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  • Aug 02, 2018New Leadership at Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

    John N. Vanarthos, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected Chairman of the firm, following four years on the firm’s Management Committee.  He succeeds Matthew R. Sorrentino, who recently left the firm to serve as Chief Legal Officer of Lehigh Valley Health Network, one of the firm’s largest and oldest clients. In addition, David Blatteis and Graham Simmons have joined Dolores Laputka as Co-Chairs of the Business Law Group; and Daniel Guadalupe and David Roberts have been selected as Co-Chairs of the Litigation Practice Group. Robert Gabrielski has stepped down as Chair of the Business Law Group after ten years, and Robert Mahoney has stepped down as Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice Group after twelve years.

    “I am honored that my colleagues have elected me to be Chair of the firm.  It is my goal to preserve the special culture we created at Norris McLaughlin, P.A.over the last 65 years, while continuing to implement our strategic and growth plans for the future,” said Vanarthos.

    “Congratulations to John on your new role as Chairman! We are confident that you will build upon past progress and lead the firm to greater success. Congratulations to David, Graham, Dan, and Dave, as well! We are fortunate to have you in leadership positions. Many thanks to Bob Gabrielski and Bob Mahoney for all that you have done in launching your practice groups, positioning them for future growth and collaboration,” said Richard Levy, COO of Norris McLaughlin.

    Vanarthos joined the firm in 1988 as a young Associate, earning Membership in 1996.  He has served many roles within the firm, including as Chair of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group for 10 years, and currently as a leader of the firm’s Recruitment Committee.  Vanarthos has devoted his practice to helping companies, both large and small, with their business legal needs.  As a business lawyer, he regularly represents and counsels the firm’s corporate clients in a wide range of commercial transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, corporate partnerships, and other strategic alliances.  He has substantial industry-specific experience including pharmaceutical, medical device manufacturing, chemical, information technology, and health care, among others.  He also advises high-tech companies in the areas of technology licensing, information management, and product development. Over the years, Vanarthos has represented individual entrepreneurs and startup companies.  He has strategically guided them from idea conception to exit strategy, solving their legal problems along the way.   He is a frequent speaker and author on a wide range of business law topics that are relevant to the firm’s clients. Vanarthos serves as counsel for the United States operations of several foreign-based corporations, where he is responsible for all legal issues in the U.S., including general business advice, contract and tax matters, litigation management, and employee relations. Vanarthos earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law – Newark in 1987 and his B.A. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1979.

    Blatteis is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  He is a business lawyer concentrating his practice in the areas of pharmaceutical, pharma services, medical device, and healthcare. Blatteis understands the unique business and complex legal concerns of pharmaceutical companies and service providers in the pharmaceutical industry, as a result of his 18 years of experience serving as a trusted advisor to public and private companies in this space. He is also on the Advisory Board of Hip Innovation Technology, LLC, and is the New Jersey Chapter President of Pharmaceutical Consulting Consortium International, Inc.

    Simmons, a Member of the firm, is a business and real estate lawyer.  Simmons has served both public and private sector clients on all types of M&A transactions, commercial and syndicated credit facilities, economic development projects, real estate transactions, leases, and land use and zoning matters.  Simmons has represented clients across a diverse spectrum of industries and is deeply experienced in the banking and financial services, health care, real estate development, economic development, and automobile dealership industries.

    Guadalupe, a Member of the firm, represents clients in commercial litigation and “outside” general counsel assistance with a specialty in business disputes, medical device companies, construction, professional liability defense, arbitrations, trade secret and non-compete disputes, will and trust litigation, and international disputes.

    Roberts, a Member of the firm, devotes his practice to handling complex commercial litigation matters, such as fraud, fraudulent transfers, trade secret, restrictive covenant litigation, employment litigation, environmental matters, and insurance coverage litigation. His practice has a particular emphasis on partnership and shareholder disputes, including oppression and dissenter’s rights cases.  In 2007, Dave launched the Shareholder Dispute NJ blog, which addresses minority shareholder disputes in New Jersey.  In addition, he writes and lectures extensively on this topic.

