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  • Jul 11, 2019Norris McLaughlin and Attorneys Karolina Dehnhard and Shana Siegel Nominated for Best of Essex 2019

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce its nomination in the Suburban Essex Readers’ Choice Contest, “Best of Essex 2019,” in the Professional Services: Law Firms category.  Karolina A. Dehnhard, a Member of the firm and Chair of its New Jersey Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, and Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, have also been nominated in the Professional Services: Family Law and Professional Services: Elder Law categories respectively.

    The “Best of Essex” contest has been an annual tradition for local, independently-owned businesses since 2008.  The website allows consumers to find the best local shops, services, and dining options year-round.  This year’s contest supports CASA of Essex in their mission to “Help Foster Children in Essex County Find Safe Homes.”  Every vote cast will benefit the cause.  For more information and to vote, please visit www.bestofessex.com.

    Dehnhard, based in the firm’s Short Hills office, devotes her practice to matrimonial law including divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody, parenting time, alimony, child support, and domestic violence issues.  She assists with complex financial issues, including valuation of businesses both domestically and abroad; international custody rights; the impact of immigration status on divorcing spouses and their children; enforcement of foreign divorce decrees; and the complexities of alimony rights and post-judgment cohabitation.

    Dehnhard has appeared on TV shows and news programs and published articles on family law topics in numerous print publications, including North Jersey Woman Magazine, Industry Magazine, VUENJ, and various Polish publications.  In addition, she co-authored a chapter in “Understanding the Legal Issues Surrounding Same-Sex Marriage.”  She is also the co-host of two radio shows, “The Law Matters” on WMTR Radio and “There’s Always a Way Out,” hosted in Polish, on Radio RAMPA.

    Dehnhard has been a featured presenter at numerous women in business events on topics including women protecting their assets, becoming the CEO of your home, planning for the future, and promoting financial awareness before and during a divorce.  She has also taken part in U.S. delegations to Ireland, Cuba, and Spain, to develop international business relations among women in business.  Dehnhard was recognized by the Trade and Investment Section of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland for her influence and leadership in integrating women-owned businesses in both Poland and the United States.  In 2018, Dehnhard launched the Polish-American Chamber of Commerce, North-East, covering Maine to Florida, to create business opportunities for both American and Polish businesses.  She is also the Ambassador of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs Short Hills Leadership Lounge, a platform dedicated to the advancement of women globally.

    Named to the “Top Women in Law” in 2018 by the New Jersey Law Journal, Dehnhard was also recognized in 2016 as one of the “Top 25 Leading Intrapreneurs in New Jersey.” She has been selected as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers® and received the 2018 Leadership Award presented by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, a charity she has supported for more than a decade.

    Dehnhard received her J.D. from New York Law School in 2009, and her B.A./M.A. in Psychology from the College of St. Elizabeth in 1999. Before entering private practice, Dehnhard clerked for the Honorable Rosemary E. Ramsay, J.S.C., in Morris County Superior Court, Family Part and Civil Part. While in law school, she interned for the Honorable Michael Ambrecht, J.S.C., in the Supreme Court, Criminal Part, Manhattan, and the Honorable Raymond T. Lyons, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey.

    Siegel, based in the firm’s Montclair office, concentrates her practice on elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy. As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Siegel was with WanderPolo & Siegel for over 10 years, five of which were as principal.  She has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years, recently named a 2019 Essex County Top Lawyer in Elder Law by Morris/Essex Health & Life.

    Siegel is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the State Bar Elder Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.  She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the Elder Law Bar and their clients. In 2015, she was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP).

    Siegel earned her J.D. from Georgetown University, with honors, in 1994 and her B.A. from Barnard College, with honors, in 1989.

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  • Jun 25, 2019Norris McLaughlin Achieves Global Cybersecurity Standard

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., a Bridgewater-based law firm, today announced that it has successfully reached the international cybersecurity standards for law firms set by Meritas, the global alliance of independent business law firms. Norris McLaughlin is a member of Meritas and, in order to retain membership in good standing, is required to self-report their compliance with the Meritas Cybersecurity Standards for keeping client data and information secure.

