real estate & finance

  • Feb 11, 2020Julie Macomb Elected to Commercial Real Estate Women Network Lehigh Valley Board

    Julie M. Macomb, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW) Lehigh Valley, the premier commercial real estate network in northeast Pennsylvania. She is also past president.

    “I love being a part of this network and look forward to continuing the strong leadership we’ve always had to help further develop our cause,” said Macomb.

    About CREW Lehigh Valley

    CREW Lehigh Valley, whose purpose is to advance the success of women in commercial real estate, is recognized for professionalism, leadership, expertise, and commitment. Norris McLaughlin is a proud sponsor of the organization.

    About Julie Macomb

    Macomb devotes her practice to business, health care, and real estate law. She is actively involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, corporate restructurings, and shareholder disputes.

    In her health care practice, Macomb works with hospitals and their affiliated corporations, physician groups, clinical laboratories, medical staff, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues; leasing; leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients; and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties.

    Macomb is on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance and the Board of Directors of Community Music School, as well as the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a “Rising Star,” a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2017, Macomb was honored by Lehigh Valley Business as a “Woman to Watch,” an award for someone age 30 or under who is stepping up to help shape tomorrow’s Lehigh Valley. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from The University of Maryland.

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  • Nov 27, 2019Ray Lahoud and Rich Somach to Speak at Pennsylvania Bar Real Estate Institute

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice Group, and Richard Brent Somach, a Member of the firm, will present at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Real Estate Institute on Thursday, December 5, at The CLE Conference Center Wanamaker Building in Philadelphia.

    About the Presentations

    “With the rapidly increasing number of immigrants in Pennsylvania who seek homeownership and real estate investment opportunities to the growing interest of foreign investors in Pennsylvania real estate development projects, immigration law has become increasingly relevant in the real estate industry. Given this, it is necessary that we continue to educate the real estate industry and others affected by today’s immigration climate, as well as the potentially lucrative means of the intersection of real estate and immigration law” said Lahoud. He will speak on “The (Hidden) Lucrative Intersections of Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry,” 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., in the West Room.

    “There is a myriad of local rules and practices associated with sheriff’s sales and real estate tax sales. I look forward to participating once again for the PBI to answer questions and clarify misconceptions about buying properties at these sales,” said Somach. He will co-present “Advanced Sheriff Sale Jeopardy,” 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., in Room A.

    The two-day event is being held Thursday, December 5, and Friday, December 6, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Each day will offer sixteen courses. For more information and to register, visit

    About the Presenters

    Ray Lahoud

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on 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.

    Lahoud’s corporate immigration practice includes representing businesses of all sizes, in all corporate immigration and employer immigration compliance matters. He has served nearly every industry, including healthcare, education, manufacturing, global and domestic employment/talent recruitment, warehousing and distribution, pharmaceutical, economic development, local, county, and state government agencies, non-profit, religious, information technology, marketing, entertainment, sports, and real estate development and EB-5 investor financing. His experience includes EB-5 investor visas serving investors, regional centers, and project developers.

    Lahoud received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009 and his B.A., English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University in 2006.

    Rich Somach

    Somach focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks. He has represented real estate owners, developers, and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters, residential subdivisions, and shopping center development.

    A licensed title insurance agent, Somach is president of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services. He is legal counsel to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, and serves as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau.

    Somach frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales, and real estate tax sales. He received his B.A., with honors, in 1971 from Lehigh University, and his J.D. in 1974 from Hofstra University Law School.

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  • Dec 27, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Real Estate Associate

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Yana Zhuravel as an Associate.  She joins the firm’s Real Estate & Finance Practice Group, concentrating her practice on transactional real estate, financing, construction, and leasing matters.

    Zhuravel represents financial institutions, private lenders, investors and developers in a wide range of transactions including construction, bridge, permanent and non-traditional financings.  In addition, she advises clients on the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate properties and development sites as well as negotiation of commercial leases.  Further, Zhuravel regularly represents developers and private parties in the sale and purchase of condominiums, co-operatives, and residential properties.

    Prior to joining the firm, Zhuravel was an associate at a firm in New York representing clients in real estate transaction and financing related matters, including construction, bridge, and permanent loans, as well as workouts and debt restructurings.  During the preceding five years she managed a private law practice representing developers and owner/operators on a variety of commercial and residential real estate matters.

    Zhuravel earned her J.D. in 2008 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and her B.A., cum laude, from New York University – Gallatin School in 2005. During law school, Zhuravel had the honor of serving as an Editor for the esteemed Arts & Entertainment Law Journal and received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship.

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  • Sep 25, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Real Estate Member

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

    Brewer focuses his practice in the areas of commercial financing, leasing, acquisitions and sales, loan restructuring and workouts, loan sales and purchases, and distressed debt transactions.  He represents lenders and borrowers in connection with commercial and mezzanine loans secured by real property and other assets, commercial construction financing, and workouts and foreclosures. Brewer also advises lenders on restructuring defaulted loans and negotiating forbearance agreements, deed in lieu agreements, and modifications and amendments to loan documentation. In addition, he prepares and negotiates leases on behalf of landlords and tenants of retail, restaurant, industrial and office properties and negotiates and closes sales contracts for sellers and purchasers of real property.

    Brewer also advises clients on the sale and purchase of distressed assets and lenders in connection with the financing of such transactions and has considerable experience representing lenders and borrowers in transactions involving commercial mortgage-backed securities.

    Brewer earned his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 1994 and his B.A. from Connecticut College in 1990. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Real Property Law Section.

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