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  • Nov 21, 2019Norris McLaughlin Appoints Diversity Committee Chairs

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that it has named Chairs of its Diversity Committee. The newly appointed chairs will continue the firm’s efforts to develop an initiative for the recruitment, support, retention, and advancement of diverse attorneys at the firm. The committee includes Members of the firm, Daniel R. GuadalupeSaleem Mawji, Melissa Anne Peña, and Annmarie Simeone.

    “Commitment to diversity is no longer measured simply by the adoption of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies. It is now integral and essential to successful overall business strategies. We are excited to have these Co-Chairs coordinate and lead a number of efforts to advance and retain diversity within our firm and the community. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse workforce that reflects the world in which we live and the clients that we serve,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Dan Guadalupe

    Guadalupe, Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, represents clients in commercial litigation and provides “outside” general counsel assistance with a specialty in business disputes, medical device companies, construction, professional liability defense, arbitrations, will and trust litigation, and international disputes. He is on the exclusive roster of construction arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and is an arbitrator for the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France. He also served on the Supreme Court of New Jersey Disciplinary Oversight Committee and Lawyers Advisory Committee to the Federal Courts and was a member of the Merit Selection Panel for Selection of U.S. Magistrates, the Local Federal Rules Revision Committee, and the District XIII Ethics Committee for the Office of Attorney Ethics.

    As General Counsel for the Hispanic National Bar Association for two different Presidents, Guadalupe helped lead efforts to lobby for appointment of a Hispanic to the Supreme Court and met with U.S. Senators and White House staff regarding said appointment. Guadalupe was appointed by Governor Christine in 2011 to serve as an advisor to the New Jersey Hispanic Center for Policy & Research until 2013. Guadalupe earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Columbia College (President Barack Obama’s graduating class).

    About Saleem Mawji

    Mawji, Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation matters, focusing primarily on three areas: shareholder disputes, fraudulent investigations, and construction law. He represents business of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. His construction practice focuses on litigation, mechanic’s lien claims, construction defects, and contractor/subcontractor payment disputes. He is experienced with Pennsylvania’s Construction Payment and the Prompt Payment Act. 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. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Mawji 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 and is a member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College.

    About Melissa Peña

    Peña, Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, 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, inter-creditor agreements, lien priority disputes, equipment leases, fraudulent conveyance actions, preferences, and various creditor enforcement matters. She also regularly represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings.  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.

    About Annmarie Simeone

    Simeone concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She primarily defends management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Simeone’s work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  She also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on employment issues including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  Simeone drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    Simeone, a Past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA) and a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association, received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women; in 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the NJWLA; and in 2018, she received the Presidential Leadership Award from the NJWLA.

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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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  • May 08, 2019Three Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

    Graham Simmons, III, Saleem M. Mawji, and Julie M. Macomb, Attorneys of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Pennsylvania Rising Stars®. Only two-and-a-half percent of Pennsylvania attorneys are given this honor, which recognizes lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years. No more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

    Pennsylvania Rising Stars®,a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, is published in Super Lawyers Magazine and Philadelphia magazine. The rigorous selection process combines peer nominations and evaluations with third-party validation of professional accomplishments. Super Lawyers Magazine, which features the entire list of Super Lawyers and profiles of selected attorneys, is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    A resident of the Lehigh Valley and the firm’s Pennsylvania Administrative Partner, Simmons practices primarily in the areas of business law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and land use, banking and financial services, and health care law.  He was recognized as a Rising Star in 2008, and every year since 2013. He was honored in 2013 as one of the Lehigh Valley Business’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business.  Simmons is the Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority. He is an active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, and is a member of the Board of the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, the Greater Valley YMCA, and of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, where he is the immediate past Chairman. Simmons earned his J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    A Lehigh Valley native and Salisbury High School alumni, Co-Chair of Litigation Group, Mawji devotes his practice primarily to complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contract enforcement, government investigations.  He has represented businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. He represents clients at all stages of the legal process, from depositions and judicial conferences to trial, using his extensive litigation experience to advise companies on how to avoid unnecessary litigation, and frequently negotiates settlements. Mawji’s understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to assist clients with managing electronic documents and producing them during discovery. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Saleem is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network, Muhlenberg College, and of the Board of Community Bike Works, and is a Member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce.  He is a past board member of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and of the Steering Committee of the Philadelphia Young Lawyer’s Division of the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee. He has been recognized as a Rising Star since 2015. 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.

