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  • May 24, 2017Jeralyn Lawrence Joins Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Matrimonial & Family Law Practice, has accepted the honor of becoming a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

    Lawyers, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievement with exemplary character in their legal careers and service to society may be invited to become Fellows; however, they are limited to only one percent of the lawyer population within the state.  Fellows are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the ABF, displaying evidence of professional distinction.

    Created more than 60 years ago, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) is an independent, nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading research institute for interdisciplinary empirical study of law.  The ABF serves the legal profession, the public, and the academy through cutting-edge research, publications, and programs that advance justice, the understanding of law, and its impact on society.  Fellows contribute to the attainment of the objectives for which the ABF was organized, including the study, improvement, and facilitation of the administration of justice and the rule of law; the promotion of the study of law and related research; the continuing education of lawyers and judges; the publication and distribution of addresses, reports, treatises, and other works on legal subjects; and the promotion of suitable standard of legal education.

    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 will be installed as the Secretary of the NJSBA, where she is expected to become its President in 2022.  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 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 under Family Law and Family Law Mediation and was named the Best Lawyers 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 in New Jersey for Family Law.  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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  • 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 & Marcus, 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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  • May 22, 2017Jeralyn Lawrence Sworn In as NJSBA Secretary

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Matrimonial & Family Law Practice, was sworn in as Secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the largest association of judges, lawyers, and legal professionals, at the 2017 NJSBA Annual Meeting at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

    As a former trustee and now Secretary, Lawrence is on track to serve as NJSBA President in 2022.  Her involvement with the NJSBA is extensive.  She is a past chair of its Family Law Section, a senior editor of New Jersey Family Lawyer, and is Co-Chair of its Legislative Committee.

    “The NJSBA means a great deal to me.  Since day one of my professional career, I have been able to witness, first hand, the importance of relationship building with my fellow members of the Bar, who share my vision and passion for the law,” said Lawrence.  “I believe it is a true privilege to be affiliated with such an active, vibrant, and tireless bar association and there is no doubt my gratitude would be expressed in my continued commitment and dedication in serving the Bar as Secretary.”

    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 the Immediate Past President of the Somerset County Bar Association (SCBA) and Secretary of the NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.  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 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 under Family Law and Family Law Mediation and was named the Best Lawyers 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 in New Jersey for Family Law.  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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  • May 19, 2017Jack L. Lintner To Be Honored by ABOTA Northern NJ Chapter

    Jack L. Lintner, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will be honored as Outstanding Jurist by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Northern New Jersey Chapter. He will be honored at the Chapter’s Annual Spring Dinner on May 24.

    ABOTA Northern NJ Chapter President Scott A. Parsons believes Lintner is deserving of this award because he has had a “long and distinguished career, continues to actively practice and provide to us models for excellence we all would like to believe we strive to emulate.”

    Founded in 1957, the primary purpose of ABOTA is the preservation of the civil jury trial, “Justice by the People.” The organization seeks attorneys who display skill, civility and integrity, to help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and to educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment.

    A resident of Hillsborough, Judge Lintner focuses his practice on alternative dispute resolution, insurance coverage issues and appellate advocacy consultation.  He served 20 years in the New Jersey State Judiciary, appointed to the Appellate Division in 1999.  He was a Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division from 2006 through his retirement in 2008.  Judge Lintner began his judicial career as a trial judge in the Superior Court in Middlesex County in 1988, where he spent nine years in the civil court attaining the positions of Presiding Judge of the Civil and Chancery Divisions.  During his tenure as a trial judge, he presided over the State tobacco litigation and dissolution of the Health Insurance Plan of New Jersey.  While serving in the Law and Chancery Divisions, he was responsible for setting up and participating in numerous successful court-run mediation and settlement programs.

    During his judicial career, Judge Lintner published over 100 opinions.  He served on the Appellate Attorney Standards, the Appellate Division/Assignment Judge Liaison Standing and the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committees.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Civil Procedure Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law.

