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  • Jul 23, 2018Rita Aquilio Elected Trustee of Somerset County Bar Association

    Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected to a three-year term as Trustee of the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA). The installation dinner will be held on September 13.

    Founded over 100 years ago, the SCBA is dedicated to public service and the enhancement of the legal profession, providing programs such as continuing legal education and legal referral services.  Members have included many prominent judges, legislators, and attorneys who have served New Jersey and Somerset County with distinction.  The SCBA promotes the highest standards of practice and encourages its members to contribute their time within both the legal community and the community at large.  Officers and Trustees have a long tradition of exceptional service to the legal community and public.

    Aquilio practices in the areas of divorce, child support, custody, and post-judgment issues. She represents clients in all types of matrimonial actions, from basic matters to complex asset valuation cases.  Aquilio is a trained Collaborative Divorce Attorney and a member of the Executive Committee of the Somerset County Family Practice Committee.  She is Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Family Law Litigation Committee and a member of the NJSBA Family Law Executive Committee.

    Recognized by the New Jersey Superior Court as a R.1:40 Qualified Family Law Mediator, Aquilio is a panelist for the Superior Court Early Settlement Panel in Somerset County.

    Aquilio was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her 2015-2016 term as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Family Law Litigation Committee and continues in that role as Co-Chair for the 2017-1018 term.  She frequently lectures for the NJSBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars, serves on the Board of Editors for the ABA Section of Litigation’s Appellate Practice Journal, and has served as Editor of the ABA Family Law Litigation Subcommittee’s E-Newsletter.

    Aquilio earned her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law, and her B.A., cum laude, from Drew University.

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  • Jul 11, 2018Jerry Gallagher and Passaic Optimist Club Raise $18,600 for Passaic High School Students

    Jerome F. Gallagher Jr., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Trustee of the Passaic Optimist Foundation, and Chair of its Golf Outing Fundraiser Committee, has raised more than $18,600, all of which will fund scholarships for Passaic High School students. Nearly 100 golfers, 50 sponsors, and countless others helped to make the 21st annual Passaic Optimist golf outing at Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg, New Jersey, on June 28 a success.  Due in part to the great support for this event, the trustees of the Foundation have approved more than $41,000 in scholarships, a new record for the Club.  To be a part of the Club’s fundraising efforts, visit passaicoptimistfoundation.org.

    Gallagher was asked about his motivation for chairing this event, and noted: “The best part of our fundraising efforts is listening to the stories of these young, motivated students, learning how these scholarships make a critical difference in their lives, and assuring them that others care about their success.”  Gallagher grew up in the City of Passaic and recalls the challenges of growing up in a poor, urban environment.  “I came from a family of modest means, but through hard work was fortunate to receive a quality education at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers School of Law.  I have made giving back an integral part of my community service to help create positive opportunities for these young, promising students.”  The outing is supported by many Passaic High School alumni, as well as friends and clients of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., many of whom are not from Passaic, but who readily support the firm’s efforts to fund scholarships for young graduates.

    Gallagher is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights, and Construction Law Practice Groups.  He engages in civil trial and appellate practice, concentrating in the areas of commercial litigation, creditors’ rights, auto finance defense litigation, construction lien and contract litigation, and title insurance matters.  He is past Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board to NJIT’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and in June 2018 was appointed to the NJIT Board of Visitors.  He also is a member of the Professionals Group Advisory Council for Provident Bank, the Morris County Chamber of Commerce, and the Metro Builders and New Jersey Home Builders Associations.  Gallagher earned his B.S., with distinction, from NJIT in 1980, and his J.D. in 1983 from Rutgers School of Law at Newark.

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  • Jul 11, 2018Jill Lebowitz to Present at NJICLE Estate Planning Summer Institute

    Jill Lebowitz, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Digging Deeper into the New Jersey Inheritance Tax” for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Education (NJICLE) Estate Planning Summer Institute. The two-day program, co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section, will be held on Thursday, July 19, and Friday, July 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.  The Institute offers 13.4 CLE credits and is also available as a live webcast.  For more information and to register, visit njsba.com or call NJICLE at 732-214-8500.

    Lebowitz devotes her practice to estate planning, trust and estate administration, and counseling tax-exempt organizations.  She is experienced in drafting sophisticated estate planning instruments and counseling individuals and families regarding estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax issues.  Lebowitz advises clients on the development of both simple and complex estate plans, philanthropic planning and business succession issues.  She drafts estate planning instruments including wills, revocable living trusts, insurance trusts, dynasty trusts, charitable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, shareholders agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives for health care.

