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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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  • Mar 11, 2019Annmarie Simeone to Speak at Women’s Empowerment Leadership and Law Conference

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a panelist for “Securing Professional Success: Insights from Latina Leaders” at the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Leadership and Law (WELL) Conference hosted by the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ). Norris McLaughlin is proud to be a sponsor of the event.

    “She Persisted: Securing the Future of Latinas,” is the theme for this years’ annual conference being held Saturday, March 16, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at the Rutgers University College Avenue Student Center in New Brunswick. Included will be several panel discussions focused on the empowerment of women. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Simeone concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She primarily defends 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.  Simeone’s 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.  She also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on employment issues including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  Simeone drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    Simeone, Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA), 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.  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; and in 2018, she received the Presidential Leadership Award from the NJWLA.

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