    Prior to his appointment to the bench in 1988, Judge Lintner’s practice concentrated on civil litigation in both the state and federal courts.  He was a Certified Civil Trial Attorney and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.  He specialized in tort, products liability, construction, and insurance coverage litigation.

    Judge Lintner has lectured extensively on a variety of topics for the New Jersey Judicial College and Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  He is a recipient of the 2008 James J. McLaughlin Award from the Civil Trial Bar Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the 2001 Distinguished Service Award from the Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Association.

    Judge Lintner earned his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1969, and his B.S. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 1966.  He is a member of the American, New Jersey State, Somerset County, and Middlesex County Bar Associations.

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  • May 19, 2017Jeralyn Lawrence Introduces Christie Rampone at WPCNJ Annual Conference

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Matrimonial & Family Law Practice, introduced American professional soccer player and world champion Olympian gold medalist, Christie Rampone, to speak at the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) Annual Conference on May 4 at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.  Rampone spoke on her hard work and success despite the inequality and pressure as a female in the athletic world, which is parallel to politics.

    WPCNJ is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed positions in government, protecting reproductive freedom, and promoting equal rights for women.  It does this through recruiting, training, and endorsing women candidates, contributing to their campaigns through its political action committee; advocating for women’s issues; and encouraging members to support each other’s successes and volunteer in the surrounding communities.  To learn more, please visit www.wpcnj.org.

    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 will be installed as the Secretary of the NJSBA, where she is expected to become its President in 2022.  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 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 under Family Law and Family Law Mediation and was named the Best Lawyers 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 in New Jersey for Family Law.  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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  • May 17, 2017David T. Harmon Quoted in Ladders Article

    David T. Harmon, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. and Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group, was recently quoted in an article entitled “New case shows you have to check your LinkedIn contacts after leaving a job,” by Monica Torres on the website Ladders, a media publication on the workforce.

    The article discusses how a former employee of a global recruiting and staffing company was forced to remove thousands of her LinkedIn contacts because the company claimed the relationships didn’t belong to her, but the company. As the details of the employee’s employment contract or any confidentiality or non solicit agreement that may have been signed are unknown, one can only speculate whether she had the right to do so.

    The article continues to offer advice to the reader to avoid such a situation. Harmon offers a key point, stating, “If there’s one message to give to people, it’s really a matter of going in with your eyes and ears open, knowing what the policies and procedures are, asking what they are, so there’s clarification at the outset and really understanding what the agreement says within the restrictions.”

    Harmon focuses his practice on the areas of executive compensation, employment and business law.  He represents senior-level employees of both public and private companies in the negotiation of their employment packages and all associated agreements, whether at the commencement of the employment relationship or at termination.  Harmon’s successful negotiation of employment and severance packages for clients includes employment and post-employment compensation, confidentiality, non-compete, non-solicitation, and garden leave covenants, the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, change of control provisions, and benefits and protections within the structures and strategies for those packages. His representation also includes providing advice and counsel to employers in the negotiation of employment and severance packages with their employees, the design of human resources compliance programs, including employee policy manuals, and counseling and training concerning implementation of those policies. Harmon also provides neutral investigative services in employment matters. In 2012, he launched his blog Transitions in Employment, www.transitionsinemployment.com, which focuses on developments in executive compensation and employment law.

    Harmon is a member of the Business Law and Labor & Employment Sections of the New York State and American Bar Associations, and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street Technology Association.  He received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and his B.A. from Tufts University.

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  • May 16, 2017Jeralyn Lawrence Speaks at the NJSBA Diversity Committee Luncheon

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Matrimonial & Family Law Practice, will be a round table speaker for the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Diversity Committee’s Diverse Voices-Distinguished Speaker Series.  In “Standing Tall: Life Lessons Learned from the Court,” featured speaker Coach C. Vivian  Stringer will share her first-hand account of the lessons learned from the basketball court.  Following Stringer’s keynote address, Lawrence and other notable legal professionals will discuss their own personal stories, lessons learned, obstacles faced, and triumphs that have helped shaped their perspective on the practice of law.

    The Annual Diversity Luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 18, from 12:30-1:45 at the Borgata as part of the NJSBA Convention in Atlantic City.

