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  • Nov 01, 2019Norris McLaughlin Recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms For 10th Consecutive Year

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in 12 practice areas in the “2020 Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. This marks the 10th consecutive year the firm has earned Metropolitan First-Tier rankings in New Jersey. The firm’s full listing of First Tier rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation –- Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law

    “It’s an honor for the firm to be highly ranked in multiple, diverse practice areas. We are proud of our client relationships and it’s especially rewarding to earn this recognition based largely on their feedback,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Best Law Firms

    From the start, the mission of Best Law Firms has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. A full listing is posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin has been serving the New Jersey community and New York metropolitan area since 1953. Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, Norris McLaughlin has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey. Throughout its growth, the firm remembers its culture and values. Norris McLaughlin has remained a firm committed to client service, its community, and its employees. The firm and its attorneys have historically been committed to the communities where clients live and do business.

    Clients value a personal level of care, therefore the firm strives for deep, meaningful, people-first relationships with each one. With many of its attorneys selected as The Best Lawyers In America each year, in addition to its active repertoire of speaking engagements and legal publications, Norris McLaughlin possesses large-firm talent in a small-firm setting that allows its attorneys to provide service and value to their clients on a personal level. It is the firm’s goal to accommodate the needs of every client through the use of experience, strategic planning, and common courtesy.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices located in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA.  For more information, including a full practice area listing and attorney biographies, please visit www.norrismclaughlin.com.

    Posted in: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Construction Law, Environmental, Estate Planning & Administration, Litigation, Matrimonial & Family Law, News, Products Liability Defense, Solar Energy | Tags: , ,

  • Aug 02, 2019Saleem Mawji Named Member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council for LINC-LV

    Saleem Mawji, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group, has been selected to be a Member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council for the Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking and Connecting Consortium.

    The Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking and Connecting Consortium (LINC) supports and enhances employers’ efforts to attract, retain, and cultivate a highly skilled and diverse workforce in Lehigh Valley by networking and connecting potential, recent, and new hires and their families resulting in more acceptances and longer retention. For more information, click here.

    The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council’s (D&I) mission is to provide resources and facilitate best practices sharing in the D&I space for local employers.

    “I am honored to have been selected to be a Member of D&I. I am looking forward to working with the other Council Members to assist in promoting the mission to better the Lehigh Valley,” said Mawji.

    A Lehigh Valley Native and Salisbury High School alumni, Mawji has been with Norris McLaughlin for nine years and serves as a member of the firm’s diversity committee. He 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. He acts as outside “general counsel” for Global Export Marketing, Ltd., and Access Innovations Global, and regularly advises clients on a variety of general business issues, including contract negotiation, review and enforcement. He regularly contributes to the firm’s Shareholder Dispute in Pennsylvania Blog.

    Mawji represents 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 involved assisting clients who have been defrauded by employees, partners, and other parties. While some matters are handled as criminal matters, he uses the civil process to help recoup embezzled funds. The process typically involved working closely with financial forensic experts.

    Mawji’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.

    His 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.

    Mawji 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-document track record of achievements in business, and has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Stat Lawyer in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

    A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, he 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.

    Mawji earned his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Woolsack National Honor Society, Penn State Law Review Comments Editor, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, Pi Sigma Alpha, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

    Posted in: Construction Law, Litigation, News, Saleem Mawji | Tags: , ,

  • Apr 26, 2019Saleem Mawji Named Co-Chair of Litigation Department

    Saleem Mawji, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  has been elected Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and Chair of Litigation – Pennsylvania office, three years after being named a Member of the firm.  He also serves as a member of the firm’s diversity committee.

    A Lehigh Valley native and Salisbury High School alumni, Saleem has been with Norris McLaughlin, P.A. for 9 years. “I am honored to be Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group and look forward to contributing to the continued success of the department and firm as a whole,” he said.

    “Saleem is a great fit to Co-Chair our Litigation Group. He is an accomplished litigator and has established himself as a talented leader within the firm,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    Mawji 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.  He acts as outside “general counsel” for Global Export Marketing, Ltd. and Access Innovations Global, and regularly advises clients on a variety of general business issues, including contract negotiation, review, and enforcement.  He regularly contributes to the firm’s Pennsylvania Shareholder Dispute blog.

    He 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.”

    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. He has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star Lawyer in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

    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.

