Jr., a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Economic Development Law Group, presented at the 2017 RE3 Conference from November 1 to November 3 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  He and Brett W. Cox of TRC Environmental Corporation presented “Bethlehem Works and Commerce Center at 20 Years,” providing insights from both an owner’s and consultant’s perspective that are relevant today; how and why key decisions were made, how they were implemented, and acknowledge the key roles of all stakeholders; and demonstrating the value to the Bethlehem-Allentown region twenty years later.

    Hosted by EnviroBlend, Metal Waste Treatment by Premier Magnesia, LLC, in cooperation with the Association for Redevelopment Initiatives, the RE3 Conference spotlights best practices and lessons learned for the cleanup and repositioning of industrial, manufacturing, and logistics-oriented sites.  In its third year, the RE3 Conference has become an essential gathering of professionals looking to redevelop brownfield properties through real world remediation technology and methods.

    Lushis focuses his practice on transaction, real estate, and environmental law.  He serves as one of the Firm’s corporate environmental counsel, focusing on soil and groundwater issues and other environmental issues for various businesses.  He provides counsel transactions including loan transactions, corporate restructurings, acquisitions and divestitures, leases, industrial development authority financings, and a wide array of commercial agreements.  He has worked on multi-million-dollar loans and major tax-exempt financings for businesses and non-profits, as well as tax increment financing projects that have spurred major industrial and commercial developments.  Lushis serves as solicitor for Northampton County General Purpose Authority, and co-solicitor for Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, Northampton County New Jobs Corp, and Lehigh’s Economic Advancement Project.  In his work as solicitor for the General Purpose Authority, he is one of the “architects” of the first-of-their-kind P3 projects in the United States with particular focus on innovative financing.

    Lushis has represented some of the Lehigh Valley’s most prominent entities, including American Bank, BB&T, Health Network Labs, Horwith Trucks, Lehigh University, LifePath, Melting Pot Restaurants, Molded Acoustical Products of Easton, the Paxos Restaurant Group, and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.  In his career, he has been involved in transactions and financings totaling well into the billions of dollars.

    Lushis earned his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 1980, and his B.S.M.E., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1977.  He holds an AV (Preeminent) rating from Martindale-Hubbel.

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  • Nov 01, 2017Judith Harris Presents to LVHN Physicians

    Judith A. Harris, a Member with Norris McLaughlin, P.A., recently participated in the fourth and final of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) 2017 financial, estate, and tax planning seminars to physicians at its Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Campuses.  This year’s presentations are part of a multi-year effort of the LVHN Office of Philanthropy to make such planning seminars available to its physicians and other employee groups of LVHN.

    Harris’ panel presentation focused on estate and tax planning, as well as asset protection strategies for physicians and their families.  The presentation, entitled “Financial Grand Rounds: Comprehensive Planning for Physicians,” also included Robert H. Brown, CLU©, ChFC©, AEP©,  a financial planner and the proprietor of Lehigh Valley Investment Group, Retirement and Income Specialists, and was introduced and led by Dr. John Jaffe, of Physician Integration Strategies LLC, who is former Executive Medical Director of the Lehigh Valley Physician Organization.

    Jane Wrisley, the Vice President of the LVHN Office of Philanthropy, believes the Financial Grand Round presentations are a service to physicians.  Wrisley observed, “They work so hard for our patients, we want to provide a convenient opportunity for them to attend an educational forum.”

    Harris has over 30 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 American University in 1986, and her A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1983.

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  • Oct 31, 2017Nick Nanovic to Volunteer at Wills for Heroes Program

    R. Nicholas Nanovic, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will participate in the Wills For Heroes Program hosted by the Bar Association of Lehigh County.  The program, which is free for first responders and veterans, and their significant others, will provide wills and living wills, and information on healthcare and financial services.  It will be held at The Barristers Club in Allentown on Saturday, November 4, from 9 am to 4 pm.  Nanovic has been involved annually and will also volunteer for the same program in Pike County on Saturday, November 18.

    After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Anthony Hayes, a South Carolina attorney, wanted to do something meaningful to help the country, so he founded the Wills for Heroes Foundation.  He met with local firefighters and agreed on a need for estate planning services.  Since then, Wills for Heroes programs in ten states have provided more than 7,000 free estate planning documents for first responders.  Daniel McKenna, a Philadelphia-based attorney and board member of the Wills for Heroes Foundation, initiated the Wills for Heroes Program in Pennsylvania.  The Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division adopted the Wills for Heroes Program as one of its statewide service projects in 2009, and in 2014 they opened the program to include veterans.  For more information about this program, visit the Wills for Heroes Foundation web site,, or the Young Lawyers Division section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association web site,

    “So many people postpone putting together an estate plan and planning for retirement because they are under the impression that it is a long, expensive, and scary process.  Volunteering my time to make sure the first responders, veterans, and their families have their estate plans in place is the best way I can thank them for all they do,” explained Nanovic.

    A resident of Allentown, Nanovic focuses his practice on taxation, estate planning and administration, and business law.  He practices primarily in Pennsylvania, although he is also licensed to practice in New Jersey and Florida.  He has extensive experience in drafting estate planning documents including wills, powers of attorney, health care directives, revocable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), intentionally defective grantor trusts (IDGTs), charitable lead trusts (CLATs and CLUTs), charitable remainder trusts (CRATs and CRUTs), qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs), and irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs).  Nanovic advises clients on asset protection planning through the proper titling of property and establishment of limited partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs).  He handles all aspects of estate administration including probate, obtaining an inventory of the assets, management of estate assets, distributions to beneficiaries, protection of executor when making decisions on handling estate debts and assets, preparation of estate fiduciary income tax returns, and preparation of the Pennsylvania inheritance tax return.

