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  • Jan 02, 2019Brian Anscomb and Abbey Horwitz Named Members of Norris McLaughlin

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has named Brian C. Anscomb and Abbey M. Horwitz Members of the firm, effective January 1, 2019.

    “It is our great pleasure to have Brian and Abbey as Members of Norris McLaughlin.  With membership, we recognize their talent, professionalism, loyalty, and dedicated service to the firm, our clients, their colleagues, and the surrounding communities,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    Anscomb has been an Associate in the firm’s New York office since 2008, focuses his practice on intellectual property legal matters with an emphasis on intellectual property prosecution.  He has significant experience in patent application preparation and prosecution, including design and utility applications, international applications, appeals, reissues, and reexaminations, along with patent analysis and opinion work.  Anscomb also oversees prosecution of patent applications in numerous foreign jurisdictions including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Egypt, the Eurasian Patent Organization, the Europe Union, Finland, Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Peru, the Russian Federation, South Africa, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.

    His technical fields include chemical, electrical, electronic, mechanical, metallurgical and software arts, chemical and fluid compositions, electromechanical and mechanical devices, dental and medical devices, heavy machinery, materials science, internet business methods, and manufacturing and control systems, techniques, and processes.  In his spare time, Anscomb focuses on emerging technologies, such as additive manufacturing and 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and blockchain and the potential convergence of these technologies.

    Anscomb earned his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and his B.S. from Central Michigan University.

    Horwitz has been an Associate in the firm’s New Jersey office since 2012, practicing primarily in estate planning and administration.  She is experienced in preparing wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, and other estate planning documents.  She is also experienced in administering estates and trusts, including counseling executors and trustees; preparing estate, trust, and guardianship pleadings; preparing estate and trust accounting; preparing estate tax returns; handling estate tax audits; and preparing releases and waivers for distributions from estates and trusts.  As a parent of a child with special needs, Horwitz is also uniquely qualified to relate to and advise clients with planning for their special needs child, preparing special needs trusts and other estate planning documents that are available to clients in planning for their children’s futures.  She is an active volunteer with P.G. Chambers School in Cedar Knolls, serving on the Development Committee and the Board of Trustees.

    Additionally, Horwitz has experience preparing corporate and LLC filings, including certificates of incorporation, articles of organization, bylaws, operating agreements, and IRC 501(c)(3) filings.

    Horwitz earned her J.D. from New York Law School, where she received the Carbonell Fellowship in Law and Policy, in 2006; her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000; and her LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University in 2018.

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  • Dec 27, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Real Estate Associate

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Yana Zhuravel as an Associate.  She joins the firm’s Real Estate & Finance Practice Group, concentrating her practice on transactional real estate, financing, construction, and leasing matters.

    Zhuravel represents financial institutions, private lenders, investors and developers in a wide range of transactions including construction, bridge, permanent and non-traditional financings.  In addition, she advises clients on the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate properties and development sites as well as negotiation of commercial leases.  Further, Zhuravel regularly represents developers and private parties in the sale and purchase of condominiums, co-operatives, and residential properties.

    Prior to joining the firm, Zhuravel was an associate at a firm in New York representing clients in real estate transaction and financing related matters, including construction, bridge, and permanent loans, as well as workouts and debt restructurings.  During the preceding five years she managed a private law practice representing developers and owner/operators on a variety of commercial and residential real estate matters.

    Zhuravel earned her J.D. in 2008 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from New York University – Gallatin School in 2005. During law school, Zhuravel had the honor of serving as an Editor for the esteemed Arts & Entertainment Law Journal and received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship.

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  • Dec 03, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Litigation Associate

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Kimbrilee M. Weber as an Associate. She joins the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, concentrating her practice on complex commercial litigation, including insurance coverage defense and subrogation matters.

    Weber has represented clients in multi-million-dollar breach of contract, bad faith, and tort claims in state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey. Her experience litigating both plaintiff and defense matters informs her flexible, problem-solving approach to cases aimed at maximizing efficiency and positive outcomes for her clients.

    Prior to joining the firm, Weber was an Associate at a boutique insurance litigation firm, where she assisted with representation of clients in all stages of litigation, from inception through appeal.  She clerked for the Honorable Susan L. Reisner, P.J.A.D, in New Jersey’s Appellate Division, where she drafted case memoranda for review of Appellate Division judges and reviewed judicial opinions prior to their publication and dissemination.

