Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.
  • Feb 27, 2017Jeralyn L. Lawrence to Speak on Evidence for Family 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, will speak at “Evidence for Family Lawyers: An easy-to-follow set of strategies that get results.”  Sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Family Law Section and the NJSBA Senior Lawyers Special Committee, the symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Saturday, March 11, at the Hyatt Morristown.

    This program is being presented by family lawyers for family lawyers.  Attendees will learn about laying foundations and introducing evidence involving e-mails and social media accounts, experts and their reports and opinions, police reports, hospital records, and much more.  For more information or to register, visit www.njicle.com or call (732)214-8500.

    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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  • Feb 13, 2017Norris McLaughlin & Marcus New Jersey Office Moving to Newly Redesigned Space

    Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is moving its headquarters from its Route 202-206 home of 27 years down the street to Bridgewater Crossings.  Effective February 21, the firm will take up residence on the top two floors of 400 Crossing Boulevard.  The firm left the building with goals of continued growth.

    “We look forward to relocating to our new New Jersey offices,” said Matthew R. Sorrentino, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus.  “This new state-of-the-art space will give us ample room for growth well into the future and allow us to be well-positioned to efficiently serve our clients in the ever-changing modern practice of law.  While only a couple of miles away from our existing office, the new location will be more convenient for our clients and employees.”

    The new address for the New Jersey Office of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus is 400 Crossing Boulevard, 8th Floor, P.O. Box 5933, Bridgewater, NJ 08807-2863.  All other contact information remains the same.

    The Firm wanted to be closer to Bridgewater Commons Mall and other amenities, as well as in a better-class building.  The property, widely regarded as one of the best office complexes in the state, is an eight-story, 300,000-square-foot office building situated just off of Interstate 287.  The new offices will house 75 of the Firm’s 136 attorneys.

    Norris McLaughlin & Marcus is a full-service, mid-sized, regional law firm that serves the legal needs of businesses and families in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas, uniquely positioned to represent middle-market companies, Fortune 500 corporations, and individuals since 1953.  Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, New Jersey, Norris McLaughlin & Marcus has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey.

    The New Jersey office also enjoys an international reputation for excellence through its membership in Meritas, the largest worldwide affiliation of high-quality law firms.  Through Meritas and Norris McLaughlin & Marcus’s multidisciplinary team approach, clients both local and abroad receive the services of counselors, advisors, strategists, and advocates.  These dedicated professionals have one mission – to be the firm of choice for clients seeking the most creative, comprehensive, and effective legal services available.

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  • Feb 07, 2017Melissa A. Peña to Speak at Meritas 2017 Financial Services/CRABS Group Meeting

    Melissa A. Peña, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Co-Chair of the Meritas’ Financial Services/CRABS Group, will be a panelist at the Meritas 2017 Group Meeting, co-sponsored by Norris McLaughlin & Marcus to be held February 10-11 at the Kimpton EPIC in Miami.  Thirty-three members from across the United States and Canada will gather to take part in valuable learning opportunities and interactive networking events.  Peña will participate in leading the member introductions following the welcoming remarks and then will discuss “Hot Topics for Representing Secured Creditors” with the panel.

    Meritas is an established global alliance of more than 170 independent, full-service law firms, worldwide, in over 60 countries.  Firms become members by invitation and maintain membership by meeting standards of a uniquely comprehensive Quality Assurance Program, ensuring that clients receive the same high-quality legal services from every Meritas firm.

    Many Meritas Banking and Financial Services lawyers have served as in-house bank counsel or worked with governmental agencies that oversee the financial industry in their jurisdictions.  Group members have experience with different types of projects, including structuring and documenting sophisticated lending and leasing transactions, litigation arising out of existing loan documents, and assisting in organizational and regulatory matters related to the lending industry.

    Peña concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures.  Her practice covers all aspects of litigation and insolvency matters in both state and federal courts.  She frequently represents secured lenders, creditors’ committees, debtors, trustees, landlords, and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings pending in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.  Peña also has extensive experience litigating cases involving UCC matters, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, inter-creditor agreements, lien priority disputes, equipment leases, fraudulent conveyance actions, preferences, and various creditor enforcement matters.

    Peña regularly represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings throughout the State of New York.  She handles all aspects of the litigation, including defending against counterclaims, negotiating forbearance agreements when appropriate, and representing the lender in any subsequent bankruptcy proceeding by litigating stay relief motions and representing the lender’s interest in the plan confirmation process.

