Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
  • Mar 21, 2017Jeralyn Lawrence Named Among Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers & Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, has again been selected by Super Lawyers as one of the 2017 Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and 2017 Top 50 Women Lawyers in New Jersey.

    The Top 100 and Top 50 lists are based on who obtained the highest points totals in the 2016 New Jersey Super Lawyers nomination, research, and blue ribbon review process.  Lawrence was on the Top 100 New Jersey list in 2009 and 2014-2016 and on the Top 50 Women list in 2008-2010 and 2013-2016.

    Lawrence is included in the Family Law section of Super Lawyers.  Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Lawrence has consistently been selected since 2007, and the year before that, she was selected as a Rising Star.

    Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.  The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

    The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.  Also featured are editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law.  For more information, visit SuperLawyers.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 as a Family Law Arbitrator; and is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.  She has worked with clients whose needs lie in all areas 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 takes great pride and care in helping her clients make it through these difficult personal matters.

    Lawrence is Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee of the NJSBA, a Past Chair of the Family Law Section of the NJSBA, Immediate Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA), Secretary of the NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and Senior Editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, the official publication of the 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 Sept. 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 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 NMM 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 New Jersey State Bar Association 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 was selected as one of the TOP 10 Family Law Attorneys in New Jersey by The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA).  She has been honored as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business for her dedication and contributions to New Jersey business and community.  She was selected as a Kean University Distinguished Alumna, the highest award for alumni, by the Kean University Alumni Association.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Woman in Somerset County by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  She was 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.  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 been selected as one of the Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers and one of the Top 50 Women New Jersey Super Lawyers.  In 2007, Lawrence received the Young Lawyers Division’s Professional Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA).

    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.

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  • Mar 16, 2017Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Receives CIANJ “Companies that Care” Award

    The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is one of the “Companies that Care” honored recently at the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey Chairman’s Reception: Saluting the Generosity of Business.  Norris McLaughlin & Marcus was among the 39 companies named “Champions of Good Works” by a blue ribbon panel of judges.

    The reception was dedicated to recognizing extraordinary acts of kindness from member companies and/or their employees.  The deeds honored exemplify the power of generosity and how it can help an individual overcome an ordeal, enable a cause to fulfill its mission and, in some cases, assist a community in recovering from turmoil.   Nominations were received from more than 85 companies that wanted to share the stories of their generosity.

    Norris McLaughlin & Marcus and its attorneys have historically been committed to the communities where clients live and do business – to make them better places to live, work, and play.  The Firm decided to start a personal charitable initiative, giving each attorney the opportunity to donate $100 to the charity or cause of their choice and then report back on it.  This booklet describes the attorneys’ experiences for which the Firm was honored.

     

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  • Mar 13, 2017Rita M. Aquilio Co-Chair of American Bar Association Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee

    Rita M. Aquilio, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee and has been recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her 2015-2016 term.

    The committee assists the litigator of domestic relations and family law disputes by providing of programs, forums for exchange of information, and regular communication on family law matters.  A particular focus of the committee is to provide representation or assistance to unrepresented parties in family law matters through pro se and pro bono efforts, and the role that individual practitioners and the bar can play in these efforts.  The committee follows national developments in family law litigation and brings appropriate issues to the attention of the Section for its input and action.

    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 International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She has both trial experience and alternative dispute resolution training in matrimonial actions.

    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 and a member of the Somerset County Judicial and Prosecutorial Due Diligence Committee.

    Aquilio is also a member of the Family Law Executive Committee and the Appellate Practice Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  She frequently lectures for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars and has served as Editor of the American Bar Association 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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  • Mar 10, 2017Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes New Litigation Associates to New Jersey Office

    The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. is pleased to welcome Eric Alvarez and Raymond Kim as Associates in the Litigation Group.

    A resident of Somerville, Alvarez joins the firm from an international Am Law 100 firm that was named Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal in 2015.  Alvarez has experience in handling and coordinating multi-jurisdictional cases through all stages of litigation.  He has represented national and international companies in commercial litigation in state and federal courts on a variety of matters including, products liability, consumer fraud, bankruptcy, consumer finance, and general commercial litigation.  Prior to joining the Firm, Alvarez assisted a team of trial lawyers in defending an international telecommunications company in a products liability case, and obtaining a defense verdict for the client.  He assisted in all aspects of trial preparation, including drafting a motion in limine that ultimately dismissed the plaintiff’s strict liability claim.