    Mawji earned his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Woolsack National Honor Society, Penn State Law Review Comments Editor, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, Pi Sigma Alpha, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

    Posted in: Construction Law, Electronic Discovery ("E-Discovery"), John N. Vanarthos, Litigation, News, Saleem Mawji | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Oct 03, 2018Saleem Mawji Joins the Fellowship of the Construction Lawyers Society of America

    Saleem Mawji, a Member at law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been invited into the Fellowship of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. CLSA is an invitation-only, selective, and limited-membership international association of the world’s best construction lawyers. Membership is limited to 1,200 practicing Fellows from the United States and internationally. The composition of the CLSA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of deserving, experienced, and highly-qualified lawyers across all practices relating to the construction industry. For more information about CLSA, please click here.

    Mawji devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation matters, focusing primarily on three areas: shareholder disputes, fraudulent investigations, and construction law. He represents business of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. His construction practice focuses on litigation, mechanic’s lien claims, construction defects, and contractor/subcontractor payment disputes. He is experienced with Pennsylvania’s Construction Payment and the Prompt Payment Act. 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, Mawji 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, and is a member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College.

    Posted in: Construction Law, Electronic Discovery ("E-Discovery"), Litigation, News, Saleem Mawji | Tags: , , , ,

  • May 10, 2018Saleem Mawji Launches Shareholder Disputes Blog in Pennsylvania

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that attorney Saleem Mawji has launched a blog entitled “Shareholder Disputes in Pennsylvania.”  The blog addresses shareholder, partner, and member disputes in Pennsylvania.

    “Conflicts are bound to arise between those who work closely together.  Fortunately, most of the conflicts can be resolved.  When they can’t, however, they can lead to the ‘business divorce.’  At that point, understanding the law becomes crucial.  Through this blog I aim to educate individuals and businesses about ‘business divorces’ between members, partners, and shareholders,” Mawji noted.

    Mawji has represented legal entities and individuals in 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.”

    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, Mawji 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 and is a member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce.  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.

    Mawji received his B.A. from Muhlenberg College and his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.

    Posted in: Construction Law, Electronic Discovery ("E-Discovery"), Litigation, News, Saleem Mawji | Tags: , , , ,

  • Apr 21, 2014Deanna Koestel Earns Construction Compliance Certification

    Bridgewater, NJ (April 21, 2014) – Deanna Koestel, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has earned the Construction Compliance™ Certification from Lorman Education Services.

    “By enhancing her knowledge of relevant issues and legal changes in the construction industry, Deanna has demonstrated her passion for continued professional development. By obtaining her Construction Compliance™ Certification, she has distinguished herself among her peers, colleagues, and competitors,” said Michelle L. Shepherd, Certificate Program Advisor at Lorman Education Services.

    This Construction Compliance™ Certificate is designed to recognize construction, engineering, and development professionals who want to expand their knowledge and demonstrate their commitment to life-long learning and continued professional development. The guiding principles of the certificate program are to learn continually, requiring individuals to constantly expand their knowledge base; to create a culture within the industry that promotes compliance and the highest ethical standards; to foster an environment that rewards growth, dedication, and a desire for improvement; and to offer a credible source of recognition for professionals seeking to achieve success through a commitment to timely, relevant and practical training. The certificate is earned by completing three approved credits within a two-year period, and one approved credit must be completed every year thereafter to maintain the certificate.

    Koestel is a commercial litigator who specializes in complex civil matters, construction disputes, and general commercial disputes in both New Jersey and New York state and federal courts. She has handled a variety of commercial matters, including breach of contract, fraud and consumer fraud actions, professional negligence, shareholder disputes, and products liability litigation. She is experienced in all aspects of commercial litigation, including sophisticated fact and expert discovery, motion practice, argument, and trial.

    Koestel is experienced in construction litigation matters, including complex construction trials and arbitrations. She routinely represents property owners, contractors and subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers in construction contract issues, including breach of contract, warranty actions, building supply defects, and professional liability. Additionally, she handles construction lien issues on behalf of owners and contractors alike.

    Koestel has been selected for inclusion in the Business Litigation section of New Jersey Rising Stars for 2014, her seventh consecutive selection. She was also recognized in January 2013 at the 25th Annual Somerset Hills YMCA Volunteer Recognition Night as a Volunteer of the Year for her work with H.A.R.K. (Healthy Active Responsible Kids), where she was a founding board member and trustee, and Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey, which is sponsored by H.A.R.K. She has participated in fundraising and volunteering for Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey.

    Koestel earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2002, and her B.A. in Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 1999.

    Posted in: Construction Law, Deanna L. Koestel, News |

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