    The standards define 10 essential cybersecurity requirements that the 182 Meritas member firms and future members of the organization are expected to meet. As part of the process, Norris McLaughlin completed an assessment of cybersecurity best practices and readiness to take its practices to the next level, implemented cybersecurity enhancements in key areas to respond to ever-changing online risks, and underwent a compliance review against the Meritas standards. To successfully meet the standards, Norris McLaughlin has information security, risk assessments, technical and physical safeguards, employee training, third-party risk management, and business continuity plans in place, along with a breach response process. As part of its Meritas membership renewal, Norris McLaughlin will regularly complete a cybersecurity assessment to maintain its level of security for safeguarding information.

    “It’s important to proactively incorporate best practices, especially when it comes to cybersecurity, which is the paramount concern of people and companies when they generate sensitive legal information,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm. “We work with our Meritas partner firms across the world on behalf of clients who have needs in other regions. Having a global quality benchmark is important in maintaining the highest levels of consistency.”

    Meritas is the only law firm alliance with an established and comprehensive means of monitoring the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time validating law firm credentials and experience. Meritas membership is selective and by invitation only. Meritas has published more information on how a law firm keeps information secure.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Once a humble two-man practice, Norris McLaughlin has remained a firm committed to client service, their communities, and their employees – from two attorneys to 125 attorneys. The firm has been named a Best Place to Work. Many of its attorneys hold prominent leadership positions in various organizations throughout the areas they serve and many have been honored for the work they do in the community.

    The firm is a full-service, mid-sized, regional law firm that serves the legal needs of businesses and families in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas, and is uniquely positioned to represent middle-market companies, Fortune 500 corporations, and individuals.

    About Meritas

    Founded in 1990, Meritas is an international alliance of commercial law firms working across jurisdictions to provide clients the best of both worlds: a local legal partner with full-service capabilities and the cost efficiency and personal attention unmatched by mega law firms. Each member law firm is required to adhere to rigorous and specific service standards on a regular basis. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Meritas has member firms in 245 global markets totaling more than 7,000 lawyers. To find a Meritas law firm or for more information, visit meritas.org or call +1-612-339-8680.

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  • May 31, 2019Norris McLaughlin Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Merger

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is celebrating its 10th anniversary of merging with Tallman Hudders & Sorrentino, the largest independent commercial firm in the Lehigh Valley, tracing its roots there over 100 years. The two firms merged on June 1, 2009, to expand their services and footprint, responding to the changing needs of the firm’s clients and business community. At the time, Norris McLaughlin was home to two offices in New Jersey and New York.

    Since the merger, the firm has outperformed itself on a year-over-year basis and has continued to expand with the opening of new offices in Easton and Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, and satellite offices in Short Hills and Montclair, New Jersey. The New York office is also planning to relocate to the heart of Times Square early next year.

    “In 2009, both firms were in the midst of a strategic planning process to address the increasingly sophisticated legal needs of their clients and found exactly what they were looking for in each other. Now, a decade later, we look back on the wisdom of that decision and we celebrate the success we have achieved together as a stronger, fully integrated organization” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm. “Yet, the success which we have achieved through the hard work and dedication of our talented attorneys and staff over the last ten years is really just a first step. We feel the best is yet to come.”

    Once a humble two-man practice, Norris McLaughlin has remained a firm committed to client service, their communities, and their employees – from two attorneys to 125 attorneys. The firm has been named a Best Place to Work in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and many of their attorneys have held prominent leadership positions in various organizations throughout the areas they serve, and many of them have been honored for the work they do in the community.

    The firm is a full-service, mid-sized, regional law firm that serves the legal needs of businesses and families in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York areas, and is uniquely positioned to represent middle-market companies, Fortune 500 corporations, and individuals.

