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  • Jun 02, 2021Rebecca Price Appointed Solicitor to the Lehigh County Board of Assessment Appeals

    Rebecca J. Price, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed Solicitor to the Lehigh County Board of Assessment Appeals.

    About the Lehigh County Board of Assessment Appeals

    Assessment appeals provide a vehicle for property owners in the County to review their property’s current tax assessment. As Solicitor, Price will review applications, attend hearings, and provide her legal opinion to the Board when requested.

    “I am looking forward to working with the Board and assisting the County and its residents with this important process,” said Price.

    About Rebecca Price

    Price represents clients in all the eastern counties of Pennsylvania, the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey. As a commercial litigator, she handles a wide range of lawsuits, including complex commercial business litigation, landlord/ tenant matters, and contract disputes.

    Price represents local and out-of-state banks in bankruptcy, complex foreclosures, receiverships, and asset recovery matters, including negotiating deed in lieu transfers and confession of judgment for ejectment and money proceedings. She has completed the necessary training to perform work for Fannie Mae. Price has also defended clients in actions to open or strike judgments entered by confession.

    Often, Price is engaged as local counsel by attorneys in foreign districts. Understanding the dynamic role that local counsel plays in assisting the client of the referring firm, she has been successful in establishing many relationships with other firms. Proficient in handling multifaceted commercial collection matters on behalf of local and out-of-state businesses, she gives seminars to assist businesses in adopting practices best suited for collecting outstanding accounts receivable. Price has ample experience litigating collection matters and executing upon judgments obtained on behalf of clients.

    Beyond her practice, Price is devoted to issues affecting underprivileged youth in Lehigh County. She initially volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, where she advocated for children in foster care. Price also serves as Conflict Counsel for Lehigh County’s Juvenile Dependency Court. In that role, she regularly represents the interests of underprivileged children. In addition to other non-profits, Price ardently supports two organizations devoted to assisting Lehigh County children, the Kindness Project and Parkland C.A.R.E.S. Food Pantry.

    Additionally, to promote her lifetime passion for the arts, Price currently serves on the Civic Theatre Board of Directors, where she is Co-Chair of the Kapital for Kids Campaign, which seeks to raise funds to renovate the space dedicated to children’s programming inside the historic 17th Street Theatre. She was also elected the Secretary of the Board in September 2020 and plans to continue in that role through 2021. Price earned her J.D. in 2007 from William and Mary School of Law, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio State University in 2004.

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  • Apr 23, 2021Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Speak on Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

    Richard Brent Somach and Rebecca J. Price, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., along with David C. Berger, an Associate of the firm, presented “Understanding FDCPA and Changes to the Existing Code” for the Bar Association of Lehigh County on April 13.

    “Our presentation was to educate attorneys on the most significant update of the FDCPA since it was passed in 1977, clarifying prohibitions on harassment and abuse, false or misleading representations, and unfair practices by debt collectors when collecting consumer debt and how the new protections apply to modern communication formats, such as email, text messaging, and social media. Also included are new rules for consumer-oriented disclosures, the reporting of credit information to consumer reporting agencies, and bringing suit on time-barred debt,” said Somach.

    Understanding the FDCPA

    The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), which provides debtors with a means for challenging payoff demands and determining the validity and accuracy of asserted debts, was enacted in 1978 and updated in October 2020. Somach, Price, and Berger addressed the updates, clarifying who is considered a “debt collector” under the FDCPA, what communications are covered, and what practices are prohibited. They also discussed liability for violating the FDCPA, defenses to those violations, and tips for lawyers to protect themselves. Participants commented that the presentation was useful and well-organized, and noted the presenters’ “excellent command of the topic.” The twenty attendees received two substantive CLE credits.

    About the Presenters

    Richard Somach

    Somach focuses his practice on real estate, commercial law, and creditors’ remedies, representing real estate development companies, shopping centers, and local banks.

    In the banking area, Somach assists clients with their transactional, litigation, and operational needs, and handles collections, foreclosures, and complex commercial workouts. He has represented real estate owners, developers, and investors in a broad range of real estate transactions, including zoning matters, subdivisions, and shopping center development.

