Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
  • Nov 15, 2017Patrick T. Collins Honored by Safe+Sound Somerset

    Patrick T. Collins, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. was honored by Safe+Sound Somerset at their annual Soaring to New Heights awards dinner on November 2 at the Stone House in Warren. Collins received the Jackie Wiegand Founder Award as recognition for the continuous pro-bono work he has done for the organization.

    Safe+Sound Somerset is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to serving victims of domestic abuse in Somerset County.  Its mission is to end domestic abuse and empower victims by providing protection, education, and resources to victims and their families.  It has advocated and provided services for the community for over 35 years, growing and adapting those services to meet the changing needs of their clients.

    A resident of Branchburg, Collins is Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Group. He practices labor, employment and personnel law on behalf of employers and management. He has a wide range of experience in all areas of litigation in both federal and state courts, defending discrimination and sexual harassment claims, wrongful discharge and whistleblower suits, and claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the multitude of other civil rights and anti-discrimination laws. In addition, Collins represents parties in breach of contract claims, and in actions involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, and confidentiality agreements.

    Collins has appeared before state human rights agencies throughout the country, as well as the EEOC, the National Labor Relations Board and various wage and hour agencies. He has represented employers in numerous labor grievance/arbitration proceedings, and in a variety of other matters relating to the unionization of employees and collective bargaining. He has also worked extensively with employers on public works contracts to ensure compliance with prevailing wage laws.

    A great deal of Collins’ practice concentrates on counseling employers in making workplace decisions that will reduce or avoid entirely the risk of litigation. Collins regularly counsels his clients on matters concerning independent contractors and contingent workers, employment policies, employee discipline and terminations, reductions in workforce, and plant closings. He has conducted sexual harassment investigations and employment law audits, and has drafted numerous employee handbooks and substance abuse and workplace privacy policies. Collins has also conducted management and employee training and legal compliance sessions in a variety of areas, including the performance appraisal process and anti-harassment.

    Collins is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, and their Labor & Employment Sections, as well as the Somerset County Bar Association. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Legal Services of Northwest New Jersey and is a former member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s District XIII Ethics Committee and the Sidney Reitman Employment Law Inn of Court.  Collins also serves on the Somerset Valley YMCA Advisory Board.

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  • Nov 13, 2017Stephanie S. Spangler to Speak at AABANY Intellectual Property Skills Workshop

    Stephanie S. Spangler, an Associate at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will speak at “IP Prosecution 101,” a skills workshop sponsored by the Intellectual Property Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY).

    Spangler will speak on copyright registration for works of visual arts at the workshop taking place on Wednesday, November 15 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C. in Manhattan.  The course is approved for 1 NY CLE credit in the area of skills. To  register, please visit www.aabany.org.

    Spangler represents clients in all phases of litigation.  She also advises clients on matters related to the clearance, prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights.  Spangler appears in state and federal courts and before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in opposition and cancellation proceedings; and counsels clients in a variety of industries including start ups, technology, beverage, and arts and entertainment.  She has a keen interest in the intersection of technology, free speech, and intellectual property rights.

    Spangler earned her B.A. in International Studies from Emory University in 2005 and her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property and Communications Law in 2010.  During law school, she was Articles Editor for Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.  She serves as the Development Chair of Cardozo’s Black, Asian, and Latino Law Students Association Alumni Group.

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  • Nov 07, 2017John Lushis Presents at 2017 RE3 Conference

    John F. Lushis, Jr., a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Economic Development Law Group, presented at the 2017 RE3 Conference from November 1 to November 3 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  He and Brett W. Cox of TRC Environmental Corporation presented “Bethlehem Works and Commerce Center at 20 Years,” providing insights from both an owner’s and consultant’s perspective that are relevant today; how and why key decisions were made, how they were implemented, and acknowledge the key roles of all stakeholders; and demonstrating the value to the Bethlehem-Allentown region twenty years later.

