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  • Sep 25, 2019Deanna Koestel, Panelist for New Jersey Chapter of The Entrepreneurs’ Organization

    Deanna L. Koestel, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., joined a panel of local business professionals for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) New Jersey chapter’s learning event, “Insight 2020 Lightning-Round Secrets from Top Experts,” which was held on September 18 at Verve Restaurant in Somerville.

    About the Presentation

    The panel discussion was moderated by Carl Gould, President of 7 Stage Advisors, and answered the EO audience participants’ questions in a lighting-round style. The audience questions were posed to help participants plan for success in the upcoming year resulting in a lively discussion on multiple topics that were “top of mind” for local entrepreneurs.

    EO is a global network of influential business owners that assists entrepreneurs to network, learn, and grow professionally by providing peer-to-peer knowledge, relationship-building events, and connections to experts. In addition to Koestel, panelists included Scott Peloquin, ChFC, founder and Chief Executive Officer of benefEx Benefit Consulting; Robert Michel, Chief Operating Officer of Glen Eagle Advisors; Tomasz Labuda, Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager of M&T Bank; Kurt Olender, Founding and Managing Partner of Olender Feldman; Robert Waring, Managing Director of Strategic Exit Advisors; and Chris DeMayo, Partner Practice Leader for the Technology and Emerging Growth Services Group of Withum.

    “Being a part of this network has been an honor for me and my firm. We have met many inspiring people and have been able to help them grow and succeed in their businesses. We hope to continue to build strong relationships with local entrepreneurs through EO,” Koestel said.

    About Deanna Koestel

    Koestel is a commercial litigator who focuses on complex commercial and construction litigation, shareholder disputes, and general business law matters in New Jersey and New York. She has represented clients in a variety of industries with significant experience in the construction, food & beverage, and healthcare industries. Koestel has experience litigating matters including breach of contract, fraud and consumer fraud actions, breach of fiduciary duty and other business disputes, product defect & liability, and professional negligence claims. She is experienced in all aspects of commercial litigation from commencement through trial, including sophisticated fact and expert discovery, motion practice, argument, arbitration and trial, and post-judgment collection and regularly assists clients with responses to all types of subpoenas.

    Koestel brings a practical and business-savvy approach to the law and she serves as general “outside counsel” for several businesses. In this role, she proactively provides advice and strategy to these businesses with the goal of accommodating both business and legal needs while minimizing or avoiding future litigation risks.

    Koestel has been named a New Jersey Rising Star by the Business Litigation section of Super Lawyers. She currently serves as Board Member and Fundraising Development Chair for the non-profit organization Girls on the Run NYC. Koestel has been recognized 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. She is active in community outreach and fundraising for various charities in New Jersey and New York.

    Koestel earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2002 and her B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1999.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    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.

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  • Feb 26, 2019Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Present Food Tour Webinar Series

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, Daniel R. Guadalupe, and Deanna L. Koestel, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present a three-part webinar series on important legal issues for food and beverage businesses, manufacturers, distributors; supermarkets; and restaurants.

    The first part, the appetizer course, “Essential Contracts for Emerging and Established Food and Beverage Companies,” will be held Wednesday, March 6, noon – 1:00 p.m., available through Zoom Meeting. This webinar will include a primer on essential contracts for a food and beverage business such as equipment leases, vendor contracts, co-packing, distribution and supply agreements, and assignment and licensing agreements for intellectual property. Also discussed will be key provisions to include in those agreements, such as confidentiality and indemnity, as well as a few negotiation strategies and pitfalls to avoid. For more information and to register, please click here.

    DeFilippis focuses her practice on intellectual property matters and litigation. She represents individual and corporate clients in all phases of litigation, from commencement through trial, and regularly serves as lead counsel in cases before federal and state courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and alternative resolution forums. DeFilippis has handled cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, commercial disparagement, business torts, deceptive trade practices, Lanham Act claims, state and federal unfair competition laws, and other business disputes. She is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your Mark. DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University.