    In addition, Lebowitz handles all aspects of trust and estate administration, as well as fiduciary litigation and guardianship matters.  She prepares federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns and federal gift tax returns.  She is knowledgeable in drafting disclaimers and agreements regarding post-mortem planning, informal distribution agreements, judicial fiduciary accountings, and handling court proceedings to effect final distribution of estates and trusts.  She also counsels individuals and financial institutions regarding their fiduciary duties as personal representatives and trustees, including advising on legal and tax issues, as well as issues in connection with administering trusts.  She also assists individuals, families, and fiduciaries with all aspects of fiduciary litigation.

    Lebowitz regularly advises tax-exempt organizations regarding federal tax exemption issues, state charitable registration filings, and governance issues.  On behalf of tax-exempt organizations, she drafts nonprofit corporation documents and prepares federal applications for tax-exempt status, state charitable registration filings, and state property tax and sales tax exemption applications.  She has extensive experience advising individuals, family and corporate foundations, and tax-exempt organizations on nonprofit corporate governance, private foundation excise taxes, domestic and international grant-making, executive compensation, excess benefit rules and intermediate sanctions, unrelated business income, scholarship programs, and fundraising issues.

    Lebowitz is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a national organization of approximately 2,500 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence, and experience as trust and estate counselors.  She has also been selected for inclusion on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Estate & Probate section.

    Lebowitz is the Immediate Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section and continues to serve on the Section’s Board of Consultors.  She is also the Immediate Past President of the Greater Middlesex/Somerset Estate Planning Council and she continues to serve on its Board of Trustees.

    Lebowitz earned her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law—Newark, and her B.A. from New York University.

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  • Jun 25, 2018Jerry Gallagher Receives 2018 NJIT Alumni Achievement Award

    Jerome F. Gallagher, Jr., a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been honored by his alma mater, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), as an alumnus bringing honor to NJIT with exceptional accomplishment in his career, while also giving back to the school and community.  He received the 2018 NJIT Alumni Achievement Award during Alumni Weekend, which occurred May 18-20 on campus.  NJIT issued this press release prior to the event.  For more information, contact Michael K. Smullen at or Alumni Relations at (973) 596-3444.

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  • May 24, 2018Rita Aquilio Appointed to New Jersey Lawyer Magazine Editorial Board

    Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed to the Editorial Board of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, the professional journal of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA).

    The NJSBA serves, protects, fosters, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members.  It serves as the voice of New Jersey attorneys to other organizations, governmental entities and the public regarding the law, legal profession, and legal system; and promotes access to the justice system and fairness in its administration.  The organization fosters professionalism and pride in the profession, as well as within NJSBA.  It provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law, and to the New Jersey public to enhance awareness of the legal profession and legal system.

    Aquilio practices in the areas of divorce, child support, custody, and post-judgment issues. She represents clients in all types of matrimonial actions, from basic matters to complex asset valuation cases.  Aquilio is a trained Collaborative Divorce Attorney and a member of the Executive Committee of the Somerset County Family Practice Committee.  She is Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Family Law Litigation Committee and a member of the NJSBA Family Law Executive Committee.

    Recognized by the New Jersey Superior Court as a R.1:40 Qualified Family Law Mediator, Aquilio is a panelist for the Superior Court Early Settlement Panel in Somerset County.

    Aquilio was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her 2015-2016 term as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation’s Family Law Litigation Committee and continues in that role as Co-Chair for the 2017-1018 term.  She frequently lectures for the NJSBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars and has served as Editor of the ABA Family Law Litigation Subcommittee’s E-Newsletter.

    Aquilio earned her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law, and her B.A., cum laude, from Drew University.

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  • May 21, 2018Jeralyn Lawrence Honored by Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, has been selected by the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) to receive their Carol Murphy Award at the Women of Achievement PAC reception on Thursday, June 7, at 4:00 p.m., at the New Jersey Restaurant & Hospitality Association in Trenton.  To register for the event, click here.

    The WPCNJ is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed positions in government, protecting reproductive freedom, and promoting equal rights for women.  It does this through recruiting, training, and endorsing women candidates, contributing to their campaigns through its political action committee; advocating for women’s issues; and encouraging members to support each other’s successes and volunteer in the surrounding communities.