    A resident of Allentown, Macomb devotes her practice to business law, health care law and real estate law.  She is actively involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, corporate restructurings, and shareholder disputes.  In her health care practice, Macomb works with hospitals and their affiliated corporations, physician groups, clinical laboratories, medical staffs, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities.  Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues; leasing; leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients; and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties.  Macomb is President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW), on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance and the Board of Directors of Community Music School, and the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2017, Macomb was honored by Lehigh Valley Business as a Woman to Watch, an award for someone age 30 or under who is stepping up to help shape tomorrow’s Lehigh Valley. Recently she was honored as one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley names to Lehigh Valley Business 2019 Forty Under 40. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Maryland and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.

    Posted in: Business Law, Health Care & Life Sciences, Julie M. Macomb, Mergers & Acquisitions, News, Real Estate & Finance, S. Graham Simmons, III, Saleem Mawji | Tags: , , , , ,

  • 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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  • Oct 03, 2018Saleem Mawji Joins the Fellowship of the Construction Lawyers Society of America

    Saleem Mawji, a Member at law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been invited into the Fellowship of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. CLSA is an invitation-only, selective, and limited-membership international association of the world’s best construction lawyers. Membership is limited to 1,200 practicing Fellows from the United States and internationally. The composition of the CLSA is aggressively diverse, with recognition of deserving, experienced, and highly-qualified lawyers across all practices relating to the construction industry. For more information about CLSA, please click here.

    Mawji devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation matters, focusing primarily on three areas: shareholder disputes, fraudulent investigations, and construction law. He represents business of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. His construction practice focuses on litigation, mechanic’s lien claims, construction defects, and contractor/subcontractor payment disputes. He is experienced with Pennsylvania’s Construction Payment and the Prompt Payment Act. 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. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Mawji 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, and is a member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College.

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  • May 18, 2018Three Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

    Attorneys of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Saleem M. Mawji, S. Graham Simmons, III, and Julie M. Macomb, have been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars® 2018 Edition. Only two-and-a-half percent of Pennsylvania attorneys are given this honor, which recognizes lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years. No more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

    Pennsylvania Rising Stars, a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, is published in the Super Lawyers Magazine and Philadelphia magazine. The rigorous selection process combines peer nominations and evaluations with third-party validation of professional accomplishments. Super Lawyers Magazine, which features the list and profiles of selected attorneys, is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and to ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    A resident of Orefield, Mawji devotes his practice primarily to complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contract enforcement, government investigations. He has represented businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. He represents clients at all stages of the legal process, from depositions and judicial conferences to trial, using his extensive litigation experience to advise companies on how to avoid unnecessary litigation, and frequently negotiates settlements. Mawji’s understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to assist clients with managing electronic documents and producing them during discovery. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Saleem is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network, Muhlenberg College, and of the Board of Community Bike Works, and is a Member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce. He is a past board member of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and of the Steering Committee of the Philadelphia Young Lawyer’s Division of the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee. He has been recognized as a Rising Star since 2015. Mawji earned his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

    A resident of the Lehigh Valley, Simmons practices primarily in the areas of business law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and land use, banking and financial services, and health care law.  He was recognized as a Rising Star in 2008, and every year since 2013. He was honored in 2013 as one of the Lehigh Valley Business’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business.  Simmons is the Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority. An active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Simmons has previously served as a committee member and youth leader.  He currently a Board member for the Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP), the State Theatre in Easton and the Greater Valley YMCA, is a former Chair of the GEDP Board and also having served on the boards of the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce and Renew Lehigh Valley.  Simmons earned his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    A resident of Allentown, Macomb devotes her practice to business law, healthcare law and real estate law.  She is actively involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, corporate restructurings, and shareholder disputes.  In her health care practice, Macomb works with hospitals and their affiliated corporations, physician groups, clinical laboratories, medical staffs, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities.  Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues as well as commercial leasing, and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Main Street Program, the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Commercial Real Estate for Women, and is on the Board of Directors of Community Music School and the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Macomb earned her J.D., magna cum laude from Widener University School of Law in 2013, and her B.A., from University of Maryland, magna cum laude in 2010.

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  • May 10, 2018Saleem Mawji Launches Shareholder Disputes Blog in Pennsylvania

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that attorney Saleem Mawji has launched a blog entitled “Shareholder Disputes in Pennsylvania.”  The blog addresses shareholder, partner, and member disputes in Pennsylvania.