    The Convention, to be held from May 17 through May 19, will feature speakers and presenters including members of New Jersey’s federal and state, appellate, and local courts.  The NJSBA serves, protects, fosters, and promotes the personal and professional interests of its members, serving as the voice of New Jersey attorneys.  It fosters professionalism and pride in the profession and the NJSBA and provides educational opportunities to New Jersey attorneys to enhance the quality of legal services and the practice of law.  For more information, visit www.njsba.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 will be installed as the Secretary of the NJSBA, where she is expected to become its President in 2022.  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 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 under Family Law and Family Law Mediation and was named the Best Lawyers 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 in New Jersey for Family Law.  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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  • May 05, 2017Keya Denner Named New Leader of the Bar by New Jersey Law Journal

    Keya C. Denner, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been recognized in New Jersey Law Journal’s New Leaders of the Bar for his impressive accomplishments and great promise in the legal profession.

    The recognition, considered one of New Jersey Law Journal’s most important, identifies attorneys who represent the future of New Jersey’s legal industry.  The winners, named by a distinguished panel of outside professionals, will be honored at the Professional Excellence event hosted by the Law Journal on June 20 at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park.

    A resident of Boonton, Denner devotes his practice to labor and employment law, executive compensation, and commercial litigation.  As a member of the Firm’s Labor and Employment Group, he represents both small and large employers in litigating matters ranging from breach of employment agreements and restrictive covenants to discrimination, disability, and wage and hour violations under federal and state laws.  He has appeared before state and federal administrative agencies throughout the country, and regularly represents management in arbitration proceedings.  A significant part of his practice is also devoted to helping his clients avoid litigation, by training management and human resources personnel on best practices, and drafting policies and agreements to ensure his clients are compliant with the latest laws and regulations in the field.  Denner also advises clients during union organizing campaigns and represents clients in representation and unfair labor practice charge proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

    As a member of the Firm’s Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group, Denner represents senior-level employees of public and private companies in negotiating their employment packages and associated agreements, at both the commencement of the employment relationship and at termination.

    In 2016 and 2017, Denner 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 currently co-chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Somerset County Bar Association.  He is also co-host of the Somerset County Business Partnership’s Human Resources Roundtable Group, and 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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  • 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 & Marcus, 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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  • Apr 25, 2017Raymond Lahoud Named in Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was named one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley as the Lehigh Valley Business 2017 Forty Under 40.

    Lahoud was selected for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and the community.  An independent panel of judges reviewed the nominees and scored them based on their achievements.

    Cited for their contributions to their company, industry, and community, the honorees will be recognized at the fifth annual Forty Under 40 awards reception and ceremony sponsored by DeSales University’s ACCESS and Master of Business Administration programs on Thursday, June 15, at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Longswamp Township.  For more information and to obtain tickets for the event, visit www.lvb.com/events.

    A resident of Easton, Lahoud focuses his practice primarily on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania (Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, and the surrounding region).  His practice includes Citizenship, U.S. Non-Immigration Visas, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, U.S. Immigration Visas, EB5 Investor Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, and VAWA applications.  Lahoud also has a long history of political and business management expertise.

    Lahoud also works in the field of Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.  His practice focuses specifically on Deportation Defense, at the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Circuit Court levels.  He has defended individuals against deportation across the United States.  In state and federal appellate courts, he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the commencement of the deportation.  He also represents individuals who overstayed their visas or entered the United States without inspection.

    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.

    At Lehigh, Lahoud was Editor of The Lehigh Review, earned Deans List, was named a President’s Scholar, was inducted into Phi Beta Delta, and received, among other awards, the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship.  Prior to that, he served as a United States Congressional Page, under then-Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL).  He also served as a legislative aide to State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-PA).

    In law school, Lahoud earned Deans List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.  He was actively involved in additional programs and other organizations including the Barristers’ Counsel, ABA Law Student Division, ACLU at GULC, Catholic Student Association, and the Innocence Project, and worked for the Honorable Joanne Seybert, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York.

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