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  • Jan 02, 2020Norris McLaughlin Promotes Litigators Nick Duston, Amy Kruzel, and Jessica Palmer to Members of the Firm

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., a full-service, mid-sized regional law firm of 130+ attorneys with main offices in Bridgewater, NJ; New York, NY; and Allentown, PA, is pleased to announce the promotion of three associates to Members of the firm. The promotions for Nicholas A. Duston, Amy L. Kruzel, and Jessica L. Palmer are effective January 1, 2020, and follow the firm’s announcement earlier this month that four associates joined the firm, building upon the firm’s unique position to represent middle-market companies, Fortune 500 corporations, and individuals across a number of legal practices.

    John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm, said, “Norris McLaughlin is growing, and we are further strengthening our ability to provide a range of legal services to businesses and families in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. As rising leaders in the firm, Amy, Jessica, and Nick will diligently counsel clients and maintain the firm’s values in our commitment to our clients and our communities.”

    “I have had the pleasure of working with Amy, Jessica, and Nick, and I can attest to their exemplary litigation skills and dedication to their clients,” added David C. Roberts, who co-chairs the Litigation Practice Group along with the Honorable Emil Giordano (Ret.)Daniel R. Guadalupe and Saleem Mawji.

    About the New Members

    Nick Duston

    Since joining Norris McLaughlin in 2014 in the firm’s Bridgewater office, Duston has focused his practice on complex commercial disputes involving business owners, their managers, and their employees.

    With significant litigation experience in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York, Duston handles cases related to fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty, employee theft of trade secrets, diversion of corporate opportunities, and breaches of restrictive covenants or non-compete obligations. He is adept at unwinding complex fact patterns arising from complicated financial instruments, multi-entity business structures, and large amounts of electronically stored information. He also represents clients in arbitrations with the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

    Duston’s practice also includes white-collar criminal matters, such as conducting internal investigations or defending companies and individuals during internal or government investigations into alleged securities fraud, money laundering, and other financial crimes. He has also handled many matters at the intersection of white-collar and civil litigation. Duston regularly handles issues relating to government seizure of property, particularly on behalf of secured lenders, including defense against civil and criminal asset forfeiture, as well as civil rights litigation when the government seizes property without due process or in violation of other constitutionally-protected rights.

    Duston earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2010 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston University in 2007.

    Amy Kruzel

    As a Member of the firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law Group in the Allentown office, Kruzel works closely with clients on all aspects of matrimonial law including divorce, custody, support, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. With more than 12 years of experience, Kruzel is a compassionate and assertive advisor, representing clients in all stages of divorce, including post-judgment litigation. She serves as a mediator in divorce, custody, and support matters, and has presented oral argument in the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District.

    Active in the Lehigh Valley community, Kruzel serves on the Executive Leadership Board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, volunteers at the legal clinic at the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center; is the Treasurer of the Family Law Section of the Bar Association of Lehigh County; and is on the Advisory Council of the Allentown Branch of the YMCA. She recently was nominated by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as the Lehigh Valley Branch’s first-ever All-Star Alumni candidate for the 2020 Man & Woman of the Year Campaign.

    Kruzel joined Norris McLaughlin in 2017. She earned her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, in 2005 and her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002.

    Jessica Palmer

    Based in the Bridgewater office, Palmer is a litigator and advisor with more than ten years of experience assisting clients with complex commercial and environmental matters.

    As a litigator, Palmer is known for her thoughtful and diligent representation of clients in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (“NJDEP”) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”). Palmer has extensive experience with both federal and state environmental laws, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act (“Spill Act”), the New Jersey Site Remediation Reform Act (“SRRA”), the Industrial Site Recovery Act (“ISRA”), the Major Hazardous Waste Facility Siting Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”).

    Palmer also devotes a significant portion of her practice to representing clients in regulatory compliance, permitting, and remediation efforts. She frequently advises clients on issues related to environmental insurance coverage and other cost recovery options. Finally, Palmer has extensive knowledge of the regulations governing licensed site remediation professionals (“LSRPs”).

    Palmer serves as Board Secretary for the Hunterdon County YMCA Board of Trustees. Licensed in New Jersey and New York, she has been selected for inclusion in the General Litigation section of New Jersey Rising Stars every year since 2014. Palmer is also a Barrister with the Justice Stewart G. Pollack Environmental Inn of Court.

    Palmer joined Norris McLaughlin in 2013. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert P. Contillo, P.J.Ch. for the 2009-2010 court term. Palmer earned her J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law in 2009 and her B.A., with honors, from McGill University in 2006.

