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  • May 04, 2020Contracts & COVID-19: What Restaurants Need to Know

    Jeanne Hamburg and Deanna L. Koestel, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “Contracts & COVID-19: What Restaurants Need to Know,” hosted by the New York State Restaurant Association.

    What Restaurants Need to Know About Contracts & COVID-19

    Discussion topics will include:

    • When restaurants can’t perform on its contractual obligations due to the current COVID-19 business climate
    • The language in supply chain, distribution, and client contracts
    • Critical clauses in contracts relevant to the current COVID-19 pandemic
    • Clauses that must be included in supply chain, distribution, and client contracts going forward

    When: Thursday, May 7, 2020

    2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

    Registration: Zoom Video Communications

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne focuses her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area, assisting clients in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries with their intellectual property needs. Each year since 2009, she has been recognized in New York Super Lawyers® for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. Only 5% of New York attorneys receive this honor. Jeanne is also ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR 1000). Among a group of fewer than 90 trademark professionals in New York, she was named a top trademark attorney in the areas of enforcement and litigation.

    Jeanne has litigated in federal courts across the country, acting as national counsel to bring and defend infringement claims for clients both foreign and domestic. Most recently, she litigated through appeal to the Federal Circuit a food trademark case that has been described as generating one of the most important trademark decisions in 2018.

    In the transactional area, Jeanne counsels clients on intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions. She is experienced in copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, and has particular expertise with contentious and transactional issues arising from the Internet.

    Jeanne frequently speaks and writes about intellectual property topics for food, beverage, restaurant, and hospitality trade groups, and is a member of the Specialty Food Association, New York State Restaurant Association, New Jersey Food Processors, and Brewers Association. She is also a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on its Leadership Development Committee. Jeanne is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Ma®k.

    About Deanna Koestel

    Deanna 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 food and beverage, construction, and health care industries. Deanna has represented both companies and individuals in the food and beverage industry including restaurants, supermarkets, winemakers, distilleries, wholesalers, importers, and producers.

    Deanna has experience litigating matters including breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud and consumer fraud actions, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business disputes, product defect and 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.

    Deanna 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.

    Deanna 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. Deanna 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.

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  • Apr 15, 2020Contracts and COVID-19: Managing Obligations Now and in the Future

    Jeanne Hamburg and Deanna L. Koestel, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the free webinar, “Contracts and COVID-19: Managing Obligations Now and in the Future,” hosted by the Specialty Food Association as part of their “Business Continuity: Risk Mitigation Planning” COVID-19 webinar series.

    About “Contracts and COVID-19”

    Discussion topics will include:

    • When your food business can’t perform on its contractual obligations due to the current COVID-19 business climate
    • The language in your supply chain and distribution contracts
    • Critical clauses in your contracts relevant to the current COVID-19 pandemic
    • Clauses you need to make sure are included in your supply chain and distribution contracts going forward

    When: Thursday, April 30, 2020

    1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    Registration: specialtyfood.com

    About Jeanne Hamburg

    Jeanne focuses her practice in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area, assisting clients in the food, beverage, and restaurant industries with their intellectual property needs. Each year since 2009, she has been recognized in New York Super Lawyers® for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation. Only 5% of New York attorneys receive this honor. Jeanne is also ranked in the 2019 World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR 1000). Among a group of fewer than 90 trademark professionals in New York, she was named a top trademark attorney in the areas of enforcement and litigation.

    Jeanne has litigated in federal courts across the country, acting as national counsel to bring and defend infringement claims for clients both foreign and domestic. Most recently, she litigated through appeal to the Federal Circuit a food trademark case that has been described as generating one of the most important trademark decisions in 2018.

    In the transactional area, Jeanne counsels clients on intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions. She is experienced in copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, and has particular expertise with contentious and transactional issues arising from the Internet.

    Jeanne frequently speaks and writes about intellectual property topics for food, beverage, restaurant, and hospitality trade groups, and is a member of the Specialty Food Association, New York State Restaurant Association, New Jersey Food Processors, and Brewers Association. She is also a member of the Copyright Society of the USA and the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on its Leadership Development Committee. Jeanne is a co-author of the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Ma®k.

    About Deanna Koestel

    Deanna 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 food and beverage, construction, and health care industries. Deanna has represented both companies and individuals in the food and beverage industry including restaurants, supermarkets, winemakers, distilleries, wholesalers, importers, and producers.

    Deanna has experience litigating matters including breach of contract, breach of warranty, fraud and consumer fraud actions, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business disputes, product defect and 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.

    Deanna 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.

    Deanna 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. Deanna 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.

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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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