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  • Dec 28, 2020Norris McLaughlin Brings Holiday Cheer to Local Communities in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that the firm’s three main office locations have each participated in a holiday charity initiative as part of its commitment to the community.

    “It is our pleasure to participate in these programs as well as others throughout the year. It is rewarding to be able to give to others who otherwise might not be able to celebrate with presents, a full table, or a warm home during the holiday season,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    In New Jersey

    This year, the firm’s Bridgewater office made a financial contribution to Fish Inc., which has served the elderly, poor, and homeless in the Dunellen area since 1970. All proceeds were used to purchase food and clothing.

    In New York

    For the last two years, the firm’s New York office has participated in The Santa Letters Project, giving staff a chance to read and select one or two letters written by children from P.S. 131, a Title One school in Brooklyn. Gifts are typically then purchased, wrapped, and delivered to the school. As the circumstances this year prevented the firm from delivering the presents personally, the PTA from P.S. 131 created a GoFundMe page to accept donations and have raised over $20,000.

    The firm’s contribution will treat the children and some of their family to a holiday meal. A local diner that the school has worked with in the past agreed to partner in this project to offer the children and their families a holiday meal. For every $50 raised, the restaurant will feed a family of four any of the entrees off the menu to stay or to take out.

    In Pennsylvania

    The Sixth Street Shelter, located just around the corner from the firm’s Allentown office, is a full-service shelter for full families, women, and children. Each year, the firm adopts a family and buys all their Christmas presents. However, because of the pandemic, this year the shelter has asked for gift card donations. The gift cards contributed by the firm have been handed out to the families who live at the shelter and used to buy food and gifts. This year, the Sixth Street Shelter also adopted a “Greeting Card Program,” where the firm was able to send warm wishes directly to the families.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin has historically been committed to the communities where clients live and do business. The firm prides itself on being a responsible corporate citizen through firm-wide charitable initiatives for worthwhile causes and its attorneys hold prominent leadership positions in various organizations throughout the areas the firm serves, and many of them have been honored for the work they do in the community. Norris McLaughlin has been honored as one of the “Companies that Care” by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey.

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  • Dec 07, 2020Norris McLaughlin and 10-15 Associates, Inc., Close Deal to Sell Assets of Investment Advisory Practice

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that 10-15 Associates, Inc., a long-standing client of the firm, has closed a deal to transfer its ownership of their investment advisory practice to Wealth Enhancement Group, an independent wealth management firm that oversees $20.3 billion in client assets.

    “It has been rewarding to be outside counsel for this company helping them through the years on routine issues that come up here and there for active, successful businesses. We were happy to be able to give this client an exit and a way for them to capitalize on the asset they built over their careers, while also protecting their employees and the next generation of their family who was involved in the business,” said Oren M. Chaplin, a Member of the firm who was the main working attorney and lead counsel on this deal.

    David S. Blatteis, also a Member of the firm who assisted in this matter, added “Noteworthy about this transaction is that it is a sign of the times for the financial services industry – buyers like Wealth Enhancement Group are acquiring firms owned by the baby boomer generation and later generations.”

    “We have been involved with many buy-side and sell-side transactions in the financial services sector, so not only did we have the business law expertise for this transaction, but we were well-positioned to help our client accomplish their objective because of our intimate understanding and savvy working in this industry sector,” added Chaplin.

    About the Acquisition of 10-15 Associates, Inc.

    10-15 Associates, an independent registered investment adviser with offices in Goshen, Fishkill, and Tarrytown, New York, helps clients achieve their goals, protect and grow their assets, solve complex financial challenges, and retire with confidence. They offer strategic retirement, tax, and wealth management planning for individuals, and provide employers and businesses with 401(k) management for plan participants, educational resources, and advisory services. Since its founding in 1986, 10-15 Associates has grown to 16 employees, including seven financial advisors, and approximately $923 million in total client assets as of July 31, 2020.

