Matrimonial & Family Law

  • Nov 05, 2020Norris McLaughlin Has Been Named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 11 Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2021

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in eleven practice areas for the 2021 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The firm’s full listing of First Tier Metropolitan rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation – Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law
    • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

    Norris McLaughlin has also received a Tier 2 Metropolitan ranking in the following practice areas:

    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Communications Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Family Law
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Natural Resources Law

    “This listing of Norris McLaughlin is an outstanding achievement for the practice groups and dedicated attorneys who serve our clients. The rankings represent independent substantiation of the value we provide our clients, producing real results through efficient and diligent counsel,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

    From the start, the mission of “Best Law Firms” has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. For more information, including methodology, and the full listing, see

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin is a multi-practice, commercial law firm with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though regionally based, the firm has grown its capabilities to include counseling on matters of national and international scope. Boasting a team of more than 120 attorneys practicing in over 25 legal disciplines and industry-focused groups, Norris McLaughlin is well-positioned to represent a wide range of client segments, including small business, middle-market companies, and Fortune 500 corporations, as well as the private individuals and families who own and run them.

    Once a humble two-man practice in Somerville, New Jersey, the firm has leveraged a multi-disciplinary legal practice with a deep dedication to superior client service to become the largest law firm in Somerset County and one of the Top 20 law firms based in New Jersey. To respond to the changing needs of the firm’s clients and the business community, Norris McLaughlin expanded its geographic reach by merging with like-minded firms in New York City (1999) and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania (2009). As a result of this expansion, and with the resources of international law firm networks providing additional bench strength and service capability, Norris McLaughlin now delivers a total package of legal solutions to represent clients wherever they are and whatever their legal issues may be.

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  • Jun 25, 2019Amy Kruzel Concludes Third Year Teaching Conflict Resolution Skills

    Amy L. Kruzel, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., concluded her third year of teaching Conflict Resolution at the Easton Area Middle School.  Through the school’s Conflict Resolution Partnership Program, students are taught how to define what a conflict is; to identify different styles of conflict; to develop and recognize non-verbal communication skills; to advance their active learning skills; and to recognize how conflict and peace can coexist within our society.  Kruzel rotates teaching the six-week course with other local attorneys and Judges.  Kruzel indicates, “I fully intend to continue to participate in this program for as long as it is in existence. It affords me the unique opportunity to teach positive conflict resolution skills to adolescents in their crucial formative years.”

    Kruzel focuses her practice on all aspects of matrimonial law including divorce, custody, support, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. She represents clients at trials, hearings, conciliation conferences, support conferences, De Novo hearings, and settlement conferences. Kruzel has also served as a mediator in divorce, custody and support matters.  Kruzel has presented oral argument in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District.

    Outside of work, Kruzel volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and serves on their Executive Leadership Board. Kruzel recently accepted the nomination as the Lehigh Valley Branch’s first ever All-Star Alumni candidate for the 2020 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign.  She is also a volunteer at the legal clinic at the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center; is the Treasurer of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Lehigh County; and is on the Advisory Council of the Allentown Branch of the YMCA. Kruzel earned her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002 and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, in 2005.

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  • Jun 24, 2019Lauren Sorrentino Named to Community Services for Children Board of Directors

    Lauren L. Sorrentino, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Pennsylvania Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, has been named to the Board of Directors of Community Services for Children, Inc. The Board provides guidance, oversight, and support to the organization.

    Community Services for Children aims to prepare children and their families for success with innovative, comprehensive, and leading-edge services assisting in learning and in life. Since 1965, the organization has been the local platform for several early education programs, including Early Head Start, which supports expectant mothers and children from birth to age 3; and Head Start and Pre-K Counts, two preschool options. They also lead Early Learning Resource Centers in 17 Pennsylvania counties and provide national-level professional development for teachers and trainers.

    A resident of Allentown, Sorrentino 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. Apart from the board position with Community Services for Children, she is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section and is a Council Member of the Section. She is a former member of the Section’s Rules Committee and Programming Committee.  Sorrentino is actively involved in the Family Law Committees of the Bar Association of Lehigh County and the Northampton County Bar Association. A top Lehigh Valley lawyer, she publishes articles on a variety of family law topics and serves as a panelist at family law educational programs.

    Sorrentino earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, in 2002 and her B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Columbia University in 1998.

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