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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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