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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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  • Nov 19, 2018Timothy Klimpl to Present “ERISA Basics for Lawyers” CLE

    Timothy S. Klimpl, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “ERISA Basics for Lawyers,” a CLE seminar sponsored by the Fairfield County Bar Association, on Tuesday, December 4, from 12:30pm to 2:00pm, at the office of the Fairfield County Bar Association in Stamford, CT.

    Klimpl’s topics will include ways to spot ERISA issues for clients; the responsibilities of an ERISA plan fiduciary; and addressing compliance problems in retirement and health plans, among other topics. The program is approved for 1.5 transitional and non-transitional NY & CT law practice management credits. To register, please visit fairfieldbar.org.

    Klimpl has represented a broad array of employee benefit plans, including corporate, multiemployer, and governmental employee benefit plans providing retirement, health, disability, dental and other welfare benefits.  His work on executive compensation matters includes equity and incentive compensation plans, nonqualified deferred compensation, employment agreements and severance issues, including Section 409A compliance. Klimpl advises clients on 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 also represents senior-level employees in the negotiation of their employment and severance packages and all associated agreements, including evaluation of wrongful termination claims.  His 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, Connecticut and Fairfield County Bar Associations.

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  • Nov 09, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Real Estate Member

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Michael Osterman as a Member of the firm.  He joins the firm’s Real Estate & Finance group.

    Osterman has successfully handled complex, commercial real estate transactions and land use matters throughout the State of New Jersey, including those involving shopping centers, industrial and office parks, hospitals, manufacturing facilities, restaurant chains, convenience stores, gas stations, retail chains, educational institutions, horse farms, large and small residential subdivisions, private golf, lake and country clubs, utility treatment facilities, recycling facilities, religious facilities, charitable non-profit facilities, raw land for development and preservation, and the redevelopment of environmentally contaminated “brownsfield” sites. His clients include large and small corporations and other business entities, non-profit organizations, trusts, estates, and individuals.

    Osterman’s transactional experience includes acquisitions, sales, financing, leases, easements, licenses, and preservation matters. He has also handled transactions involving the joint sale of commercial real estate and business assets, as well as the purchase, sale and development of unique estate properties. Osterman counsels clients on the effect of, and compliance with, various federal, state and local land use and environmental statutes and regulations, including, among others, federal and state wetlands laws, the New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law, the Residential Site Improvement Standards, the Industrial Site Recovery Act, and the New Jersey Right to Farm Act.  He regularly represents clients before planning boards, boards of adjustment, and other municipal, county and state bodies across the State of New Jersey in connection with development applications for various commercial and residential projects and other land use matters.

    Osterman has undertaken pro bono land use matters for the Somerset Hills YMCA and the Somerset County YMCA. He has served on the Board of Directors of both the Somerset Hills YMCA and the Somerset County YMCA; has served as a member and co-chair of the Somerset Hills YMCA’s Community Advisory Board; and has served as President of the Somerset Hills YMCA Board of Managers, and currently serves as a member of that Board. In 2014, Osterman received the Somerset Hills YMCA’s Volunteer Leadership Award and in 2002, he received the New Jersey State Alliance Outstanding YMCA Volunteer Award.

    Osterman earned his J.D. from University Pennsylvania School of Law, and his B.S. from Lehigh University. He is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations’ Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Sections.

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