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  • Sep 04, 2020Due Diligence in New Jersey

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the annual “Due Diligence in New Jersey” (Course 2018-044), hosted by the New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professional Association (LSRPA). This two-day program will be delivered through the GoToWebinar.

    Due Diligence in New Jersey

    Jeff will be joined by Chemmie Sokolic of Whitman Co. and Ben Alter, P.G., LSRP, of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., who will discuss:

    • Types and components of environmental due diligence and when they should be performed
    • Types of environmental assessments in New Jersey and what they include, what they don’t, the protections they offer, and when they should be performed
      • ASTM Phase Environmental Site Assessment (PhaseI)
      • Preliminary Assessment (PA)
    • Roles and legal liabilities of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals
    • Due diligence-related legal nuances commonly encountered during real estate transactions
    • Experience gained from case studies

    Due diligence is the process where environmental professionals, attorneys, engineers, real estate professionals, and developers, have the opportunity to assess risks and protect clients from unwarranted environmental liability in real estate and other business transactions. The focus of the “Due Diligence in New Jersey” course is to educate those professionals on the environmental risks and liabilities potentially associated with real estate transactions; how environmental due diligence can limit and offer protections against those risks and liabilities; and identify the various laws, regulations, standards, and guidance documents from where the due diligence activities are extracted.

    When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 – Thursday, October 22, 2020

    12:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Registration: lsrpa.org

    • $225 – LSRPA Members and Associate Members
    • $290 – Non-Members

    This course has been approved for 3.5 Regulatory and Technical CECs for LSRPs, 8.2 CLEs for attorneys, and 2 CPCs for professional engineers.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    Jeff represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Jeff assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, environmental regulatory compliance and solid waste utility licensing and approvals, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery.

    The practice of environmental law often involves unique technical issues that require the expertise and advice of technical consultants. Jeff’s environmental engineering background enables him to better communicate and problem solves with environmental consultants and to apply a team approach to all issues, legal and technical. His ability to understand the technical aspects of his environmental matters provides clients with an opportunity to efficiently resolve their environmental issues.

    Jeff has obtained solid waste approvals for haulers, brokers, and solid waste facilities and recycling facilities for solid waste utilities just starting up or continuing to grow. He has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. Jeff has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, cost recovery for removal and remedial actions, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Settlements, and Remedial Design/Remedial Action Settlements.

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  • Jul 17, 2020Remedial Action Permit Applications and Response Action Outcomes

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the webinar, “Remedial Action Permit Applications and Response Action Outcomes,” with Phil Brilliant, CHMM, LSRP, founder of Brilliant Environmental Services, LLC, for the Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC.

    Remedial Action Permit Applications and Response Action Outcomes

    This program is available for environmental professionals, engineers, attorneys, financial institutions, and local regulators, such as mayors, health inspectors, and building officials. Discussion topics will include:

    • Soil and Groundwater Permits used by the LSRP in the Site Remediation Program
    • Soil and groundwater permits issued by NJDEP
    • Issues raised during the permitting process by NJDEP, LSRP, and clients
      • Obligations of all parties
      • Common errors and corrections
    • Remediation funding sources and financial assurance
    • Proper preparation of the RAO document based upon the issuance of Unrestrictive or Restrictive and Area of Concern or Entire Site
      • Inserts and notices
      • Proper use when it comes to on-site versus off-site remediation requirements
    • The legal aspect of an LSRPs obligation and responsibilities
      • How an LSRP amends an RAO
      • The interaction between NJDEP, client, and counsel following the issuance of an RAO

    When: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Registration: cpesnj.com/

    • General Registration: $215.00
    • LSRPA, CIANJ, or Montclair State Alumni: $170.00
    • Multiple Registrations From the Same Company: $155.00

    3.5 Regulatory NJ LSRP CECs, 4.2 CLEs, 3.5 CPCs, and 3.5 CEs will be earned.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    Jeff represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Jeff assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, environmental regulatory compliance and solid waste utility licensing and approvals, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery.

    The practice of environmental law often involves unique technical issues that require the expertise and advice of technical consultants. Jeff’s environmental engineering background enables him to better communicate and problem-solve with environmental consultants and to apply a team approach to all issues, legal and technical. His ability to understand the technical aspects of his environmental matters provides clients with an opportunity to efficiently resolve their environmental issues.

    Jeff has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, cost recovery for removal and remedial actions, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Settlements, and Remedial Design/Remedial Action Settlements. Jeff has also obtained solid waste approvals for haulers, brokers, and solid waste facilities and recycling facilities for solid waste utilities just starting up or continuing to grow.

