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  • Nov 30, 2018Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Speak at Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, will present “The (Hidden) Lucrative Intersections of Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry” at the Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo on Wednesday, December 5, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

    Lahoud will cover the intersections of immigration with residential and commercial real estate transactions, including those involving documented and undocumented immigrants, temporary foreign employees, and international students; foreign corporations seeking to open a location in the United States or considering a complete relocation of company and employees; and residential and commercial property developers seeking alternative, low-cost project financing. Richard B. Somach, also a Member Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be Master of Ceremonies for this presentation.

    Triple Play is a tri-state convention with 8,000 realtors attending over a three-day period, December 3-6. Triple Play attracts thousands of realtors, brokers, appraisers, and other real estate professionals to the largest real estate convention and trade show of its kind in the U.S. Participants travel from coast-to-coast to learn about the newest and most exciting developments in real estate products and services.

    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.  His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers. Lahoud received his B.A., English, summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2006 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009

    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. As a licensed title insurance agent, Somach is President of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services. He currently serves as legal counsel to the Lehigh Valley Association of REALTORS®. He also serves as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau, and frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales, and real estate tax sales. He has presented two lectures on mortgage foreclosures at the annual Real Estate Institute Program, “Issues in Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure” and “Issues in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure.” 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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  • Nov 29, 2018Richard Somach Presents “Lien Divestiture Starts with a Sale” at the 22nd Annual Real Estate Institute

    Richard B. Somach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Lien Divestiture Starts with a Sale,” at the Real Estate Institute 2018  on Thursday, December 6, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Somach will compare and contrast ways real property may be sold for unpaid debts or delinquent real estate taxes and what liens may be divested.

    The event, hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, December 6 – 7, features over 42 sessions including the year’s most significant case law, current legislation, practice fundamentals, trends, and strategies. The institute is worth a maximum of 12 CLE credits.

    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. As a licensed title insurance agent, Somach is President of the title insurance and settlement company, ABE Settlement Services. He currently serves as legal counsel to the Lehigh Valley Association of REALTORS®. He also serves as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau, and frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales, and real estate tax sales. Previously, he presented two lectures on mortgage foreclosures at the annual Real Estate Institute Program, “Issues in Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure” and “Issues in Residential Mortgage Foreclosure.” 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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  • Sep 17, 2018Jeffrey Casaletto to Present at Course for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Due Diligence in New Jersey” with Chemmie Sokolic of Whitman and Ben Alter of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.  Co-sponsored by the firm and the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA), the full-day course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 101 Carnegie Center in Princeton on Tuesday, October 23.

    Environmental risks and liabilities are common occurrences in real estate transactions.  Participants will learn how environmental due diligence can identify and mitigate those risks and liabilities.  The course discusses the details of performing a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and Preliminary Assessment.  Using numerous case studies for illustration, the course will offer due diligence insights, due diligence-related legal nuances commonly encountered during real estate transactions, and a look at the role and legal liability of Licensed Site Remediation Professionals.  This course is eligible for 3.5 Regulatory and 3.5 Technical Credits for LSRPs, as well as 8.3 CLE Credits for attorneys.  For more information and to register, click here or visit the LSRPA website.

    A resident of Raritan Township, Casaletto concentrates his practice on environmental law.  He 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.  Casaletto assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, solid waste utilities, regulatory compliance, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery.  He also has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA.  He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, and cost recovery for removal and remedial actions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Casaletto was Assistant Regional Counsel and the 2002 Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Fellowship Attorney at the U.S. EPA Region III, where he focused on Superfund matters.  Before that, he was a judiciary law clerk for the Honorable Vincent LeBlon and the Honorable Dennis V. Nieves in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  While attending law school, he was a legal intern at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and at the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    Casaletto served as an elected councilman for the Borough of Stockton.  During his term, he was appointed by Mayor Stephen Giocondo to the Stockton Planning Board as Council Liaison and to several committees for the community of Stockton, including finance, personnel, and water and sewer.

    Casaletto earned his J.D. from The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, formerly known as Pace Law School, cum laude, and his M. Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Sep 17, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Real Estate Attorney

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Ellen M. Harris to its Real Estate & Finance Practice Group.