    Guadalupe provides “outside” general counsel advice and representation to two large food manufacturers located in New Jersey and New York City. Over the years, he has counseled several clients in the food industry, including restaurants, supermarkets, distributors, and manufacturers. He has drafted, revised, and negotiated many distribution agreements, equipment purchase, and lease agreements, as well as vendors’ terms and conditions. He is also a litigator and the Co-Chair of Norris McLaughlin’s Litigation Practice Group. Guadalupe has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the Supreme Court of New Jersey Disciplinary Oversight Committee and Lawyers Advisory Committee to the Federal Courts and was a member of the Merit Selection Panel for Selection of U.S. Magistrates, the Local Federal Rules Revision Committee, and the District XIII Ethics Committee for the Office of Attorney Ethics. He was also on the Board of Trustees of CentraState Hospital in Freehold, New Jersey, for four years. Guadalupe is also a former president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and was General Counsel for the Hispanic National Bar Association for two different presidents. He was appointed by Governor Christie in 2011 to serve as an advisor to the New Jersey Hispanic Center for Policy & Research until 2013. Guadalupe earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Columbia College.

    Koestel is a commercial litigator and business law attorney who focuses on complex commercial and construction litigation, shareholder disputes, and general business law matters in New Jersey and New York. She has represented clients in a variety of industries with significant experience in the food and beverage, construction, and health care industries. She has represented both companies and individuals in the food and beverage industry including restaurants, supermarkets, winemakers, distilleries, wholesalers, importers, and producers. Koestel has experience litigating matters including breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud and consumer fraud actions, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business disputes. She also regularly counsels clients regarding business law matters and contracts. She is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s construction law blog, Building on Legal Blocks. Koestel earned her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2002 and her B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1999.

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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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  • Feb 04, 2013Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Names Five New Members

     

    February 4, 2013

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
    721 Route 202-206
    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. Names Five New Members 

    Bridgewater, NJ (February 4, 2013) – The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., announced that Oren M. Chaplin, Deanna L. Koestel, Keith D. McDonald, Jesse P. Nash, and Melissa A. Peña have been named Members of the firm.

    “It is our pleasure to have Oren, Deanna, Keith, Jesse, and Melissa as Members of Norris McLaughlin, P.A..  With membership, we recognize their years of outstanding legal work and dedicated service to our clients,” said G. Robert Marcus, Managing Partner.

    Chaplin, a resident of New Jersey, focuses his practice on business law and securities matters.  A regular contributor to the firm’s International Business web publication, Chaplin is involved with domestic and international commercial and transactional agreements, from service, vendor and supply agreements to merger, acquisition and business planning documents.  He has represented businesses throughout their lifecycle, from formation to operation to sale and their exit from the market.   In addition to his corporate and business practice, he analyzes regulatory and compliance issues related to limited offerings, investment advisers, investment companies, broker-dealers, insurance product agents, and other financial industry entities.  Chaplin has represented firms involving federal and state bureaus of securities and managed the regulatory and compliance filing process for start-up and existing financial firms.

    Chaplin received his J.D. from New England School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor for the New England Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of Delaware, where he was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology and Criminal Justice Honor Society.

    Koestel, a resident of New York, New York, focuses her practice on commercial litigation, specializing in complex commercial matters, construction disputes, and products liability defense.  She has considerable experience in construction litigation matters.  She has represented property owners, contractors and subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers in various construction contract issues both in New York and New Jersey, including breach of contract, warranty actions, building supply defects, and professional liability.  Koestel has considerable experience in handling construction lien issues on behalf of both property owners and contractors.   She frequently appears in court on behalf of her clients and has participated in complex trials and mediations.

    Koestel earned her J.D. from Temple University in 2002 and her B.A. in Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 1999.  She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations and the New Jersey Defense Association.  Koestel is also a founding Member and serves on the Board of Trustees of the non-profit organization H.A.R.K., which sponsors Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey.

