Richard Norris, a founding member of Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin PA, has passed away.
He died on May 31 at 93 years old.
All arrangements are private due to the current health crisis, but contributions can be made in his memory to the VNA Health Group Foundation and condolences can be sent to his family online.
“Dick was truly the best of who we are and what we strive to be. He was a phenomenal lawyer, an outstanding partner, a true pillar of the legal community, and a great and trusted friend to us all. Anyone who knew him had nothing but the greatest respect and affection for him, holding him in the highest esteem,” said John Vanarthos, Norris McLaughlin chairman, addressing the firm Monday.
“Dick will always be a source of pride for the firm and, for that, we will always owe him a deep debt of gratitude,” said Vanarthos. “We will love and miss him forever.”
Norris worked for over 50 years as a trial lawyer and was certified as an arbitrator and mediator focused on matrimonial and family law. He served as the first public defender for Somerset County in 1967 and was instrumental in establishing the Somerset County Legal Services Program during his tenure as president of the county bar in 1970 and 1971. He served as counsel to the Somerset County Board of Elections and the Somerset County Board of Taxation and was the attorney for the organization and establishment of twelve commercial banks throughout the state.