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  • Jun 25, 2019Norris McLaughlin Achieves Global Cybersecurity Standard

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., a Bridgewater-based law firm, today announced that it has successfully reached the international cybersecurity standards for law firms set by Meritas, the global alliance of independent business law firms. Norris McLaughlin is a member of Meritas and, in order to retain membership in good standing, is required to self-report their compliance with the Meritas Cybersecurity Standards for keeping client data and information secure.

    The standards define 10 essential cybersecurity requirements that the 182 Meritas member firms and future members of the organization are expected to meet. As part of the process, Norris McLaughlin completed an assessment of cybersecurity best practices and readiness to take its practices to the next level, implemented cybersecurity enhancements in key areas to respond to ever-changing online risks, and underwent a compliance review against the Meritas standards. To successfully meet the standards, Norris McLaughlin has information security, risk assessments, technical and physical safeguards, employee training, third-party risk management, and business continuity plans in place, along with a breach response process. As part of its Meritas membership renewal, Norris McLaughlin will regularly complete a cybersecurity assessment to maintain its level of security for safeguarding information.

    “It’s important to proactively incorporate best practices, especially when it comes to cybersecurity, which is the paramount concern of people and companies when they generate sensitive legal information,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm. “We work with our Meritas partner firms across the world on behalf of clients who have needs in other regions. Having a global quality benchmark is important in maintaining the highest levels of consistency.”

    Meritas is the only law firm alliance with an established and comprehensive means of monitoring the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time validating law firm credentials and experience. Meritas membership is selective and by invitation only. Meritas has published more information on how a law firm keeps information secure.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Once a humble two-man practice, Norris McLaughlin has remained a firm committed to client service, their communities, and their employees – from two attorneys to 125 attorneys. The firm has been named a Best Place to Work. Many of its attorneys hold prominent leadership positions in various organizations throughout the areas they serve and many have been honored for the work they do in the community.

    The firm is a full-service, mid-sized, regional law firm that serves the legal needs of businesses and families in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas, and is uniquely positioned to represent middle-market companies, Fortune 500 corporations, and individuals.

    About Meritas

    Founded in 1990, Meritas is an international alliance of commercial law firms working across jurisdictions to provide clients the best of both worlds: a local legal partner with full-service capabilities and the cost efficiency and personal attention unmatched by mega law firms. Each member law firm is required to adhere to rigorous and specific service standards on a regular basis. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Meritas has member firms in 245 global markets totaling more than 7,000 lawyers. To find a Meritas law firm or for more information, visit meritas.org or call +1-612-339-8680.

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  • May 17, 2019Norris McLaughlin Opens Easton Office

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce it has expanded into Easton, Pennsylvania, with an office located at 205 South Seventh Street. The office boasts a convenient location across from the Easton Courthouse.

    This location will also be home to the firm’s title service, ABE Settlement Services, LLC. ABE offers a full range of title and settlement services delivered by highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals, skilled in handling all aspects of residential and commercial real estate and mortgage lending.

    “The opening of our new office in Easton, where many of our clients reside and do business, is a direct reflection of the firm’s continued growth, and allows us the opportunity to efficiently serve our clients throughout the Lehigh Valley,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    Norris McLaughlin is a full-service, mid-sized, regional law firm that serves the legal needs of businesses and families in the New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania areas, uniquely positioned to represent middle-market companies, Fortune 500 corporations, and individuals since 1953.

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  • Apr 26, 2019Saleem Mawji Named Co-Chair of Litigation Department

    Saleem Mawji, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  has been elected Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and Chair of Litigation – Pennsylvania office, three years after being named a Member of the firm.  He also serves as a member of the firm’s diversity committee.

    A Lehigh Valley native and Salisbury High School alumni, Saleem has been with Norris McLaughlin, P.A. for 9 years. “I am honored to be Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group and look forward to contributing to the continued success of the department and firm as a whole,” he said.

    “Saleem is a great fit to Co-Chair our Litigation Group. He is an accomplished litigator and has established himself as a talented leader within the firm,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    Mawji devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation matters, focusing primarily on three areas: shareholder disputes, fraudulent investigations, and construction law.  He represents businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court.  He acts as outside “general counsel” for Global Export Marketing, Ltd. and Access Innovations Global, and regularly advises clients on a variety of general business issues, including contract negotiation, review, and enforcement.  He regularly contributes to the firm’s Pennsylvania Shareholder Dispute blog.