    Hosted by EnviroBlend, Metal Waste Treatment by Premier Magnesia, LLC, in cooperation with the Association for Redevelopment Initiatives, the RE3 Conference spotlights best practices and lessons learned for the cleanup and repositioning of industrial, manufacturing, and logistics-oriented sites.  In its third year, the RE3 Conference has become an essential gathering of professionals looking to redevelop brownfield properties through real world remediation technology and methods.

    Lushis focuses his practice on transaction, real estate, and environmental law.  He serves as one of the Firm’s corporate environmental counsel, focusing on soil and groundwater issues and other environmental issues for various businesses.  He provides counsel transactions including loan transactions, corporate restructurings, acquisitions and divestitures, leases, industrial development authority financings, and a wide array of commercial agreements.  He has worked on multi-million-dollar loans and major tax-exempt financings for businesses and non-profits, as well as tax increment financing projects that have spurred major industrial and commercial developments.  Lushis serves as solicitor for Northampton County General Purpose Authority, and co-solicitor for Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, Northampton County New Jobs Corp, and Lehigh’s Economic Advancement Project.  In his work as solicitor for the General Purpose Authority, he is one of the “architects” of the first-of-their-kind P3 projects in the United States with particular focus on innovative financing.

    Lushis has represented some of the Lehigh Valley’s most prominent entities, including American Bank, BB&T, Health Network Labs, Horwith Trucks, Lehigh University, LifePath, Melting Pot Restaurants, Molded Acoustical Products of Easton, the Paxos Restaurant Group, and Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.  In his career, he has been involved in transactions and financings totaling well into the billions of dollars.

    Lushis earned his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 1980, and his B.S.M.E., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1977.  He holds an AV (Preeminent) rating from Martindale-Hubbel.

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  • Nov 07, 2017Jeralyn Lawrence Discusses Child Support and Relocation Issues

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, recently spoke at two seminars.  To complement her practice, Lawrence involves herself in professional engagements outside the firm.  She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars.

    On November 2, Lawrence presented a review and history of the new child support statute at Legalpalooza, held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Center.  She discussed how the statute was amended, what precipitated its enactment, how it has modified the prior case law, and any efforts to further modify the statute.  On November 4, Lawrence spoke at the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediator’s (NJAPM) 24th Annual Conference Celebrating Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Day, held in Somerset, in cooperation the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Dispute Resolution Section, the New Jersey Council of Collaborative Practice Groups, and the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for ADR.  She presented the family law update, discussing the new child support statute and the recent Bisbing relocation case.  In addition to speaking, she provided written material including “The Law on Removing a Child from New Jersey Has Changed” and “The Awful-ly Confusing New Child Support Statute,” which also appears on the Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Matrimonial & Family Law Blog at www.nmmblogs.com.

    A resident of Watchung, Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law.  She is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.  She is a trained Family/Divorce Mediator, admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County; is certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the preeminent family law association in America, as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients in every area of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony.  She has also handled high profile matters including celebrities and professional athletes.  She takes great pride and care in helping her clients through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is Secretary of the NJSBA, and she is expected to become its President in 2022.  She is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, a Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA), and a Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the NJSBA Family Law Section.  She works with the State Bar’s Military Legal Assistance Program, providing pro bono legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas or on active duty in the armed forces after September 11, 2001.  Lawrence was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group as a representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section.  She is Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML, and has accepted the honor of becoming a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.

    Lawrence is a member of the New Jersey Association of Justice, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Central New Jersey Inns of Court, and the Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Women’s Forum Steering Committee.  She serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Matrimonial Certification Committee, which oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process, and is a former member of The New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics, District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee.  She also serves as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County.