    “Conflicts are bound to arise between those who work closely together.  Fortunately, most of the conflicts can be resolved.  When they can’t, however, they can lead to the ‘business divorce.’  At that point, understanding the law becomes crucial.  Through this blog I aim to educate individuals and businesses about ‘business divorces’ between members, partners, and shareholders,” Mawji noted.

    Mawji has represented legal entities and individuals in 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.  A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Mawji 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 and is a member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce.  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 received his B.A. from Muhlenberg College and his J.D. from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.

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  • May 13, 2016Three Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

    Graham Simmons, Lauren L. Sorrentino, and Saleem Mawji, Members of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., have been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars® 2016 Edition. Only two-and-a-half percent of Pennsylvania attorneys are given this honor, which recognizes lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years.

    Pennsylvania Rising Stars, a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, is published in the Super Lawyers Magazine and Philadelphia magazine.  The rigorous selection process combines peer nominations and evaluations with third-party validation of professional accomplishments.  Super Lawyers Magazine, which features the list and profiles of selected attorneys, is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and to ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country.  In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    A resident of Easton, Simmons practices primarily in the areas of business law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and land use, banking and financial services, and health care law.  He was recognized as a Rising Star in 2008, 2013 and 2015. He was honored in 2013 as one of the Lehigh Valley Business’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business.  Simmons is Assistant Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority and the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority. An active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Simmons has served as a committee member and youth leader.  He is a member of the Board of Directors and current President for the Greater Easton Development Partnership and the Board of the Greater Valley YMCA, and was formerly on the boards of the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce and Renew Lehigh Valley. Simmons earned his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    A resident of Allentown, Sorrentino is Chair of the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Pennsylvania Family Law Practice, which was voted Best of the Valley 2013. She focuses her practice primarily on matrimonial and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, spousal support, prenuptial and property settlement agreements, child support, and child custody. Since 2008, Sorrentino has been consistently recognized as a Rising Star by Philadelphia magazine. In 2014, Sorrentino was named a Top 10 Family Law Attorney under 40 in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys and received similar recognition from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Sorrentino is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and is a former Council Member of the Section and a former member of the Section’s Rules and Programming Committees. Locally, Sorrentino is a member of the Family Law Committees of the Bar Association of Lehigh County and the Northampton County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Hospital. Sorrentino earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 2002, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 1998.

    A resident of Orefield, Mawji devotes his practice primarily to complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contract enforcement, government investigations, debt collection, and representing banks alleged to have violated Pennsylvania’s Commercial Code.  He has represented businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. He represents clients at all stages of the legal process, from depositions and judicial conferences to trial, using his extensive litigation experience to advise companies on how to avoid unnecessary litigation, and frequently negotiates settlements. Mawji’s understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to assist clients with managing electronic documents and producing them during discovery. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Saleem is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network, Muhlenberg College, and of the Board of Community Bike Works.  He is a past board member of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and of the Steering Committee of the Philadelphia Young Lawyer’s Division of the American Bar Association’s White Collar Crime Committee. He was recognized as a Rising Star in 2015. Mawji earned his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

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  • Jan 21, 2016Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Names New Members

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has announced that Nichole Cipriani,  Salil P. Jani, and Saleem Mawji have been promoted from Associates to Members of the firm, effective January 1, 2016.

    “On behalf of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., we are proud to announce that Nichole, Salil, and Saleem have become members of the firm,” said Alison L. Galer, Managing Partner. “Each of them has demonstrated a commitment to our clients, the firm, and their colleagues, and are truly exceptional attorneys.”

    Cipriani devotes her practice to estate and tax planning, estate administration, guardianship, and fiduciary litigation. She assists individuals and families with business succession planning, special needs and disability planning, and international estate planning.  Cipriani is experienced in preparing wills, insurance trusts, revocable trusts, qualified domestic trusts, grantor-retained annuity trusts, charitable trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, special needs trusts, supplemental benefits trusts, durable powers of attorney, and advance directives for health care. She has extensive experience representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service; preparing filings for individuals and legal entities, including Forms 706, 709, 990 and 1041; drafting and filing Tax Court petitions and Private Letter Ruling requests; and negotiating Innocent Spouse relief.  Cipriani is Co-Chair of the Elder, Estates and Trusts Committee of the Somerset County Bar Association and was named to the New Jersey Rising Stars list as one of the top attorneys in the state for 2010, 2011, and 2013-2015.