    Wealth Enhancement Group, also a registered investment adviser, offers a three-step process of organizing, collaborating, and guiding clients through financial planning, retirement income planning, tax strategies, investment management, estate planning, and insurance. Since 1997, they have spread nationwide, with approximately $20.3 billion in client brokerage and advisory assets as of August 21, 2020. Along with the recent acquisition of CJM Wealth Management in Deer Park, New York, acquiring 10-15 Associates will allow the Wealth Enhancement Group to assist clients at six offices throughout the state, further shoring up their presence in the broader tri-state area.

    “We want to thank Oren and his team for all of their help in getting the transaction done,” said Debbie DeMatteo, Owner/CEO of 10-15 Associates. “We thought often over the last several months that we could never have anticipated having something like this for him to represent us on. He made the process much easier to get through than it would otherwise have been.”

    The deal, which closed on November 1, was one of a few 10-15 Associates considered, but having the opportunity to remain with the newly combined firm and participate in the combination as they continue to grow and realize more success helped make the choice an easy one. The financial terms of the deal remain confidential. For more information, please click here.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group

    The Norris McLaughlin mergers and acquisitions attorneys have structured, negotiated, and closed numerous U.S. and international transactions ranging from small-scale to complex multi-million-dollar deals. The firm’s attorneys have vast experience in all aspects of such corporate transactions, including asset and stock sales, statutory mergers, tax-structured transactions, corporate reorganizations, tender offers, leveraged buyouts, LLC and limited partnership interest exchanges, financing arrangements, due diligence investigation, governmental approvals and clearances, and international transactions.

    Our dedicated business law attorneys can also assist with the analysis of tax, securities, labor, employee benefits, antitrust, real estate, intellectual property, environmental, and other legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions. More than 30 business law attorneys spend all or most of their time in a variety of disciplines within the field of business law. As a result, we have enough diversity of talent and bench strength to form teams of cross-functional attorneys, striving to create the right blend of general competence and expertise that are best situated to address our clients’ needs promptly, efficiently, and creatively.

    As experienced advisors, our attorneys ensure that each client has the proper structure in place to guide them on what they can expect and what investors will expect, prior to a client meeting with any potential investor. We take a unique approach in the early stage of company relationships, in that each client can expect a single partner to be responsible and accountable for that relationship. Recognized by clients as their trusted advisors and virtual business partners, our attorneys deliver efficient and practical legal counsel, supporting each client’s needs with an eye on their bottom line and what’s best for their future.

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  • Nov 25, 2020Norris McLaughlin Named “Best Attorneys” in Corporate Law and Estate Planning by The Morning Call Readers’ Choice Survey

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to be voted “Best Attorney/Corporate Law” and “Best Attorney/Estate Planning” by The Morning Call readers in the 2020 Readers’ Choice Survey. These awards celebrate and recognize who was voted the “best” in the Lehigh Valley community.

    “We are proud and humbled when the Lehigh Valley community calls us the ‘best.’ We have always put our hearts and souls into representing our clients, as well as giving back to the Lehigh Valley. We are truly fortunate to have a firm of colleagues who work well together and have fun together, and I really believe that is how we will continue to provide exceptional service to our clients,” said S. Graham Simmons, III, Administrative Partner for the firm’s Pennsylvania office and Co-Chair of the Business Law Practice Group.

    About The Morning Call 2020 Readers’ Choice Survey

    The 18th annual The Morning Call Readers’ Choice Survey was open to legal U.S. residents who are age 13 and over and reside within 50 miles of The Morning Call office from September 17, 2020, to October 8, 2020. Participants were able to vote online, limited to one vote per category, and must have included their email address, full name, zip code, and birth date. The winners of the 2020 Readers’ Choice Survey were announced in a special section published in The Morning Call on Sunday, November 22, 2020. For more information, visit mcall.com.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Attorneys

    At the heart of it all, Norris McLaughlin is more than just a law firm. Norris McLaughlin is a community of legal practitioners and business professionals dedicated to responding to the needs of established and emerging small, middle-market, and Fortune 500 companies, as well as the individuals and families who built, own, and manage them. The firm adheres to a strict philosophy of service that delivers on promises of quality, integrity, and value.

