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  • Nov 23, 2021Going Solar: The Legal, Economic, and Operational Perspective

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. is pleased to co-host the free webinar, “Going Solar: The Legal, Economic, and Operational Perspective,” with SolarKal. Moderated by Laura M. Miller, Senior Counsel in Norris McLaughlin’s Solar Energy Service Area, Jim Laskey, Member of Norris McLaughlin and Chair of its Solar Energy Service Area will be joined by Yaniv Kalish, CEO of SolarKal to speak on the basics of “going solar.”

    Going Solar: The Legal, Economic, and Operational Perspective

    This webinar will cover:

    • Knowing your financing options
    • Understanding all the available financial incentives, including the new NJ SREC program
    • Choosing the right solar equipment
    • Choosing the right installer
    • Potential obstacles – town administration (permitting), weather
    • Typical legal issues – warranty, production guaranty, liquidated damages, remedies for breach and removal at expiration or termination
    • Typical solar project ROI
    • The environmental impact of going solar
    • Case studies

    We strongly encourage you to submit questions in advance of the webinar to be sure we address your specific needs. Please submit your questions by 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 3, 2021, via email to marketing@norris-law.com, including “Going Solar: Webinar Questions” in the subject line.

    When: Thursday, December 9, 2021

    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Register here!

    About the Solar Energy Service Area at Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin’s cross-disciplinary solar energy group is actively involved in all aspects of solar energy and includes attorneys from our environmental, utility, real estate and land use, construction, business, taxation, insurance, litigation, and intellectual property practice areas. Our solar energy attorneys focus on issues pertaining to solar technology, manufacturing, financing, installation, and operations.

    About SolarKal

    SolarKal is a solar procurement technology firm that supports organizations in their transition to solar energy. Since its inception in 2015, SolarKal has advised solar buyers on over $200 million in solar deals. SolarKal’s marketplace provides organizations access to over 150 pre-vetted solar providers, who compete for their business through SolarKal’s procurement platform. SolarKal’s finance, technical and policy teams provide clients an end-to-end solution throughout the solar conversion.

    About James H. Laskey

    James H. Laskey is chair of the firm’s cross-disciplinary Solar Energy Industry Group. He has gained extensive experience negotiating agreements for solar energy installations, power purchase agreements, and agreements for the creation and sale of the various renewable energy certificates and other incentives that have been made available for solar projects in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, including SRECs, TRECs, and other RECs. Jim was ranked in New Jersey’s inaugural “Energy & Natural Resources” section of the Chambers USA 2021 Guide, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world.

    About Laura M. Miller

    Laura M. Miller is a business attorney focusing her practice on administrative and government regulatory law in the public utility, telecommunications, cable television, and communications infrastructure industries. Laura handles New Jersey Board of Public Utilities regulatory approval and compliance matters, municipal franchise renewals, public right-of-way access negotiations and agreements, compliance investigations, enforcement actions, and administrative law proceedings. She represents clients in commenting on agency rulemaking and understands and keeps apprised of regulatory and political changes that affect client business operations and initiatives.

    About Yaniv Kalish

    Yaniv Kalish is a solar energy veteran, with over 15 years and developing over $200M of solar projects. The founder & CEO of SolarKal – the largest B2B solar marketplace in the US, Yaniv authored the commercial solar guide for SEIA (Solar Energy Industry Association) and spoke in events about how to increase the adaptation of solar energy for businesses and corporations. Yaniv is a Boston Consulting Group Alum and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

    Posted in: Environmental, Events, James H. Laskey, Laura M. Miller, Solar Energy | Tags: , , , ,

  • Sep 15, 2021Christopher Erd Speaks on New Jersey’s Increasing Expansion of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    At the August 26, 2021 EV Coalition “EV Chargers at Places You Like to Go!,” Norris McLaughlin Member and Land Use and Zoning attorney Christopher Erd participated in a collaborative discussion on Electric Vehicles (EV) with John Stuckey, Director of Site Development at Volta Charging, and Adam Bradford, Somerset County Senior Transportation Planner. The discussion was moderated by Leanne McGowan, Director of Business Development for RideWise, Somerset County’s go-to partner for information on environmentally friendly transportation. The speakers discussed New Jersey’s expansion of local charging networks for EV and Governor Murphy’s recent legislation related to the permitting process to build EV charging stations.