    Lawrence was honored with the 2013 NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award for her cumulative and diligent efforts on alimony reform, open adoption records, and electronic monitoring on domestic violence.  In 2007, she received this annual award for the first time for her efforts to incorporate “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce under New Jersey law.  Lawrence was also selected as a 2015 Attorney of The Year Finalist by the New Jersey Law Journal for her work with New Jersey alimony reform.  She has also received an award from the NJSBA for her amicus curiae work on behalf of the bar.

    Lawrence has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and the community.  She was selected by the Kean University Alumni Association as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, their highest award for alumni.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  For several years, Lawrence has been listed among New Jersey’s Super Lawyers, which places her among the top five percent of New Jersey lawyers.  She has also been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections, and was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.  New Jersey Family has also named her as one of the 2017 Best Lawyers for Families in New Jersey.  Lawrence has been selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  In 2007, she received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the NJSBA.  She has also been selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40, and recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40.

    Lawrence earned her bachelor’s degree from Kean College and her law degree from Seton Hall, where she graduated second in her class.

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  • Nov 03, 2017Ray Lahoud to Speak on Form I-9 for Somerset County Business Partnership

    Raymond G. Lahoud, Esq., Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, is pleased to present “Form I-9: Completing, Common Mistakes, Employer Compliance, and Increasing Fines and Enforcement,” for Somerset County Business Partnership’s Human Resources Roundtable Group on Wednesday, November 15, from 9 AM to 10:30 AM.

    The roundtable is co-hosted by Keya C. Denner, Esq., Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and its Labor & Employment Practice Group, and Joni Ur, President of People Management, Inc.  The group provides an opportunity to discuss hot topics with an experienced employment law attorney and other experts in an informal setting that allows participants to grow as professionals and add value to their business at the same time.  It is meant for human resources professionals responsible for overseeing personnel issues within their companies, seeking a local support system of peers, hoping to stay ahead of the constantly evolving, complex labor and employment laws and regulations.

    A resident of Pennsylvania, Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations.  Lahoud has received numerous accolades.  He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award each year since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.  Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

    Denner, a resident of Boonton, devotes his practice to labor and employment law, executive compensation, and commercial litigation.  In 2017, Denner was named New Leader of the Bar by New Jersey Law Journal, and in 2016 and 2017, he was included on the Employment & Labor list of New Jersey Rising Stars, published by Super Lawyers Magazine.  He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Community Visiting Nurse Association, where he is chair of the By-Laws Committee and a member of the Personnel Committee.  He is a past co-chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Somerset County Bar Association.  He also sits on the Personnel Committee for the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge, and South Amboy.  Denner earned his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2004 and his B.A., cum laude, from Boston University in 2000.

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  • Nov 02, 2017Jeralyn Lawrence & Rita Aquilio to Speak at Annual Hot Tips in Family Law Program

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, and Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of the firm, will speak at Hot Tips in Family Law, the annual program sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Family Law Section in association with the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE).  Entitled “Demystifying the Trial: Preparing for and proceeding to trial in matrimonial and domestic violence matters,” this year’s program will be held Friday, November 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick.  Lawrence will participate in “Part 1: Preparing for Trial,” and Aquilio will participate in “Part 4: DV Trials.”

    Hot Tips in Family Law brings together the state’s leading matrimonial attorneys, who will share their insights into the most familiar cases to provide fresh perspectives and new takeaways about those opinions.  The program is being offered for CLE credit for New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Matrimonial Law Certification.  To register, or for more information, visit www.njicle.com or call (732) 214-8500.

    Lawrence devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce and family law, and collaborative law.  She is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.  She is a trained Family/Divorce Mediator, admitted to the rosters of Mediators for Economic Aspects of Family Law Cases and of Custody and Parenting Time Cases for Somerset County; is certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), the preeminent family law association in America, as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients in every area of matrimonial and family law, including divorce litigation and mediation, custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, separation and property settlement agreements, adoption and guardianship, domestic partnership matters under the Domestic Partnership Act, domestic violence and sexual abuse, and palimony.  She has also handled high profile matters including celebrities and professional athletes.  She takes great pride and care in helping her clients through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is Secretary of the NJSBA, where she is expected to become its President in 2022.  She is a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, a Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA), and is a Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the NJSBA Family Law Section.  She works with the State Bar’s Military Legal Assistance Program, providing pro bono legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas or on active duty in the armed forces after September 11, 2001.  Lawrence was appointed to the Somerset County Domestic Violence Working Group as a representative of the Somerset County Family Law Section.  She is Treasurer of the New Jersey Chapter of the AAML, and has accepted the honor of becoming a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.