    Nanovic’s tax practice is focused on personal income taxes, business taxes, and gift and estate taxes.  He also helps individuals and businesses negotiate their tax liabilities with the IRS and Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.  He assists in the formation of business entities including corporations, S corporations, LLCs, and partnerships; advises clients on how to properly structure the governing documents; and interprets pre-existing governing documents to help clients understand their rights and obligations for their roles in the business.

    Nanovic has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years, reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania.  He is a board member and President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley, and President of the Notre Dame Club of Lehigh Valley.  While in law school, he interned for the Small Business/ Self-Employed division of the Internal Revenue Service in the Miami, Florida, office and was actively involved with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, serving as one of the project’s leaders for two years.  Nanovic earned his LL.M. in Taxation in 2008 and his J.D. in 2007 from the University of Miami School of Law.  He earned his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 2004.

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  • Oct 13, 2017Matthew Sorrentino to Speak at International Street Medicine Conference

    Matthew R. Sorrentino, Esq., Chairman and Managing Partner of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at the 13th Annual International Street Medicine Conference sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Health Network.  The conference, to be held in Allentown from Wednesday, October 18, to Saturday, October 21, is open to all audiences.  Sorrentino will present “Volunteer Considerations Regarding Street Medicine.”  The presentation will include whether an employee of a private non-profit can perform volunteer services for the employer, whether students or other non-employees can perform volunteer services for a non-profit, whether volunteers are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, and what the rules and regulations are pertaining to dispensing medication on the street.  For more information about the conference, contact Hilda Rivera, MPH, CHES, at 610-969-2430 or via email at .

    Sorrentino focuses his practice on healthcare, general corporate and business law, and real estate law.  He serves as Lehigh County Solicitor, managing a staff of 18 full- and part-time staff attorneys for the county.  Sorrentino is outside counsel to Lehigh Valley Health Network, the region’s largest health-care provider and employer; Health Network Laboratories, a regional clinical laboratory with annual revenue of more than $100 million; Lehigh Valley Physician Group, a multi-specialty, nonprofit physician practice with more than 600 physicians; and Anchor Health Properties, LLC, a national developer of innovative facilities dedicated to health and wellness.  Sorrentino and his wife, Ronnie, are Co-Chairs of the President’s Society of Lehigh Valley Health Network.  He earned his J.D. from Villanova University and his A.B. from Muhlenberg College.

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  • Oct 04, 2017Julie Macomb Appointed to Bach Choir Board

    Julie Macomb, an Associate at Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed to the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem for a two-year term.

    Founded in 1898, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem was the first choir in America to present many of J.S. Bach’s most important choral works, including his masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor.  The Choir, comprising more than 90 volunteer singers, has dramatically expanded its local, national, and international presence through year-round programming, acclaimed educational outreach, celebrated tours, and outstanding recordings.

    “I am excited to join the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and to be a part of their ongoing mission to teach and encourage appreciation of Bach’s musical works. The choir has an excellent reputation for bringing education and performance opportunities to the Lehigh Valley and beyond, and is helping to preserve the value of Bach’s music for the future,” said Macomb.

    A resident of Allentown, Macomb devotes her practice to business law, economic development law and real estate law.  She is actively involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, corporate restructurings, and shareholder disputes.  In her health care practice, Macomb works with hospitals and their affiliated corporations, physician groups, clinical laboratories, medical staffs, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities.  In her economic development practice, she handles public financing, and legal entity formation and planning, working with the Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Lehigh’s Economic Advancement Project, and Northampton County New Jobs Corp.  Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues; realty transfer tax issues; leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients; and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties.

    Macomb sits on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton District Main Street Program and co-chairs the Design Committee for the Program.  She is also on the Board of Directors of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of CREW and the Board of Directors of the Community Music School.  In 2017, she was named by Lehigh Valley Business as a Woman to Watch for her contributions to the Firm and the community.  Macomb earned her J.D. in 2013, magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland in 2010.

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  • Jul 07, 2017Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes New Business Law Of Counsel

    The Pennsylvania office of the Bridgewater, New Jersey-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome new Of Counsel John D. Stanley to its Business Law Group.

    “We are very pleased to have John join our team. The depth and breadth of his experience in both domestic and international business transactions, and mergers and acquisitions, will only serve to benefit our clients and their businesses. In addition to these attributes, John brings a strong sense of devotion to the Lehigh Valley, and in that respect, he will continue our tradition of deep community involvement,” said Matthew R. Sorrentino, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin, P.A..

    Stanley comes to the Firm from a long and distinguished career with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. At the time of his retirement from Air Products, Stanley was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Administrative Officer. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s law group, corporate secretary’s office, government and community relations (including philanthropy) group, and global trade compliance function and oversaw, at various times, the human resources, communications, information technology, business shared services, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate risk and security functions.

    Throughout his career, Stanley gained a wide-range of experience, providing legal counsel and support to business managers and executives on a wide range of corporate and commercial law matters, including commercial transactions, contracts, financings, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures, general securities, internal investigations, and other regulatory and employment law matters. His primary practice areas over the years include corporate, with emphasis on mergers and acquisition, joint ventures and other large global transactional work, both public and private; global antitrust and compliance; general commercial and employment law, including benefits and compensation issues and general employment litigation.

    Over the years, Stanley has been very involved in the community. He currently chairs the Air Products Foundation Board of Trustees, is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Lehigh Valley Health Network, and is on the boards of the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority, the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park and DeSales University. Stanley also serves on the Executive Committee for the Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative and chairs the Advisory Council for the Building 21 of the Allentown School District. He previously served at various times on the boards of the United Way of the Lehigh Valley, ArtsQuest, Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley.

    Stanley earned his B.A. from Lafayette College in 1980 and his J.D., cum laude, from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1983.

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