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  • Dec 05, 2019Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Welcomes Four New Associates to the Firm

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome four new associates to the firm. Allison J. Arotsky joins the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, Sarah M. Bouskila joins the Litigation Practice Group, Stephanie A. DeVos joins the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group, and Milan Jakubcak joins the Business Law Practice Group.

    “We are excited to have these four new hard-working, passionate, and dedicated Associates join Norris McLaughlin. In addition to expanding our attorney-base, we will soon be moving our New York office to Times Square. It’s a very exciting time for Norris McLaughlin right now and we look forward to what the future will bring for us,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About the Attorneys

    Allison Arotsky

    Arotsky focuses her practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and litigation matters.

    Arotsky represents debtors, creditors, equity holders, purchasers, investors, insurers, and other interested parties in all aspects of distressed situations and chapter 11 cases in a variety of sectors, including retail, manufacturing, energy, consumer discretionary, finance, and municipal.

    Arotsky also represents plaintiffs, defendants, and other interested parties in contested matters, adversary proceedings, and other insolvency-related litigation involving claims arising under federal and state law, including avoidance actions, objections to claims, and real property disputes.

    Before entering private practice, Allison was a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Nancy Hershey Lord, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York.

    Arotsky received her J.D., cum laude, with a Certificate in Business Law, from Brooklyn Law School in 2012, where she also received the Barry L. Zaretsky Bankruptcy & Commercial Law Fellowship and the Professor Philip K. Yonge Memorial Prize, denoting achievements of student excellence in commercial law or bankruptcy. She received her B.A. from Cornell University in 2009.

    Sarah Bouskila

    Bouskila focuses her practice on real estate and complex commercial litigation. Her experience includes representation of individuals and corporate clients in a variety of practice areas, such as breach of contract, business torts, fraud, bankruptcy, employment and restrictive covenant disputes, foreclosure litigation, and an array of real estate-related litigation.

    Prior to entering private practice, Bouskila served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jessica R. Mayer in the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

    While in law school, Bouskila was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and served as an Articles Editor for the Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal. She received her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, cum laude, in 2016 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from City University of New York—Brooklyn College in 2012.

    Stephanie DeVos

    DeVos devotes her practice to environmental law, focusing on product liability, toxic and environmental torts, and general liability matters.

    DeVos drafts pleadings, motions, discovery, and briefs, and conducts legal research on procedural and substantive issues at trial and appellate levels. She also has experience in pre-trial case evaluations, including detailed settlement analysis and recommendations, negotiates settlements, and regularly appears at court for conferences and oral argument of motions.

    DeVos has been the lead associate for multiple environmental cases, tendering demands for defense and indemnity, handling all phases of litigation, and overseeing and managing indemnity counsel.

    Before entering private practice, DeVos represented large national insurance carriers in first-and third-party coverage and subrogation matters in New Jersey, New York, and federal courts. She also clerked for the Honorable William L’E. Wertheimer, J.S.C. (Ret.), Superior Court of New Jersey.

    DeVos received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2011, M.S. in Spanish from Georgetown University in 2007, and B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 2006.

    Milan Jakubcak

    Jakubcak focuses his practice on all areas of taxation and business law.

    Jakubcak is experienced in preparing tax structure papers and identifying US tax consequences of domestic and cross-border transactions, including the impact of the US tax reform on clients structures and contemplated transactions. He advises private equity and corporate clients on a range of domestic and cross-border transactions, including entity mergers and acquisitions, tax-free corporate reorganizations, Section 351 transactions, and business joint ventures.

    Prior to joining the firm, Jakubcak was Manager in Mergers and Acquisitions Tax practice at KPMG LLP where he focused on providing tax due diligence and structuring advice to his clients.

    Jakubcak received his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2014, while he interned with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and the Honorable Michael A. Shipp, U.S.D.J., for the District of New Jersey. He received his LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2019 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 2009.

    Posted in: Allison J. Arotsky, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Business Law, Environmental, Litigation, Milan Jakubcak, News, Sarah M. Bouskila, Stephanie A. DeVos | Tags: , , , , , , ,

  • Nov 01, 2019Norris McLaughlin Recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms For 10th Consecutive Year

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in 12 practice areas in the “2020 Best Law Firms” rankings by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. This marks the 10th consecutive year the firm has earned Metropolitan First-Tier rankings in New Jersey. The firm’s full listing of First Tier rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation –- Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law

    “It’s an honor for the firm to be highly ranked in multiple, diverse practice areas. We are proud of our client relationships and it’s especially rewarding to earn this recognition based largely on their feedback,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Best Law Firms

    From the start, the mission of Best Law Firms has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. A full listing is posted online at www.usnews.com/bestlawfirms.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin has been serving the New Jersey community and New York metropolitan area since 1953. Once a humble two-man practice on Main Street in Somerville, Norris McLaughlin has become the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey. Throughout its growth, the firm remembers its culture and values. Norris McLaughlin has remained a firm committed to client service, its community, and its employees. The firm and its attorneys have historically been committed to the communities where clients live and do business.