    Peña earned her J.D., cum laude, from The American University Washington College of Law in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, from George Washington University in 2000.  While in law school, Peña was the Recent Development Editor of the Administrative Law Review, a member of the Law and Government Society, and participated in the Washington College of Law Civil Practice Clinic.  She was an intern for Searles Solicitors in London, England during the summer of 2001.

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  • Feb 02, 2017Theodore J. Zeller to Speak at PBI’s Alcohol Law Program

    Theodore J. Zeller III, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Liquor Law Department, will speak at Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Alcohol Law program on Tuesday, February 21, at the CLE Conference Center in Philadelphia.  This is the first PBI Alcohol Program in more than a decade and Ted is one of three attorneys selected to speak at the program.  The topic to be discussed will be “Alcohol Distribution Contracts and Franchise Law.”  The program will qualify for four substantive Continuing Legal Education credits.  For more information, please visit www.pbi.org.

    Zeller focuses his practice on alcoholic beverage law, commercial transactions including related real estate transactions, and litigation.  He began his legal career as a litigator and has tried multiple cases in county and federal court, including jury trials, and hundreds of cases before arbitration panels, district justices, and administrative law judges.  He was lead counsel in a beer rights case brought against the world’s largest brewers, and serves as outside general counsel to Yuengling Brewery and Brewers of Pennsylvania, among others.

    Zeller’s lobbying efforts helped to modernize parts of the Pennsylvania liquor code, and he has authored numerous provisions that have been enacted into law.  Most recently, his efforts helped change brewery regulations to allow for tap rooms and he authored the Malt Beverage Tax Excise Credit Legislation. Further, he has written extensively about Acts 39 and 166 and his Liquor Law Blog can be found here: nmmlaw.com/nmmliquorlawblog/.

    In addition, Zeller advises alcohol manufacturers on state and federal law, regulatory compliance, and distribution issues. He also counsels clients on the acquisition of liquor licenses on the open market and coordinates liquor license transactions with other practice areas, such as real estate, corporate and business law, employment law, intellectual property, financing, tax law, and litigation.

    Zeller earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 and his J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University in 1992.

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  • Jan 27, 2017Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes New Business Law Counsel

    The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to welcome new Counsel John P. Maloney to its Business Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups.

    Maloney comes to Norris McLaughlin & Marcus from Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi (formerly Wolff & Samson) located in West Orange where he was Counsel in their Corporate department for eight years.

    Maloney has extensive experience in all areas of general corporate and commercial law.  He represents clients in a broad range of corporate transactional and governance matters, including mergers and acquisitions, asset and stock purchases and sales, joint ventures, reorganizations, secured loans, equity investments, intellectual property licensing, employment matters, and new entity formation.  He also prepares and negotiates related agreements, including stock and asset purchase agreements, merger agreements, operating agreements, partnership agreements, shareholder agreements, license agreements, supply and distribution agreements, joint venture agreements, loan agreements, service agreements, and employment agreements.  Maloney’s clients include a wide range of businesses in various manufacturing and service sectors, including the apparel, pharmaceutical, Internet technology, transportation, packaged foods and real estate development industries.

    Maloney earned his B.S. in accounting from Fairfield University in 1985 and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1990.

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  • Jan 27, 2017Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes New Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Associate

    The Bridgewater-based law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. is pleased to welcome Eric Loi to the Firm.  He joins the Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Group as an Associate.

    Loi counsels clients with respect to incentive and equity-based compensation agreements, change in control agreements, and executive employment and separation agreements.  He also has experience with the design, implementation and administration of qualified defined contribution and defined benefit plans, including reviewing prototype and volume submitter documents, drafting employee communications, and handling ERISA fiduciary matters.

    Prior to entering private practice, Loi was a senior tax associate at the National Tax Department of a “big four” Accounting Firm. He earned his B.A. from Bucknell University, his J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and his tax LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

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  • Jan 24, 2017Jeralyn L. Lawrence Appointed Chair of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Matrimonial & Family Law Practice

    Jeralyn L. Lawrence, a Member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been appointed Chair of the firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law Practice.

