Judith A. Harris

Judith A. Harris: Attorney with Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
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Judith A. Harris, Co-Chair of the Estate, Trust and Individual Tax Group, has over 30 years of experience in the areas of taxation, wills and trusts, estate administration, business matters, and tax exempt entities.

In addition to creating estate plans for clients from the most sophisticated to the most basic of wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, Judith’s specialties include business matters involving corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Her practice also includes the creation and representation of charitable trusts and foundations, as well as representation of estates, trusts, and beneficiaries in disputes before the Orphans’ Court. She handles the resolution of tax controversies for business and individual taxpayers before all divisions of the Internal Revenue Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. These cases often involve estate, business, and individual audits, or the resolution of collection efforts such as liens, levies, and garnishments by the IRS and state taxing authorities.

As an estate planning and tax attorney, Judith frequently works with clients to structure the optimal transfer of a client’s wealth and business interests to younger generations with minimal tax consequences.

Judith is President of the Board of Trustees for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, a board member since 1993 and former officer of the Allentown Symphony Association, and a board member of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society. She is a board member and past President of the Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, Inc., and a former board member and Executive Committee member of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Judith is past President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley, and served for 10 years on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority board of governors. From 1993 to 2000, she was an adjunct instructor of “Wills, Trusts, and Estates” at Penn State University’s Lehigh Valley Campus.


Judith Harris Presents to LVHN Physicians

Judith A. Harris to Serve as President of the Board of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Attorney Featured on WDIY Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio

Nine Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Attorneys Named Lehigh Valley Style’s “Select Lawyers”

Judith A. Harris Honored by Lehigh Valley Business as one of 25 Women of Influence

Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Attorney Featured on Radio Call-In Show

Judith A. Harris Recognized as Honorary Co-Chair

Judith A. Harris to Serve on Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Judith A. Harris Discusses Estate and Income Tax Changes on WDIY Radio

Judith A. Harris Elected to Term as a Vice President of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church

Judith A. Harris Elected to Serve as Legal Counsel for The Century Fund

Judith A. Harris Leads Estate Planning Presentation for First Presbyterian Church of Allentown

Harris and the LVHN Planned Giving Advisory Council Present Fundamentals of Estate Planning

Judith A. Harris Discusses Planned Giving and Tax Planning Strategies at Symphony Hall

Judith A. Harris Discusses June 18th Deadline for PA Tax Amnesty Program on WDIY Radio

Judith A. Harris Appointed to Committees of the Board of Pensions for the Presbyterian Church

Judith A. Harris Discusses Estate and Income Tax Changes on WDIY Radio



Blog - Trusts, Estates & Individual Tax Law Blog

Effective Estate Planning

Welcome to Our Firm’s Estate, Trust, and Individual Tax Blog


•“Effective Estate Planning: A New Era ,” Network Magazine, Winter 2019, January 21, 2018
•“Home is Where the What Is? Strategic Use of Domicile and Residency Laws in Income Tax and Estate Planning for Individuals ,” Network Magazine, Winter 2018
•“RETIREMENT! ALREADY? Millennials plan to quit before 60 ,” LVB.com, July 10, 2017


•“Financial Grand Rounds: Comprehensive Planning for Physicians,” Lehigh Valley Health Network, Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg Campuses, PA, Fall 2017
•“Charitable Client Conversations: A Case Study Approach,” Center Valley, PA, January 22, 2015
•“For Your Future: Estate Planning in a Changing Fiscal Landscape,” Center Valley, PA, March 1, 2013
•“2011 Estate/Gift Tax Changes: Implications to Estate Plans ,” Allentown, PA, January 27, 2011
•“2011 Estate/Gift Tax Changes: Implications to Estate Plans ,” Allentown, PA, January 26, 2011


Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
Service to Philanthropy Award, 2005

Lehigh Valley Business
Women of Influence Award, 2015

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Taxation
  • Elder Care & Special Needs Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(484) 765-2284  Phone
(610) 391-1805  Fax
University Attended:
Bryn Mawr College, A.B., cum laude, 1983
Law School Attended:
American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 1986; Villanova University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, with concentration in Estate Planning, 1991
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 1986, Pennsylvania; U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

•American Bar Association, Tax Section
•Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Tax Law Section
•Bar Association of Lehigh County
•Northampton County Bar Association


Peer Reviews

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