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  • May 31, 2018David Roberts to Present Anatomy of a Business Divorce

    David C. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present “Anatomy of a Corporate/Business Divorce” with Hubert Klein of EisnerAmper, LLP, on Thursday, June 21, at the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) and the Consultants’ Training Institute’s (CTI) 2018 Annual Consultants’ Conference to be held June 20-22 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.  The conference will be available via a live online broadcast.

    Roberts will discuss disputes including dissenting shareholder matters, oppressed shareholder actions, deadlock actions in 50-50 companies, actions involving LLCs, and disassociation.  He will also address investigating claims, seeking information, recognizing the impact of jurisdictional differences, and interacting with counsel as a valuation expert to address the issues encountered in business divorces.  For more information or to register, visit nacva.com.

    Roberts focuses his practice on partnership and shareholder disputes (including oppression and dissenter’s rights cases), and especially on attempting to resolve these matters through mediation, if that approach fits the client’s goals and objectives.  In 2007, Roberts launched the Shareholder Disputes in New Jersey blog, www.shareholderdisputenj.com, which addresses minority shareholder disputes in New Jersey.  He also writes and lectures extensively on this topic.  Roberts has extensive experience in other complex commercial matters including fraud, fraudulent transfers, trade secret, restrictive covenant litigation, and employment litigation.

    Roberts earned his J.D., summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 1991, where he was a Tischler Scholar (1990), and his B.S., summa cum laude, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1988.

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  • Mar 05, 2018Norris McLaughlin, P.A. to Host Business Owner Rights Seminar

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will host a breakfast seminar “Business Owner Rights: What Every Shareholder Should Know,” Thursday, March 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank.  David C. Roberts, a Member of the firm, will be the presenter.

    The seminar will explain a shareholder’s rights and remedies, whether he or she is in the minority, a co-equal 50/50 owner, or a majority owner.  Topics will include “shareholder oppression,” what to do when a business partner is stealing, fired employee rights, value in hiring a forensic accountant, effects of lawsuits, how to find a valuation expert, what records to demand, and remedies for the “oppressed.”  To register, please click here.

    Roberts focuses his practice on partnership and shareholder disputes (including oppression and dissenter’s rights cases), and especially on attempting to resolve these matters through mediation, if that approach fits the client’s goals and objectives.  In 2007, Roberts launched the Shareholder Dispute NJ blog, www.shareholderdisputenj.com, which addresses minority shareholder disputes in New Jersey.  In addition, he writes and lectures extensively on this topic.  Roberts also has extensive experience in other complex commercial matters including fraud, fraudulent transfers, trade secret, restrictive covenant litigation, and employment litigation.

    Roberts earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 1991, where he was a Tischler Scholar (1990), and his B.S., summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 1988.

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  • Feb 06, 2018Business Owner Rights: What Every Shareholder Should Know
    David C. Roberts, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present a seminar for all business owners that will answer many of the questions, both known and unknown, a shareholder would have, such as:

    • What, exactly, is “shareholder oppression?”
    • How do I remedy oppression?
    • Are my rights limited by a shareholder agreement or an operating agreement?
    • Does a member of an LLC have the same minority rights as a shareholder in a corporation?
    • Does a 50% owner have the same rights as a minority owner?
    • What limits, if any, exist regarding the majority owner’s compensation?
    • What is the potential difficulty in proving ownership?
    • What records am I allowed to demand? How can I get them?
    • How do I find a valuation expert to value my shares?
    • Is there value in hiring a forensic accountant to review the company’s books?
    • What are my rights if I have been fired as an employee, but they won’t pay me for my shares?
    • What should I do if I believe my business partner is stealing from me?
    • What happens if my company is family owned? If I sue a close relative, can I justify it to the rest of the family?
    • What happens to the company if I file a lawsuit?
    • If I file a suit and get fired because of it, will a court prevent my termination?
    • If shareholder oppression litigation is in my future, how should I prepare for it?