    Weber earned her J.D., magna cum laude & Order of the Coif, in 2015 from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A., highest honors, from Lehigh University. During law school, Weber was a member of the Seton Hall Law Review as both an Associate Editor (2013-2014) and the Editorial Board’s Symposium Editor (2014-2015); her Comment was published in the journal’s 45th volume. She was a student advocate in Seton Hall’s Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation clinic, and worked as a summer intern for the Honorable Claire C. Cecchi, U.S.D.J.

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  • Nov 30, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes Associate to New York Office

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome James R. Major as an Associate.  He joins the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, concentrating his practice to U.S. and foreign patent applications.

    Major is exceptionally qualified in patent prosecution matters relating to small molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, antibodies, chemical processes, formulations, industrial processes, and methods of treatment.  He is highly experienced in rendering patentability, landscape, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions.   Major can assist players in the emerging cannabis industry in the evaluation and securing of patents.  He also has patent litigation experience.

    Additionally, Major is experienced in trademark matters, including preparing and prosecuting domestic and foreign trademark applications and advising clients on trademark strategies and registration procedures, as well as trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.  He also has trademark litigation experience.

    Major earned his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2011 from New York Law School, where he was on the Dean’s List, High Honors, and was a candidate for the Trustees’ Prize for the Highest Average in the Evening Division.  He was Staff Editor of the New York Law School Law Review, a John Marshall Harlan Scholar, and a Member of the Institute for Information Law and Policy.  He received a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2003 and his B.A. in Natural Sciences, from the University of Cambridge in 1996.  His doctorate in immunology and virology as well as over ten years’ legal experience enable him to understand the patentability of new technologies, as well as the science and data required to secure and expand patent protection in light of new statutory subject matter requirements.

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  • Sep 26, 2018Timothy Klimpl Named Among New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars

    Timothy S. Klimpl, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been included in the New York Metro Rising Stars® 2018 Edition.  Only two and a half percent of New York attorneys are given this honor, which recognizes lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years.

    New York Metro Rising Stars, a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, is published in Super Lawyers Magazine.  The rigorous selection process combines peer nominations and evaluations with third-party validation of professional accomplishments.  The magazine, which features the list and profiles of selected attorneys, is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and to ABA-accredited law school libraries.  Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country.  In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    Klimpl has advised on numerous collectively-bargained, multiemployer, and governmental employee benefit plans, and helps clients devise cost-effective approaches to creating and sustaining compliant organizations. He advises clients in a range of issues including ERISA compliance, the Pension Protection Act, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ACA investigations, COBRA, HIPAA, tax qualification requirements under the Internal Revenue Code for employee benefit plans, preparation of benefit determination notices, and the IRS Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) for retirement plans under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS).

    Klimpl has reviewed and interpreted collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) and drafted CBA language relating to employer funding obligations under the Pension Protection Act and tax provisions under the ACA. He also prepares employee handbooks and advises employers regarding wage and hour laws, anti-discrimination statutes, and employment agreements; engages in corporate formation; and applies for and obtains federal tax-exempt status for non-profit organizations.

    Klimpl represents senior-level employees in the negotiation of their employment and severance packages and all associated agreements, including evaluation of wrongful termination claims.  His successful work for clients includes employment and post-employment compensation, health coverage and COBRA issues, confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation, and benefits and protections within the structures and strategies for those packages.

    Klimpl received his J.D. from New York Law School and his B.A., cum laude, from Syracuse University. He is a member of the American, New York State, and Connecticut Bar Associations.

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  • Sep 26, 2018Jeanne Hamburg Named Among New York Metro Super Lawyers Again in 2018

    Jeanne M. Hamburg, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been included in the New York Metro Super Lawyers® 2018 Edition, as she has been every year since 2009.  Only five percent of New York lawyers are given this honor.

    New York Metro Super Lawyers, a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, is published in Super Lawyers Magazine.  Each year since 2009, Hamburg has been recognized for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluationsThe magazine, which features the list and profiles of selected attorneys, is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries.  Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country.  In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    A resident of New York, Hamburg is expert in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area, assisting clients in a broad range of industries with their IP needs.

    Hamburg has litigated in federal courts across the country, acting as national counsel to bring and defend infringement claims for clients both foreign and domestic.  Hamburg has recovered domain names for clients in many Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings, and prosecuted and defended numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings and ex parte appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

    Hamburg is experienced in trademark and copyright licensing, traditional print and online publishing, software development, website development, content licenses, and electronic subscriptions.  She is expert in copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement, and issues arising from the Internet. She is Chair of the firm’s Internet Law Group.

    Hamburg frequently speaks and writes about intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves.  She is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on its Government Officials Training Committee.  Formerly, she was Chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, served on its Copyright Committee, and was a speaker for its Trademark Basics “Maintaining the Perfect Partnership” seminar held in New York for in-house and outside counsel.

