• Jan 17, 2023Mariya Gonor

    Mariya Gonor is a member of the firm and concentrates her practice in the areas of labor and employment and litigation, working with clients on employment issues and providing counsel to individuals and businesses on commercial litigation matters.

    Mariya provides guidance to clients regarding NJLAD, Wage and Hour Law, CEPA, New York Human Rights Law, and Federal Law. She has conducted corporate investigations into allegations of harassment and discrimination and works with her clients to navigate these issues.

    Additionally, Mariya handles claims under the consumer protection laws, intellectual property protections, contractual disputes, insurance coverage disputes, construction matters and antitrust actions. She has experience arguing before the New Jersey Appellate Division and has served as general counsel to several clients, advising on a variety of corporate matters including contracts, employment-related issues, leasing, applications to government entities for grants/licensure, and other significant business issues.

    Mariya also maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented victims of Domestic Violence during Restraining Order Hearings with the Partners For Women and Justice and Racheal Coalition.  She also served as pro bono in-house corporate counsel for Tri-Boro Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

    Upon graduating from the Seton Hall University School of Law magna cum laude, Mariya served as a law clerk for The Honorable Douglas K. Wolfson in the New Jersey Superior Court. She is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian and is a New Jersey Court Certified Mediator. Mariya has been recognized in New Jersey Rising Stars since 2019.

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  • Dec 16, 2022Janisse Bruno

    Janisse Bruno is an Associate with the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group at the New York office, where she focuses on real estate finance matters. Her background consists primarily of residential and commercial real estate, as well as insurance defense, arbitration, and business licensing.

    Janisse previously worked as an Associate in another law firm, where she handled residential purchase and sale transactions, due diligence, title review, commercial leases, refinancing, asset purchase agreements, corporate formation, and everything else in between. Janisse employed her Spanish language fluency to assist many Spanish-speaking clients with their legal matters.

    Janisse obtained her JD from the George Washington University Law School. During law school, Janisse completed internships at GlaxoSmithKline and the Office of Financial Research at the United States Department of the Treasury. She also served as a 1L Mentor and researched fashion industry sustainability. For her undergraduate degree, she attended the University of Connecticut.

    Janisse is a Member of the New York Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Aside from her law practice, she enjoys photography and reading recreationally with her book club.

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  • Sep 20, 2022Sophia B. Villani

    Sophia Villani is an Associate in the Firm’s New York office, where she works on health care and life sciences matters.

    Sophia was previously a Non-Equity Partner at a public entity firm, where she specialized in coverage and monitoring counsel to insurance and reinsurance underwriters with a focus on healthcare business, including hospital, physician, allied health, and long-term care programs. In addition, she drafted and negotiated insurance policy provisions, service level agreements, settlement agreements, and fee-sharing agreements.

    As a healthcare coverage and risk assessor, Sophia supports clients throughout the U.S. during the pre-underwriting phase. Her experience includes managing large and diverse healthcare programs with high exposure liabilities and complex coverage issues.

    An Indiana University graduate, Sophia received a B.A. in Psychology. During her studies, Sophia spent a semester studying abroad at Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy. Sophia went on to receive her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, where she served as Managing Editor for the Commercial Division Online Law Report. In addition, Sophia was a Staff Member for the N.Y. Litigator Journal.

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  • Sep 09, 2022Adam H. Cook

    Adam H. Cook is a member in the firm’s Business Law Practice Group where he represents and counsels the firm’s business clients in a wide range of commercial matters including formation and financing activities, mergers and acquisitions, and general business and corporate governance matters.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Adam was counsel in the Corporate & Securities Group at a full-service regional law firm.

    Adam earned his J.D. from Rutgers Law School and received his B.A. from Occidental College and his M.A. from the University of Wisconsin.

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  • Aug 15, 2022Julien M. Baumrin

    Julien M. Baumrin, an experienced trial lawyer, is an associate in the firm’s litigation group, where he handles a variety of complex commercial cases in both state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York. With a trial-based approach to litigation, he believes that every litigation event within a dispute provides an excellent opportunity to advance a client’s position. As such, he emphasizes assisting clients in assessing their disputes comprehensively and collaboratively while also handling each litigation task with the precision necessary to advance their positions continuously throughout the life of each dispute.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Julien was a litigation associate at a national law firm based in New York, where he successfully litigated matters involving breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims, fraud, shareholder disputes, and dissolution of businesses. He also defended significant Labor Law, product liability, civil rights, and premises liability claims on behalf of private and municipal defendants.

    Julien began his legal career with the New York City Law Department, where he managed a diverse and extensive municipal caseload in Manhattan and Brooklyn before serving as a Senior Counsel, full-time lead trial attorney for six years in the Bronx Tort Unit. Defending the City and its agents in a variety of high-exposure negligence, labor law, intentional tort, and civil rights cases, he achieved an outstanding record of resolving cases through defense verdicts and dismissals at trial, summary judgment victories, and negotiation of consistently favorable settlements when appropriate. Julien was recognized with a New York City Law Department Division Chief Award for outstanding trial results, and he was selected to teach legal training to fellow Law Department attorneys.

