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  • May 10, 2018Melissa Peña Elected to Meritas Board of Directors

    Melissa A. Peña, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Chair of its Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Group, and Co-Chair of the Meritas’ Financial Services/CRABS Group, has been elected to the Meritas Board of Directors for a three-year term, serving 2018-2021.

    Meritas is an established global alliance of more than 180 independent, full-service law firms in every state and in 90 foreign countries with a comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience.  Firms become members by invitation only and maintain membership by meeting standards of a uniquely comprehensive Quality Assurance Program.  Firms are regularly assessed and recertified for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction.  Firm quality feedback is reflected in a Satisfaction Index score, which is available online.

    Meritas is led by a 21-member Board of Directors that helps the organization continually enhance its services, strategy, and overall client experience.  Board members are elected by the voting members at each annual meeting to reflect the size and geographic composition of the Meritas alliance.  To qualify, the member must be an employee, officer, director, member, or partner of a Meritas firm and must be a licensed lawyer in good standing in his or her respective jurisdiction(s).  The responsibility of the Meritas Board is to build an effective organization that supports the mission, values, and goals of the organization and the interest of its members, making decisions based on what is best for the organization rather than for individual members or regions.

    Peña concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures.  Her practice covers all aspects of litigation and insolvency matters in both state and federal courts.  She frequently represents secured lenders, creditors’ committees, debtors, trustees, landlords, and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings pending in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.  Peña also has extensive experience litigating cases involving UCC matters, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, intercreditor agreements, lien priority disputes, equipment leases, fraudulent conveyance actions, preferences, and various creditor enforcement matters.

    Peña regularly represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings.  She handles all aspects of the litigation, including defending against counterclaims, negotiating forbearance agreements when appropriate, and representing the lender in any subsequent bankruptcy proceeding by litigating stay relief motions and representing the lender’s interest in the plan confirmation process.

    Peña earned her J.D., cum laude, from The American University Washington College of Law in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, from George Washington University in 2000.  While in law school, Peña was the Recent Development Editor of the Administrative Law Review, a member of the Law and Government Society, and participated in the Washington College of Law Civil Practice Clinic.  She was an intern for Searles Solicitors in London, England, during the summer of 2001.

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  • Jan 25, 2018Steven Karg Named Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Meritas Member Contact

    Steven A. Karg, a Member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named the firm’s Main Meritas Member Contact, replacing Joel N. Jacobson, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Real Estate Practice Group.  Jacobson has been the firm’s representative to Meritas since 1991, when the firm first joined Meritas.  Melissa A. Peña, a Member of the firm and Co-Chair of the Meritas’ Financial Services/CRABS Group, will take Karg’s place as the Alternate Member Contact.

    Meritas requires its firms to provide a designated Member Contact to ensure all matters are handled with care based on the Meritas alliance features. When a prospective client reaches out to a firm, the Meritas Member Contact will work with them to understand their needs and be sure to connect them with the appropriate attorney with the essential expertise.

    Meritas is an established global alliance of more than 180 independent, full-service law firms, with a comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience.  Firms become members by invitation only and maintain membership by meeting standards of a uniquely comprehensive Quality Assurance Program.  Firms are regularly assessed and recertified for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction.  Firm quality feedback is reflected in a Satisfaction Index score, which is available online.

    “Meritas is integral in our ability to help our clients find quality legal assistance anywhere in the world.  Over the years, Joel has proved this time and time again, and I would like to thank him for his leadership.  I am excited and honored to be able to work closer with the Meritas organization and look forward to continuing Joel’s work,” said Karg.

    Karg focuses his practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis on products liability defense.  He has spoken about products liability issues to organizations such as the American Bar Association, New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, New Jersey Defense Association, New Jersey Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society, New Jersey Chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society, Northeast Pharmaceutical Attorneys, and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education.  In addition, he has authored many articles on products liability and toxic tort issues.  He is a co-author of the 2018 Edition of “New Jersey Products Liability and Toxic Torts Law” (Gann Law Books).  Karg is a past President of the Somerset County Bar Association, and a member of the New Jersey Defense Association (Former Chairperson, Products Liability Committee) and the Defense Research Institute (Member, Products Liability and Drug & Medical Device Committees).  He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University and his B.S., magna cum laude, from Trenton State College in Mechanical Engineering Technology.  Karg served a term on the Meritas Board of Directors and its Quality Assurance Committee.

