• Jan 04, 2021Laura M. Miller

    Laura Miller is a business attorney focusing her practice on administrative and government regulatory law in the public utility, telecommunications, cable television, and communications infrastructure industries.

    Laura handles New Jersey Board of Public Utilities regulatory approval and compliance matters, municipal franchise renewals, public right-of-way access negotiations and agreements, compliance investigations, enforcement actions, and administrative law proceedings. She represents clients in commenting on agency rulemaking and understands and keeps apprised of regulatory and political changes that affect client business operations and initiatives.

    In the course of her representation of public entities, Laura has drafted numerous resolutions and ordinances and provided counsel in regard to municipal management including public bidding and procurement and compliance with the Open Public Records Act.

    Additionally, Laura has over a decade of experience in complex civil litigation, having represented both private and public clients in state and federal courts in cases involving commercial and corporate disputes and the defense of labor and employment claims.

    Prior to her career in the law, Laura was active in political fundraising and campaign management in the state of Arizona, serving as the Field Director for a statewide political campaign and later as the Director of Public Policy in the Arizona Attorney General’s office.

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  • Dec 21, 2020James V. Mazewski

    Jim Mazewski concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He focuses primarily on the representation of corporations, public entities, and insurance companies in complex commercial disputes and employment, construction, and general liability matters.

    Jim has significant appellate expertise, having managed numerous appeals of varying levels of complexity, ranging from petitions for new trials to the setting aside of jury verdicts to the reinstatement of voided contracts. He has represented international shipping companies and out-of-state commercial entities in federal actions, and various public entities in jurisdictional and contractual disputes before the New Jersey District Court.

    Additionally, Jim has prepared various certification petitions and amicus curiae briefs with the New Jersey Supreme Court on a diverse spectrum of topics and authored numerous successful summary judgment motions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Jim completed a clerkship with Judge Amy O’Connor of the New Jersey Appellate Division. While in law school, he interned with Justice Anne M. Patterson of the New Jersey Supreme Court and served as Symposium Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.

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  • Nov 30, 2020Jodi A. Sokol

    With over 20 years of experience, Jodi has been involved in all aspects of commercial real estate finance, acquisition, and sale transactions; with significant experience drafting and negotiating loan documents for single and multiple lender transactions; purchase and sale agreements; and conducting due diligence including analysis of title commitments and surveys; zoning reports, opinion letters; and borrower organizational documents. She focuses primarily on the structuring, negotiating, and closing of financial transactions, such as mortgage loans, secured and unsecured lines of credit, construction loans, and retail and commercial leasing.

    Jodi represents institutional, non-institutional, and private equity lenders to provide permanent and construction financing, leasing, acquisition, and sale of multi-family residential, commercial, hospitality, retail, and mixed-use properties. She represents buyers and sellers of commercial properties in transactional matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, and the refinance of assets, as well as transactions involving I.R.C. Section 1031 Exchanges. Jodi has been involved in substantial transactions, including representing the lead lender and agent in the financing and syndication of a $141 million acquisition and construction financing project in Orange County, New York, and representing the purchaser/borrower in the acquisition and financing of a multi-family portfolio in Jackson, Mississippi.

    Jodi also represents landlords and tenants in commercial and retail lease negotiations, lease assignments, sublease agreements, modifications and extensions, and termination agreements for retail spaces and office buildings.

    Additionally, Jodi consults clients with various business transactions, including the organization of entities; drafting stockholder, partnership, and operating agreements; and employment contracts.

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  • Oct 12, 2020Anthony P. D’Elia

    Anthony D’Elia focuses his practice on various litigation matters, including commercial litigation, corporate and business disputes, intellectual property disputes, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, construction, and professional liability. Anthony also has a general litigation practice.

    Through his litigation practice, Anthony represents creditors and other interested parties in bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings, as well as lenders and other creditors in litigation over unpaid loans. He handles the appointment of rent receivers, collection of debts, and enforcement of settlement agreements. Anthony’s intellectual property practice includes copyright and trademark litigation. He also handles disputes over defective construction and claims for delays, damages, and back charges. Anthony’s work in the area of professional liability has involved matters relating to engineering and accounting liability.