    As a licensed title insurance agent, Somach is founder of the title insurance and settlement company ABE Settlement Services and serves as legal counsel to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®. He has formerly served as Assistant Lehigh County Solicitor, advising the Sheriff’s Office, the Tax Assessment Office, and the Tax Claim Bureau.

    Active in many community organizations, Somach is a past president of the Salisbury Township School Board. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Bar Association of Lehigh County, where he served as President in 1992. Somach frequently writes and lectures on real estate matters, sheriff’s sales, and real estate tax sales. He received his B.A., with honors, in 1971 from Lehigh University, and his J.D. in 1974 from Hofstra University Law School.

    Rebecca Price

    Price represents clients in all the eastern counties of Pennsylvania, the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey. As a commercial litigator, she handles a wide range of lawsuits, including complex commercial business litigation, landlord/ tenant matters, and contract disputes.

    Price represents local and out-of-state banks in bankruptcy, complex foreclosures, receiverships, and asset recovery matters, including negotiating a deed in lieu transfers and confession of judgment for ejectment and money proceedings. She has completed the necessary training to perform work for Fannie Mae. Price has also defended clients in actions to open or strike judgments entered by confession.

    Often, Price is engaged as local counsel by attorneys in foreign districts. Understanding the dynamic role that local counsel plays in assisting the client of the referring firm, she has been successful in establishing many relationships with other firms. Price is active in the Bar Association of Lehigh County, serves as Conflict Counsel for Lehigh County’s Juvenile Dependency Court, and has recently been appointed as Solicitor of the Lehigh County Board of Tax Assessment Appeals.

    Proficient in handling multifaceted commercial collection matters on behalf of local and out-of-state businesses, Price gives seminars to assist businesses in adopting practices best suited for collecting outstanding accounts receivable. She has ample experience litigating collection matters and executing upon judgments obtained on behalf of her clients. Price earned her J.D. in 2007 from William and Mary School of Law, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio State University in 2004.

    David Berger

    Berger concentrates his practice on business, real estate, and liquor law. He counsels clients on general business topics including organization and formation, corporate governance, lease negotiations, restructurings, and finance.

    A licensed title insurance agent, Berger works closely with lenders, real estate developers, and homebuilding companies. He handles both residential and commercial real estate development including acquisitions, land use and zoning matters, title review, and other due diligence requirements.

    In his liquor law practice, Berger handles the sale and purchase of liquor licenses and provides transactional counseling, including defending licenses who have received citations from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. He frequently writes for the firm’s liquor law blog, “Legal Liquor.”

    Berger is an active member of the Bar Association of Lehigh County. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2011, and his B.B.A. from Temple University, The Fox School of Business, in 2008.

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  • Jul 30, 2019Rebecca Price Appointed to Civic Theatre Board of Directors

    Rebecca J. Price, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed to the Civic Theatre of Allentown Board of Directors for the 2019-2022 term.

    Civic Theatre of Allentown is a non-profit organization with 90 years of history in the Lehigh Valley dedicated to producing live theatre of high standards of artistic excellence, capitalizing on the physicality, presence, and immediacy of theatre as an art form and providing a creative outlet and training ground for local artists dedicated to the theatre as an avocation. For more information, please click here.

    “I am passionate about the arts and honored to be appointed to the Civic Theatre Board of Directors. I hope to assist in moving the Theatre’s mission forward,” said Price.

    Price, a resident of Orefield, is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She also practices extensively on behalf of creditors in the bankruptcy courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and in the District of New Jersey.

    As a commercial litigator, Price represents clients in all of the eastern counties of Pennsylvania, the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey.  She handles a wide range of lawsuits, including complex commercial business litigation, landlord/ tenant matters, and contract disputes.  In her general litigation practice, she represents numerous insurance companies’ insureds in a wide spectrum of civil matters, and has represented clients in personal injury matters.

    Price represents local and out-of-state banks in bankruptcy, complex foreclosures, receiverships, and asset recovery matters, including negotiating deed in lieu transfers and confession of judgment for ejectment and money proceedings. She has completed the necessary training to perform work for Fannie Mae. Price has also defended clients in actions to open or strike judgments entered by confession.

    Often, she is engaged as local counsel by attorneys in foreign districts. Understanding the dynamic role that local counsel plays in assisting the client of the referring firm, Price has been successful in establishing many relationships with other firms.

