Norris McLaughlin & Marcus

  • Jun 22, 2018Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Participates in United Way Day of Action

    The Marketing and Recruitment Departments of law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., participated in the annual, national United Way Day of Action.  As part of NM&M Cares, the group joined the United Way of Northern New Jersey at the Somerset County Ted Blum 4-H Center in Bridgewater to “Take Action for ALICE® Kids.”

    Each year on June 21, the first day of summer and longest day of the year, the regional United Ways across the country organize a community-wide day of service.  With more daylight hours than any other day, the summer solstice is the ideal time to let actions speak louder than words.  By hosting the nationwide volunteer day, United Way fulfills its mission by mobilizing the caring power of thousands of people in each community.

    The United Way of Northern New Jersey (UWNNJ) focused their 2018 Day of Action efforts on helping local ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families and their children, who make up the 26 percent of residents who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation.  Building on a project initiated in 2009 at UWNNJ, United Ways in several other states have joined the ALICE® Project.  Together, this movement aims to stimulate a fresh, nonpartisan, national dialogue about the importance and fragility of this segment of the population.  United Ways involved also plan to use the statistical information they gather about the affected families as the framework for their work in improving their residents’ lives and strengthening their communities.

    UWNNJ volunteers assembled “ALICE® Healthy Food Action Kits,” an assortment of healthy snacks and easy-access meals, information to promote healthy eating, and a water bottle, and “ALICE® Literacy Action Kits.”  The kits, including two books, bookmarks and flashcards handmade by the volunteers, pencils, crayons, activity and coloring books, and reading guides for parents, all in a backpack creatively designed by the volunteers, were distributed to elementary school-age ALICE® children at nonprofit partners within the community.  The kits help children from ALICE® families this summer to maintain their reading and literacy skills with new books and activities and maintain their food security through access to healthy food items and snacks, while teaching the families and community members how ALICE® families struggle to make ends meet.

    As part of the Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Wellness Program, the NM&M Cares initiative was created to encourage employees to take an active role in charitable activities that better the community.  Under NM&M Cares, the firm grants each of its employees paid time off equal to one work day each year exclusively for charitable work.  The firm and its attorneys have historically been committed to the communities where our clients live and do business – to make them better places to live, work, and play.  Attorneys have held prominent leadership positions in various organizations throughout the areas the firm serves and many of them have been honored for the work they do in the community.  For example, the firm has been named a “Champion of Good Works” as one of the “Companies that Care” by COMMERCE Magazine.

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  • May 17, 2018Norris McLaughlin & Marcus to Receive 2018 Healthy Workplace Award

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., has been recognized as one of the “Gold 2018 Healthy Workplaces” by Healthier Somerset, a partnership of over 50 organizations aiming to improve the health and well-being of those who live and work in Somerset County.  Charles A. Bruder, a Member of the firm and Co-Chair of its Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Practice Group, will accept the award on the firm’s behalf at the second annual 2018 Healthy Workplace Recognition Awards.

    The event, to take place 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the FairBridge Hotel & Conference Center in Somerset, will feature “Cultivating Your Culture,” a presentation by Dr. Vince Sferra, the founder and Clinic Director of Natural Medicine and Rehabilitation, followed by a panel discussion of best practices for employee wellness.  For more information and to register, visit

    Norris McLaughlin & Marcus has been recognized for its firm-wide wellness program, Legally Fit!, which, sponsors and promotes such health-conscious initiatives as Fresh Fruit Fridays, a Fresh Farm Box Delivery Program, the Weight Watchers at Work program, chair massages, yoga classes, weekly inspirational quotes, and a Lunch & Learn Series of educational seminars on topics such as healthy eating and exercise habits.

    “The firm started Legally Fit! to promote a workplace culture that supports and encourages employees to develop and maintain a lifelong commitment to their health; encourage habits of wellness; increase awareness; provide activities, information, and services; and recognize employees for participating in the wellness program that supports healthy lifestyle choices,” said Sharon Taggert, the firm’s Senior Benefits Administrator.