    Anthony’s pro bono work has involved assisting incarcerated individuals in litigation over claims of assault, seeking unpaid judgments in bankruptcy court through the filing of proofs of claim and adversary complaints, and negotiating plea bargains in family court.

    Following law school, Anthony served as law clerk to the Honorable Garry J. Furnari, J.S.C., who, in addition to his civil docket, managed the environmental docket of the Essex County Superior Court. Anthony assisted Judge Furnari in matters involving tort, contract, property, insurance, and environmental law. During his clerkship, he also mediated both small claims and Law Division matters. Anthony also drafted opinions, summaries, and recommendations regarding motion practice; interacted with attorneys and pro se parties regularly; and observed oral arguments, trials, motion hearings, and case management conferences.

    In law school, Anthony was a member of Seton Hall University School of Law’s nationally-ranked Interscholastic Moot Court Board, the Courtroom Advocates Project, and the Immigrants’ Rights/International Human Rights Clinic.

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  • Aug 24, 2020Ross J. Switkes

    Ross focuses his practice on bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights, corporate restructuring, and commercial litigation. He has significant experience appearing in federal and state courts on behalf of a variety of clients, including, Chapter 7, 11, and 12 trustees, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, committees, purchasers of assets and stalking horse bidders, officers and directors, non-debtor spouses, landlords, defendants in avoidance actions, insurance companies, distressed companies, and municipalities.

    Ross is active in the legal community, having held multiple leadership roles in local bar associations and industry groups both currently and over the past decade. Among other leadership positions, he currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey, a committee that has served as a two-way conduit between the bankruptcy bar and the Board of Bankruptcy Judges for approximately 25 years. Ross also is a Trustee of the Mercer County Bar Association and Co-Chair of its Bankruptcy, Budget, and Golf Committees.

    Ross frequently writes and speaks on a variety of bankruptcy topics and addresses how bankruptcy proceedings can impact a variety of constituents, including businesses and individuals. He has written articles that appeared in the American Bankruptcy Institute Journal and American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal, among others. Ross has served as a speaker on educational panels conducted by the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, International Council of Shopping Centers, Mercer County Bar Association, and Essex County Bar Association.

    In 2018, Ross was named in the New Jersey Law Journal Professional Excellence Awards as a “New Leader of the Bar” and was also recognized by the Mercer County Bar Association as “Young Lawyer of the Year.” He has been recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers® as a “Rising Star” in the area of Bankruptcy: Business every year since 2017.

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  • Feb 26, 2020Akshar U. Patel

    Akshar Patel concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation disputes.

    Akshar handles leasing and commercial litigation, focusing on commercial landlord disputes and secured transactions before state and federal courts. He frequently engages in motion practice and argues summary judgment and discovery motions before the New Jersey Superior Court.

    Akshar manages all aspects of discovery, including drafting requests and responses, performing document review, conducting depositions, and preparing witnesses for depositions. He is experienced in conducting client intakes, drafting correspondence to clients and opposing counsel, and drafting and filing complaints and answers.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Akshar was an intern at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey where he drafted trial motions, performed legal research, and contributed to trial preparation. He also interned in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House where he assisted in drafting and preparing research and public policy memorandums.

    During law school, Akshar was a member of the Seton Hall Law Mock Trial Board and the Seton Hall Center for Social Justice’s Equal Justice Clinic. He was also Executive Editor of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal.

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  • Jul 30, 2019Shauna M. Deans

    Shauna M. Deans focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, including inheritance and gift taxation.

    Shauna is experienced in preparing estate and inheritance tax returns, and responding to and resolving audits of the returns. She counsels beneficiaries and fiduciaries of estates and trusts on marshalling assets, issues regarding basis, and maximizing of tax savings.

