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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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  • 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 20, 2017Raymond Lahoud Honored as NYSBA Empire State Counsel®

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was honored as one of the 2016 New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel® in recognition of the outstanding contribution of performing 50 or more hours of free legal services to low income individuals.

    Launched in 2006 by then Association President Mark H. Alcott, the Empire State Counsel® Program recognizes NYSBA members who, during the calendar year, performed 50 hours or more of  pro bono legal services either through direct legal representation of a low-income/vulnerable individual, or donating free legal services to an organization whose services are designed primarily to address the legal and other basic needs of persons of limited financial means, or providing free legal services to an organization dedicated to increasing the availability of legal services to vulnerable and/or low-income populations.  The contributions of Empire State Counsel® Honorees and their law firms were recognized during the Association’s Annual Meeting at the Justice for All Luncheon in January.

    A resident of Easton, Lahoud focuses his practice primarily on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania (Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, and the surrounding region).  His practice includes Citizenship, U.S. Non-Immigration Visas, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, U.S. Immigration Visas, EB5 Investor Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant 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, and VAWA applications.  Lahoud also has a long history of political and business management expertise.

    Lahoud also works in the field of Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.  His practice focuses specifically on Deportation Defense, at the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Circuit Court levels.  He has defended individuals against deportation across the United States.  In state and federal appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the commencement of the deportation.  He also represents individuals who overstayed their visas or entered the United States without inspection.

    Lahoud has received numerous accolades.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.

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

    At Lehigh, Lahoud was Editor of The Lehigh Review, earned Deans List, was named a President’s Scholar, was inducted into Phi Beta Delta, and received, among other awards, the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship.  Prior to that, he served as a United States Congressional Page, under then-Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL).  He also served as a legislative aide to State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-PA).

    In law school, Lahoud earned Deans List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.  He was actively involved in additional programs and other organizations including the Barristers’ Counsel, ABA Law Student Division, ACLU at GULC, Catholic Student Association, and the Innocence Project, and worked for the Honorable Joanne Seybert, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

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  • Sep 23, 2016Jeanne M. Hamburg Named Among New York Metro Super Lawyers Again in 2016

    Jeanne M. Hamburg, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been included in the New York Metro Super Lawyers® 2016 Edition.  She was first included in 2009, and has been selected every year since.  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 utilizes her expertise in all aspects of her copyright and trademark law practice, both in litigation and in the transactional area, to assist 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 in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

    Hamburg is experienced in trademark and copyright licensing, traditional print and online publishing, software development, web site 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, serving as Chair of the Law Firm Committee. She formerly served on INTA’s Membership Committee and was a Contributing Editor, INTA’s Trademark Basics E-Learning Program and Webinar and INTA’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board E- Learning Program. She was Chairman and Contributing Editor for INTA’s Legal Ethics and Professionalism for Trademark Practitioners, as well as a speaker for INTA’s Trademark Basics live and webinar program, Trademark Ethics webinar, and “Maintaining the Perfect Partnership” seminar held in New York for inside 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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