    The seminar will be on Thursday, March 29, at Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, NJ, scheduled as follows:

    Registration & Breakfast 8:30–9:00 a.m.
    Program 9:00–10:00 a.m.
    Questions & Answers 10:00–10:30 a.m.

    For registration information, please click here.

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  • May 17, 2011Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Attorneys Speak on Business Pre-Nuptial Agreements


    May 17, 2011

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
    721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
    P.O. Box 5933
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
    Contact: Edward C. Miller, Jr.
    Chief Marketing Officer
    (908) 722-0700 x4224
    ecmillerjr@nmmlaw.com

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Attorneys Speak on Business Pre-Nuptial Agreements

    Bridgewater, NJ (May 17, 2011) – David R. Strickler and David C. Roberts, Members of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. will present “Pre-Nuptial Symposium: A Business Marriage,” on Monday, May 23, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the firm’s Bridgewater office. Along with Norris McLaughlin, P.A., the event is being hosted by Raritan Valley Community College and New Jersey Small Business Development Centers.

    “When you own and operate a business with one or more people, your relationship is something like a business ‘marriage.’ But like a real marriage, the rosy scenario you hope and plan for at the beginning can sometimes end up in disagreement leading to a desire to end the relationship. As with a real marriage, a business ‘marriage’ needs to be created with an eye toward how the co-owners can ‘divorce’ if and when it’s decided to end their relationship. Woe to the business owners who fail to plan — who fail to establish the business version of a ‘prenuptial agreement,’” explained Roberts.

    This program is ideal for owners of thriving existing small businesses, those considering taking the plunge and starting a new business and those considering a separation from their fellow business partners. The three-hour symposium will explain steps one can take at the start of their business, or even while it is operating, to make a future “divorce” amicable and predictable; how the process of separating from a business partner can lead to difficult and expensive litigation as each owner blames the other for the business problems, for failure to pull his or her load, or failure to change as necessary with changes in the business; and how the courts will decide the value of a business upon the “divorce” of its owners. To help illustrate the problems and pitfalls involved in “corporate divorces”, the symposium will include a mock legal argument by Strickler and Roberts. The attorneys will represent two hypothetical owners in the throes of their own messy “corporate divorce,” utilizing real-world issues that have arisen in such cases. Workshop participants get to play the role of Judge, deciding how the hypothetical owners must separate and how the issues should be decided.

    Strickler is a Member of the firm’s Litigation Group. He has litigated a variety of business disputes, with special emphasis on cases involving telecommunications matters, antitrust issues, UCC disputes, securities and shareholder disputes, intellectual property rights, and restrictive covenant matters.

    Strickler litigates regularly in federal and state courts in New Jersey, and he has appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in the District of Columbia. He has authored a chapter in Commercial Litigation in New Jersey, entitled “Pleading and Motions in Business and Commercial Cases.”

    Strickler was an “Olin Fellow in Law and Economics” at the University of Miami School of Law where he received his law degree and he was a member of the Law Review editorial board. He is also trained as an economist, having received his M.A. in the field from Columbia University in 1977.

    Roberts devotes his practice to handling complex commercial litigation matters, such as fraud, fraudulent transfers, trade secret, restrictive covenant litigation, employment litigation, environmental matters, and insurance coverage litigation.

    His practice has a particular emphasis on partnership and shareholder disputes (including oppression and dissenter’s rights cases) with a focus on attempting to resolve matters through mediation, if such an approach fits within client’s goals and objectives. In 2007, Roberts launched the Shareholder Dispute NJ blog, www.nmmlaw.com/category/sdnj/, which addresses minority shareholder disputes in New Jersey. In addition, he writes and lectures extensively on this topic.

    Roberts earned his J.D., summa cum laude, from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 1991, where he was a Tischler Scholar (1990), and his B.S., summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 1988.

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