    Proficient in handling multifaceted commercial collection matters on behalf of local and out-of-state businesses, Price gives seminars to assist businesses in adopting practices best suited for collecting outstanding accounts receivable. She has ample experience litigating collection matters and executing upon judgments obtained on behalf of her clients.

    Prior to joining the firm, Price served as clerk for the Lehigh County Department of Law as part of a Post Graduate Fellowship. During her clerkship, she served the county in land use and litigation matters.

    In addition to her work for the firm and in pursuit of her passion for advocating for children’s rights, Price serves as conflict-counsel for Lehigh County and has been appointed to serve as guardian ad litem to children in the county. Price earned her J.D. in 2007 from William and Mary School of Law, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio State University in 2004

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  • Jun 12, 2019Norris McLaughlin Members Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that Members of the firm, Robert E. Donatelli and Rebecca J. Price, were admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, June 10, at the 2019 Bar Association of Lehigh County (BALC) Bench Bar Conference & Supreme Court of the United States Admissions Ceremony in Washington, D.C

    Donatelli and Price also moved for admission to the Court for 21 members of The Bar Association of Lehigh County. “It was an honor to move with members of my local bar association for admission to the Supreme Court,” said Donatelli. Price added, “To be included with Bob in these members made it even more meaningful for me.”

    The Annual Bench Bar Conference is a 3-day event for BALC judges, attorneys, and others. The weekend included a cocktail reception, CLE seminars, group activities, and a formal Sunday brunch. For more information, please click here.

    Donatelli has over 40 years of experience in estate administration, wills and trusts, and real estate law. He helps clients with all aspects of estate planning – will preparation, tax issues, guardianships, powers of attorney, living wills, living trusts, and special needs trusts; and estate administration – the process of probate, valuing and managing the estate, and executing decisions on guardianships and conservatorship. In real estate law, he advises clients on residential and commercial sales transactions, real estate contracts, mortgages, re-finances, foreclosures, eminent domain, title insurance, and title disputes. Donatelli is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. He is a former solicitor of the Register of Wills of Lehigh County; currently serves as Chair of the City of Allentown, Board of Ethics; is active in the Bar Association of Lehigh County, where he served as President in 1985; and is a member of the Barristers Inn of Court, where he served as President. Donatelli received his J.D. from University of Kansas School of Law in 1963 and his A.B. from Muhlenberg College in 1960.

    As a commercial litigator, Price represents clients in the eastern counties of Pennsylvania, the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey. She is involved in complex commercial business litigation, landlord/tenant matters, and contract disputes. In her general litigation practice, Price represents numerous insurance companies’ insureds in a wide spectrum of civil matters, and has also represented clients in personal injury matters. She represents local and out-of-state banks in bankruptcy, complex foreclosures, receiverships, and asset recovery matters, including negotiating deed in lieu transfers and confession of judgment for ejectment and money proceedings. She has also defended clients in actions to open or strike judgments entered by confession. She received her J.D. from William and Mary School of Law in 2007 and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio State University in 2004.

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  • Jan 03, 2017Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Names New Member, Rebecca Price

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has announced that Rebecca J. Price has been promoted from an Associate to a Member of the firm, effective January 1, 2017.

    “On behalf of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., we are proud to announce that Rebecca has become a Member of the firm,” said the Chairman of the firm. “She has achieved the highest level of professional accomplishment and is committed to advancing and protecting the interests of our clients and the values of the firm.”

     

    Price is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and also practices extensively on behalf of creditors in bankruptcy courts.  She handles a wide range of lawsuits, including complex commercial business litigation, landlord/ tenant matters, and contract disputes.  In her general litigation practice, she represents numerous insurance companies’ insureds in a wide spectrum of civil matters, and has represented clients in personal injury matters.  Price represents local and out-of-state banks in bankruptcy, complex foreclosures, receiverships, and asset recovery matters, including negotiating deed in lieu transfers and confession of judgment for ejectment and money proceedings. She is trained to perform work for Fannie Mae. Price has also defended clients in actions to open or strike judgments entered by confession.  Often, she is engaged as local counsel by attorneys in foreign districts.

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