    Lawrence is a member of the New Jersey Association of Justice, New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, New Jersey Collaborative Law Group, Matrimonial Lawyers Alliance, International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Central New Jersey Inns of Court, and the Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Women’s Forum Steering Committee.  She serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Matrimonial Certification Committee, which oversees the statewide matrimonial attorney certification process, and is a former member of The New Jersey Supreme Court Office of Attorney Ethics, District XIII Attorney Ethics Committee.

    Lawrence was honored with the 2013 NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award for her cumulative and diligent efforts on alimony reform, open adoption records, and electronic monitoring on domestic violence.  In 2007, she received this annual award for the first time for her efforts to incorporate “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce under New Jersey law.  Lawrence was also selected as a 2015 Attorney of The Year Finalist by the New Jersey Law Journal for her work with New Jersey alimony reform.  She has also received an award from the NJSBA for her amicus curiae work on behalf of the bar.

    Lawrence has been honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and the community.  She was selected by the Kean University Alumni Association as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, their highest award for alumni.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  For several years, Lawrence has been listed among New Jersey’s Super Lawyers, which places her among the top five percent of New Jersey lawyers.  She has also been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers.  The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys named her one of the “10 Best” Attorneys for the State of New Jersey.  She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the Family Law, Family Law Arbitration, and Family Law Mediation sections, and was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Family Law Mediation “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area.  New Jersey Family has also named her as one of the 2017 Best Lawyers for Families in New Jersey.  Lawrence has been selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys.  In 2007, she received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the NJSBA.  She has also been selected by her peers as one of New Jersey’s Top Ten matrimonial lawyers under the age of 40, and recognized by the New Jersey Law Journal as one of 40 accomplished and promising attorneys in the State of New Jersey under the age of 40.

    To complement her practice, Lawrence involves herself in professional engagements outside the firm.  She frequently serves as a speaker and panelist at divorce and family law programs and seminars.  She serves as an attorney volunteer at the Resource Center for Women and Their Families in Somerset County.

    Lawrence earned her bachelor’s degree from Kean College and her law degree from Seton Hall, where she graduated second in her class.

    Aquilio practices extensively in the areas of divorce, child support, custody, and post-judgment issues. She represents clients in all types of matrimonial actions, from basic matters to complex asset valuation cases.  Aquilio is a trained Collaborative Divorce Attorney and a member of the Executive Committee of the Somerset County Family Practice Committee.  She is also a member of the NJSBA  Family Law Executive Committee of the Family Law Section.

    Recognized by the New Jersey Superior Court as a R.1:40 Qualified Family Law Mediator, Aquilio is a panelist for the Superior Court Early Settlement Panel in Somerset County.

    Aquilio was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her 2015-2016 term as Co-Chair of the ABA Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee.  She frequently lectures for the NJSBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars and has served as Editor of the ABA Family Law Litigation Subcommittee’s E-Newsletter.

    Aquilio earned her J.D. from Western New England College School of Law, and her B.A. from Drew University, cum laude.

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  • Nov 01, 2017Victor Elgort Presents Advantageous Uses of LLCs for NBI

    Victor S. Elgort, a Senior Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will speak at “LLCs: Beyond the Basics,” a one-day course presented by the National Business Institute (NBI) discussing how to capitalize on the advantages of LLCs on Monday, November 6, 8:00 a.m. – 4:40 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Princeton.

