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  • Jan 09, 2019Ray Lahoud to Present on Family Immigration

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will present “Seeking Family Immigration Benefits in Immigration Court” at the NJICLE Seminar, “Family Immigration Visas/Immigration Law Practice in 2019 & Beyond,” on Wednesday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:35 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.

    The seminar will focus on the impact of Trump’s new administration and their desire to change the current immigration system, which focuses on family ties, into a system that focuses on merit. In 2018, the U.S issued fewer Family Visas and extended waiting periods for the application process. With more changes approaching, lawyers should prepare to manage the concerns and expectations of clients who are trying to bring a family member into the country. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on the area of immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.  His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers. Lahoud received his B.A., English, summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2006 and his J.D. in 2009 from Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Jan 09, 2019Family Immigration Visas/Immigration Law Practice in 2019 & Beyond

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will present “Seeking Family Immigration Benefits in Immigration Court” at the NJICLE Seminar, “Family Immigration Visas/Immigration Law Practice in 2019 & Beyond.” The seminar will focus on the impact of Trump’s new administration and their desire to change the current immigration system, which focuses on family ties, into a system that focuses on merit. With more changes approaching, lawyers should prepare to manage the concerns and expectations of clients who are trying to bring a family member into the country. The seminar will cover the following topics:

    • “An 0verview of the Family-based Immigration practice and Marriage cases and Immediate Relative cases; Naturalization.”
    • “Lifting Conditions on Residency and I-751 Processing and VAWA and Affidavits of Support ( I-864).”
    • “Seeking Family Immigration Benefits in Immigration Court.”
    • “New Forms, Visa Bulletin, Updates and CSPA, Adoption and Consular Processing Family Cases.”
    • “Provisional Waivers and Waivers.”

    This course is eligible for 4 CLE Credits for NJ & NY attorneys, and 3 CLE Credits for PA attorneys.

    When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Where: New Jersey Law Center, 1 Constitution Sq. New Brunswick, NJ 08901

    Fee:

    • General Tuition: $200
    • NJSBA Member Rate: $160
    • NJSBA Section Member Rate: $150
    • Door Registration: $240

    To register, please click here.

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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 12, 2018Raymond Lahoud a Panelist at U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, will be a panelist for the “2018 U.S. Immigration Law: Basics & Beyond” seminar held Wednesday June 27, at the Law Center, in New Brunswick, New Jersey beginning at 9:00 a.m. Lahoud will cover removal and deportation. For more information or to register please visit: http://ow.ly/FN7z30jMojj.

    Sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, a division of the New Jersey State Bar Association, this seminar will review all immigration basics and bring attendees up to date on the Trump Administration’s immigration initiatives and its efforts to shift the immigration structure from a family-based to a merit-based system. It will include how to obtain Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas, how to handle employment and family-based immigration matters, and how to represent foreign nationals; will cover the latest procedural and substantive changes.

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations. He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, has received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40 for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

     

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  • Sep 25, 2017Jill Lebowitz Speaks at NJICLE Summer Seminars

    Jill Lebowitz, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., spoke at the NJICLE Estate Planning Summer Institute on July 21 at the New Jersey Law Center.  The NJICLE presented the seminar in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section, of which Lebowitz is Chair.  She presented on Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax planning.

    Lebowitz also spoke at the NJICLE Estate Planning 101 – Client Intake to Final Plan on August 16, which was presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Senior Lawyers Special Committee.  Lebowitz presented a review of lifetime giving techniques for gifts to individuals and various trusts with an emphasis on issues attorneys need to consider to be best prepared for estate and gift tax audits, as well as other challenges in connection with lifetime giving.

    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 is experienced in drafting 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.  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 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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  • Mar 06, 2017Jill Lebowitz to Facilitate 8th Annual Probate Symposium

    Jill Lebowitz, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section, will be a moderator and speaker at the 8th Annual Probate Symposium to be held Friday, March 17, at the New Jersey Law Center. The event is sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the NJSBA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section and the NJSBA Senior Lawyers Special Committee.