    Clients value a personal level of care, therefore the firm strives for deep, meaningful, people-first relationships with each one. With many of its attorneys selected as The Best Lawyers In America each year, in addition to its active repertoire of speaking engagements and legal publications, Norris McLaughlin possesses large-firm talent in a small-firm setting that allows its attorneys to provide service and value to their clients on a personal level. It is the firm’s goal to accommodate the needs of every client through the use of experience, strategic planning, and common courtesy.

    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.

    Posted in: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Construction Law, Environmental, Estate Planning & Administration, Litigation, Matrimonial & Family Law, News, Products Liability Defense, Solar Energy | Tags: , ,

  • Sep 18, 2019Norris McLaughlin Expands Litigation Group

    Law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Ariel Y. Brown as an Associate of the firm. She joins the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

    “Joining Norris McLaughlin is an exciting step in my career. I’m looking forward to working with such a great team and putting my knowledge and experience to use for the firm’s clients,” said Brown.

    “Ariel makes a great addition to our team. We are lucky to have her and look forward to helping her build her career here at Norris McLaughlin,” said David C. Roberts, who co-chairs the group along with Daniel R. Guadalupe and Saleem Mawji.

    About Ariel Brown

    Brown clerked for the Honorable Benjamin C. Telsey, A.J.S.C., of the New Jersey Superior Court. Prior to that, she was a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Michael A. Shipp, U.S.D.J., and for the Honorable Susan Peikes Gantman.

    Brown will concentrate her practice in the area of complex insurance fraud and health care litigation with an emphasis on anti-kickback laws, anti-money laundering, and improper licensing regulations.

    As a law clerk, Brown has drafted opinions under the Open Public Records Act and Eminent Domain. She also has experience in courtroom proceedings and pretrial conferences, as well as preparing bench memoranda.

    During law school, Brown was a member of the Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Team and the Temple National Lawyers Guild Expungement Clinic. She received Distinguished Class Performance in Advanced Trial Advocacy and was the recipient of the Temple Law Diversity Scholarship, and a participant in the Robert E. Slota, Jr. 1L Scholars Program.

    Brown received her J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2018, her M.S. from University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and her B.S. from Cornell University in 2012.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin’s litigation attorneys‘ singular focus is meeting the client’s goals and objectives based on counsel, options, strategies, and consideration of anticipated costs that will be discussed together. Once a consensus is reached on the way forward, whether going to trial or settlement, the attorneys will do so with the client’s full participation and input.

    Norris McLaughlin is a different kind of law firm—a firm that focuses on solutions, not problems. These are the core values of Norris McLaughlin and its litigation attorneys, values that have earned the firm the loyalty and respect of clients, peers, and community for over six decades.

    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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  • Aug 02, 2019Saleem Mawji Named Member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council for LINC-LV

    Saleem Mawji, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group, has been selected to be a Member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council for the Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking and Connecting Consortium.

    The Lehigh Valley Inter-Regional Networking and Connecting Consortium (LINC) supports and enhances employers’ efforts to attract, retain, and cultivate a highly skilled and diverse workforce in Lehigh Valley by networking and connecting potential, recent, and new hires and their families resulting in more acceptances and longer retention. For more information, click here.

    The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council’s (D&I) mission is to provide resources and facilitate best practices sharing in the D&I space for local employers.

    “I am honored to have been selected to be a Member of D&I. I am looking forward to working with the other Council Members to assist in promoting the mission to better the Lehigh Valley,” said Mawji.

    A Lehigh Valley Native and Salisbury High School alumni, Mawji has been with Norris McLaughlin for nine years and serves as a member of the firm’s diversity committee. He 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 Shareholder Dispute in Pennsylvania Blog.

    Mawji represents 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.”

    His fraudulent investigations practice involved assisting clients who have been defrauded by employees, partners, and other parties. While some matters are handled as criminal matters, he uses the civil process to help recoup embezzled funds. The process typically involved working closely with financial forensic experts.

    Mawji’s construction practice focuses on litigation, mechanic’s lien claims, construction defects, and contractor/subcontractor payment disputes. He is experienced with Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act and the Prompt Payment Act.

    His understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to help clients manage electronic documents and produce them during discovery. He drafts document retention policies and litigation hold letters, and has evaluated numerous electronic discovery tools for overall effectiveness and efficiency.

    Mawji 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-document track record of achievements in business, and has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Stat Lawyer in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

    A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, he 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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