• 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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  • Jun 10, 2011Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino Attorneys to Speak at Lehigh Valley Forum on Fund Raising & Philanthropy

    June 10, 2011

    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

    Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino Attorney to Speak at Lehigh Valley Forum on Fund Raising & Philanthropy

    Allentown, PA (June 10, 2011) – Tax Attorney from Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present a session at the 2011 Lehigh Valley Forum on Fund Raising & Philanthropy hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals on June 16, 2011, at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Dolores A. Laputka, who is being recognized as the Keynote Speaker will present Unique Gifting Opportunities: Knowing When and How to Strongly Recommend and Push, where they will discuss the opportunities, strategies, and best practices for acceptance of unique gifts such as art work, real estate, boats, and ownership interests in businesses. For more information and to register for the event, visit

    “I will identify opportunities for cultivation, possible gifting of unique items, as well as review when and how to present specific suggestions based on unusual facts,” explained Laputka.

    The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents nearly 30,000 members in more than 213 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing, and advocacy. The association fosters the development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession.

    Laputka, a resident of Bethlehem, focuses her practice primarily on tax-related matters whether connected to a family’s closely held business or estate planning for one of the principals. Dolores is also a Certified Public Accountant which allows her the ability to handle complex business and tax-related matters for corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, as well as succession planning, and financial and estate planning for families and executives at all levels. She also enjoys and devotes a significant portion of her practice on tax issues for not-for-profit organizations including charitable giving techniques maximizing the income and death tax benefits. She has handled multi-dimensional transactions, including tax efficient methodology for buying and selling of family businesses, inter-relation of succession planning and estate planning for closely held businesses, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, management of privacy issues surrounding significant lottery winnings, and more.

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  • Dec 02, 2009United Way challenges Lehigh Valley to help meet education, income, health goals

    Your United Way exists to transform every dollar received into a common good that money can’t buy: Community leadership to improve education, income and health for as many Lehigh Valley residents as possible. How does an organization demonstrate community leadership? At United Way, we have committed the hard-earned dollars that you have entrusted to us to:

    Invite new ideas for best serving our community.

    Promote and expand “what works” to improve lives, while avoiding duplication of services in the Valley.

    Provide community awareness around the issues that most impact our lives.

    Apply rigorous transparency and accountability to ourselves and to the programs we support.

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