    He has represented corporations, majority shareholders, and minority shareholders in legal disputes including 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. He has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star Lawyer in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

    A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Saleem 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, is a Member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Fellowship of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.  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 earned his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Woolsack National Honor Society, Penn State Law Review Comments Editor, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, Pi Sigma Alpha, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

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  • Mar 15, 2019Norris McLaughlin Named Among Best Places to Work In New Jersey

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey, ranking among the top 100 companies in the state for 2019. This survey and award program identifies, recognizes, and honors the top New Jersey workplaces based on confidential data collected from employees. Norris McLaughlin will be honored at the Best Places to Work in New Jersey gala awards ceremony on May 1 in Freehold.

    “At Norris McLaughlin, we take pride in our firm values, especially when it comes to our employees. We promote a collaborative, supportive, and inclusive culture for our employees, who are the reason for our success.  On behalf of our employees, I am proud and honored to be recognized by Best Places to Work in New Jersey,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    Created in 2005 and produced by NJBIZ, Best Places to Work in New Jersey surveys companies from across the state in a two-part process to determine the honorees. The first part evaluates each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This section of the survey is worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part measures the employee experience and is worth approximately 75%. The combined scores determine the top companies and the final ranking.  Best Companies Group manages the overall registration and survey process. Additionally, they analyze the data provided and use their expertise to determine the final rankings.

    For more information on the Best Places to Work in New Jersey program, please click here.

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  • Mar 07, 2019Norris McLaughlin Named a Morning Call Top Workplace for the 7th Year in a Row

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been selected as a Morning Call Top Workplace for the seventh year in a row, each year since the survey’s start.  The Top Workplaces were recognized at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 6. Selections are based on an employee survey measuring qualities such as company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay, and benefits.

    The Morning Call describes a top workplace as, “one that operates successfully and provides good pay and benefits. But there’s more to it than that: In a great job environment, the employees are engaged because they have confidence in their bosses, know their mission, feel appreciated and have opportunities for career development.” This year the firm ranked 12th in the small employers section. More information about Norris McLaughlin’s rank can be found here.

    “I am proud that our employees have once again contributed to the firm being honored as The Morning Call Top Workplace. It is because of their hard work and commitment that make us a great place to work,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chair of Norris McLaughlin.

    The Top Workplaces are determined solely on employee feedback.  The survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with more than 30 major publishing partners and recognizes a national list of Top Workplaces.  Over the past year, more than 4,500 organizations in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees.  For more information on the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

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  • Dec 14, 2018Norris McLaughlin Brings Holiday Cheer to Local Families

    The Bridgewater-based law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that it has once again participated in Safe + Sound Somerset’s Holiday Gift Drive as part of its commitment to the community. The annual event helps fulfill the holiday wishes of many local families.

    Attorneys and staff contributed to a general wish list in support of Safe + Sound’s Holiday Store. The organization transformed their main conference room into a gift shop stocked with donations, where their clients can make gift selections for their families.  Children can also “shop” for a special holiday present for Mom, siblings, and others important to them. All gifts selected are provided to the client’s families at no charge.

    “Norris McLaughlin is honored to continue its support of Safe Safe + Sound’s Annual Holiday Gift Drive. It is one of the many ways the firm can give back to the community in which they live and work. All of us at Norris McLaughlin hope that the generous contributions will benefit and bring joy to many families during the holiday season and throughout the year,” said Nicholas J. Dimakos, an Associate of the firm who also serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary for Safe + Sound.

    Safe + Sound Somerset is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to serving victims of domestic abuse in Somerset County.  Its mission is to empower survivors of domestic abuse and engage the community to break the cycle of violence.  It has advocated and provided services for the community for nearly 40 years, growing and adapting those services to meet the changing needs of their clients.

    Pictured, from left: John Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm; Nick Dimakos, an Associate of the firm and Member of the Board of Trustees and Secretary for Safe + Sound Somerset

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  • Dec 12, 2018Norris McLaughlin Named Among Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A. was named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania, ranking 16th in the large-sized company category, for 2018. This is the sixth consecutive year the firm has received this honor. This survey and award program identify, recognize, and honor the places of employment that benefit the state’s economy and its workforce.