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  • May 17, 2019Norris McLaughlin Opens Easton Office

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce it has expanded into Easton, Pennsylvania, with an office located at 205 South Seventh Street. The office boasts a convenient location across from the Easton Courthouse.

    This location will also be home to the firm’s title service, ABE Settlement Services, LLC. ABE offers a full range of title and settlement services delivered by highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals, skilled in handling all aspects of residential and commercial real estate and mortgage lending.

    “The opening of our new office in Easton, where many of our clients reside and do business, is a direct reflection of the firm’s continued growth, and allows us the opportunity to efficiently serve our clients throughout the Lehigh Valley,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized, regional law firm that serves the legal needs of businesses and families in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas, uniquely positioned to represent middle-market companies, Fortune 500 corporations, and individuals since 1953.

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  • Mar 15, 2019Norris McLaughlin Named Among Best Places to Work In New Jersey

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey, ranking among the top 100 companies in the state for 2019. This survey and award program identifies, recognizes, and honors the top New Jersey workplaces based on confidential data collected from employees. Norris McLaughlin will be honored at the Best Places to Work in New Jersey gala awards ceremony on May 1 in Freehold.

    “At Norris McLaughlin, we take pride in our firm values, especially when it comes to our employees. We promote a collaborative, supportive, and inclusive culture for our employees, who are the reason for our success.  On behalf of our employees, I am proud and honored to be recognized by Best Places to Work in New Jersey,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    Created in 2005 and produced by NJBIZ, Best Places to Work in New Jersey surveys companies from across the state in a two-part process to determine the honorees. The first part evaluates each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This section of the survey is worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part measures the employee experience and is worth approximately 75%. The combined scores determine the top companies and the final ranking.  Best Companies Group manages the overall registration and survey process. Additionally, they analyze the data provided and use their expertise to determine the final rankings.

    For more information on the Best Places to Work in New Jersey program, please click here.

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  • Mar 04, 2019Andrew Linden and Stephanie Spangler Named Co-Chairs of Norris McLaughlin Cannabis Law Group

    Andrew D. Linden, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Stephanie S. Spangler, an Associate of the firm, have been named co-chairs of its Cannabis Law Group.

    Linden assists marijuana entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors to navigate complex statutory and regulatory schemes, including those related to permitting and licensing (such as initial applications, transfers, expansions, changes to ownership, and related disclosures), distribution, and general business operations (such as sales, storage of product, and recordkeeping).  He assists clients in all tiers of the distribution chain regarding compliance and business law issues.  Linden contributes to the firm’s cannabis law blog, Legally Grown.

    Linden counsels alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in all facets of their business.  These include licensing and regulatory compliance, business formation, and product labeling.  He has assisted craft breweries and distilleries with applications before the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and retailers with applications before the local municipality.  Linden provides guidance in connection with TTB federal permitting laws, advises clients with respect to federal and state labeling requirements and approval processes, and helps them navigate state distribution and beer franchise laws. Linden also frequently contributes to the firm’s liquor law blog, Legal Liquor.

    In addition, Linden has ten years of experience handling complex business litigations, including construction matters, shareholder disputes, and warranty and product liability claims.

    Linden has been included in New Jersey Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, for Business Litigation from 2013 to 2017.  He is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Cannabis Committee, the NJSBA Business Law Section’s Cannabis Industry Committee, and previously served on the Executive Committee for Young Lawyers Division of the NJSBA.  He is a trustee of the Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy, which supports Essex County’s Grover Cleveland Park and an active member of the Lehigh Lawyers Association.and serves on the Borough of Caldwell’s Rent Review Board.  Linden attended Seton Hall University School of Law, where he received his J.D., cum laude, in 2007.  He earned a B.S., with honors, from Lehigh University in 2004, majoring in Accounting and Marketing.

