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  • Feb 15, 2019Julie Macomb Named in Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40

    Julie M. Macomb, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley named to Lehigh Valley Business 2019 Forty Under 40.

    An independent panel of judges reviewed the nominees and scored them based on their achievements. Macomb was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the Greater Lehigh Valley, in both her industry and the community.

    “We are proud that Julie is being honored as one of the 2019 Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40. She is a great asset to the firm and has great determination in everything she does. I look forward to her many future accomplishments,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

    Cited for their contributions to their company, industry, and community, the honorees will be recognized at the Forty Under 40 awards reception and ceremony sponsored by DeSales University’s ACCESS and Master of Business Administration programs on Thursday, April 11, at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Longswamp Township. For more information and to obtain tickets for the event, visit here.

    Macomb devotes her practice to business, healthcare, 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.  Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues; leasing; leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients; and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties.

    Macomb is on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance and the Board of Directors of Community Music School, as well as the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2017, Macomb was honored by Lehigh Valley Business as a Woman to Watch, an award for someone age 30 or under who is stepping up to help shape tomorrow’s Lehigh Valley. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Maryland and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.

    Posted in: Business Law, Economic Development Law, Health Care & Life Sciences, Julie M. Macomb, Mergers & Acquisitions, Municipal Law, News, Real Estate & Finance | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Dec 04, 2018Raymond Lahoud to Present “Immigration in the United States” at Penn State Lehigh Valley

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will present “Immigration in the United States,” for the SAGE learning program at the Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus on Friday, December 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

    The SAGE Lecture Series includes Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment. This program is designed for adults over 55 years of age who are interested in expanding life’s experience. SAGE offers an opportunity to enrich one’s life through learning in a relaxed and accepting environment among peers. Each SAGE Session is held on the first Friday of the month.

    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. 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.  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. Lahoud received his B.A., English, summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2006 and his J.D. in 2009 from Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Nov 30, 2018Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Speak at NBI Advanced Family Law Seminar

    Lauren L. Sorrentino and Catherine A. Curcio, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be presenters at the Advanced Family Law Seminar hosted by the National Business Institute on Monday, December 10, 8:30 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. at the Best Western in the Lehigh Valley.

    Curcio will speak on ethics, covering the client/lawyer relationship, conflicts of interest, communication issues with clients and opposing parties and counsel, and other issues. Sorrentino will address domestic violence, child abuse, and associated legal and jurisdictional issues and procedures.

    Sorrentino, Chair of the firm’s Pennsylvania Family Law Practice, focuses her practice on matrimonial and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, prenuptial and property settlement agreements, child support, child custody, and protection from abuse. She has been named one of the “10 Best Attorneys” for two years in a row by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law section. Sorrentino is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section and is a former Council Member of the Section. She is a former member of the Section’s Rules Committee and Programming Committee and is actively involved in the Family Law Committees of the Bar Association of Lehigh County and the Northampton County Bar Association. She previously served on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Family Law Section and co-chaired the Section’s Domestic Violence Committee. A top Lehigh Valley Lawyer, Sorrentino has published articles on a variety of family law topics and has served as a panelist at family law educational programs. She is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Hospital. Prior to entering private practice, Sorrentino was an Independence Foundation Fellow and staff attorney at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in 1998 from Columbia University and her J.D. in 202 from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley.

    Curcio focuses her practice on family law and real estate and land use. Because of her dual practice areas, she is uniquely positioned to serve clients and address client needs that transcend a single area of the law. Outside of her practice, Curcio is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Third Street Alliance for Women and Children, where she also serves on the Executive committee and the Development committee.  She is a member of the Lafayette College Alumni Association, the Young Lawyers Division of the Northampton County Bar Association and sits as the Solicitor to the Lower Macungie Township Planning Commission. Curcio received her B.A., dean’s lists, in 2003 from Lafayette College and her J.D. in 2006 from New York Law School.