    Harris, who joins the firm after 12 years as Chief Legal Officer at Newark Housing Authority, has a strong background in municipal and federal law, contract negotiations, arbitration, mediation, transactional real estate, and eminent domain matters.  She has handled transactions involving the acquisition of hundreds of properties that resulted in the relocation of thousands of residents and businesses within 77 redevelopment areas.

    Harris is experienced in negotiating and creating comprehensive agreements for construction projects, redevelopment agreements with private parties, and lease of facilities projects (government-owned assets).  She negotiates binding Letters of Intent and term sheets as the framework for final agreements and coordinates with bond counsel, city, federal, and state agencies, as well as financial consultants to assist in analyzing risks, rewards, and requirements for the agreement under negotiation. Harris understands best practices and industry standards in public/private partnerships.

    Harris’s experience gives her an understanding of asset management, management and labor relations, bond responsibilities, redevelopment agreements, coordination with a multi-governmental approval process, and reaching agreements with stakeholders holding varying opinions and interests. Further, her role as Chief Legal Officer and Executive Director at Newark Housing Authority has given Harris the ability to strategically negotiate and efficiently guide transactions to minimize risk and complications for her clients.

    Harris has been recognized for personal and professional achievements throughout her career in including the “Woman of Achievement Award” from the Tri-County Scholarship Foundation and the “General Counsel of the Year” from NJBiz.

    Harris earned her B.S. from Bucknell University in 1981 and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Lawin 1986.

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  • Mar 20, 2018Raymond Lahoud Spoke to Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was pleased to present a free seminar, “The Future of Immigration Law – How it will Affect the Real Estate Industry,” for the Greater Lehigh Valley members.

    The seminar for residential realtors included the rights and responsibilities of selling to an undocumented immigrant, protecting yourself from real estate discrimination and the undocumented immigrant, how to work with a foreign real estate client, and more. The seminar for commercial realtors/brokers discussed leasing or selling to a foreign organization relocating from abroad and the EB-5 Investor Visa Program.

    “Now, more than ever, US immigration policies are impacting the domestic real estate market.  From expats, international employees and students, temporary foreign workers, new immigrants, foreign direct investments, EB-5 visa project financing, to individuals lacking valid immigration status, the number of real estate transactions involving non-US Citizens has reached record proportions with no slowdown expected,” Lahoud expresses.

    He continues, “The Lehigh Valley has seen this growth and, with the continued globalization of the region, more and more foreign companies and their employees are calling the Lehigh Valley home.  Given this, it is important that the region’s residential and commercial realtors are aware of not only the rights and responsibilities of foreign born buyers and sellers, but also the financial potential in accessing this globally growing real estate consumer market.”

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations. He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, has received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  EB5 Investors, the leading online portal, conference series, and magazine for investors, developers, and EB-5 professionals, has named Lahoud one of the “Top 5 Rising Stars” nationally. He was also named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40 for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

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  • Nov 01, 2017Gerry Proefriedt Participates in New York Co-op & Condo Expo

    Gerard Proefriedt, a Member with Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will participate on an interactive panel for the New York Co-op & Condo Expo sponsored by The Cooperator on November 2, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on West 34th Street in New York.

    Proefriedt will take part in “Homesharing – How to Handle the Impact of Airbnb in Your Building” from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in Room 2.  According to The Cooperator, “Homesharing is a trend that’s not likely to disappear any time soon – and it poses unique challenges to boards. This seminar will explore the legality of homesharing, security/ privacy concerns, house rules for co-ops/ condos, and impact on property values, as well as ways for boards and residents to compromise on homesharing policy in their buildings and associations.”  The panel will discuss the primary legal concerns for condo boards to consider regarding homesharing in their building or HOA, and what unit owners should take into consideration before opening their home to Airbnb guests or similar short-term renters.

    The expo provides educational seminars about the latest building services, free advice from industry experts, and an opportunity to network with peers from more than 250 exhibitors.  For more information or to register, visit https://coopexpofall.com/.

    Proefriedt devotes his practice to real estate law and commercial litigation, with specific expertise in Loft Law.  The objective of the Loft Law is to bring buildings illegally converted to residential use into compliance with state and city housing laws relating to health, safety, and fire protection.  The requirements of these laws are met when the owner performs construction work to bring its building up to the city’s residential code and obtains a revised certificate of occupancy that allows residential use of the building.