    Hamburg attended Wellesley College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received her B.A., magna cum laude, in English and Psychology, with Honors in English, in 1987.  In 1990, she received her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, where she was editor of the Columbia Law Review.

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  • Apr 11, 2018Dean Roberts Speaks at Meeting of Coordinating Council of Cooperatives

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Legal Issues for Our Co-ops” at the monthly meeting of the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York on Saturday, April 14.  Roberts will discuss decreased shareholders and the issues presented for boards and management.  The meeting, set for 9:15 AM– noon, at Vladeck Hall, Amalgamated House, in Bronx, will also include a question and answer session, networking opportunities, and “What’s New in Your Co-op.”

    Roberts focuses on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums.  He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors.  Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement.  In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs.

    Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • Feb 27, 2018Stephanie Spangler Wins Runner-Up at Global Legal Hackathon’s New York City Round

    Stephanie S. Spangler, an Associate at Norris McLaughlin, P.A., participated as a member of the Legal Tech MeetUp team at the Global Legal Hackathon February 23-25.  The Hackathon is a worldwide event bringing the legal industry together with technology and innovation, as teams in over 40 cities pitch rapid development solutions to the improve the legal industry.  Spangler joined a team, made up of legal industry professionals, software engineers, and designers, to pitch CREDIBLE, a CLE management tool powered by blockchain technology, and won Runner-Up in the New York City round.  For more information about CREDIBLE, visit  For more information on the event, visit

    Spangler focuses her practice on trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution and enforcement.  She appears in state and federal courts and before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in opposition and cancellation proceedings.  She counsels clients in industries including startups, technology, food and beverage, and arts and entertainment.  She also is a co-author for the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. trademark law blog, More Than Your Ma®k.

    Spangler earned her B.A. in International Studies from Emory University in 2005 and her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property and Communications Law in 2010.  During law school, she was Articles Editor for Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.  She serves as the Development Chair of Cardozo’s Black, Asian, and Latino Law Students Association Alumni Group.

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  • Nov 01, 2017Gerry Proefriedt Participates in New York Co-op & Condo Expo

    Gerard Proefriedt, a Member with Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will participate on an interactive panel for the New York Co-op & Condo Expo sponsored by The Cooperator on November 2, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on West 34th Street in New York.

    Proefriedt will take part in “Homesharing – How to Handle the Impact of Airbnb in Your Building” from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in Room 2.  According to The Cooperator, “Homesharing is a trend that’s not likely to disappear any time soon – and it poses unique challenges to boards. This seminar will explore the legality of homesharing, security/ privacy concerns, house rules for co-ops/ condos, and impact on property values, as well as ways for boards and residents to compromise on homesharing policy in their buildings and associations.”  The panel will discuss the primary legal concerns for condo boards to consider regarding homesharing in their building or HOA, and what unit owners should take into consideration before opening their home to Airbnb guests or similar short-term renters.

    The expo provides educational seminars about the latest building services, free advice from industry experts, and an opportunity to network with peers from more than 250 exhibitors.  For more information or to register, visit

    Proefriedt devotes his practice to real estate law and commercial litigation, with specific expertise in Loft Law.  The objective of the Loft Law is to bring buildings illegally converted to residential use into compliance with state and city housing laws relating to health, safety, and fire protection.  The requirements of these laws are met when the owner performs construction work to bring its building up to the city’s residential code and obtains a revised certificate of occupancy that allows residential use of the building.

    Proefriedt is also experienced in landlord and tenant law, real estate leasing, air rights transfers, cooperative and condominium conversions, commercial litigation, real estate transfers, and refinancing.  He earned his J.D. from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, in 1987, and his B.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984.

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  • Jun 07, 2017Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes Litigation Associate to New York Office

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Eleanor Grinshteyn as an Associate.  She joins the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

    Grinshteyn focuses her practice primarily on representing corporate entities in commercial litigation matters stemming from complex commercial transactions, including disputes arising out of acquisition, credit facility, and joint venture agreements; and companies and individuals in shareholder derivative litigation, and disputes relating to breach of contract, business torts, and employment-related claims.

    Grinshteyn also represents private corporations in labor and employment related litigation, including wrongful termination suits; FLSA violations; claims brought under federal, state, and local statutes alleging sexual harassment; and discrimination.

    Grinshteyn earned her B.A. in Economics and Sociology in 2009, magna cum laude, from New York University, and her J.D. in 2009 from Fordham University School of Law, where she served as a Notes and Articles Editor of the Journal of Corporate and Financial Law and participated in the Securities Arbitration Clinic.

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