    In honor of Carol Murphy, the award is presented to a Republican woman with a successful career demonstrating leadership, advancing policies in support of women and families, and helping to pave the way for women of the next generation.  Murphy was the first woman elected to the Montville Township Committee, where she served as Deputy Mayor; was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly, where she served as assistant majority leader; and was the first woman to be elected as Republican Majority Conference Leader.  She was elected a Morris County Freeholder and was a director of the National Association of Counties.  Appointed by the Governor to serve as a Board of Public Utilities Commissioner, she was active on the national level, chairing the National Regulatory Research Institute’s Board of Directors.  In the Legislature, Murphy made the well-being of women and families a priority.  Her extensive career in public service opened doors for other women at all levels of government.

    A resident of Watchung, Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law.  She is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.  She is a trained Family/Divorce Mediator, admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County; is certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the preeminent family law association in America, as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients in every area of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony.  She has also handled high profile matters including celebrities and professional athletes.  She takes immense pride and care in helping her clients through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is Secretary of the NJSBA, where she is expected to become its President in 2022.  She is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, a Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association, and is a Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the NJSBA Family Law Section.  She works with the State Bar’s Military Legal Assistance Program, providing pro bono legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas or on active duty in the armed forces after September 11, 2001.  Lawrence was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group as a representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section.  She is Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.

    Lawrence is a member of the New Jersey Association of Justice, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Central New Jersey Inns of Court, and the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Women’s Forum Steering Committee.  She serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Matrimonial Certification Committee, which oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process, and is a former member of The New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics, District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee.

    Lawrence was honored with the 2013 NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award for her cumulative and diligent efforts on alimony reform, open adoption records, and electronic monitoring on domestic violence.  In 2007, she received this annual award for the first time for her efforts to incorporate “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce under New Jersey law.  Lawrence was also selected as a 2015 Attorney of The Year Finalist by the New Jersey Law Journal for her work with New Jersey alimony reform.  She has also received an award from the NJSBA for her amicus curiae work on behalf of the bar.

    Lawrence has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and the community.  She was selected by the Kean University Alumni Association as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, their highest award for alumni.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections, and was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.  New Jersey Family has also named her as one of “New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families”.  Lawrence has been selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  In 2007, she received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the NJSBA.  She has also been selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40, and recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40.

    To complement her practice, Lawrence involves herself in professional engagements outside the firm.  She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars.  She serves as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County.

    Lawrence earned her bachelor’s degree from Kean College and her law degree from Seton Hall, where she graduated second in her class.

    To learn more about the WPCNJ or the Carol Murphy Award, please visit www.wpcnj.org.

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  • May 09, 2018Jeralyn Lawrence to Speak on Child Custody at NJSBA 2018 Annual Meeting & Convention

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, will participate in the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Family Law Section’s seminar, “Would Equal Physical Custody Elevate a Parent’s Desires Over the Child’s Best Interests?” on Thursday, May 17, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., at the NJSBA 2018 Annual Meeting and Convention at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

    Lawrence, a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, will be a part of a panel including Hon. Terry Paul Bottinelli, J.S.C., Family Division, Bergen County Superior Court; Megan S. Murray, Esq., Paone Zaleski & Murray; Amy Wechsler, Esq., Shimalla Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP; and Michael A. Weinberg, Esq., Archer Law.  The moderator will be Ronald G. Lieberman, Esq., of Cooper Levenson.  They will discuss whether equal physical custody between parents elevates a parent’s desires over the fundamental underpinning of custody, which is a child’s best interest, by reviewing social science and human conflict need to determine whether exactly equal physical custody is appropriate.  The seminar will be available for 1.8 general NJ CLE credits, 1.5 NY transitional and non-transitional professional practices CLE credits, and 1.5 pending substantive credits PA CLE.

    The multi-day event, to be held from May 16 to May 18, will feature speakers and presenters including members of New Jersey’s federal and state, appellate, and local courts.  The NJSBA serves, protects, fosters, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members, serving as the voice of New Jersey attorneys.  It fosters professionalism and pride in the profession and the NJSBA and provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law.  For more information and to register, visit www.njsba.com.

    A resident of Watchung, Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law.  She is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.  She is a trained Family/Divorce Mediator, admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County; is certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the preeminent family law association in America, as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients in every area of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony.  She has also handled high profile matters including celebrities and professional athletes.  She takes immense pride and care in helping her clients through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is currently Secretary of the NJSBA, where she is expected to become its President in 2022.  She is a Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association and is a Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the NJSBA Family Law Section.  She works with the State Bar’s Military Legal Assistance Program, providing pro bono legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas or on active duty in the armed forces after September 11, 2001.  Lawrence was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group as a representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section.  She is Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.