    New Jersey’s Increasing Expansion of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    With a focus on what the EV industry means for municipalities, developers and builders, the group discussed the increasing adoption of EV charging, the business model for retail properties, and Somerset County’s plans for connecting EV drivers in more locations.

    Chris, who has significant experience providing legal counsel on land use and zoning issues related to EV, explained the current applications, issues, and processes. Specifically, he reviewed the state’s standards for installation and use of EV charging stations in common interest communities such as condominium and homeowners’ associations, as well as requirements and zoning standards for installation of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) and Make-Ready parking spaces in municipalities.

    Click here to watch!

    About Christopher Erd

    Chris’s primary practice areas are land use and zoning, electric vehicles, commercial-scale solar energy, commercial-scale electric battery storage, commercial and residential real estate sales and leases, and environmental law. He has obtained numerous real estate development approvals, closed many sales, and prepared a great deal of leases. His major client business areas include real estate developers, commercial and industrial property owners and tenants, warehouses, shopping centers, restaurants, bars, hotels, gasoline stations, wholesale fuel suppliers, convenience stores, electric vehicle charging stations, solar energy providers, commercial electricity storage, and wireless telecommunications providers.

    Posted in: Christopher A. Erd, Environmental, News | Tags: , , ,

  • May 26, 2021Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group Highlighted Again in Chambers USA 2021

    Norris McLaughlin, 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 four of its lawyers to its list of leading law firms and lawyers in New Jersey for 2021.

    About Chambers USA

    Martha N. Donovan, and Edward A. Hogan, Members of the firm, have been highlighted in the “Environment” section once again. In addition, Norris McLaughlin was ranked for the first time in the Chambers USA “Energy & Natural Resources” practice area, along with Member and Chair of the firm’s Solar Energy Industry Group, James H. Laskey.

    These recognitions highlight the firm’s investment in and development of practice areas, as well as its commitment to preeminence in the legal industry. Chambers USA ranks firms and attorneys considered leaders in their respective fields. Chambers and Partners have published 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. For more information and methodology, please click here.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group

    Donovan, who was also named The Best Lawyers in America© Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area for 2020, was ranked Band 1, the highest ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section. She has been highlighted for her “wealth of experience handling issues relating to Superfund sites and environmental litigation.” According to Chambers, market commentators have said Donovan “‘is a skilled litigator who understands the fabric of the law” and “[a] zealous advocate for her clients.” A description of the selection methodology for Best Lawyers® can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    Hogan, a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, was also ranked in Band 1 for being “highly regarded for his work in site cleanup and cost recovery proceedings.” Chambers says clients describe him as “the preeminent environmental attorney in New Jersey. He knows everybody in state government, and he works tirelessly to advocate on behalf of his clients.” In addition, “[h]e can cut through issues succinctly to help us determine the risk/reward on an environmentally challenged site.” Listed in four categories in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America©: Environmental Law, Energy Law, Litigation–Environmental, and Natural Resources Law, Hogan has been included in the Best Lawyers® Environmental Law section since 1993. A description of the selection methodology for Best Lawyers® can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    Laskey was recognized in Band 2 as a “highly experienced corporate attorney … [who] chairs the firm’s solar energy practice” and “is called upon for his advice on transactional matters as well as regulatory issues affecting clients in the utilities and energy space.” Chambers quoted a client who stated, “He is nimble and able to navigate a broad spectrum of legal issues and bring in appropriate experts at the firm. He provides great client service.” Laskey has been selected for inclusion on the list of Best Lawyers® each year since 1991, as well as selected as The Best Lawyers in America© Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year” for the Newark, New Jersey, region in 2013. A description of the selection methodology for Best Lawyers® can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    Norris McLaughlin was also recognized in the Environment category in Band 2 for “provid[ing] environmental advice to Madison Industries on the completion of the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study for an operable unit at a Superfund site in New Jersey.” The firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group is designated as a “[w]ell-respected group with extensive experience handling disputes concerning contaminated land and property damage claims. Regularly sought out for representation before the state and federal courts, as well as various agencies. Offers additional skill advising on due diligence and compliance matters. Caters to clients from a range of sectors including chemicals, pharmaceuticals and real estate.” The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area. Chambers quotes its sources as saying, “They are easy to work with, smart and have good instincts,” and “They work seamlessly with each other and with us.”