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  • Jul 17, 2020New Jersey Real Estate & Corporate Transactions: The Role of the LSRP and the Attorney

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present the webinar, “New Jersey Real Estate & Corporate Transactions: The Role of the LSRP and the Attorney,” with Phil Brilliant, CHMM, LSRP, founder of Brilliant Environmental Services, LLC, for the Continuing Professional Education Services, LLC.

    The Role of the LSRP and the Attorney

    This program is available for licensed site remediation professionals, environmental professionals, environmental attorneys, real estate attorneys, corporate attorneys, in-house counsel, or anyone who wants to learn about how environmental issues might affect their real estate and corporate transactions in the state of New Jersey. Discussion topics will include:

    • What due diligence to perform in your purchase and sale transactions
    • How to identify certain environmental issues and learn that commonly arise
    • Methods for dealing with and navigating through (or around) issues to close a deal
    • How the LSRP’s code of conduct and professional obligations work within the context of a deal
    • Engaging the LSRP or the environmental professional
    • How environmental professionals facilitate transactions
    • The nuances of the Industrial Site Recovery Act and the Site Remediation Reform Act
    • Practice tips for ISRA compliance, performing due diligence, and allocating responsibility for addressing environmental issues

    When: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

    8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: cpesnj.com/

    • General Registration: $115.00
    • LSRPA, CIANJ, or Montclair State Alumni: $99.00
    • Multiple Registrations From the Same Company: $85.00

    1 Regulatory NJ LSRP CEC, 2.4 CLEs, 2 CPCs, and 2 CEs will be earned.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    Jeff represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Jeff assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, environmental regulatory compliance and solid waste utility licensing and approvals, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery.

    The practice of environmental law often involves unique technical issues that require the expertise and advice of technical consultants. Jeff’s environmental engineering background enables him to better communicate and problem-solve with environmental consultants and to apply a team approach to all issues, legal and technical. His ability to understand the technical aspects of his environmental matters provides clients with an opportunity to efficiently resolve their environmental issues.

    Jeff has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, cost recovery for removal and remedial actions, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study Settlements, and Remedial Design/Remedial Action Settlements. Jeff has also obtained solid waste approvals for haulers, brokers, and solid waste facilities and recycling facilities for solid waste utilities just starting up or continuing to grow.

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  • Jun 22, 2020Negotiating New York Restaurant Leases in the Wake of COVID-19

    Sharyn A. Tritto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “Negotiating New York Restaurant Leases in the Wake of COVID-19,” hosted by the New York State Restaurant Association. Jeanne Hamburg, also a Member of the firm and a member of the NYSRA, will introduce her and moderate throughout the program.

    About Negotiating New York Restaurant Leases

    As the Empire State has gradually reopened and businesses are starting the long road to recovery, the COVID-19 pandemic has left a lasting impact on commercial real estate leasing, most particularly for New York’s restaurant industry. Sharyn will explain how the landscape of commercial lease negotiations has changed due to the pandemic. In addition to sorting through the administrative changes that halted late penalties and evictions by executive order, this webinar will also review state and local legislation aimed at curtailing personal liability guarantees and their enforceability for existing lease agreements.

    When: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

    Registration: Zoom

    About Sharyn Tritto

    Sharyn specializes in all aspects of real estate litigation, particularly landlord and tenant law. As a real estate attorney, she also handles leasing and transactional matters.

    Sharyn has practiced in all courts at both the trial and the appellate levels. In addition, she handles matters before various administrative agencies, including but not limited to the Environmental Control Board and the Division of Homes and Community Renewal.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Sharyn was the in-house counsel at Sol Goldman Investments, where she handled everything from nonpayment proceedings to complex real estate litigation matters in the Supreme Court.

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne concentrates her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area. She litigates copyright, trademark, and cybersquatting cases through trial and, if necessary, appeal. To this end, she has acted as national counsel in federal courts across the country to bring and defend infringement claims for clients, both foreign and domestic.

    In the transactional area, Jeanne counsels clients on intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions. She is experienced in copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, and has particular expertise with contentious and transactional issues arising from the Internet.

    Jeanne is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Mark. She is a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves.

    Posted in: Events, Food, Beverage & Hospitality, Jeanne Hamburg, Real Estate & Finance, Sharyn A. Tritto | Tags: , , ,

  • Jun 05, 2020Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate

    Richard B. Somach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., along with the firm’s Associates Matthew B. Andersen, David C. Berger, and Alyssa M. Hicks, will present the livestream webinar, “Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate,” for Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, a trade association that represents nearly 3,000 real estate professionals.

