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  • May 15, 2019Karolina Dehnhard to Make Debut as Co-Ambassador for LWE Short Hills Leadership Lounge at “Making it to The Top” Event

    Karolina A. Dehnhard, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of its New Jersey Matrimonial & Family Law Group, has been named Co-Ambassador of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs (LWE) Short Hills Leadership Lounge with Laura DiTommaso, a Member of Smolin.  This will be announced, along with the “2019 Top 25 New Jersey’s Leading Women” entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and brand builders, at “Making it to The Top” hosted by the Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners at the Hilton Short Hills, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., on May 29.  The event will provide opportunities to network, expand professional development, and find out what’s new for LWE in 2019.  To learn more and register, please click here.

    LWE is a networking organization that recognizes outstanding women in business and strives for their overall advancement.  LWE connects and promotes high-level women entrepreneurs and executives through our respected media partnerships by providing strategic networking, educational events, and retreats.  The mission is to create a sustainable ongoing environment that brings leaders together and showcases their attributes and contributions.  The Leadership Lounge in Short Hills was launched in an effort to provide women with the tools, guidance, and networking contacts to help them advance their business and/or careers.  After this initial meeting at the Hilton Short Hills, Dehnhard and DiTommaso will bring the power of women leadership to the local community for women to network and develop long-lasting business relationships with monthly LWE Short Hills Leadership Lounge meetings at the Norris McLaughlin Short Hills office on the first floor west of 51 John F. Kennedy Parkway.

    Dehnhard devotes her practice to matrimonial law including divorce, prenuptial agreements, child custody, parenting time, alimony, child support, and domestic violence issues.  She assists with complex financial issues, including valuation of businesses both domestically and abroad; international custody rights; the impact of immigration status on divorcing spouses and their children; enforcement of foreign divorce decrees; and the complexities of alimony rights and post-judgment cohabitation.

    Dehnhard has appeared on various TV shows and news programs.  She has published articles on family law topics in numerous print publications, including North Jersey Woman Magazine, Industry Magazine, VUENJ, and various Polish publications.  She co-authored a chapter in “Understanding the Legal Issues Surrounding Same-Sex Marriage.”  She is also the co-host of two radio shows, “The Law Matters” on WMTR Radio and “There’s Always a Way Out,” hosted in Polish, on Radio RAMPA.

    Dehnhard has been a featured presenter at numerous women in business events on topics including women protecting their assets, becoming the CEO of your home, planning for the future, and promoting financial awareness before and during divorce.  She has also taken part in U.S. delegations to Ireland, Cuba, and Spain, to develop international business relations among women in business.  Dehnhard was recognized by the Trade and Investment Section of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland for her influence and leadership in integrating women-owned businesses in both Poland and the United States.  In 2018, Dehnhard launched the Polish-American Chamber of Commerce, North-East, covering Maine to Florida, with a focus on creating business opportunities for both American and Polish businesses.

    Named to the “Top Women in Law” in 2018 by the New Jersey Law Journal, Dehnhard was also recognized in 2016 as one of the “Top 25 Leading Intrapreneurs in New Jersey.” She has also been selected as a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers® and received the 2018 Leadership Award presented by the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, a charity she has supported for more than a decade.

    Dehnhard received her J.D. from New York Law School in 2009, and her B.A./M.A. in Psychology from the College of St. Elizabeth in 1999. Before entering private practice, Dehnhard clerked for the Honorable Rosemary E. Ramsay, J.S.C., in Morris County Superior Court, Family Part and Civil Part. While in law school, she interned for the Honorable Michael Ambrecht, J.S.C., in the Supreme Court, Criminal Part, Manhattan, and the Honorable Raymond T. Lyons, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey.

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  • Jul 05, 2017Annmarie Simeone Elected President of New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA) for the 2017-2018 term.  She has served in various leadership positions with the NJWLA, including President-Elect, 2016-2017; Vice President, 2015-2016; Chief Financial Officer, 2014-2015; Secretary, 2013-2014; Co-Chief Operating Officer, 2010-2011; Co-Director of the Women’s Leadership Resources Committee, 2008-2010; and Chair of the Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law Gala, 2011-2013.