    In response to the changing needs of clients and the business community, Norris McLaughlin merged in 2009 with Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, the largest independent commercial firm in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Since then, the firm has continued to grow, remembering its culture and values, and keeping its footprint in the Lehigh Valley for over 100 years. Norris McLaughlin and its attorneys have historically been committed to the Lehigh Valley community, where many attorneys, clients, and staff live and do business – to make them better places to live, work, and play. The firm’s attorneys hold prominent leadership positions in various organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley and many have been honored for the work they do in the community.

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  • Nov 05, 2020Norris McLaughlin Has Been Named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 11 Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2021

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in eleven practice areas for the 2021 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The firm’s full listing of First Tier Metropolitan rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation – Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law
    • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

    Norris McLaughlin has also received a Tier 2 Metropolitan ranking in the following practice areas:

    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Communications Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Family Law
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Natural Resources Law

    “This listing of Norris McLaughlin is an outstanding achievement for the practice groups and dedicated attorneys who serve our clients. The rankings represent independent substantiation of the value we provide our clients, producing real results through efficient and diligent counsel,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

    From the start, the mission of “Best Law Firms” has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. For more information, including methodology, and the full listing, see bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin is a multi-practice, commercial law firm with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though regionally based, the firm has grown its capabilities to include counseling on matters of national and international scope. Boasting a team of more than 120 attorneys practicing in over 25 legal disciplines and industry-focused groups, Norris McLaughlin is well-positioned to represent a wide range of client segments, including small business, middle-market companies, and Fortune 500 corporations, as well as the private individuals and families who own and run them.

    Once a humble two-man practice in Somerville, New Jersey, the firm has leveraged a multi-disciplinary legal practice with a deep dedication to superior client service to become the largest law firm in Somerset County and one of the Top 20 law firms based in New Jersey. To respond to the changing needs of the firm’s clients and the business community, Norris McLaughlin expanded its geographic reach by merging with like-minded firms in New York City (1999) and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania (2009). As a result of this expansion, and with the resources of international law firm networks providing additional bench strength and service capability, Norris McLaughlin now delivers a total package of legal solutions to represent clients wherever they are and whatever their legal issues may be.

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  • Jun 04, 2020A Message From the Firm About the Racism Rampant in Our Nation

    George Floyd is the latest in a string of tragic deaths symbolizing the racial division that continues to exist in our society. The importance of equality and respect for the rule of law are pillars of our legal system and are among the key principles that guide our attorneys every day. Racism has no place in our hearts and should have no place of acceptance in our society. Norris McLaughlin condemns racism of any kind and vows to keep listening and learning from the tragedies of the past to ensure we deliver on a lifetime promise of justice and equality for all.

    We recognize that often times, change has to begin in our own house, so we are challenging our Diversity Committee to help our firm find new ways to introduce diversity of thought and expression to our practice of law.

    Further, as the first-ever Public Defender in Somerset County and a tireless advocate for justice and equality throughout his 60-year career, we are looking at ways to turn our thirst for activism on this issue into a meaningful platform that will honor the memory of our recently-departed longtime partner, friend, and founding member of our firm, Richard A. Norris, who passed away on May 31, 2020.  Stay tuned for more information about the specific details of this program.

    Questions or comments about the statement above should be directed to our Chairman, John N. Vanarthos.

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  • Jun 02, 2020Norris McLaughlin Mourns Loss of Founding Member Richard A. Norris

    Norris McLaughlin Mourns Richard Norris

     

    Richard A. Norris, age 93, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., passed away the morning of Sunday, May 31, 2020. Due to the current public health crisis, all arrangements are private, however, contributions in his memory can be made to the VNA Health Group Foundation. To send condolences to the Norris family, please visit www.brucecvanarsdalefuneralhome.com.