    Elgort will highlight advantageous uses of LLCs, including using an LLC to hold real property, hold tangible personal property or intangible assets, as a valuation “freeze” entity, in estate planning, to hold life insurance policies, for venture capital projects and corporate joint ventures, and in lieu of corporate subsidiaries.  For more information or to register, visit the NBI website.

    Elgort is Chair of the firm’s Tax Group, practicing out of all three Norris McLaughlin & Marcus locations, as he is admitted in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. His practice concentrates on business law and tax planning, including the structuring of partnerships and joint ventures, tax-saving real estate and business exit strategies, executive compensation, and domestic and international estate planning matters.

    Elgort organized and created the first limited liability company in New Jersey.  He has authored the standard form operating agreements and other documents for limited liability companies published by Julius Blumberg, Inc., including both the forms for use in New Jersey and the generic forms offered nationwide for limited liability companies.

    In addition, Elgort is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  He frequently lectures at tax planning courses, including continuing education seminars. He has authored extensive material published by the NBI, Lorman Education Services, Professional Education Seminars, and other national seminar companies, including “Partnerships, LLCs and LLPs: Organization and Operation,” “Asset Protection Planning in New Jersey,” “Limited Liability Companies in New Jersey,” “Transferring Business Wealth,” “Administration of the Estate in New Jersey,” “Planning Opportunities with Living Trusts in New Jersey,” “New Jersey Probate: Beyond the Basics,” “A Practical Guide to Estate Administration in New Jersey,” and “Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies in New Jersey.”

    Elgort received his undergraduate degree with honors from Rutgers University, his J.D. with honors from Cornell University, and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. Elgort is included in the Trusts and Estates section of The Best Lawyers in America and has been named by his peers as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in the Tax section.

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

    Gerard Proefriedt, a Member with Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, 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 01, 2017Judith Harris Presents to LVHN Physicians

    Judith A. Harris, a Member with Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., recently participated in the fourth and final of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) 2017 financial, estate, and tax planning seminars to physicians at its Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Campuses.  This year’s presentations are part of a multi-year effort of the LVHN Office of Philanthropy to make such planning seminars available to its physicians and other employee groups of LVHN.

    Harris’ panel presentation focused on estate and tax planning, as well as asset protection strategies for physicians and their families.  The presentation, entitled “Financial Grand Rounds: Comprehensive Planning for Physicians,” also included Robert H. Brown, CLU©, ChFC©, AEP©,  a financial planner and the proprietor of Lehigh Valley Investment Group, Retirement and Income Specialists, and was introduced and led by Dr. John Jaffe, of Physician Integration Strategies LLC, who is former Executive Medical Director of the Lehigh Valley Physician Organization.

    Jane Wrisley, the Vice President of the LVHN Office of Philanthropy, believes the Financial Grand Round presentations are a service to physicians.  Wrisley observed, “They work so hard for our patients, we want to provide a convenient opportunity for them to attend an educational forum.”

    Harris has over 30 years of experience in the areas of wills and trusts, estate planning, estate administration, and taxation.  In addition to creating estate plans from the most basic to the most sophisticated wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, Harris’s areas of practice include business matters involving corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies and planning for business succession.  Harris’s practice also includes charitable trusts and foundations; and representation of estates, trusts, and beneficiaries in disputes before the Orphans’ Court.  She routinely handles the resolution of tax controversies for businesses and individual taxpayers before various divisions (Civil, Criminal, and Collection) of the Internal Revenue Service, and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.  These cases often involve the resolution of estate, business, and individual audits; or collection efforts such as liens, levies, and garnishments by the IRS and state taxing authorities.  In her work as an estate planning attorney, Harris frequently structures the optimal transfer of a client’s wealth and business interests to younger generations in order to minimize tax consequences.  Harris earned her LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law in 1991, her J.D. from American University in 1986, and her A.B., cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College in 1983.

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