    The firm’s Solar Energy Industry Group, which falls within its Environmental Practice Group, was highlighted in Band 2 this year for its “[s]trong team with impressive experience representing public utilities before regulatory bodies, including the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Offers notable expertise in rate cases as well as transactional matters. …[F]ocuses on all legal matters relating to solar technology.”

    Posted in: Edward A. Hogan, Environmental, James H. Laskey, Martha N. Donovan, News, Solar Energy | Tags: , , , ,

  • Nov 05, 2020Norris McLaughlin Has Been Named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 11 Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2021

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in eleven practice areas for the 2021 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The firm’s full listing of First Tier Metropolitan rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation – Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law
    • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

    Norris McLaughlin has also received a Tier 2 Metropolitan ranking in the following practice areas:

    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Communications Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Natural Resources Law

    “This listing of Norris McLaughlin is an outstanding achievement for the practice groups and dedicated attorneys who serve our clients. The rankings represent independent substantiation of the value we provide our clients, producing real results through efficient and diligent counsel,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

    From the start, the mission of “Best Law Firms” has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. For more information, including methodology, and the full listing, see bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin is a multi-practice, commercial law firm with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though regionally based, the firm has grown its capabilities to include counseling on matters of national and international scope. Boasting a team of more than 120 attorneys practicing in over 25 legal disciplines and industry-focused groups, Norris McLaughlin is well-positioned to represent a wide range of client segments, including small business, middle-market companies, and Fortune 500 corporations, as well as the private individuals and families who own and run them.

    Once a humble two-man practice in Somerville, New Jersey, the firm has leveraged a multi-disciplinary legal practice with a deep dedication to superior client service to become the largest law firm in Somerset County and one of the Top 20 law firms based in New Jersey. To respond to the changing needs of the firm’s clients and the business community, Norris McLaughlin expanded its geographic reach by merging with like-minded firms in New York City (1999) and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania (2009). As a result of this expansion, and with the resources of international law firm networks providing additional bench strength and service capability, Norris McLaughlin now delivers a total package of legal solutions to represent clients wherever they are and whatever their legal issues may be.

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Business Law, Construction Law, Environmental, Estate Planning & Administration, Litigation, News, Products Liability Defense, Solar Energy, Telecommunications, Workers’ Compensation—Pennsylvania Office | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

  • Jun 08, 2020Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group Highlighted Again in Chambers USA 2020

    Norris McLaughlin, 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 three of its lawyers to its list of leading law firms and lawyers in New Jersey for 2020. These recognitions highlight 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 Practice Group, were ranked Band 1, the highest ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group

    Hogan, a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, has been recognized for his decades of experience in site remediation matters. Chambers states the “[h]e is highly regarded for his work in site cleanup and cost recovery proceedings” and “commended by clients as ‘smart, responsive and experienced.’”  In past years, clients have called Hogan “a lawyer of choice” who “knows the law inside out” and they “trust his instincts and advice completely.” Currently listed in four categories in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America: Environmental Law, Energy Law, Litigation–Environmental, and Natural Resources Law, Hogan has been included in the Environmental Law section since 1993.

    Donovan, who was also named the Best Lawyers in America Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area, for 2020, has previously been praised as “an exemplary litigator who, according to interviewees, ‘achieves positive and timely results for clients.’” She has been highlighted for her expertise in insurance coverage and state and federal environmental regulations. Chambers states that market commentators have said Donovan “‘has the full skill set’ when it comes to environmental law.” This year, her “wealth of experience handling issues relating to Superfund sites and environmental litigation” earned her another year of recognition.

    Norris McLaughlin was also recognized in the Environment category for being regularly sought out to represent clients before state and federal courts and various agencies. Its Environmental Law Practice Group is designated as a well-respected group with extensive experience in handling disputes concerning contaminated land and property damage claims. The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area. Chambers states that sources they’ve spoken to say, “It’s a great team, which is client-centric and knowledgeable of the law.”

    About Chambers USA

    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. For more information and methodology, please click here.

    Posted in: Edward A. Hogan, Environmental, Martha N. Donovan, News | Tags: , ,

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