    This year’s symposium will feature knowledge and expertise gained from many years of estate planning practice, including updates on elder law and special needs trusts; retirement benefits; estate and trust litigation; charitable remainder trusts; estate planning for digital assets; and gift, estate, and income tax issues; as well as the phasing out of the New Jersey Estate Tax.  Lebowitz, along with Glenn A. Henkel, Esq., and Richard H. Greenberg, Esq., will discuss “No More Discounts (Maybe) and No More Federal and NJ Estate Tax (Maybe).”  For more information or to register, visit www.njicle.com or call (732)214-8500.

    Lebowitz devotes her practice to estate planning, trust and estate administration, and counseling tax-exempt organizations. In the area of estate planning, Lebowitz counsels individuals and families regarding simple and complex estate planning, business succession issues, philanthropic planning, and elder law issues.  She is experienced in drafting estate planning instruments, including wills, 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 the area of trust and estate administration, Lebowitz prepares numerous federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns. In addition, she drafts disclaimers and agreements regarding post-mortem planning, prepares informal distribution agreements, judicial fiduciary accountings, and court proceedings to effect final distribution of estates and trusts. She also counsels individuals and financial institutions about their fiduciary duties as personal representatives and trustees, including advising on legal and tax issues, and issues relating to trust administration.

    On behalf of tax-exempt organizations, Lebowitz drafts non-profit corporation documents and prepares federal applications for tax exempt status, state charitable registration filings, and state property and sales tax exemption applications. She advises individuals, family and corporate foundations, and tax exempt organizations on non-profit 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 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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  • Sep 08, 2016Edward Sponzilli to Speak at New Jersey State Bar Association on Title IX Related Issues

    Edward G. Sponzilli, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Higher Education Committee, will speak at “The Title IX Tidal Wave: College Disciplinary Hearings for Sexual Harassment and Assault – What Every Lawyer, Student and Parent Should Know.”  The program, presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the Higher Education Committee, will be held on Tuesday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.  It is being offered for Continuing Legal Education credit for New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  To register, or for more information, visit the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education website at www.njicle.com or call (732) 214-8500.

    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 with regard to 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, as well as to the New Jersey public to enhance awareness of the legal profession and legal system.  The Higher Education Committee brings together attorneys who represent colleges and universities and provides a forum within which to share information and provide programs, lectures and opportunities to meet on a myriad of topics that challenge or inform the college and university community.

    A resident of Caldwell, Sponzilli is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia.  He is a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney with more than 40 years of experience in complex corporate and commercial litigation.  He has litigated cases in many different jurisdictions, including employment litigation relating to restrictive covenants, wrongful termination, CEPA, employment discrimination, and sexual harassment.  He has defended civil rights, products liability, toxic tort, and professional malpractice claims, and has handled matters involving franchise practices, intellectual property, health care, estate, real estate, construction, antitrust, commodities, civil RICO, Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumer fraud, shareholder disputes, civil rights, constitutional law, sports law, personal injury, insurance and reinsurance coverage matters, dram shop, alcohol, defamation, business tort, criminal, and education law matters.

    Sponzilli is a 2008 recipient of the Professionalism Award.  In 1999 he was awarded the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Fund for Client Protection’s “Client Protection” Award for his outstanding service on behalf of the public and the Bar of New Jersey in his role as Chancery Court-appointed Receiver in the case of Montano v. Cohen & Cohen.

    Sponzilli is a past president of the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court and the Rutgers—Newark Law School Alumni Association.  He has been a Trustee of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey for thirty years.  He has been on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for nearly twenty years and, for a decade, has been one of only two non-government faculty members in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Trial Advocacy Institute.  Sponzilli is currently a master of the New York City American Inn of Court and the Lifland (federal practice) American Inn of Court.  He has served as a federal arbitrator and state court certified mediator.

    Sponzilli has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, New Jersey Super Lawyers, and Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in America.  He is a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee, Bench, Bar, and Media.

    Sponzilli was a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable James A. Coolahan, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (D.N.J.), from 1975-77.  During the two-year clerkship, Judge Coolahan had a temporary assignment to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and was a member of the only en banc sitting of the District of New Jersey in its history.  Sponzilli earned his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School in 1975, his M.A. from Columbia University in 1972, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Rutgers University in 1971.  He was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa national academic fraternity.

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