    John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm, addressed the founding member’s passing in a message delivered to firm employees Monday morning: “It is with a heavy heart that I report that our own beloved Dick Norris passed away over the weekend. Dick was truly the best of who we are and what we strive to be. He was a phenomenal lawyer, an outstanding partner, a true pillar of the legal community, and a great and trusted friend to us all. Anyone who knew him had nothing but the greatest respect and affection for him, holding him in the highest esteem. Dick will always be a source of pride for the firm and, for that, we will always owe him a deep debt of gratitude. We will love and miss him forever.”

    About Richard A. Norris

    A long-time resident of Bridgewater, Norris had over fifty years of experience as a trial lawyer and was certified as an arbitrator and mediator, focusing his practice on matrimonial and family law. Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, New Jersey – from two attorneys to 120+ attorneys – since 1953, Norris had led Norris McLaughlin to continued growth, becoming the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey while honoring the firm’s culture and values.

    Norris served as the first Public Defender for Somerset County in 1967 and was instrumental in establishing the Somerset County Legal Services Program during his tenure as President of the Somerset County Bar Association in 1970-71. He had also served as counsel to the Somerset County Board of Elections and the Somerset County Board of Taxation and was the attorney for the organization and establishment of twelve commercial banks in New Jersey.

    Norris was a member and former President of the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA), the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Family Law and Litigation Sections of the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, and Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance. He was also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which recognizes achievements in family law and a commitment to the highest standards of practice in the field.

    Norris had been named the recipient of the 2009 Daniel J. O’Hern Award by the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law, which is presented annually to an attorney who exemplifies commitment to the highest standards of professional conduct, career achievement, and service to the legal profession and community. He received the 2003 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award given annually by the SCBA and the Commission on Professionalism in the Law and the SCBA’s 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award. Norris was also regularly selected for inclusion in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in America” and in The Best Lawyers in America.

    Norris obtained his B.S. from Lehigh University in 1949 and his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1952. Before entering private practice, he was a Staff Judge Advocate at Wright- Patterson Air Force Base (USAF) and a law clerk to Chief Judge Philip Forman of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

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  • Feb 17, 2020Norris McLaughlin New York Office Moves to Times Square Tower

    The New York office of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., office is honored to join a growing list of law firms calling the “Crossroads of the World” home. Effective Monday, February 17, 2020, the firm’s office has moved from 875 Third Avenue to the 21st Floor of the Times Square Tower.

    “We look forward to relocating to our new New York offices where we will have ample room for growth well into the future and allow us to be well-positioned to efficiently serve our clients in the ever-changing modern practice of law,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    Andrew N. Parfomak, Administrative Partner of the firm’s New York office, added that “our location will be more convenient for our clients and employees and allow us to more seamlessly service our domestic and international clients by being in a completely updated office which is easy to reach from all points regionally, nationally, and internationally.”

    About Times Square Tower

    Norris McLaughlin left its New York home-base of 16 years with goals of continued growth and modernization. This new space gives the New York attorneys and staff access to state-of-the-art facilities as well as the technological capabilities to respond more effectively to the demands of the firm’s 21st Century clients. The new offices will house 32 of the firm’s 129 attorneys.

    The new address for the New York office of Norris McLaughlin is 7 Times Square, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10036-0844. All other contact information remains the same. For more information on the building, visit the following published articles covering the move:

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin is a multi-practice law firm uniquely positioned to represent middle-market companies, Fortune 500 corporations, and individuals. While the firm’s breadth of services covers all areas of law, the New York office has extensive experience in business law, intellectual property, and cooperative (“co-op”) and condominium law.

    The firm opened its first New York office in 1999. In response to the changing needs of the business community, the office expanded and eventually moved from the original space to the office building at 875 Third Avenue in 2004. In 2006, the firm merged with Szold & Brandwen, adding significant real estate, financing, and litigation expertise to the firm. The merger allowed the firm to provide enhanced services to our clients and strengthened our commitment to providing a broad range of legal services.

