• Mar 16, 2018Norris McLaughlin Named a Morning Call Top Workplace for the 6th Year in a Row

    Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been selected as a Morning Call Top Workplace for the sixth year in a row, each year since the survey’s start. The Top Workplaces were recognized at an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 15. Selections are based on an employee survey measuring qualities such as company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay, and benefits.

    The Morning Call describes a top workplace as, “one that operates successfully and provides good pay and benefits. But there’s more to it than that: In a great job environment, the employees are engaged because they have confidence in their bosses, know their mission, feel appreciated and have opportunities for career development.” This year the firm ranked 13th in the small employers section. 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 a 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 14, 2018Medical Practices in the New Age of Sexual Harassment and #MeToo

    Members of the firm, David N. Vozza and Keya C. Denner, recently wrote an article for the Onondaga County Medical Society Bulletin‘s “The Legal Treatment” section.  Medical Practices in the New Age of Sexual Harassment and #MeToo” discusses the hot topic of sexual harassment in the workplace, which does not exclude medical practices, and its applicable laws, legal definition, employer liability, retaliation, and best practices in anti-harassment policies and training.

    Vozza defends health care professionals in connection with disciplinary and regulatory actions before federal and state agencies, private and government payor audits, civil and criminal fraud investigations, hospital and privileges disputes, and general healthcare litigation in both federal and state courts. He also regularly defends health care professionals before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline.  Vozza frequently lectures at hospitals throughout the state of New York regarding medical fraud, regulatory agencies, professional licensure, and medical documentation.   He earned his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and his B.A. at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

    Denner 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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  • Mar 14, 2018Raymond Lahoud Presents on Form I-9 Requirements

    In conjunction with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, is pleased to present the “Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Instructional Seminar,” for human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, management, and administrators at organizations and companies in every industry, and of every size. The seminar will be held Friday, April 13, at Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

    Topics include Form I-9 basics and compliantly completing the Form I-9, verification of remote employees, re-verification of remote employees, Form I-9 record retention, Form I-9 remediation, third party Form I-9 servicers, e-verify, internal compliance audits, preparing for a random ICE audit or inspection, employer rights and obligations, DHS and DOL employer immigration discrimination investigation, and what to do when ICE is raiding your business.

    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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  • Mar 09, 2018Lana Ros to Speak at NJ Chapter of American College of Surgeons’ 2018 Socio Economic Meeting

    Lana Ros, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will speak on “Reducing Risks of Malpractice and Licensing Actions for Physicians” at the NJ Chapter of American College of Surgeons’ socio economic meeting on Saturday, March 10. The meeting will be held from 9am to 2pm at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel & Conference Center in Iselin.

    The meeting will focus on malpractice in New Jersey and will also feature a legislative update. To learn more or to register, please email .

    Ros focuses her practice in the area of healthcare law, including civil and administrative litigation, professional licensure defense, hospital medical staff matters, hospital disciplinary actions, regulatory compliance, managed care and government audits, and refund demands and investigations. She also handles transactional and regulatory matters affecting healthcare providers. She has successfully defended physicians before medical boards, OPMC, and SBME, and in OPD investigations, as well as Medicare fraud, fraud and abuse, RAC audits, Medicare audits, OIG fraud, health care fraud, medical audits, and health plan billing audits. Ros frequently lectures at hospitals throughout New Jersey and New York about legal issues affecting healthcare professionals. She earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.S. in biotechnology and nutrition from Rutgers University.

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  • Mar 06, 2018William Menard Discusses Immigration Detention on PRI’s “The World”

    William C. Menard, an Associate of the law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., spoke about immigration detention with Monica Campbell on “The World,” a collaboration between Public Radio International (PRI) and the BBC, and what effect this procedure has on immigrants’ rights.  Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain noncitizens who are detained in prison during immigration proceedings do not, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, have a statutory right to a bond hearing.  In other words, many immigrants now do not have a right to prove they should be released from prison as they fight their deportation case.  The interview can be heard on PRI.org’s story, “Why a recent Supreme Court decision on bonds is a ‘red flag’ for immigrants in detention.”

    Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney.  He has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law and has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  He has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and the Board of Immigration Appeals and has conducted oral arguments before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Menard has completed and advised on permanent residence visas and a wide range of temporary visas.  He represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security.  He has also represented clients from six continents, including Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

    Menard is also active in his community on immigration matters, helping to write a town ordinance protecting immigrants from discrimination, and has advised education professionals on how to help ensure that immigrant students feel safe in school.