    Lawrence is a member of the New Jersey Association of Justice, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Central New Jersey Inns of Court, and the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Women’s Forum Steering Committee.  She serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Matrimonial Certification Committee, which oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process, and is a former member of The New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics, District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee.

    Lawrence was honored with the 2013 NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award for her cumulative and diligent efforts on alimony reform, open adoption records, and electronic monitoring on domestic violence.  In 2007, she received this annual award for the first time for her efforts to incorporate “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce under New Jersey law.  Lawrence was also selected as a 2015 Attorney of The Year Finalist by the New Jersey Law Journal for her work with New Jersey alimony reform.  She has also received an award from the NJSBA for her amicus curiae work on behalf of the bar.

    Lawrence has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and the community.  She was selected by the Kean University Alumni Association as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, their highest award for alumni.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections, and was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.  New Jersey Family has also named her as one of “New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families”.  Lawrence has been selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  In 2007, she received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the NJSBA.  She has also been selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40, and recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40.

    To complement her practice, Lawrence involves herself in professional engagements outside the firm.  She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars.  She serves as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County.

    Lawrence earned her bachelor’s degree from Kean College and her law degree from Seton Hall, where she graduated second in her class.

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  • Apr 30, 2018Joel Jacobson on Panel for Meritas Member Contacts

    Joel N. Jacobson, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and chair of its Real Estate & Finance Practice Group, will be a panelist for the Meritas session “Calling All Member Contacts! Learn How to Capitalize on Your Meritas Membership” on Saturday, May 5, 10:45 a.m. – noon, at the 2018 Meritas Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida.  This presentation is for Member Contacts who are new to the role or would like a refresher.  Meritas requires its firms to provide a designated Member Contact to ensure all matters are handled with care based on its alliance features.  When a prospective client reaches out to a firm, the Member Contact will work with them to understand their needs and connect them with the appropriate attorney with the essential expertise.  In this interactive presentation, participants will learn how to elevate their role by hearing from seasoned Member Contacts.  The session will be moderated by Brett Cohen of Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP in Los Angeles, California.  Other panelists include Jérémie Boublil, Bignon Lebray, Paris, France; Michael DeFrank, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP, Raleigh, North Carolina; and Kim Heinrich, Meritas, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Meritas is an established global alliance of more than 180 independent, full-service law firms, with a comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience.  Firms become members by invitation only and maintain membership by meeting standards of a uniquely comprehensive Quality Assurance Program.  Firms are regularly assessed and recertified for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction.  Firm quality feedback is reflected in a Satisfaction Index score, which is available online.  Jacobson had been the firm’s representative to Meritas since 1991, when the firm first joined Meritas.

    A resident of Chatham, Jacobson focuses his practice primarily on real estate and banking matters.  His clients include banks and other financial institutions, a nationwide hotel owner, a fast food franchisee, private real estate investors and developers, court-appointed receivers, and many non-real estate businesses with real estate needs.  His work experience includes foreclosures, workouts, and sales with respect to thousands of loans secured by a wide range of real estate assets; purchase and sale of commercial loan portfolios and individual loans; representation of private investors and developers with respect to the acquisition, sale, financing, land use approvals, management, and leasing of office and industrial buildings; and representation of court-appointed receivers selected by bank clients in connection with the management and disposition of real estate assets, including construction projects, and environmentally contaminated properties.

    In 2011, Jacobson was named the “Newark Area Banking Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  He was the only banking law attorney accorded this honor in the State of New Jersey.  Jacobson is also listed in the Banking Law section of the current issue of The Best Lawyers In America and was named by Real Estate New Jersey magazine as one of the state’s top real estate attorneys.  Jacobson has received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating, its highest lawyer rating, which serves as an objective indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and legal knowledge.

    Jacobson earned his J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School and his B.A., cum laude, from University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Apr 17, 2018Jeralyn Lawrence Recognized Again as One of New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, was recognized as one of the “New Jersey’s Best Lawyers for Families” for 2018 by New Jersey Family Magazine.  This is the second year New Jersey Family has published its own “Best Lawyers” list and the second year Lawrence has been recognized.

    New Jersey Family surveyed their subscribers and received dozens of heartfelt nominations from parents all over the state.  “Jeralyn makes everyone feel extremely important; she truly cares about her client’s needs.  Jeralyn’s advice is realistic, fair and she makes it happen.  It’s my pleasure to endorse Jeralyn, and I’ll continue to use her whenever the need arises,” said one parent.  Others agree that “Jeralyn is brilliant, talented and devoted,” and “Jeralyn is absolutely amazing–she truly protected my interests.”  For more information, visit njfamily.com.