    “We take pride in our firm culture of community support, exceptional camaraderie and respect among our many talented employees, and creating a supportive and safe work environment.  Our employees embody this culture and are the reason for our continued success.  We are honored to continue to be recognized by Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania,” – John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin.

    Created in 2000, Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership of Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Central Penn Business Journal, and the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management.

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is a full-service law firm with 140+ attorneys in offices in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and New York City. Founded in 1953, the firm is the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey.

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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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  • Jun 16, 2016John Vanarthos to Speak at Business Owner Success Series Seminar

    John N. Vanarthos, a Member of the Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will speak at Understanding the Business Risk and Cost of Growing Cybersecurity Threats, part of the Business Owner Success Series provided by The Alternative Board (TAB) and Business Growth Resources. The breakfast forum will be held Tuesday, June 28 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am, at the Salt Creek Grill at Princeton Forrestal Village in Princeton, New Jersey.  Vanarthos will assist in educating business owners how to protect a company from digital security risks.

    TAB is a membership organization committed to the success of privately held companies, providing business owner advisory boards and coaching services that focus on practical solutions to business issues. The confidential atmosphere allows company owners and CEOs to discuss their business challenges and opportunities and gain practical advice from other seasoned business owners.

    Business Growth Resources provides specialized business consulting services and programs to privately-held companies. Their targeted services enhance the skills and talents of prosperous businesses, to help the company achieve new heights and to help the owner define and attain his or her mission. For more information or to register, visit BusinessGrowthResources.net/boss2.

    Vanarthos has devoted his practice to helping companies, both large and small, with their business legal needs. As a business lawyer, Vanarthos 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 a number of 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.

    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.

     

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  • Nov 15, 2011Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Co-Sponsors Business Workshop on Exit Strategies

    November 15, 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

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Co-Sponsors Business Workshop on Exit Strategies

    Bridgewater, NJ (November 15, 2011) – Norris McLaughlin, P.A., in cooperation with the DAK Group, will present a breakfast workshop, “Maximizing Value from Your Biggest Asset,” on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, from 7:30 to 9:30 am, at its Bridgewater office. The experienced financial and legal industry professionals presenting this workshop are Alan Scharfstein, President of the DAK Group, and John Vanarthos, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and its Business Law Group.

    This workshop is intended for owners, presidents/chief executive officers and chief financial officers of middle market companies considering exiting strategies, as well as certified public accountants attending with their clients. The interactive discussion will provide a brief overview of the current environment for exit transactions, offer a perspective on industry-specific trends, and illustrate the pros and cons of strategic versus financial buyers. Presenters will talk about key elements to consider in gaining the maximum value possible from the sale of the enterprise. Advisors will share best practices, case studies, and lessons learned. Participants will learn to identify key elements of enterprise valuation from a buyer’s perspective, assess the fitness of the enterprise to withstand a transaction, discover what steps can be taken right away to increase value, proactively address potential legal barriers to maximizing value, and will gain practical advice and guidance from experienced professionals in a relaxed environment. For more information, visit nmmlaw.com.

    Vanarthos, a resident of Highland Park, has devoted his practice to helping companies, both large and small, with their business legal needs.

    As a business lawyer, Vanarthos 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 a number of high-tech companies in the areas of technology licensing, information management and product development.

    Vanarthos serves as counsel for the United States operations of a number of foreign-based corporations, where he is responsible for all legal matters in the U.S. including general corporate advice, contract and tax matters, litigation management and employee relations.

    Over the years, Vanarthos has represented a number of individual entrepreneurs and startup companies, strategically guiding them from idea conception to exit strategy and solving their legal problems along the way.

    As Chairman of the firm’s Corporate Law Department, Vanarthos is responsible for staffing corporate matters to maximize efficiencies for the client, which includes identifying the proper level of expertise for each matter. Therefore, Vanarthos takes pride in fully understanding the goals and needs of each of the firm’s corporate clients, as well as ensuring exceptional client service. He is a frequent speaker and author on a wide range of corporate law topics that are relevant to the firm’s clients.

    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.

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