    In law school, Menard was selected to join his school’s prestigious Moot Court Honor Society.  As a part of Moot Court, he earned the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year, and was twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.  As an undergraduate, Menard worked for the Claremont Courier, a Los Angeles-area newspaper, where he covered numerous topics, including U.S. Congressional campaigns, immigration in Southern California, healthcare and abortion rights, and more.  He also interned for a New York labor and employment law firm and worked as a public relations representative for the Harlem Children’s Society, promoting a New York-based organization that helped bright children from underprivileged backgrounds and communities pursue college degrees and careers in math and science.

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  • Mar 05, 2018Norris McLaughlin & Marcus to Host Business Owner Rights Seminar

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will host a breakfast seminar “Business Owner Rights: What Every Shareholder Should Know,” Thursday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank.  David C. Roberts, a Member of the firm, will be the presenter.

    The seminar will explain a shareholder’s rights and remedies, whether he or she is in the minority, a co-equal 50/50 owner, or a majority owner.  Topics will include “shareholder oppression,” what to do when a business partner is stealing, fired employee rights, value in hiring a forensic accountant, effects of lawsuits, how to find a valuation expert, what records to demand, and remedies for the “oppressed.”  To register, please click here.

    Roberts focuses his practice on partnership and shareholder disputes (including oppression and dissenter’s rights cases), and especially on attempting to resolve these matters through mediation, if that approach fits the client’s goals and objectives.  In 2007, Roberts launched the Shareholder Dispute NJ blog, www.shareholderdisputenj.com, which addresses minority shareholder disputes in New Jersey.  In addition, he writes and lectures extensively on this topic.  Roberts also has extensive experience in other complex commercial matters including fraud, fraudulent transfers, trade secret, restrictive covenant litigation, and employment litigation.

    Roberts earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 1991, where he was a Tischler Scholar (1990), and his B.S., summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 1988.

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  • Mar 01, 2018Annmarie Simeone To Speak at Seminar on Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. and President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, will be a speaker at “Examining Issues from Hollywood to Capitol Hill: Protecting Your Business from Sexual Harassment Claims,” on Tuesday, March 6, at the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce.

    The seminar will address what sexual harassment is, from a legal and human resources perspective, how to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, and best practices for protecting a business from such claims. To register, please visit www.hunterdonchamber.org or email .

    The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce is a proactive partnership of businesses whose mission is to support the success of member organizations by promoting a favorable business climate and by providing leadership, business and professional development and promoting, coordinating and facilitating the Leadership Hunterdon initiative in the County.

    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 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, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    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 County, 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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  • Mar 01, 2018Jeralyn Lawrence to Appear on Internet TV Show Biz Files

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., member of its Management Committee, and Chair of the Matrimonial & Family Law Practice Group, will appear on the Internet TV show hosted by Rosanne DeTorres, Biz Files, at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19.  The show provides an inside look into the life of successful business owners and the challenges and triumphs that have helped them grow their business.  Lawrence will be interviewed about her journey to success: how and why she got started, what her challenges were, the keys to her success, how she stays motivated, and what she would want to know if she were just starting out now.

    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 New Jersey State Bar Association (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, 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 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.

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  • Feb 27, 2018Stephanie Spangler Wins Runner-Up at Global Legal Hackathon’s New York City Round

    Stephanie S. Spangler, an Associate at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., participated as a member of the Legal Tech MeetUp team at the Global Legal Hackathon February 23-25.  The Hackathon is a worldwide event bringing the legal industry together with technology and innovation, as teams in over 40 cities pitch rapid development solutions to the improve the legal industry.  Spangler joined a team, made up of legal industry professionals, software engineers, and designers, to pitch CREDIBLE, a CLE management tool powered by blockchain technology, and won Runner-Up in the New York City round.  For more information about CREDIBLE, visit https://staycredible.com/.  For more information on the event, visit https://globallegalhackathon.com/.

    Spangler focuses her practice on trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution and enforcement.  She appears in state and federal courts and before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in opposition and cancellation proceedings.  She counsels clients in industries including startups, technology, food and beverage, and arts and entertainment.  She also is a co-author for the Norris McLaughlin & Marcus trademark law blog, More Than Your Ma®k.

    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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