    Peña concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures.  Peña earned her J.D., cum laude, from The American University Washington College of Law in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, from George Washington University in 2000.  While in law school, Peña was the Recent Development Editor of the Administrative Law Review, a member of the Law and Government Society, and a participant in the Washington College of Law Civil Practice Clinic.  She was an intern for Searles Solicitors in London, England, during the summer of 2001.

    Jacobson’s practice focuses primarily on real estate and banking matters.  He has been with the firm for more than 35 years, including 30 years as a shareholder.  He was a member of the firm’s Management Committee from 1986 to 2017.  Jacobson is a member of the New Jersey, New York, and District of Columbia Bars; and the Real Estate, Banking Law, and Debtor/Creditor Sections of the New Jersey State Bar Association.  He was named the 2011 “Newark Area Best Lawyers Banking Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  He is the only banking law attorney accorded this honor in the State of New Jersey.  Jacobson served on the Meritas Board of Directors and was Chairman of its Financial Services Section.  He currently chairs the Chatham Township Planning Board, having done so for the past several years.  Jacobson earned his J.D. in 1971 and his B.A., cum laude, in 1968 from the University of Pennsylvania.

    As Meritas’ only firm located in New Jersey, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. utilizes Meritas member firms to connect clients with quality representation in every state and in 90 foreign countries.  The firm’s membership in Meritas provides clients with immediate access to high-quality legal services in other jurisdictions around the globe.

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  • Nov 06, 2014Robert C. Gabrielski and Melissa A. Peña to Participate in Meritas US/Canada Regional Meeting

    Robert C. Gabrielski and Melissa A. Peña to Participate in Meritas US/Canada Regional Meeting

    Bridgewater, NJ (November 6, 2014) – Robert C. Gabrielski and Melissa A. Peña, Members of the Bridgewater-based law firm, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will participate in the Meritas 2014 US/Canada Regional Meeting at the Westin Grand Central Hotel in New York City. Other members of the firm will also attend.

    Gabrielski, a Member of the firm’s Management Committee and Chair of the Business Law Group and its International Business and Tax Planning Group, will participate in a panel discussion titled “Leveraging Your Meritas Connections,” on November 7 at 2:15 pm. Other participants include Ken Kallish of Minden Gross LLP in Toronto and Jeffrey Boxer of Carter Ledyard Milburn in New York.  Fred Seller of BrazeauSeller LLP in Ottawa will serve as moderator.

    Peña, who concentrates her practice in bankruptcy, commercial litigation and mortgage foreclosures, will lead the member introductions and a networking activity, designed as a fun way for attendees to get to know one another, following the welcoming remarks.

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.has been a member of Meritas since 1999.  Meritas is the only law firm alliance with an established and comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience. Meritas membership is selective and by invitation only. Firms are regularly assessed and recertified for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction. The organization’s extensive due diligence process ensures that only firms meeting the tenets of Meritas’ Quality Assurance Program are allowed to maintain membership. Firm performance and quality feedback are reflected in a Satisfaction Index score, which is made available online.

     

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  • Feb 04, 2013Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Names Five New Members

     

    February 4, 2013

    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
    ecmillerjr@nmmlaw.com


    Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Names Five New Members 

    Bridgewater, NJ (February 4, 2013) – The Bridgewater-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., announced that Oren M. Chaplin, Deanna L. Koestel, Keith D. McDonald, Jesse P. Nash, and Melissa A. Peña have been named Members of the firm.

    “It is our pleasure to have Oren, Deanna, Keith, Jesse, and Melissa as Members of Norris McLaughlin, P.A..  With membership, we recognize their years of outstanding legal work and dedicated service to our clients,” said G. Robert Marcus, Managing Partner.