    Also part of Legally Fit! is the NM&M Cares initiative.  The program encourages its employees to take an active role in charitable activities that better the community.  Under NM&M Cares, the firm is granting each of its employees paid time off equal to one work day each year exclusively for charitable work.  An employee who seeks to participate in NM&M Cares must complete a participation form to be approved by the Marketing Department, tell the story of why they chose the charity, explain how they became involved, and provide photos of their experience.  The pictures and writings will be shared with clients and friends on the new NM&M Cares website, on social media, and in the press to demonstrate to the community our employees’ involvement in charitable endeavors.

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  • May 10, 2018Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Highlighted in Chambers USA 2018

    Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is proud to announce that Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world, has named the firm and two of its lawyers to its list of leading law firms and lawyers in New Jersey for 2018.  This recognition highlights the firm’s investment in and development of practice areas, as well as its commitment to preeminence in the legal industry.

    Edward A. Hogan and Martha N. Donovan, Members of the firm and Co-Chairs of its Environmental Law Group, were ranked Band 1, the highest ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section.  Hogan has been recognized for over a decade for his experience in site remediation matters, ISRA compliance, and numerous commendations for his counsel on air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste contamination matters.  Clients said he is “an encyclopedia of New Jersey environmental law” and “fabulous to work with: He always understands the laws and regulations, articulates them in a manner that we understand and grasps the business aspects of a deal.”  Donovan, who was also named the Best Lawyers Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge New Jersey, Metro Area, for 2018, was praised for being “super experienced, accessible, and very personable” and “very effective and very knowledgeable.”  She is highlighted for her expertise in litigation and negotiation skills, insurance coverage and property damage claims, and a broad range of environmental disputes.

    In addition, the firm was recognized in the Environment category for being regularly sought out to represent clients before state and federal courts, as well as various agencies.  The Environmental Law Group is designated as a well-respected group with extensive experience in handling disputes concerning contaminated land and property damage claims.

    Chambers USA ranks firms and attorneys considered leaders in their respective fields.  Chambers and Partners have been publishing their world-famous guides to the legal profession since 1990.  In addition, they host major award ceremonies in London and New York to honor the achievements of the world’s leading lawyers.  The key to the success of their legal directories and the validity of their awards is the in-depth, unbiased research conducted by Chambers’ team of highly qualified and experienced researchers.  The guiding principle behind Chambers USA is to meet the needs and expectations of the client.

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  • Apr 17, 2018Lana Ros Presenter at Union County Medical Society CME Conference

    Lana Ros, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will present “Legal and Regulatory Update on Issues Affecting Your Practice” at the Union County Medical Society’s 14th Annual CME Seminar. Hosted in conjunction with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway, the seminar will take place on Friday, April 20 from 8:30am to 4:00pm at the Westwood in Garwood.

    The seminar is intended for physicians in all specialties as well as nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants within the Union County area, and will provide information on the latest colon cancer screenings, recent guidelines on antibiotics, the newest treatment for distal radius fractures, and the latest techniques in cataract surgery. To register, please visit

    The firm serves as General Counsel to the Society, which has over 400 members from the Union County area representing all medical specialties.

    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 23, 2018Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Receives CIANJ “Companies that Care” Award

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., was named one of the “Companies that Care” at The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine’s Fifth Annual Chairman’s Reception – paying tribute to the kindness and generosity of the business community. Norris McLaughlin & Marcus was among the 39 companies named “Champions of Good Works” by a blue ribbon panel of judges at the reception on Tuesday, March 20 at Nanina’s in the Park.

    The firm received the award for their support of active duty military and veterans. As part of their annual Thanksgiving charitable initiative, the firm hosted fundraisers and collection drives throughout the year to benefit multiple charities including Pets for Patriots, Your Grateful Nation, United War Veterans Council, Operation Gratitude, and Wounded Warrior Project.

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

    CIANJ is a unique network of businesses committed to improving and advancing the cause of free enterprise in the Garden State. Their focus sets them apart from other organizations and provides the basis upon which they work to make New Jersey a better place to live, work and conduct business.

    Norris McLaughlin & Marcus has historically been committed to the communities where clients live and do business. The firm’s attorneys hold prominent leadership positions in various organizations throughout the areas the firm serves, and many of them have been honored for the work they do in the community.