    Posted in: Catherine A. Curcio, Lauren L. Sorrentino, Matrimonial & Family Law, News, Real Estate & Finance | Tags: , , , , , , ,

  • Oct 04, 2018Jacqueline Holmes Honored by Lehigh Valley’s Finest

    Jacqueline K. Holmes, an Associate at the Pennsylvania office of the law firm Norris McLaughlin P.A., has been named an honoree of Lehigh Valley’s Finest. She will be honored at the 9th Annual Lehigh Valley’s Finest Gala at The Centennial Ballroom, Homewood Suites, October 20, at 6:00 p.m. The gala benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and celebrates the honorees and their accomplishments to raise funds and awareness for CFF. For more information and to donate, please click here.

    Lehigh Valley’s Finest Gala honors men and women who exemplify strong leadership qualities, are active volunteers, and excel in their chosen profession. The Finest campaign is designed to spotlight young leaders, honoring their professional and charitable accomplishments. “I am humbled and honored to serve as a Lehigh Valley Honoree for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation this year. I am hopeful that my campaign efforts will raise awareness for cystic fibrosis and for all that CFF does in search for a cure,” said Holmes.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Holmes concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation and general civil litigation matters.  As a commercial litigator, she is involved in business litigation, residential and commercial landlord/ tenant matters, debt collection, and contract disputes.  She handles all aspects of litigation, from drafting pleadings, motions, and discovery, to representing clients at depositions and judicial conferences.  Holmes also represents plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury matters.

    Outside of work, Holmes volunteers with the Lehigh Lawyers Association, where she is on the Board of Directors. She is also a member of Northampton County Bar Association Board of Governors and their Young Lawyers’ Division. Holmes earned her bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, summa cum laude, and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School, cum laude.

    Posted in: Appellate Practice, Jacqueline K. Holmes, Litigation, News | Tags: , , , , ,

  • Mar 20, 2018Raymond Lahoud Spoke to Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was pleased to present a free seminar, “The Future of Immigration Law – How it will Affect the Real Estate Industry,” for the Greater Lehigh Valley members.

    The seminar for residential realtors included the rights and responsibilities of selling to an undocumented immigrant, protecting yourself from real estate discrimination and the undocumented immigrant, how to work with a foreign real estate client, and more. The seminar for commercial realtors/brokers discussed leasing or selling to a foreign organization relocating from abroad and the EB-5 Investor Visa Program.

    “Now, more than ever, US immigration policies are impacting the domestic real estate market.  From expats, international employees and students, temporary foreign workers, new immigrants, foreign direct investments, EB-5 visa project financing, to individuals lacking valid immigration status, the number of real estate transactions involving non-US Citizens has reached record proportions with no slowdown expected,” Lahoud expresses.

    He continues, “The Lehigh Valley has seen this growth and, with the continued globalization of the region, more and more foreign companies and their employees are calling the Lehigh Valley home.  Given this, it is important that the region’s residential and commercial realtors are aware of not only the rights and responsibilities of foreign born buyers and sellers, but also the financial potential in accessing this globally growing real estate consumer market.”

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations. 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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  • Mar 16, 2018Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Named a Morning Call Top Workplace for the 6th Year in a Row

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been selected as a Morning Call Top Workplace for the sixth year in a row, each year since the survey’s start. The Top Workplaces were recognized at an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 15. Selections are based on an employee survey measuring qualities such as company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay, and benefits.

    The Morning Call describes a top workplace as, “one that operates successfully and provides good pay and benefits. But there’s more to it than that: In a great job environment, the employees are engaged because they have confidence in their bosses, know their mission, feel appreciated and have opportunities for career development.” This year the firm ranked 13th in the small employers section. More information about Norris McLaughlin’s rank can be found here.

    “I do not have enough good things to say about the people I work with – we are a family. Our appreciation of each other is what sees Norris McLaughlin, P.A.through the ups and downs, and knowing we have that kind of support is why we are able to be so dedicated to our clients and our community,” said Matt Sorrentino, Chair of the Firm.

