Saleem Mawji, Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation matters, focusing primarily on three areas: shareholder disputes, fraudulent investigations, and construction law.  He represents businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court.

Saleem has represented corporations, majority shareholders, and minority shareholders in legal disputes including oppression rights cases and disputes within closely-held companies.  He helps clients to understand their rights and obligations under Pennsylvania’s Business Corporation Law and the issues involved in allegations of shareholder “freeze-out.”

His fraudulent investigations practice involves assisting clients who have been defrauded by employees, partners, and other parties.  While some matters are handled criminally, Saleem uses the civil process to help recoup embezzled funds.  The process typically involves working closely with financial forensic experts.

Saleem’s construction practice focuses on litigation, mechanic’s lien claims, construction defects, and contractor/subcontractor payment disputes.  He is experienced with Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act and the Prompt Payment Act.

Saleem’s understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to help clients manage electronic documents and produce them during discovery.  He drafts document retention policies and litigation hold letters and has evaluated numerous electronic discovery tools for overall effectiveness and efficiency.

He was honored in 2016 as one of the Forty Under 40 in Lehigh Valley Business, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Saleem is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network and Muhlenberg College. He is on the Board of Community Bike Works, is a Member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Fellowship of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.  He is a past board member of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and a past member of the Steering Committee of the Philadelphia Young Lawyer’s Division of the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee.

  • “CEO Action Regional Summit for Inclusive Excellence,” Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking & Connecting Consortium (LINC), Webinar, February 4, 2021
  • “Piercing the Corporate Veil,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., January 14, 2015
  • “Minority Shareholder Litigation,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., PA, September 12, 2013
  • “Arbitration,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Allentown, PA, October 31, 2012
  • “Legal Ethics & Technology,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Allentown, PA, November 30, 2011
  • “Predecessor & Successor Corporate Liability,” Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, Allentown, PA, November 11, 2010
  • Saleem represented a manufacturer, in an action brought by a disgruntled shareholder who sought the appointment of a custodian and a liquidating receiver after the assets were sold to a newly formed corporation, whose shareholders were some, but not all, of the shareholders.  The Plaintiff alleged that the new entity and its shareholders had usurped the assets and business opportunities of the manufacturer.  However, the manufacturer had not been operating for several years and had no assets, income, or facilities at the time the action was filed.  Accordingly, Saleem argued that the appointment of a custodian and a receiver would be futile, as all available assets were already liquidated and the proceeds had been distributed to the shareholders, including the Plaintiff, leaving no role for a custodian or receiver.  Summary judgment was granted in favor of the manufacturer.
  • Saleem represents Global Export Marketing, Co (“GEMCO”).  GEMCO distributes food products and related goods to approximately 50 countries around the world.  It distributes its own private-label “American Garden” brands in over 30 countries, exceeding $100M in sales.  Saleem’s representation includes reviewing and drafting distribution agreements and serving as litigation counsel.
  • Saleem represented an international pharmaceutical company in a multi-year Department of Justice investigation into the company’s sales and promotional practices.  The investigation involved the review and analysis of nearly 1 million documents and conducting several witness interviews across the nation.  He was closely involved with developing legal defenses and preparing presentations to the federal government on the False Claims Act.
  • He represented a senior care facility which found itself embroiled in a $250M dollar Ponzi scheme that victimized up to 2,000 investors.  He assisted in reaching a settlement agreement that resolved all claims asserted against the facility.
  • Saleem represented a large medical practice whose former CEO embezzled more than 1.5M from the practice. The former executive created several shell companies and false expenses in an effort to conceal his scheme.  Saleem prepared the litigation strategy and causes of action necessary to recoup the embezzled funds.
  • He has represented various interests in minority shareholder oppression lawsuits, representing minority shareholders, majority shareholders, and corporations. Specifically, he has worked with several closely held corporations in resolving fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims, including a regional automobile service and sales business, a security services provider, a national home builder, a regional nursing care provider, and a multi-state medical practice.
  • Saleem has represented a national home builder in over a dozen lawsuits.  The suits have ranged from homeowner complaints to subcontractor payment disputes.  In handling such litigation, Saleem has become well-versed in Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act.  Such representations have included preparing pleadings, arguing motions, working with various experts, negotiating settlements and preparing for trial.
  • He successfully represented an international manufacturer in litigation involving successor and predecessor liability, resulting in no payment to the opposing party.
  • He assisted a national bank, part of an international group, in collecting on unpaid notes for equipment related financing in excess of $1M.
  • Saleem represented a regional medical practice in litigation against the practice’s billing provider, reaching a favorable settlement.
  • He has represented commercial and residential landlords in landlord-tenant disputes.  He successfully represented a commercial landlord in evicting a large commercial restaurant, which required several court appearances, settlement agreements, and finally, an eviction.


Saleem Mawji was selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

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