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  • Mar 22, 2018William Menard to Moderate the Somerset County Business Partnership Immigration Forum

    William C. Menard, an Associate of the law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will moderate the Somerset County Business Partnership (SCBP) Business Builders Breakfast, “Employers & Immigration Forum,” on Tuesday, April 17, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., at the firm’s Bridgewater office.  Other panelists will include Alejandra Price, Senior Contract Specialist & Legal Analyst at Brother International, and Audris Francis, Director of Talent Acquisition at Sanofi.  The forum will focus on how to attract top talent from around the world and comply with the increasingly strict enforcement of immigration laws.  Networking and breakfast will also be offered.  For more information or to register, visit the SCBP website.

    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.  This has included Permanent Labor Certifications in the first, second, and third Employment-Based Categories for business managers, executives, other professionals, as well EB-5 processing projects for foreign investors.  He has also worked extensively on L visas for international corporations and their executives and managers, including “Blanket L” Visas for large global companies.

    Menard also 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 earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2012 and his B.A. in Government at Claremont McKenna College in 2009.  In law school, Menard was selected to join the prestigious Moot Court Honor Society, earning the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year and being twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.

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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,, 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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  • Jan 15, 2018David Adelson of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Becomes Counsel to New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to announce that David L. Adelson, a Member of the firm’s Healthcare Practice Group, has become counsel to the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons.

    The agreement has a two-year term, during which the firm will be responsible for the day-to-day legal representation of the society itself, as well as handling all member questions and inquiries.  The firm’s wide array of legal specialties will enable it to handle not only healthcare law issues, but other legal issues as needed.  Adelson will also attend society functions, write articles, provide lectures, and generally support the societies and their members in their endeavors.

    Adelson has over 30 years of litigation and healthcare law experience and represents a wide array of healthcare professionals and medical practices.  His practice includes a broad range of health law litigation and administrative legal matters in New York and New Jersey with concentrations in the fields of professional discipline, hearings and appeals related to professional misconduct, private and public insurance audits, fraud and abuse, audit refund requests (private, Medicaid and Medicare), HIPAA, employment matters, and IPRO inquiries.

    Adelson has successfully defended physicians in investigations before medical boards including OPMC, SBME, and OPD, as well as in private health insurance billing audits, civil Medicare/Medicaid audit/fraud claims, physician privileges, insurance fraud and abuse, RAC audits, OIG matters and MACRA.  He has litigated numerous healthcare matters and defended sizable audits against some of the largest national healthcare insurance providers.

    Adelson has lectured at numerous hospitals and before healthcare-related legal and medical organizations on health law issues including over-prescribing of medications, inappropriate conduct of practitioners, general licensure, healthcare-related cyber security issues, fraud and abuse, medical records, confidentiality of protected health information, employment contract challenges, and administrative law proceedings.  He is a member of the Health and Hospital Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the Health Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.  Adelson earned his B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication from SUNY Albany in 1984, his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 1987, and his Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from Long Island University in 2011.

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  • Jan 11, 2018Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Welcomes Michelle M. Forsell, Esq.

    Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to welcome Michelle M. Forsell, formerly of Tomlinson Forsell, as Of Counsel in the firm’s Estate Planning & Administration Group.

    “As the chapter of Tomlinson Forsell comes to a close with the retirements of Allen and Barry Tomlinson, I am pleased to be joining Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, where I can offer a deeper and wider bench here in East Greenville.  Our clients can expect the same faces and receive the same services to which they have grown accustomed,” said Forsell.

    A lifelong resident of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, Forsell focuses her practice primarily on estate planning and administration.  The former Solicitor to the Borough of East Greenville, she is the immediate past president of the Bar Association of Lehigh County, an American Bar Association Fellow, Program Chair for the Villanova Law Inn of Court, and a Montgomery County Arbitrator.  She is active in her community, serving on numerous boards including Frederick Living, a Mennonite Health Services not-for-profit continuing care retirement community; The Gulack Foundation; and the Upper Perkiomen YMCA.  Forsell also teaches law courses at Cedar Crest College in Allentown.  She will continue her practice in her current office location in East Greenville, Pennsylvania, formerly the offices of Tomlinson Forsell.

    “Michelle’s practice will complement and expand the Estate Planning & Administration practice we have in our office in Allentown and has the community focus that we value at NMM,” said Matthew R. Sorrentino, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus.

    Forsell earned her B.A. from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1999, her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 2003, and her M.A. from Temple University in 2006.  She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania; the U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania; the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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