    Chaplin, a resident of New Jersey, focuses his practice on business law and securities matters.  A regular contributor to the firm’s International Business web publication, Chaplin is involved with domestic and international commercial and transactional agreements, from service, vendor and supply agreements to merger, acquisition and business planning documents.  He has represented businesses throughout their lifecycle, from formation to operation to sale and their exit from the market.   In addition to his corporate and business practice, he analyzes regulatory and compliance issues related to limited offerings, investment advisers, investment companies, broker-dealers, insurance product agents, and other financial industry entities.  Chaplin has represented firms involving federal and state bureaus of securities and managed the regulatory and compliance filing process for start-up and existing financial firms.

    Chaplin received his J.D. from New England School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor for the New England Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of Delaware, where he was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology and Criminal Justice Honor Society.

    Koestel, a resident of New York, New York, focuses her practice on commercial litigation, specializing in complex commercial matters, construction disputes, and products liability defense.  She has considerable experience in construction litigation matters.  She has represented property owners, contractors and subcontractors, suppliers, and manufacturers in various construction contract issues both in New York and New Jersey, including breach of contract, warranty actions, building supply defects, and professional liability.  Koestel has considerable experience in handling construction lien issues on behalf of both property owners and contractors.   She frequently appears in court on behalf of her clients and has participated in complex trials and mediations.

    Koestel earned her J.D. from Temple University in 2002 and her B.A. in Psychology and Criminology/Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland in 1999.  She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations and the New Jersey Defense Association.  Koestel is also a founding Member and serves on the Board of Trustees of the non-profit organization H.A.R.K., which sponsors Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey.

    McDonald, a resident of Flemington, New Jersey, concentrates his practice on labor & employment law and commercial litigation.  His labor & employment law practice is concentrated on the representation of management in all aspects of employment law, with particular focus on defending against discrimination claims under federal and state laws, including whistleblower claims and claims of harassment.  McDonald is also responsible for defending wage and hour claims on both the state and federal levels.  He regularly counsels employers and their human resources departments on a wide range of employment-related policies and procedures, including family leave, employee discipline, and wage and hour compliance.  McDonald also advises both employers and employees on issues concerning post-employment restrictive covenants.  McDonald also litigates matters in state and federal court in the areas of intellectual property, education, and complex commercial litigation.  He has developed a sub-specialty in federal practice and is an active member of the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court, which focuses on federal practice and intellectual property litigation.

    McDonald received his J.D. in 2003 from Seton Hall University School of Law and his B.A. in Economics/International Studies in 2000 from Muhlenberg College.

    Nash, a resident of Branchburg, New Jersey, concentrates his practice in business law, and real estate and finance transactions. He represents area businesses and entrepreneurs in a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, entity structuring, and general transactional issues; as well as day-to-day counseling with regard to business operations. Nash has also developed a specialty in representing both vendors and vendees in technology licensing transactions. In the real estate area, Nash represents area developers and commercial real estate owners and operators in purchase/sale, leasing, and financing transactions. In the banking and financial services area, Nash represents lending institutions and borrowers in financial matters, including mortgage loan transactions, asset-based financings, unsecured loans, construction loans, interest rate swap transactions, loan syndications, and regulated lending.  He also represents private equity clients in a wide variety of investment transactions.

    Nash earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2003 and his B.S. from Liberty University in 1999. He is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association and serves as Director and Board Development Committee Chair of the Somerset Valley YMCA.

    Peña, a resident of New York, New York, concentrates her practice on bankruptcy and creditors’ rights law and complex commercial litigation. She frequently represents debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, landlords, and other creditors in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and other jurisdictions.  Peña also represents banking institutions in work-outs and commercial foreclosure matters.  She handles shareholder disputes and creditors’ rights litigation.  She frequently appears before the state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey.  She also negotiates settlements and mediates cases in both private and court-ordered mediations.

    Peña earned her J.D., cum laude, from Washington College of Law at American University in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science from George Washington University in 2000.  She is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation, National Association of Women Lawyers,   American Bankruptcy Institute, and New York County Lawyers’ Association, and serves as the Co-Chairperson of the Meritas Financial Services and Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Sections.