    “Having worked with Jeralyn for nearly 20 years, while practicing family law throughout my own entire career, I can attest that she has proved to be a great leader to our Family Law Group.  She serves in top positions in state and county bar associations; has successfully assisted in changing legislation, which has helped many New Jersey families; and manages a very successful practice.  I am certain that Jeralyn’s exceptional talents will be a great benefit to both the firm and our clients,” said Richard A. Norris, founding member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus.

    “Norris has been my home for close to 20 years.  The Firm is amazing and I am surrounded now by an incredible group of lawyers and professionals that will provide the best legal services to our clients.  I am thrilled to lead this team and excited to have one of the top departments in the state,” said Lawrence.

    Norris McLaughlin & Marcus prides itself in having one of New Jersey’s largest and most sophisticated matrimonial and family law practices.  Over the years, the family law attorneys have developed a wealth of experience in all facets of matrimonial law, including divorce litigation and mediation; custody and parenting time issues; visitation rights, including those of grandparents; post-judgment enforcement and modification applications, including alimony and child support; pre-nuptial agreements; separation and property settlement agreements; adoption and guardianship advice; domestic violence and sexual abuse; and palimony suits.  The group works to understand each client, guiding them in a compassionate and efficient manner through their unique issues, offering strategic and thoughtful services.

    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 on the NJSBA Board of Trustees, 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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  • Jan 13, 2017Robert E. Donatelli Re-Elected to Board of Directors of Bar Association of Lehigh County

    Robert E. Donatelli, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been elected to another term on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of Lehigh County.

    Donatelli, a resident of Wescosville, has over forty years of experience in estate administration, wills and trusts, and real estate law.

    Donatelli helps clients with all aspects of estate planning and administration, including will preparation, tax issues, guardianships, powers of attorney, living wills, living trusts, special needs trusts, the process of probate, valuing, managing the estate, and executing decisions on guardianship and conservatorship.

    In the area of real estate law, Donatelli advises clients on matters of residential and commercial sales transactions, real estate contracts, mortgages, re-finances, foreclosures, eminent domain, title insurance, and title disputes.  He also handles land use, zoning, and permit matters.

    Donatelli is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®.  He is a member of the Ethics Board of the City of Allentown and a former solicitor of the Register of Wills of Lehigh County.  He is active in the Bar Association of Lehigh County, serving as President in 1985, and is a member of the Barristers Inn of Court, where he also served as President.

    A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, Donatelli is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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  • Jan 11, 2017Nicholas J. Dimakos to Speak on Handling Contested Guardianships

    Nicholas J. Dimakos, an Associate of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will speak on the role of the court-appointed attorney at “Handling Contested Guardianships.”  Sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section and the NJSBA Senior Lawyers Special Committee, the program will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:35 p.m., Tuesday, January 24, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Fairfield.

    This informative program will discuss what to do when a contested guardianship matter unavoidably ends up in a courtroom.  For more information or to register, visit www.njicle.com or call (732)214-8500.

    Dimakos focuses primarily on guardianships and probate and fiduciary litigation.  In addition to representing plaintiffs in guardianship matters, Dimakos has extensive experience acting as court-appointed counsel, serving both as an advocate and as a temporary guardian for allegedly incapacitated persons, as well as guardian ad litem.  His practice also includes will contests, accountings, and other trust and estate disputes.  He writes about guardianships and other probate issues on the firm’s NJ Guardianship & Probate Law Blog.

    Dimakos received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was a member of the Seton Hall Law Review, served as a research assistant for two professors, and interned for the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Honorable Garrett E. Brown, Jr. (Ret.).  After graduation, Dimakos clerked for the Assignment Judge of Bergen County, the Honorable Peter E. Doyne (Ret.).

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  • Jan 05, 2017Jacqueline K. Holmes Named to Board of Directors of Lehigh Lawyers Association

    Jacqueline K. Holmes, an Associate with Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been named to the Board of Directors of Lehigh Lawyers Association for a two-year term, beginning in January of 2017.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Holmes concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation and general civil litigation matters.  As a commercial litigator, she is involved in issues including business litigation, residential and commercial landlord/ tenant matters, debt collection, and contract disputes.  She handles all aspects of litigation, from drafting pleadings, motions, and discovery, to representing clients at depositions and judicial conferences.  Holmes also represents plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury matters.

    Outside of work, Holmes volunteers on the Board of Directors of It’s My Life, Inc.  She is also a member of Northampton County Bar Association Board of Governors and their Young Lawyers’ Division.

    Holmes earned her bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, summa cum laude, and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School, cum laude.

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