    Julien earned his J.D. from Rutgers-Newark Law School, where his outstanding academic record earned his induction to the Order of the Coif for graduating in the top 10% of his class. During law school, Julien supplemented his excellent academic work with a variety of practical experiences that demonstrate his commitment to excellence in the practice of law. Julien served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; he served as an intern with the Antitrust Bureau and Executive Office of the New York State Attorney General’s Office; he assisted the former Attorney General of New Jersey in counseling the eleventh member of the 2011 New Jersey Voting Apportionment Commission; and, he practiced as a student attorney at Rutgers-Newark Law School’s Constitutional Litigation Clinic.

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  • Jul 20, 2022Michael Coppa

    Michael Coppa is an associate in the Firm’s Real Estate, Finance, and Land Use group where he represents lenders, buyers, and sellers with a variety of real estate transactions.

    Michael focuses his practice on handling complex title matters, land use and zoning, bankruptcy and restructuring, and litigating landlord and tenant disputes in court. He also regularly counsels cooperative boards, shareholder and condominium boards on potential and ongoing litigation, refinances, and general corporate matters. Michael assists clients in commercial transactions including mortgage financing and acquisition and performs due diligence including the review of tenant estoppels, title commitments, policies, and surveys.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Michael was an associate at New York-based firm focused on real estate, co-op, and condo law.

    Michael is a graduate of New York Law School and received his B.A. from Rutgers University.

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  • May 31, 2022Michael K. Ligorano

    Michael K. Ligorano is a member of the firm and focuses his practice in the areas of real estate and immigration.

    Mike regularly works with land developers, construction companies, major corporations, and small businesses in the evaluation of undeveloped land and throughout all phases of the application process. He handles zoning-related disputes, denial of land use permits, exclusionary zoning disputes, and other litigation arising out of the zoning and planning process. Mike has experience in the acquisition, development, and financing of numerous local projects and has served as a municipal attorney and planning board attorney for New Jersey towns.

    In addition to his real estate and land use work, Mike has an active immigration practice where he works with both small and multi-national businesses to help them gain access and remain in the U.S. He works closely with investors who starting new companies or establishing branches of their existing business in the U.S. and provides strategic guidance to them on a variety of immigration matters.

    Prior to returning to Norris McLaughlin, Michael served as General Counsel for the Diocese of Metuchen, overseeing all civil legal affairs of the Diocese, and serving as the supervising attorney for the Diocese of Metuchen Catholic Charities Immigration Program.

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  • May 23, 2022Eric Addison Negri

    Eric Negri is an associate in the firm’s litigation group and handles complex commercial litigation matters in both federal and state court.

    Eric has experience in all stages of commercial litigation in multiple practice areas, including contract, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, and construction matters. He regularly collaborates with his colleagues in a team environment to achieve optimal outcomes for his clients.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Eric was a litigation associate at a mid-sized New Jersey law firm.

    Eric earned his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and received both his M.A. and B.A. in Criminal Justice from Stockton University. While attending law school, he was a law clerk with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. After graduating law school, Eric served as an Assistant Public Defender in the Office of the Public Defender in the 9th Judicial Circuit in Florida.

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  • May 23, 2022Alexander Ryan Sokolof

    Alexander Sokolof is an associate in the firm’s litigation group, where he represents a variety of businesses in complex litigation matters. Alexander has handled litigation matters involving logistics liability, adverse possession, eminent domain, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment, as well as assignment of benefits matters encountered by healthcare providers. Aside from drafting legal documents, he regularly conducts legal research, negotiates settlements, and handles all discovery matters, including requests, responses, and motions for production.

    Before joining Norris McLaughlin, Alexander was an associate attorney at a commercial litigation law firm where he represented financial services companies and private equity funds in matters involving securities fraud, contract disputes, contract infringement, and shareholder derivatives.

    Alexander earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University with a focus on corporate law and financial compliance. As managing editor of the Pace International Law Review, he organized the 2019 human rights symposium titled “Revisiting Human Rights: The Universal Declaration at 70.” Alexander earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

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  • May 16, 2022Amanda Ashley Tersigni

    Amanda Tersigni is an associate in the firm’s litigation group where she represents corporate entities in connection with commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters.

    Amanda regularly works with clients in and out of court, conducting legal research and drafting various pleadings including complaints for adversary proceedings and objecting to dischargeability of debts. She has additional experience representing contractors in multi-million-dollar construction claims against the City of New York and has also represented lenders in commercial foreclosure actions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Amanda was a bankruptcy and creditors’ rights associate at a Northeast law firm and represented clients in chapters 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy claims.

    Amanda earned her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law where she served as an executive research editor for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review and was an executive board member of the Dispute Resolution Society. She received her B.A. from the College at Old Westbury, State University of New York.

    Amanda is involved in organizations including the New York Institute of Credit as a Member of the Future Leader Committee, and the Construction Financial Association as the Chair for the Young Professionals Committee.

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