    The Top Workplaces are determined solely on employee feedback. The survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with more than 30 major publishing partners and recognizes a national list of Top Workplaces. Over the past year, more than 4,500 organizations in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees. For more information on the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, visit and


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  • Oct 17, 2017Norris McLaughlin, P.A. to Sponsor and John Lushis & Graham Simmons to Participate in 2017 PEDA Fall Conference

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to sponsor the 2017 Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) Fall Conference to be held at the Renaissance Allentown Hotel from Monday, October 23, through Wednesday, October 25.  John F. Lushis, Jr., and S. Graham Simmons, Members of the firm and Co-Chairs of its Economic Development Practice Group, will participate in the event.  Simmons will introduce and wrap up “From Brownfields to Business: Turning Blight into Opportunity” on Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:00 PM. and Lushis will discuss “Addressing Aging Infrastructure through Public-Private Partnerships” on Wednesday, 9:00 – 10:15 AM.

    Other sessions will cover employers’ perspectives, entrepreneurship culture, strategic collaboration, small business development, equitable economic development, regional growth, downtowns, urban cores, national trends, and economic competitiveness.  Participants are expected to include professionals representing economic and community development at the municipal, county, regional, and state levels, as well as commercial and industrial developers, business incubator operators, project finance professionals, IDA directors, elected officials, and executives representing utilities and transportation, engineering, and construction.  For more information and to register, download the event brochure here or visit the PEDA website at

    PEDA is the primary statewide association representing local, state, corporate, and non-profit economic development professionals.  It provides educational opportunities to share best practices that enhance the professional dialogue, supports economic development initiatives, promotes economic development policies, and nurtures an effective statewide network to foster the economic growth of the Commonwealth.  Members of PEDA include county and regional economic developers, state government economic development employees, utility and transportation executives, industrial development authority directors, operators of industrial and technology incubators, chamber of commerce executives, municipal directors of community and economic development, engineering and construction executives, economic development finance professionals, commercial and industrial developers, and local, county and state elected officials.

    “The Lehigh Valley has been an epicenter of economic progress and innovation. As an architect of the innovative P3 Bridge Renewal Project in Northampton County and novel tax increment projects for the construction of major infrastructure in Lehigh County, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. is proud to be a partner in this progress,” said Lushis.

    Simmons adds, “the heart of the Neighborhood Improvement Zone in the great City of Allentown is really the perfect location for PEDA’s Fall Conference so that economic development professionals from across the Commonwealth can witness first-hand the renaissance made possible by strong public and private partnerships leveraging what can be transformative economic development incentives.”

    The Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Economic Development Practice Group provides economic development strategic, legal, and advocacy services to our clients, including private companies, 501(c)(3) non-profit companies, developers, and municipal governments and authorities.  In addition, they have significant experience with the establishment of leadership summits focused on projects and initiatives impacting the Lehigh Valley.

    The attorneys in the group possess unique breadth and depth of experience in working with Lehigh and Northampton County administrations, local cities and other municipalities, as well as their economic development departments, to lead financings, public-private partnerships, and strategic planning for transformative projects throughout the Lehigh Valley.  They serve on the committees and boards of local and regional economic development organizations such as the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Easton Development Partnership; are members of Pennsylvania Economic Development Association, Urban Land Institute, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce; and provide special counsel legal services to the Easton Redevelopment Authority, Lehigh Valley Industrial Park, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation and Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative.

    Posted in: Economic Development Law, John F. Lushis, Jr., News, S. Graham Simmons, III | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Jul 05, 2017Nick Nanovic Elected President of the Estate Planning Council of Lehigh Valley

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that  R. Nicholas Nanovic, a Member of the Firm, has been named President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley for 2017-2018.

    The Council, founded in 1967, is affiliated with the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, offering continuing education and networking opportunities to assist members in best serving their clients through estate planning strategies and engaged client interaction within a multi-disciplined approach, while adapting to the ever-changing tax, technology, trends, and deliverables applicable to estate planning services.

    The President, elected at the Annual Meeting, serves as chief executive officer of the Council for a one-year term.  The Council votes based on representative diversity from each of the member categories, including Attorneys, Accountants, Insurance or Financial Advisors, Trust Officers, and Planned Giving or Development Professionals.

    A resident of Allentown, Nanovic focuses his practice on taxation, estate planning and administration, and business law.  His practice is focused 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 also 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 less than 10 years, reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania.  He is currently a board member and Immediate Past Vice President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley.  He is 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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