    McDonald, a resident of Flemington, New Jersey, concentrates his practice on labor & employment law and commercial litigation.  His labor & employment law practice is concentrated on the representation of management in all aspects of employment law, with particular focus on defending against discrimination claims under federal and state laws, including whistleblower claims and claims of harassment.  McDonald is also responsible for defending wage and hour claims on both the state and federal levels.  He regularly counsels employers and their human resources departments on a wide range of employment-related policies and procedures, including family leave, employee discipline, and wage and hour compliance.  McDonald also advises both employers and employees on issues concerning post-employment restrictive covenants.  McDonald also litigates matters in state and federal court in the areas of intellectual property, education, and complex commercial litigation.  He has developed a sub-specialty in federal practice and is an active member of the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court, which focuses on federal practice and intellectual property litigation.

    McDonald received his J.D. in 2003 from Seton Hall University School of Law and his B.A. in Economics/International Studies in 2000 from Muhlenberg College.

    Nash, a resident of Branchburg, New Jersey, concentrates his practice in business law, and real estate and finance transactions. He represents area businesses and entrepreneurs in a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, entity structuring, and general transactional issues; as well as day-to-day counseling with regard to business operations. Nash has also developed a specialty in representing both vendors and vendees in technology licensing transactions. In the real estate area, Nash represents area developers and commercial real estate owners and operators in purchase/sale, leasing, and financing transactions. In the banking and financial services area, Nash represents lending institutions and borrowers in financial matters, including mortgage loan transactions, asset-based financings, unsecured loans, construction loans, interest rate swap transactions, loan syndications, and regulated lending.  He also represents private equity clients in a wide variety of investment transactions.

    Nash earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2003 and his B.S. from Liberty University in 1999. He is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association and serves as Director and Board Development Committee Chair of the Somerset Valley YMCA.

    Peña, a resident of New York, New York, concentrates her practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law and complex commercial litigation. She frequently represents debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, landlords, and other creditors in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and other jurisdictions.  Peña also represents banking institutions in work-outs and commercial foreclosure matters.  She handles shareholder disputes and creditors’ rights litigation.  She frequently appears before the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey.  She also negotiates settlements and mediates cases in both private and court-ordered mediations.

    Peña earned her J.D., cum laude, from Washington College of Law at American University in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science from George Washington University in 2000.  She is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, National Association of Women Lawyers,   American Bankruptcy Institute, and New York County Lawyers’ Association, and serves as the Co-Chairperson of the Meritas Financial Services and Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Sections.

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  • Jan 07, 2013Deanna Koestel Named a Volunteer of the Year by Somerset Hills YMCA

    January 7, 2013

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


    Deanna Koestel Named a Volunteer of the Year by Somerset Hills YMCA

    Bridgewater, NJ (January 7, 2013) – At the 25th Annual Somerset Hills YMCA Volunteer Recognition Night, Deanna Koestel, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was recognized as a Volunteer of the Year for her work with H.A.R.K. (Healthy Active Responsible Kids) and Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey. Koestel is a founding board member and trustee of H.A.R.K.

    H.A.R.K., founded by Donna Dourney in member of her father Charles W. Dourney, is dedicated to raising awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and its devastating effects, and providing patients and their families with all that they need to battle the disease. Dourney was a lifelong athlete, coach and father of seven, who courageously battled ALS until his death in November 2009. He was affectionately known as “Hark” by his wife Ann. H.A.R.K. also sponsors the Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey program, for which Koestel fundraises and serves as a volunteer.

    Koestel is a commercial litigator who specializes in complex civil matters, construction disputes, and general commercial disputes in both New Jersey and New York. 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 discvoery, motion practice, argument, and trial.

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

    Koestel has been selected for inclusion in the Busienss Litigation section of New Jersey Rising Stars for 2012, her fifth consecutive selection.

    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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