    Proefriedt is also experienced in landlord and tenant law, real estate leasing, air rights transfers, cooperative and condominium conversions, commercial litigation, real estate transfers, and refinancing.  He earned his J.D. from Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, in 1987, and his B.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984.

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  • Nov 16, 2016Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Welcomes New Members

    The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to welcome two new Members, James R. Gregory to its Environmental, Real Estate & Land Use, and Litigation Groups and Steven J. Reed to its Business Law and Real Estate & Land Use Groups.  Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, P.A., they were members of Gregory & Reed, P.C., which they co-founded in 1995.

    Gregory concentrates his practice in the areas of environmental law, land use, and complex commercial litigation.  He has more than 30 years’ experience on issues relating to real property, zoning and environmental statutes, including Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund); Federal and New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Acts (SDWA); New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act; New Jersey Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) and its predecessor ECRA; and the New Jersey Air Pollution Control Act.  He routinely represents both public and private clients in litigation and transactional matters.

    Additionally, Gregory has handled condemnation matters, on behalf of public bodies, negotiation and litigation of permit violations, administrative consent orders, and penalties and insurance coverage matters.  He published in the area of industrial pretreatment standards and lender environmental liability.  He was also appointed to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Task Force on industrial pretreatment of hazardous waste.

    Outside of work, Gregory enjoys running, golf, organic gardening, and brewing.  He was a former member of the Long Valley Recreation Committee and has coached many years in his home town of Long Valley.  Gregory earned his B.A. from Grove City College in 1975 and his J.D. from New York Law School in 1978.

    Reed concentrates his practice in the areas of business transactions, commercial real estate, and commercial litigation.  He has a long track record of representing clients in commercial matters in New Jersey and New York.  He has counseled businesses through many different stages of development, and drafted documentation for a myriad of business transactions, commercial real estate matters, and financing transactions.  Reed has worked extensively with a large corporation developing contract templates used companywide for all purchases of services and materials.  He has also developed several construction contract templates for a large construction firm in New York.  He has represented parties in the federal courts of New Jersey and New York in separate matters involving futures trading losses, fuel supplies to commercial vessels, and software application development rights.

    Reed serves as pro bono counsel representing victims of domestic violence for the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project.  He is a Master in the John C. Liftland American Inn Court and is affiliated with the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.

    Outside of work, Reed enjoys running races and playing tennis and golf, and is a founder and former trustee of the Chatham Athletic Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization.  He also is a former adjunct professor at Seton Hall University for Legal Research and Writing.  He received the Distinguished Service Award from Chatham Chamber of Commerce in 2011 for service to community.  Reed earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from University of South Florida in 1985 and his J.D. from George Washington University in 1988.

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  • Nov 03, 2016Jeffrey M. Casaletto to Present New Jersey Real Estate & Corporate Transactions

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at a breakfast seminar sponsored by Montclair State University Continuing Environmental Education for Professionals (CEEP).  The program, “New Jersey Real Estate & Corporate Transactions: Dealing With Environmental & LSRP Program Concerns” will be held Friday, December 2, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., in the Center for Environmental and Life Sciences at Montclair State University.

    Discussion topics include performing due diligence in purchase and sale transactions, dealing with environmental issues that may arise, practice tips for ISRA compliance, and performing due diligence and allocating responsibility for addressing environmental issues.  The program is being offered for 2.4 Continuing Legal Education credits in New Jersey.  To register, or for more information, visit montclair.edu/csam/ceep.

    A resident of Stockton, Casaletto concentrates his practice on environmental law.  He 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.  Casaletto assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, regulatory compliance, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery.  He also has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA.  He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, and cost recovery for removal and remedial actions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Casaletto was Assistant Regional Counsel and the 2002 Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Fellowship Attorney at the U.S. EPA Region III, where he focused on Superfund matters.  Before that, he was a judiciary law clerk for the Honorable Vincent LeBlon and the Honorable Dennis V. Nieves in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  While attending law school, he was a legal intern at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and at the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    Casaletto served as an elected councilman for the Borough of Stockton.  During his term, he was appointed by Mayor Stephen Giocondo to the Stockton Planning Board as Council Liaison and to several committees for the community of Stockton, including finance, personnel, and water and sewer.

    Casaletto earned his J.D. from Pace University School of Law, cum laude, and an M. Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

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