    About the Impact on Real Estate

    Discussion topics will include:

    • What landlords must consider when renting a property to a tenant with a liquor license
    • The implications of leasing a property to a manufacturer of medical marijuana
    • The eviction process and the restrictions on property use
    • The legal vs. illegal uses of marijuana
    • The rights and responsibilities of landlords, tenants, and property buyers
    • The difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal
    • The responsibilities and liability of having an animal on their premises

    When: Monday, August 17, 2020

    1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

    Where: Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy

    10 S. Commerce Way, Bethlehem, PA 18017

    Registration: glvreacademy.com

    • Members: $45.00
    • Non-Members: $65.00

    About Your Attorneys

    Rich Somach

    Rich 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,  subdivisions, and shopping center development.

    As a licensed title insurance agent, Rich is the founder of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services, creatively serving client needs. He currently serves as legal counsel to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®.

    As a former Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, Rich advised the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau, and frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, including sheriff’s sales, real estate tax sales, and lien priority issues for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He has also presented numerous lectures at the annual Real Estate Institute program.

    Matt Andersen

    Matt concentrates his practice on business law and liquor law.

    In his liquor law practice, Matt works with all tiers of the alcohol industry, advising manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers. He assists breweries, distilleries, wineries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurants, and hotels on obtaining and transferring liquor licenses, obtaining state and federal manufacturing permits and licensing, complying with federal/state liquor regulations and laws, providing transactional counseling, and defending citations and protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Matt has presented at numerous events held by the Brewers of Pennsylvania trade organization on subjects such as U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliance for alcohol manufacturers, legal updates affecting the industry members, and general compliance. Additionally, he has presented to a local and national audience on Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Federal laws affecting brewery and distillery businesses. Matt is a frequent contributor to the Norris McLaughlin Liquor Law Blog, Legal Liquor, and has been quoted by various newspapers and publications on liquor-related matters.

    As a business lawyer, Matt is involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, drafting of agreements between partners, corporate restructurings, lending, and shareholder disputes. He has the experience to assist his business and liquor clients in matters that impact real estate, such as property acquisition, leasing, and zoning and land use issues. Matt’s liquor law and business law practices often coincide in the legal counseling of start-up businesses entering the alcohol industry. He frequently advises clients from the idea stage to the operational stage of their alcohol business and is well versed in discussing the issues that come up in between.

    David Berger

    David concentrates his practice on business, real estate, and liquor law. He actively counsels clients on general business topics including organization and formation, corporate governance, lease negotiations, restructurings, and finance.

    A licensed title agent, David works closely with lenders, real estate developers, and homebuilding companies. He handles both residential and commercial real estate development including acquisitions, land use and zoning matters, title review, and other due diligence requirements.

    In his liquor law practice, David handles sale and purchase of liquor licenses and provides transactional counseling, including defending licenses who have received citations from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

    Alyssa Hicks

    Alyssa devotes her practice to business law and general civil litigation.

    Alyssa actively assists clients with commercial transactions, including financing and loan documentation; asset purchases and sales; entity selection, formation, and organization; and general contract drafting and review. She also counsels businesses in all aspects of employment law including discrimination, contracts, policies, and handbook reviews. Alyssa represents companies in employment-related litigation and handles administration matters before the EEOC and PHRC.

    In her litigation practice, Alyssa handles all aspects of litigation from pre-trial counseling, discovery, and drafting pleadings and motions to representation at depositions and judicial conferences.

    Posted in: Alyssa M. Hicks, Cannabis Law, David C. Berger, Events, Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, Matthew B. Andersen, Real Estate & Finance, Richard B. Somach | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Jun 05, 2020Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate

    Richard B. Somach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., along with the firm’s Associates Matthew B. Andersen, David C. Berger, and Alyssa M. Hicks, will present the livestream webinar, “Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate,” for Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, a trade association that represents nearly 3,000 real estate professionals.

    About the Impact on Real Estate

    Discussion topics will include:

    • What landlords must consider when renting a property to a tenant with a liquor license
    • The implications of leasing a property to a manufacturer of medical marijuana
    • The eviction process and the restrictions on property use
    • The legal vs. illegal uses of marijuana
    • The rights and responsibilities of landlords, tenants, and property buyers
    • The difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal
    • The responsibilities and liability of having an animal on their premises

    When: Monday, June 15, 2020

    • 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

    Registration: glvreacademy.com

    • Members: $45.00
    • Non-Members: $65.00

    About Your Attorneys

    Rich Somach

    Rich 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,  subdivisions, and shopping center development.

    As a licensed title insurance agent, Rich is the founder of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services, creatively serving client needs. He currently serves as legal counsel to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®.

    As a former Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, Rich advised the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau, and frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, including sheriff’s sales, real estate tax sales, and lien priority issues for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He has also presented numerous lectures at the annual Real Estate Institute program.