    Norris McLaughlin will be hosting an open house in the new office space in the near future.

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  • Nov 04, 2019Norris McLaughlin Named Best Estate Planning Attorneys by The Morning Call

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to be voted “Best Attorney/Estate Planning” by The Morning Call readers for the 2019 Readers’ Choice. The 16th annual Readers’ Choice Showcase was hosted on November 2 at Artsquest Center in Bethlehem.

    “We are honored to be voted by our clients and friends as ‘Best Attorney/Estate Planning.’ It is truly a pleasure to see the impact our attorneys make within our local communities,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About the Estate Planning & Administration Attorneys

    The Norris McLaughlin estate planning & administration attorneys have vast experience in all aspects of state, federal and international tax law, with an emphasis on the planning and administration of trusts and estates. The goal is to assure that assets pass to the intended beneficiaries at as little cost as possible, including minimizing state and federal tax burdens which may require the use of sophisticated and creative planning techniques.

    In many complex matters, especially those involving high-assets, Norris McLaughlin has the advantage of being able to work with attorneys from other practice areas including those with experience in litigation, corporate, tax, real estate, immigration, matrimonial, family, elder care, and special needs law.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    The individuals and families Norris McLaughlin counsels benefit from the same personal attention, human touch, and unwavering confidentiality that distinguish the services provided to corporate clients. The attorneys’ combination of experience and diligence is invaluable in helping individuals navigate through transitional periods and difficult life events. The firm is there for clients when they are changing careers and planning for the future of their family. Norris McLaughlin handles complex and sophisticated tax matters, including the negotiating and structuring of employment and severance agreements and the planning and administration of trusts and estates, to preserve a lifetime of hard work and achievement. Similarly, the firm handles sensitive matters, like divorce and white-collar criminal allegations, with the utmost care and consideration for the personal and financial well-being of the individual and their family. The attorneys at Norris McLaughlin successfully resolve matters to the satisfaction of our clients by applying our decades of experience, with special attention to the personal needs of each individual.

    In response to the changing needs of clients and the business community, Norris McLaughlin merged in 2009 with Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, the largest independent commercial firm in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Since then, the firm has continued to grow, remembering its culture and values, and keeping its footprint in the Lehigh Valley for over 100 years. Norris McLaughlin and its attorneys have historically been committed to the Lehigh Valley community, where may attorneys, clients, and staff live and do business – to make them better places to live, work, and play. The firm’s attorneys hold prominent leadership positions in various organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley, and many have been honored for the work they do in the community.

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  • Nov 01, 2019Norris McLaughlin Recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms For 10th Consecutive Year

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in 12 practice areas in the “2020 Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. This marks the 10th consecutive year the firm has earned Metropolitan First-Tier rankings in New Jersey. The firm’s full listing of First Tier rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation –- Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law

    “It’s an honor for the firm to be highly ranked in multiple, diverse practice areas. We are proud of our client relationships and it’s especially rewarding to earn this recognition based largely on their feedback,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Best Law Firms

    From the start, the mission of Best Law Firms has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. A full listing is posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin has been serving the New Jersey community and New York metropolitan area since 1953. Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, Norris McLaughlin has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey. Throughout its growth, the firm remembers its culture and values. Norris McLaughlin has remained a firm committed to client service, its community, and its employees. The firm and its attorneys have historically been committed to the communities where clients live and do business.

    Clients value a personal level of care, therefore the firm strives for deep, meaningful, people-first relationships with each one. With many of its attorneys selected as The Best Lawyers In America each year, in addition to its active repertoire of speaking engagements and legal publications, Norris McLaughlin possesses large-firm talent in a small-firm setting that allows its attorneys to provide service and value to their clients on a personal level. It is the firm’s goal to accommodate the needs of every client through the use of experience, strategic planning, and common courtesy.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices located in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA.  For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

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