Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has announced that Nichole Cipriani, Salil P. Jani, and Saleem Mawji have been promoted from Associates to Members of the firm, effective January 1, 2016.
“On behalf of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., we are proud to announce that Nichole, Salil, and Saleem have become members of the firm,” said Alison L. Galer, Managing Partner. “Each of them has demonstrated a commitment to our clients, the firm, and their colleagues, and are truly exceptional attorneys.”
Cipriani devotes her practice to estate and tax planning, estate administration, guardianship, and fiduciary litigation. She assists individuals and families with business succession planning, special needs and disability planning, and international estate planning. Cipriani is experienced in preparing wills, insurance trusts, revocable trusts, qualified domestic trusts, grantor-retained annuity trusts, charitable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, special needs trusts, supplemental benefits trusts, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives for health care. She has extensive experience representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service; preparing filings for individuals and legal entities, including Forms 706, 709, 990 and 1041; drafting and filing Tax Court petitions and Private Letter Ruling requests; and negotiating Innocent Spouse relief. Cipriani is Co-Chair of the Elder, Estates and Trusts Committee of the Somerset County Bar Association and was named to the New Jersey Rising Stars list as one of the top attorneys in the state for 2010, 2011, and 2013-2015.
Jani works closely with entrepreneurs and start-ups to help them achieve their goals. He devotes a substantial portion of his practice to counseling start-ups and emerging companies on a wide variety of issues ranging from fundamental organizational matters to venture financing. Jani has significant experience counseling high growth companies through debt and equity financings. He also brings a unique perspective to this practice, as he is a member of the investment committee and an investor in a venture fund focused on late stage venture investments. In his role as general counsel to multiple technology companies, Jani works with senior management to resolve day-to-day legal issues, and handles corporate transactions and governance matters. He also provides general corporate counseling to clients, and negotiates and drafts commercial contracts for Internet infrastructure companies, software companies, hardware manufacturers, medical device and life sciences companies, and consumer products manufacturers, and is an experienced advisor on strategic transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and opportunistic investments.
Mawji devotes his practice primarily to complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contract enforcement, government investigations, debt collection, and representing banks alleged to have violated Pennsylvania’s Commercial Code. He has represented businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. He also represents clients at all stages of the legal process, from depositions and judicial conferences to trial, using his extensive litigation experience to advise companies on how to avoid unnecessary litigation, and frequently negotiates settlements. Mawji’s understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to assist clients with managing electronic documents and producing them during discovery. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Mawji is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network, Muhlenberg College, and the Board of Community Bike Works.