    The NJWLA is an independent association with over 1,500 members.  The purpose and mission of NJWLA is to engage in statewide efforts to support and promote its members to the highest levels of law firms, government, academia, community and corporate positions, and the judiciary, to endorse qualified female attorneys for appointments to the state and federal judiciary, and to foster leadership and inclusion among its membership.  It is also NJWLA’s purpose and mission to engage in efforts designed to retain and advance women in the legal profession, particularly in New Jersey, through collaborations, research support, and/or other activities, including education of its membership, corporations, government, the judiciary, law firms, other memberships, associations and/or other organizations, and law school students.

    Simeone, a resident of Woodbridge, concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Her work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  Simeone also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on a wide range of employment issues, including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  She also drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures.

    Simeone received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  She is admitted to the New Jersey Bar and is a member of the New Jersey State, Somerset, and Middlesex County Bar Associations, and the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey.  In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  In 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the NJWLA.

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  • May 23, 2017Jill Lebowitz Installed as NJSBA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section Chair

    Jill Lebowitz, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Immediate Past Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section, was installed as Chair of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section on May 18, during and in conjunction with the NJSBA Annual Meeting and Convention at The Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

    “It is a privilege to be part of the NJSBA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section.  I am honored to begin my term as Chair and look forward to serving our members and continuing the great work done by previous Chairs,” said Lebowitz.

    The NJSBA serves, protects, fosters, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members.  It serves as the voice of New Jersey attorneys to other organizations, governmental entities and the public with regard to the law, legal profession, and legal system; and promotes access to the justice system and fairness in its administration.  The organization fosters professionalism and pride in the profession, as well as within NJSBA.  It provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law, and to the New Jersey public to enhance awareness of the legal profession and legal system.  The Real Property Trust and Estate Law Section discusses developments in real property, trust, and estate law, including the creation and administration of estates, wills, and trusts.

    Lebowitz devotes her practice to estate planning, trust and estate administration, and counseling tax-exempt organizations.  She is experienced in drafting sophisticated estate planning instruments and counseling individuals and families regarding estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax issues.  Lebowitz advises clients on the development of both simple and complex estate plans, philanthropic planning and business succession issues.  She is experienced in drafting estate planning instruments, including wills, insurance trusts, dynasty trusts, charitable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, shareholders agreements, limited liability company operating agreements, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives for health care.

    In addition, Lebowitz handles all aspects of trust and estate administration, as well as fiduciary litigation.  She prepares federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns and federal gift tax returns.  She is knowledgeable in drafting disclaimers and agreements regarding post-mortem planning, informal distribution agreements, judicial fiduciary accountings, and handling court proceedings to effect final distribution of estates and trusts.  She also counsels individuals and financial institutions regarding their fiduciary duties as personal representatives and trustees, including advising on legal and tax issues, as well as issues in connection with administering trusts.  She also assists individuals, families and fiduciaries with all aspects of fiduciary litigation.

    Lebowitz regularly advises tax exempt organizations regarding federal tax exemption issues, state charitable registration filings, and governance issues.  On behalf of tax-exempt organizations, she drafts nonprofit corporation documents and prepares federal applications for tax exempt status, state charitable registration filings, and state property tax and sales tax exemption applications.  She has extensive experience advising individuals, family and corporate foundations, and tax exempt organizations on nonprofit corporate governance, private foundation excise taxes, domestic and international grant-making, executive compensation, excess benefit rules and intermediate sanctions, unrelated business income, scholarship programs, and fundraising issues.

    Lebowitz earned her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law, her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law—Newark, and her B.A. from New York University.

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  • Apr 30, 2017Julie Macomb Named Woman to Watch by Lehigh Valley Business

    Julie Macomb, an Associate at the Pennsylvania office of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named by Lehigh Valley Business as a Woman to Watch for her contributions to the Firm and the community.  She is being honored at the Lehigh Valley Business Women of Influence May 10 awards ceremony and luncheon and in a supplement to the May 15 edition of Lehigh Valley Business.

    A resident of Allentown, Macomb devotes her practice to business law, economic development law 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 staffs, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities.  In her economic development practice, she handles public financing, and legal entity formation and planning, working with the Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Lehigh’s Economic Advancement Project, and Northampton County New Jobs Corp.  Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues; realty transfer tax issues; leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients; and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties.

    Macomb sits on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton District Main Street Program and co-chairs the Design Committee for the Program.  She is also on the Board of Directors of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of CREW and the Board of Community Music School.  Macomb earned her J.D. in 2013, magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland in 2010.

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