    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.  Spangler counsels clients in industries including technology, food and beverage, e-commerce, apparel, cannabis, jewelry, video games, film, and arts and entertainment.  She is a co-author for the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Ma®k, and the firm’s cannabis law blog, Legally Grown.

    Spangler has been accepted into the New York City Bar Association’s 2019 Associate Leadership Institute.  She is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY), and Cardozo Law School’s Black Asian Latino Law Students Association Alumni Group.  She serves as a mentor to law school students through Cardozo Law School’s “Cardozo Connections” mentorship program.

    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.

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  • Feb 28, 2019Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Speak on Cannabis for Restaurants

    Jeanne M. Hamburg, Andrew D. Linden, Svetlana (Lana) Ros, and Stephanie S. Spangler, of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be featured speakers on Tuesday, March 5, at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  They will present a panel discussion titled “Exploring the Legal Haze of Cannabis for Restaurants.” The show, which takes place March 3-5, also features over 40 education sessions and over 500 of the leading vendors serving the restaurant and foodservice industry.

    The panel discussion will also be presented on Tuesday, March 26, at the firm’s WeWork office, 222 Broadway, in New York in two sessions: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.  The discussion explores the myriad of legal issues and risks of incorporating cannabis into your restaurant business, answering questions about the legal risks and ramifications of providing food and beverages with cannabis; the legal issues related to selling alcoholic beverages infused with or containing cannabis; the state of federal, state, and local laws and regulations impacting restaurants that wish to serve cannabis foods and beverages; and the requirements and hurdles for obtaining federal trademark registration for cannabis-related goods and services.  For more information and to register, please click here.

    Hamburg is experienced in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area, assisting clients in the food, beverage and restaurant industries with their IP needs.  She has litigated in federal courts across the country, acting as national counsel to bring and defend infringement claims for clients both foreign and domestic.  Most recently, Hamburg litigated through appeal to the Federal Circuit a food trademark case that has been described as generating one of the most important trademark decisions in 2018. She was also recently ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR 1000). Among a group of fewer than 90 trademark professionals in New York, Hamburg was named a top trademark attorney in the areas of enforcement and litigation. Hamburg frequently speaks and writes about intellectual property topics before trade food, beverage and restaurant groups, and is a member of the New York State Restaurant Association as well as the Specialty Food Association.  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.

    Linden assists marijuana entrepreneurs, suppliers, growers, retailers, and investors to navigate complex statutory and regulatory schemes, including those related to permitting and licensing, such as initial applications, transfers, expansions, changes to ownership, and related disclosures, distribution, and general business operations such as sales, storage of product, and recordkeeping. He assists clients in all tiers of the distribution chain with compliance and business law issues. Linden also counsels alcoholic beverage manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers with all facets of their business. These include licensing and regulatory compliance, business formation, and product labeling. He has assisted craft breweries and distilleries with applications before the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and retailers with applications before the local municipality. Linden provides guidance in connection with TTB federal permitting laws, advises clients on federal and state labeling requirements and approval processes, and helps them navigate state distribution and beer franchise laws. Linden attended Seton Hall University School of Law, where he received his J.D., cum laude, in 2007.  He earned a B.S., with honors, from Lehigh University in 2004, majoring in Accounting and Marketing.

    Ros focuses her practice in the area of health care law, including civil and administrative litigation, professional licensure defense, hospital medical staff matters, hospital disciplinary actions, regulatory compliance, managed care and government audits, and refund demands and investigations. She also handles transactional and regulatory matters affecting health care providers. She has successfully defended physicians before medical boards, OPMC, and SBME, and in OPD investigations, as well as Medicare fraud, fraud and abuse, RAC audits, Medicare audits, OIG fraud, health care fraud, medical audits, and health plan billing audits. Ros frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New Jersey and New York about legal issues affecting health care professionals. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.S. in biotechnology and nutrition from Rutgers University.

    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.  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 is the former Development Chair of Cardozo’s Black, Asian, and Latino Law Students Association Alumni Group and is part of its mentoring program for 1L law students.

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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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