    Prior to entering private practice, Alvarez clerked for the Hon. Sebastian P. Lombardi, J.S.C. (Ret.) in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex County.  In addition to a normal civil docket, Judge Lombardi handled the county’s environmental docket, including some of the largest and most complex environmental cases in New Jersey.

    Alvarez earned his B.A. in 2009, cum laude, from Villanova University, and his J.D. in 2013, cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was involved in Seton Hall Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic, and Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition.

    A resident of Marlboro, Kim focuses his practice on consumer financial services and real estate related litigation, representing financial institutions in connection with commercial business litigation, compliance, and regulatory matters.  He has defended national title insurance underwriters involving complex quiet title disputes, title irregularities, and title defects.  Additionally, he counsels clients in pre-suit activities, such as workouts, internal investigations, development of internal company procedures and advice about avoidance of litigation risk.

    Kim also defends lenders and servicers in cases involving claims and defenses under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), and New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (NJCFA), and interprets and analyzes mortgage agreements and promissory notes to determine lender rights.

    Prior to entering private practice, he served as a dual law clerk for both the Honorable Walter Koprowski, Jr. Presiding Judge General Equity Division of the Superior Court in Essex County and the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts – Office of Foreclosure.

    Kim earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, where he was a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Law Fellow and Horace Wu and Kate King Wu Fellow in Immigration Law. Additionally, he served as a U.S. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee extern. Prior to attending law school, Raymond worked in molecular biology and genetic research at a preeminent international research institution.

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  • Mar 09, 2017Norris McLaughlin Named a Morning Call Top Workplace for the 5th Year in a Row

    Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been selected as a Morning Call Top Workplace for the fifth year in a row, since the survey’s start.  The Top Workplaces were recognized at an awards ceremony on March 8.  Selections are based on an employee survey measuring qualities such as company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay, and benefits.  More information about Norris McLaughlin’s rank can be found here.

    “I do not have enough good things to say about the people I work with – we are family. Our appreciation of each other is what sees Norris McLaughlin through the ups and downs, and knowing we have that kind of support is why we are able to be so dedicated to our clients and our community,” said Matt Sorrentino, Chair of the Firm.

    The Top Workplaces are determined solely on employee feedback.  The survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with more than 30 major publishing partners and recognizes a national list of Top Workplaces.  Over the past year, more than 4,500 organizations in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees.  For more information on the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

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  • Mar 09, 2017Nanovic Named an ACCREDITED ESTATE PLANNER® Designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to announce that R. Nicholas Nanovic, a Member of the firm, is newly certified as an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designee by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC).

    Nanovic, a resident of Allentown, focuses his practice on taxation, estate planning and administration, and business law. His practice is focused in Pennsylvania, although he is also licensed to practice in New Jersey and Florida.  He has extensive experience in drafting estate planning documents including wills, powers of attorney, health care directives, revocable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), intentionally defective grantor trusts (IDGTs), charitable lead trusts (CLATs and CLUTs), charitable remainder trusts (CRATs and CRUTs), qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs), and irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs).  Nanovic advises clients on asset protection planning through the proper titling of property and establishment of limited partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs).  He handles all aspects of estate administration including probate, obtaining an inventory of the assets, management of estate assets, distributions to beneficiaries, protection of executor when making decisions on handling estate debts and assets, preparation of estate fiduciary income tax returns, and preparation of the Pennsylvania inheritance tax return.

    Nanovic’s tax practice is focused on personal income taxes, business taxes, and gift and estate taxes.  He also helps individuals and businesses negotiate their tax liabilities with the IRS and Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. He also assists in the formation of business entities including corporations, S corporations, LLCs, and partnerships; advises clients on how to properly structure the governing documents; and interprets pre-existing governing documents to help clients understand their rights and obligations for their roles in the business.

    Nanovic has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for less than 10 years, reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania. He is currently a board member and Vice President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley. He is President of the Notre Dame Club of Lehigh Valley. While in law school, he interned for the Small Business/ Self-Employed division of the Internal Revenue Service in the Miami, Florida, office and was actively involved with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, serving as one of the project’s leaders for two years. Nanovic earned his LL.M. in Taxation in 2008 and his J.D. in 2007 from the University of Miami School of Law.  He earned his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 2004.