    A resident of Watchung, Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law.  She is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.  She is a trained Family/Divorce Mediator, admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County; is certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the preeminent family law association in America, as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients in every area of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony.  She has also handled high profile matters including celebrities and professional athletes.  She takes immense pride and care in helping her clients through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), where she is expected to become its President in 2022.  She is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, a Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association, and is a Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the NJSBA Family Law Section.  She works with the State Bar’s Military Legal Assistance Program, providing pro bono legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas or on active duty in the armed forces after September 11, 2001.  Lawrence was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group as a representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section.  She is Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.

    Lawrence is a member of the New Jersey Association of Justice, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Central New Jersey Inns of Court, and the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Women’s Forum Steering Committee.  She serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Matrimonial Certification Committee, which oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process, and is a former member of The New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics, District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee.

    Lawrence was honored with the 2013 NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award for her cumulative and diligent efforts on alimony reform, open adoption records, and electronic monitoring on domestic violence.  In 2007, she received this annual award for the first time for her efforts to incorporate “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce under New Jersey law.  Lawrence was also selected as a 2015 Attorney of The Year Finalist by the New Jersey Law Journal for her work with New Jersey alimony reform.  She has also received an award from the NJSBA for her amicus curiae work on behalf of the bar.

    Lawrence has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and the community.  She was selected by the Kean University Alumni Association as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, their highest award for alumni.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections, and was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.  Lawrence has been selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  In 2007, she received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the NJSBA.  She has also been selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40, and recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40.

    To complement her practice, Lawrence involves herself in professional engagements outside the firm.  She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars.  She serves as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County.

    Lawrence earned her bachelor’s degree from Kean College and her law degree from Seton Hall, where she graduated second in her class.

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  • Mar 27, 2018Jeralyn Lawrence Named Among Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers & Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, has again been selected by Super Lawyers as one of the 2018 Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and 2018 Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey.

    The Top 100 and Top 50 lists are based on who obtained the highest points totals in the 2018 New Jersey Super Lawyers nomination, research, and “blue ribbon review” process.  Lawrence was on the Top 100 New Jersey list in 2009 and 2014-2017 and on the Top 50 Women list in 2008-2010 and 2013-2017.

    Lawrence is included in the Family Law section of Super Lawyers.  Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.  Lawrence has consistently been selected since 2007, and the year before that, she was selected as a Rising Star.

    Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.  The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

    The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.  Also featured are editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law.  For more information, visit SuperLawyers.com.

    A resident of Watchung, Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law.  She is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.  She is a trained Family/Divorce Mediator, admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County; is certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the preeminent family law association in America, as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients in every area of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony.  She has also handled high profile matters including celebrities and professional athletes.  She takes great pride and care in helping her clients through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA), where she is expected to become its President in 2022.  She is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, a Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association, and is a Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the NJSBA Family Law Section.  She works with the State Bar’s Military Legal Assistance Program, providing pro bono legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas or on active duty in the armed forces after September 11, 2001.  Lawrence was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group as a representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section.  She is Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.

    Lawrence is a member of the New Jersey Association of Justice, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Central New Jersey Inns of Court, and the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Women’s Forum Steering Committee.  She serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Matrimonial Certification Committee, which oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process, and is a former member of The New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics, District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee.

    Lawrence was honored with the 2013 NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award for her cumulative and diligent efforts on alimony reform, open adoption records, and electronic monitoring on domestic violence.  In 2007, she received this annual award for the first time for her efforts to incorporate “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce under New Jersey law.  Lawrence was also selected as a 2015 Attorney of The Year Finalist by the New Jersey Law Journal for her work with New Jersey alimony reform.  She has also received an award from the NJSBA for her amicus curiae work on behalf of the bar.

    Lawrence has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and the community.  She was selected by the Kean University Alumni Association as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, their highest award for alumni.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections, and was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.  New Jersey Family has also named her as one of the 2017 Best Lawyers for Families in New Jersey.  Lawrence has been selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  In 2007, she received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the NJSBA.  She has also been selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40, and recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40.

    To complement her practice, Lawrence involves herself in professional engagements outside the firm.  She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars.  She serves as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County.

    Lawrence earned her bachelor’s degree from Kean College and her law degree from Seton Hall, where she graduated second in her class.

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