    Matt Andersen

    Matt concentrates his practice on business law and liquor law.

    In his liquor law practice, Matt works with all tiers of the alcohol industry, advising manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers. He assists breweries, distilleries, wineries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurants, and hotels on obtaining and transferring liquor licenses, obtaining state and federal manufacturing permits and licensing, complying with federal/state liquor regulations and laws, providing transactional counseling, and defending citations and protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Matt has presented at numerous events held by the Brewers of Pennsylvania trade organization on subjects such as U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliance for alcohol manufacturers, legal updates affecting the industry members, and general compliance. Additionally, he has presented to a local and national audience on Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Federal laws affecting brewery and distillery businesses. Matt is a frequent contributor to the Norris McLaughlin Liquor Law Blog, Legal Liquor, and has been quoted by various newspapers and publications on liquor-related matters.

    As a business lawyer, Matt is involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, drafting of agreements between partners, corporate restructurings, lending, and shareholder disputes. He has the experience to assist his business and liquor clients in matters that impact real estate, such as property acquisition, leasing, and zoning and land use issues. Matt’s liquor law and business law practices often coincide in the legal counseling of start-up businesses entering the alcohol industry. He frequently advises clients from the idea stage to the operational stage of their alcohol business and is well versed in discussing the issues that come up in between.

    David Berger

    David concentrates his practice on business, real estate, and liquor law. He actively counsels clients on general business topics including organization and formation, corporate governance, lease negotiations, restructurings, and finance.

    A licensed title agent, David works closely with lenders, real estate developers, and homebuilding companies. He handles both residential and commercial real estate development including acquisitions, land use and zoning matters, title review, and other due diligence requirements.

    In his liquor law practice, David handles sale and purchase of liquor licenses and provides transactional counseling, including defending licenses who have received citations from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.

    Alyssa Hicks

    Alyssa devotes her practice to business law and general civil litigation.

    Alyssa actively assists clients with commercial transactions, including financing and loan documentation; asset purchases and sales; entity selection, formation, and organization; and general contract drafting and review. She also counsels businesses in all aspects of employment law including discrimination, contracts, policies, and handbook reviews. Alyssa represents companies in employment-related litigation and handles administration matters before the EEOC and PHRC.

    In her litigation practice, Alyssa handles all aspects of litigation from pre-trial counseling, discovery, and drafting pleadings and motions to representation at depositions and judicial conferences.

    Posted in: Alyssa M. Hicks, Cannabis Law, David C. Berger, Events, Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, Matthew B. Andersen, Real Estate & Finance, Richard B. Somach | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • May 29, 2020Dean Roberts Speaks Nationally to Co-ops, Condos, and HOAs About Meeting Remotely in the New Normal

    Dean M. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its New York Real Estate & Finance Law Practice Group, presented the webinar, “Voting, Meeting Remotely & Bridging the Tech Divide in Co-ops, Condos & HOAs,” sponsored by Honest Ballot on May 27 to over 500 participants for The Cooperator.

    “COVID-19 has raised many questions about how condo and co-op boards are able to conduct business as well as how residents can continue to participate in their communities’ governance while still social distancing. It’s been a confusing and difficult road, but we are finally getting to a point where there may be some answers,” said Roberts.

    Co-ops, Condos, and HOAs Voting and Meeting Remotely

    Roberts addressed the primary concerns boards and residents have about holding board elections and other vote-dependent functions while social distancing, what boards and managers should know ahead of time about the laws around electronic voting and meeting, the steps a board should take in transitioning from in-person meetings and voting to an electronic/online format, the biggest challenges in getting residents to accept and participate in virtual meetings and electronic elections from a management perspective, what liability concerns a board might have around virtual meetings and elections, recommendations for boards and managers to better inform residents about the procedures and improve buy-in and participation, and the opportunity for associations to adopt remote elections and owner/shareholder meetings even after the crisis has subsided.

    About Dean Roberts

    Roberts focuses on real estate litigation with a sub-specialty in the representation of cooperative housing corporations and condominiums. He has handled all facets of condominium and cooperative ownership from sponsor/purchase and conversion to representing well-established tenant-shareholder Boards of Directors. Roberts also represents cooperative corporations and moderate-income co-ops in all areas of litigation, including landlord/tenant litigation.

    Through his involvement with the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives, Roberts is active in court reform efforts and the cooperative movement. In his community, he works to promote affordable housing as a director of the Cooperative Development Fund Board of Advisors and other housing programs. Roberts earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers College, in 1982.

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  • 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 pbi.org.

    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.

    Posted in: Immigration, News, Raymond G. Lahoud, Real Estate & Finance, Richard B. Somach | Tags: , , ,

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