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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, 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.

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  • 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.

    Posted in: Construction Law, Litigation, News, Saleem Mawji | Tags: , ,

  • Jul 30, 2019Rebecca Price Appointed to Civic Theatre Board of Directors

    Rebecca J. Price, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed to the Civic Theatre of Allentown Board of Directors for the 2019-2022 term.

    Civic Theatre of Allentown is a non-profit organization with 90 years of history in the Lehigh Valley dedicated to producing live theatre of high standards of artistic excellence, capitalizing on the physicality, presence, and immediacy of theatre as an art form and providing a creative outlet and training ground for local artists dedicated to the theatre as an avocation. For more information, please click here.

    “I am passionate about the arts and honored to be appointed to the Civic Theatre Board of Directors. I hope to assist in moving the Theatre’s mission forward,” said Price.

    Price, a resident of Orefield, is a member of the Litigation Practice Group. She also practices extensively on behalf of creditors in the bankruptcy courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania and in the District of New Jersey.

    As a commercial litigator, Price represents clients in all of the eastern counties of Pennsylvania, the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, and the District of New Jersey.  She handles a wide range of lawsuits, including complex commercial business litigation, landlord/ tenant matters, and contract disputes.  In her general litigation practice, she represents numerous insurance companies’ insureds in a wide spectrum of civil matters, and has represented clients in personal injury matters.

    Price represents local and out-of-state banks in bankruptcy, complex foreclosures, receiverships, and asset recovery matters, including negotiating deed in lieu transfers and confession of judgment for ejectment and money proceedings. She has completed the necessary training to perform work for Fannie Mae. Price has also defended clients in actions to open or strike judgments entered by confession.

    Often, she is engaged as local counsel by attorneys in foreign districts. Understanding the dynamic role that local counsel plays in assisting the client of the referring firm, Price has been successful in establishing many relationships with other firms.

    Proficient in handling multifaceted commercial collection matters on behalf of local and out-of-state businesses, Price gives seminars to assist businesses in adopting practices best suited for collecting outstanding accounts receivable. She has ample experience litigating collection matters and executing upon judgments obtained on behalf of her clients.

    Prior to joining the firm, Price served as clerk for the Lehigh County Department of Law as part of a Post Graduate Fellowship. During her clerkship, she served the county in land use and litigation matters.

    In addition to her work for the firm and in pursuit of her passion for advocating for children’s rights, Price serves as conflict-counsel for Lehigh County and has been appointed to serve as guardian ad litem to children in the county. Price earned her J.D. in 2007 from William and Mary School of Law, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Ohio State University in 2004

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Litigation, News, Real Estate & Finance, Rebecca J. Price | Tags: ,

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