    Shauna assists in coordinating, preparing, and reviewing asset valuations, as well as drafting Orders to Show Cause, severance and merger agreements, Refunding Bonds and Releases, trustee appointments, renunciations, and resignations to further the administration of estates. She also prepares and files New York and New Jersey probate petitions and Federal Gift Tax Returns, Form 709.

    Shauna is also certified by the State of New Jersey as a civil mediator, and has assisted parties in the settlement of special civil, small claims, and landlord/tenant matters on behalf of the Court.

    While attending law school, Shauna served as a Senior Articles Editor for the Howard Law Journal, where her article entitled “The Forgotten Side of the Battlefield in America’s War on Infidelity: A Call for the Revamping, Reviving, and Reworking of Criminal Conversation and Alienation of Affections,” was published. During and after law school, she clerked for the Honorable Frederick J. Schuck, Superior Court of New Jersey, Camden County, Law Division.

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  • Mar 14, 2019Christopher S. Kwelty

    Chris Kwelty focuses his practice on complex securities matters.

    Chris has experience in class action litigation filed under federal securities laws, including the Investment Company Act of 1940, and was recently involved with the trials and appeals for several of those matters.  Chris also has experience with ERISA excessive fee and prohibited transaction litigation.  He represents clients in regulatory and enforcement proceedings before regulators, including FINRA.

    Chris has represented clients in state court and federal courts, as well as arbitrations.  In addition to complex securities matters, Chris also regularly represents clients in complex construction litigation matters.  Chris also has experience defending class action lawsuits, including derailing a multimillion-dollar class action filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  He regularly handles litigation involving employment, breach of contract, fraud and shareholder disputes in closely held companies.

    Prior to joining the firm, Chris was an associate at Szaferman Lakind Blumstein & Blader, PC. He also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Stephen Taylor, J.S.C., of the Essex County Superior Court.

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  • Jan 11, 2019Shana Siegel

    Shana Siegel concentrates her practice in the area of elder law, focusing on representing seniors, individuals with special needs, and their families in connection with life care planning, public benefits, trust and estate planning, and long-term care advocacy.

    As one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in northern New Jersey to be certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), Shana has extensive experience in probate and estate administration, asset preservation, supplemental and special needs trusts, planning for disability, guardianship and estate litigation, resident rights, health care decision making, Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance appeals.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Shana was with WanderPolo & Siegel for over 10 years, five of which were as principal.  She has been involved in health and long-term care issues for over 25 years. She is a past president of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where she regularly met with legislators and government officials on behalf of the elder law bar and their clients. In 2015, Shana was invited to join NAELA’s prestigious Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP).

    Additionally, Shana is a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the New Jersey State Bar Elder & Disability Law Section, and the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association.

    Shana is active with the Long Term Living Association, several local chambers of commerce, and Jewish philanthropies. Shana loves to spend time outdoors hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and golfing.

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  • Nov 28, 2018Kimbrilee M. Weber

    Kim Weber focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation matters and represents clients in a variety of high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey.  Her litigation experience involves pretrial procedure and discovery, electronic discovery, briefing and arguing motions, taking and defending fact witness and corporate representative depositions, appellate practice, and post-judgment discovery and collections.  Kim’s representative matters for diverse individual and corporate clients informs her flexible, problem-solving approach to litigation, aimed at maximizing efficiency and positive outcomes for her clients.

    Kim is also a member of the firm’s Associates Committee, serving as a liaison between firm Management and her fellow Associates.

    Prior to joining the firm, Kim was an Associate at a boutique insurance litigation firm, where she assisted in representation of clients in all stages of litigation, from inception through appeal.  She was also a law clerk for the Honorable Susan L. Reisner, P.J.A.D. in New Jersey’s Appellate Division.

    During law school, Kim was a member of the Seton Hall Law Review as both an Associate Editor (2013-2014), and the Editorial Board’s Symposium Editor (2014-2015), and her comment was published in the journal’s 45th volume.  She was also a student advocate in Seton Hall’s Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation clinic, and worked as a summer intern for the Honorable Claire C. Cecchi, U.S.D.J.

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