    The Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP®) designation is a graduate level specialization in estate planning, obtained in addition to already recognized professional credentials within the various disciplines of estate planning.  The AEP® designation is available to attorneys (JD), Chartered Life Underwriters® (CLU®), Certified Public Accountants (CPA), Certified Financial Planners™ (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultants® (ChFC®), and Certified Trust and Financial Advisors (CTFA). It is awarded by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils to recognize estate planning professionals who meet stringent requirements of experience, knowledge, education, professional reputation, and character.  An AEP® designee must embrace the team concept of estate planning and adhere to the NAEPC Code of Ethics, as well as participate in an annual renewal and recertification process.

    The NAEPC is a national organization of professional estate planners and affiliated local estate planning councils focused on establishing and monitoring the highest professional and educational standards.  NAEPC fosters public awareness of the quality services rendered by professionals who meet these standards.  NAEPC builds a team approach involving cross-professional disciplines to better serve the public’s need for estate planning.

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  • Mar 08, 2017Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes Associate to Pennsylvania Office

    The Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to welcome Amy L. Kruzel as an Associate.   She joins the Firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law Group.

    “Amy will make an excellent addition to our team here in Allentown.  She brings with her more than ten years of experience in this area of the law.  She is diligent and compassionate.  Our clients will be in good hands with her by their side in any matrimonial or family law matter,” said Lauren L. Sorrentino, Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus and Chair of the Pennsylvania Matrimonial & Family Law Practice.

    Prior to joining the Firm, Kruzel had been Partner at Saltzman, Gordon & Kruzel where she represented clients all aspects of family law, including divorce, support, custody, and protection from abuse matters.

    Kruzel earned her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002 and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law in 2005.  Following her graduation, she served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Patti Margherita Worthington in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, from 2005 until 2007, when she relocated to the Lehigh Valley.

    Outside of work, Kruzel volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and currently serves on its Executive Leadership Board.  She is also involved in teaching Positive Conflict Resolution & Mediation Skills at the Easton Area Middle School.

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  • Mar 06, 2017Jill Lebowitz to Facilitate 8th Annual Probate Symposium

    Jill Lebowitz, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Vice Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section, will be a moderator and speaker at the 8th Annual Probate Symposium to be held Friday, March 17, at the New Jersey Law Center. The event is sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the NJSBA Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section and the NJSBA Senior Lawyers Special Committee.

    This year’s symposium will feature knowledge and expertise gained from many years of estate planning practice, including updates on elder law and special needs trusts; retirement benefits; estate and trust litigation; charitable remainder trusts; estate planning for digital assets; and gift, estate, and income tax issues; as well as the phasing out of the New Jersey Estate Tax.  Lebowitz, along with Glenn A. Henkel, Esq., and Richard H. Greenberg, Esq., will discuss “No More Discounts (Maybe) and No More Federal and NJ Estate Tax (Maybe).”  For more information or to register, visit www.njicle.com or call (732)214-8500.

    Lebowitz devotes her practice to estate planning, trust and estate administration, and counseling tax-exempt organizations. In the area of estate planning, Lebowitz counsels individuals and families regarding simple and complex estate planning, business succession issues, philanthropic planning, and elder law 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 the area of trust and estate administration, Lebowitz prepares numerous federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns. In addition, she drafts disclaimers and agreements regarding post-mortem planning, prepares informal distribution agreements, judicial fiduciary accountings, and court proceedings to effect final distribution of estates and trusts. She also counsels individuals and financial institutions about their fiduciary duties as personal representatives and trustees, including advising on legal and tax issues, and issues relating to trust administration.

    On behalf of tax-exempt organizations, Lebowitz drafts non-profit corporation documents and prepares federal applications for tax exempt status, state charitable registration filings, and state property and sales tax exemption applications. She advises individuals, family and corporate foundations, and tax exempt organizations on non-profit 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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  • Mar 06, 2017Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes New Matrimonial & Family Law Attorney

    The New Jersey office of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to welcome new Member, Rita M. Aquilio, to the firm.  She joins the firm’s matrimonial & family law group.

    Aquilio practices extensively in the areas of divorce, child support, custody and post-judgment issues. She has represented 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 International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She has both trial experience and alternative dispute resolution training in matrimonial actions.

    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 and a member of the Somerset County Judicial and Prosecutorial Due Diligence Committee.

    Aquilio is also a member of the Family Law Executive Committee and Appellate Practice Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Family Law Litigation Committee, where she was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for the 2015-2016 term.  She is a frequent lecturer for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education at its Hot Tips seminars and previously served as Editor of the American Bar Association 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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