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  • Jan 02, 2013Peña Selected as Co-Chair of Meritas Financial Services and Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Sections

    January 2, 2013

    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
    ecmillerjr@nmmlaw.com


    Peña Selected as Co-Chair of Meritas Financial Services and Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Sections

    Bridgewater, NJ (January 2, 2013) – Melissa A. Peña, a Partner with Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been selected to serve as Co-Chair of the Meritas’ Financial Services and Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy Sections.

    “Meritas is fortunate to have someone as capable as Melissa to head their sections,” said Joel Jacobson, a colleague of Melissa’s and the immediate past chair of the sections. “I am confident that Melissa will be successful in advancing the role of the section and bringing enhanced value to Meritas.”

    Meritas is an established global alliance of more than 170 independent, full-service law firms, worldwide, in over 60 countries. Firms become members through invitation and maintain membership by meeting standards of uniquely comprehensive Quality Assurance Program, ensuring that clients receive the same high quality legal work and service from every Meritas firm.

    Peña concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation and mortgage foreclosures. Her practice covers all aspects of litigation and insolvency matters in both state and federal courts. She frequently represents secured lenders, creditors’ committees, debtors, trustees, landlords and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings pending in New Jersey, New York, and Delaware. She also has extensive experience litigating cases involving UCC matters, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, inter-creditor agreements, lien priority disputes, equipment leases, fradulent conveyance actions, preferences and various creditor enforcement matters.

    Peña regularly represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings. She handles all aspects of the litigation, including defending against counterclaims, negotiating forbearance agreements when appropriate, and representing the lender in any subsequent bankruptcy proceeding by litigating stay relief motions and representing the lender’s interest in the plan confirmation process.

    Peña earned her J.D., cum laude, from The American University Washington College of Law in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, from George Washington University in 2000. While in law school, Peña was the Recent Development Editor for the Administrative Law Review and a member of the Law and Government Society and participated in the Washington College of Law Civil Practice Clinic. She was an intern for Searles Solicitors in London, England during the summer of 2001.

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  • May 18, 2011Melissa A. Peña Selected as Meritas Young Lawyer Liaison


    May 18, 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
    ecmillerjr@nmmlaw.com

    Melissa A. Peña Selected as Meritas Young Lawyer Liaison

    Bridgewater, NJ (May 18, 2011) – Melissa A. Peña, an Associate with Norris McLaughlin, P.A. in its New York office, has been selected to participate in the Meritas’ Young Lawyer Liaison Program (YLLP).

    Meritas is an established global alliance of more than 170 independent, full-service law firms, worldwide, in over 60 countries. Firms become members through invitation and maintain membership by meeting standards of uniquely comprehensive Quality Assurance Program, ensuring that clients receive the same high quality legal work and service from every Meritas firm. The YLLP offers young lawyers a peer-level contact at each member firm who can act as an entry point to the firm and the firm’s market. The Young Lawyer Liaison (YLL) will complement the role of the Meritas member contacts and support non-referral-related peer-to-peer interactions for purposes of networking, sharing best practices, and answering simple questions. More than 100 Meritas firms have submitted candidates.

    Peña, a resident of New York, New York, concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation and mortgage foreclosures. Her practice covers all aspects of litigation and insolvency matters in both state and federal courts. She frequently represents secured lenders, creditors’ committees, debtors, trustees, landlords and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings pending in New York, New Jersey and Delaware. She also has extensive experience litigating cases involving UCC matters, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, inter-creditor agreements, lien priority disputes, equipment leases, fraudulent conveyance actions, preferences and various creditor enforcement matters.

    Peña regularly represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings throughout the State of New York. She handles all aspects of the litigation, including defending against counterclaims, negotiating forbearance agreements when appropriate, and representing the lender in any subsequent bankruptcy proceeding by litigating stay relief motions and representing the lender’s interest in the plan confirmation process.

    Peña earned her J.D., cum laude, from The American University Washington College of Law in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, from George Washington University in 2000. While in law school, Peña was the Recent Development Editor of the Administrative Law Review and a member of the Law and Government Society and participated in the Washington College of Law Civil Practice Clinic. She was an intern for Searles Solicitors in London, England during the summer of 2001.

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