• Dec 07, 2020Norris McLaughlin and 10-15 Associates, Inc., Close Deal to Sell Assets of Investment Advisory Practice

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that 10-15 Associates, Inc., a long-standing client of the firm, has closed a deal to transfer its ownership of their investment advisory practice to Wealth Enhancement Group, an independent wealth management firm that oversees $20.3 billion in client assets.

    “It has been rewarding to be outside counsel for this company helping them through the years on routine issues that come up here and there for active, successful businesses. We were happy to be able to give this client an exit and a way for them to capitalize on the asset they built over their careers, while also protecting their employees and the next generation of their family who was involved in the business,” said Oren M. Chaplin, a Member of the firm who was the main working attorney and lead counsel on this deal.

    David S. Blatteis, also a Member of the firm who assisted in this matter, added “Noteworthy about this transaction is that it is a sign of the times for the financial services industry – buyers like Wealth Enhancement Group are acquiring firms owned by the baby boomer generation and later generations.”

    “We have been involved with many buy-side and sell-side transactions in the financial services sector, so not only did we have the business law expertise for this transaction, but we were well-positioned to help our client accomplish their objective because of our intimate understanding and savvy working in this industry sector,” added Chaplin.

    About the Acquisition of 10-15 Associates, Inc.

    10-15 Associates, an independent registered investment adviser with offices in Goshen, Fishkill, and Tarrytown, New York, helps clients achieve their goals, protect and grow their assets, solve complex financial challenges, and retire with confidence. They offer strategic retirement, tax, and wealth management planning for individuals, and provide employers and businesses with 401(k) management for plan participants, educational resources, and advisory services. Since its founding in 1986, 10-15 Associates has grown to 16 employees, including seven financial advisors, and approximately $923 million in total client assets as of July 31, 2020.

    Wealth Enhancement Group, also a registered investment adviser, offers a three-step process of organizing, collaborating, and guiding clients through financial planning, retirement income planning, tax strategies, investment management, estate planning, and insurance. Since 1997, they have spread nationwide, with approximately $20.3 billion in client brokerage and advisory assets as of August 21, 2020. Along with the recent acquisition of CJM Wealth Management in Deer Park, New York, acquiring 10-15 Associates will allow the Wealth Enhancement Group to assist clients at six offices throughout the state, further shoring up their presence in the broader tri-state area.

    “We want to thank Oren and his team for all of their help in getting the transaction done,” said Debbie DeMatteo, Owner/CEO of 10-15 Associates. “We thought often over the last several months that we could never have anticipated having something like this for him to represent us on. He made the process much easier to get through than it would otherwise have been.”

    The deal, which closed on November 1, was one of a few 10-15 Associates considered, but having the opportunity to remain with the newly combined firm and participate in the combination as they continue to grow and realize more success helped make the choice an easy one. The financial terms of the deal remain confidential. For more information, please click here.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group

    The Norris McLaughlin mergers and acquisitions attorneys have structured, negotiated, and closed numerous U.S. and international transactions ranging from small-scale to complex multi-million-dollar deals. The firm’s attorneys have vast experience in all aspects of such corporate transactions, including asset and stock sales, statutory mergers, tax-structured transactions, corporate reorganizations, tender offers, leveraged buyouts, LLC and limited partnership interest exchanges, financing arrangements, due diligence investigation, governmental approvals and clearances, and international transactions.

    Our dedicated business law attorneys can also assist with the analysis of tax, securities, labor, employee benefits, antitrust, real estate, intellectual property, environmental, and other legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions. More than 30 business law attorneys spend all or most of their time in a variety of disciplines within the field of business law. As a result, we have enough diversity of talent and bench strength to form teams of cross-functional attorneys, striving to create the right blend of general competence and expertise that are best situated to address our clients’ needs promptly, efficiently, and creatively.

    As experienced advisors, our attorneys ensure that each client has the proper structure in place to guide them on what they can expect and what investors will expect, prior to a client meeting with any potential investor. We take a unique approach in the early stage of company relationships, in that each client can expect a single partner to be responsible and accountable for that relationship. Recognized by clients as their trusted advisors and virtual business partners, our attorneys deliver efficient and practical legal counsel, supporting each client’s needs with an eye on their bottom line and what’s best for their future.

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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

    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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  • Oct 31, 2011Hutcheon and Chaplin Present on State of Investment Adviser Regulation and Trends in Industry

    October 31, 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

    Hutcheon and Chaplin Present on State of Investment Adviser Regulation and Trends in Industry


    New York, NY (October 31, 2011) – Peter D. Hutcheon and Oren M. Chaplin, attorneys with the law firm of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will present “Regulation and the Investment Advisor,” a discussion about investment adviser regulation, with The Honorable Marc B. Minor, Chief of the New York Office of Attorney General’s Investor Protection Bureau. The event, which is being sponsored by the Financial Planning Association of New York, will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the offices of MetLife, 1095 6th Ave (at 42nd St.), 23rd floor, New York, NY.

    The panel will provide commentary on the state of investment adviser regulation and current trends relevant to the investment management industry. Pre-registration for the event is required. For more information about the Financial Planning Association of New York and to pre-register for the event, visit the FPANY’s website at

    Hutcheon practices in the areas of corporate governance, commercial transactions, securities, banking, and finance. Hutcheon is experienced with securities matters ranging from investment adviser compliance to stock options to dividend reinvestment plans. He regularly counsels the management of public and private companies on a variety of corporate governance matters including the complexities of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He also represents clients seeking investment capital from private placements, venture capital and private equity deals, as well as firm commitment underwritten offerings of securities.

    Hutcheon is now in his 31st year as Liaison from the American Bar Association’s State Regulation of Securities Committee to the New Jersey Bureau of Securities, and chaired the New Jersey Securities Advisory Committee appointed by the Attorney General from 1995 to 2001. Hutcheon is a long-time member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Business Law, LLC’s Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations Committee and, for 22 years was a director (including 2 years as chair) of the New Jersey State Bar, Corporate and Business Law Section. He also chaired the State Bar’s Banking Law Section, and was chairman of the New Jersey Corporate and Business Law Study Commission from its inception in 1989 to 2002, where he provided reports and suggestions on business law developments to the New Jersey Legislature and the Governor.

    Chaplin focuses his practice on business law and securities matters. He regularly analyzes regulatory and compliance issues related to limited offerings, investment advisers, public and private investment companies, broker-dealers, insurance product agents and other financial industry entities under ERISA, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and state Blue Sky laws. He has experience drafting merger, acquisition, and business planning documents and handling entity formation, corporate governance and due diligence matters. He is well versed in drafting and negotiating commercial agreements including client referral, client services, consulting, employment and termination agreements, as well as Form ADV and internal compliance and supervisory policies and procedures.

    Chaplin is a regular speaker on corporate law and securities issues and has appeared at events hosted by various financial industry businesses, groups and associations throughout the country including the National Association of Active Investment Managers, the Society of Financial Service Professionals, and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has been interviewed and has written numerous articles on business law topics in various publications, including Journal of Financial Planning, Morningstar Advisor Edition, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, Financial Advisor Magazine, Investment Advisor, Charles Schwab Institutional – Schwab Compliance Review, TD Ameritrade Institutional Advisor News, and The Active Manager.

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