    Jani works closely with entrepreneurs and start-ups to help them achieve their goals. He devotes a substantial portion of his practice to counseling start-ups and emerging companies on a wide variety of issues ranging from fundamental organizational matters to venture financing. Jani has significant experience counseling high growth companies through debt and equity financings.  He also brings a unique perspective to this practice, as he is a member of the investment committee and an investor in a venture fund focused on late stage venture investments. In his role as general counsel to multiple technology companies, Jani works with senior management to resolve day-to-day legal issues, and handles corporate transactions and governance matters.  He also provides general corporate counseling to clients, and negotiates and drafts commercial contracts for Internet infrastructure companies, software companies, hardware manufacturers, medical device and life sciences companies, and consumer products manufacturers, and is an experienced advisor on strategic transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and opportunistic investments.

    Mawji devotes his practice primarily to complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contract enforcement, government investigations, debt collection, and representing banks alleged to have violated Pennsylvania’s Commercial Code.  He has represented businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. He also represents clients at all stages of the legal process, from depositions and judicial conferences to trial, using his extensive litigation experience to advise companies on how to avoid unnecessary litigation, and frequently negotiates settlements. Mawji’s understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to assist clients with managing electronic documents and producing them during discovery. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Mawji is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network, Muhlenberg College, and the Board of Community Bike Works.

     

    2016 New Partners Resize

    From left to right: Salil P. Jani, Saleem Mawji, Nichole Cipriani

     

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  • May 18, 2015Four Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

    S. Graham Simmons and Lauren L. Sorrentino, Members of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Saleem M. Mawji, and Julie M. Macomb, Associates of the firm, have been selected for inclusion in the Pennsylvania Rising Stars® 2015 Edition. Only two-and-a-half percent of Pennsylvania attorneys are given this honor, which recognizes lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years.

    Pennsylvania Rising Stars, a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, is published in the Super Lawyers Magazine and Philadelphia magazine.  The rigorous selection process combines peer nominations and evaluations with third-party validation of professional accomplishments.  Super Lawyers Magazine, which features the list and profiles of selected attorneys, is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and to ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country.  In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.

    A resident of Easton, Simmons practices primarily in the areas of business law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and land use, banking and financial services, and health care law.  He was recognized in Philadelphia magazine as a Rising Star in 2008 and 2013. He was honored in 2013 as one of the Lehigh Valley Business’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and who have a well-documented track record of achievements in business.  Simmons serves as Assistant Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority and the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority. An active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, Simmons has served as a committee member and youth leader.  He is a member of the Board of Directors and current President for the Greater Easton Development Partnership, the Board of the Greater Valley YMCA, and was formerly on the boards of the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce and Renew Lehigh Valley. Simmons earned his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    A resident of Allentown, Sorrentino is Chair of the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Pennsylvania Family Law Practice, which was voted Best of the Valley 2013. She focuses her practice primarily on matrimonial and family law, including divorce, equitable distribution, alimony, spousal support, prenuptial and property settlement agreements, child support, and child custody. Since 2008, Sorrentino has been consistently recognized as a “Pennsylvania Rising Star” by Philadelphia magazine. In 2014, Sorrentino was named a Top 10 Family Law Attorney under 40 in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys and received similar recognition from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Sorrentino is actively involved in the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section, and is a former Council Member of the Section and a former member of the Section’s Rules and Programming Committees. Locally, Sorrentino is a member of the Family Law Committees of the Bar Association of Lehigh County and the Northampton County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Hospital. Sorrentino earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 2002, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 1998.

    A resident of Orefield, Mawji devotes his practice primarily to complex commercial litigation matters including shareholder disputes, construction disputes, contract enforcement, government investigations, debt collection, and representing banks alleged to have violated Pennsylvania’s Commercial Code.  He has represented businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. He represents clients at all stages of the legal process, from depositions and judicial conferences to trial, using his extensive litigation experience to advise companies on how to avoid unnecessary litigation, and frequently negotiates settlements. Mawji’s understanding of best practices in electronic discovery allows him to assist clients with managing electronic documents and producing them during discovery. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Saleem is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network, Muhlenberg College, and of the Board of Community Bike Works.  He is a past board member of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and 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, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

    Macomb, a resident of Bethlehem, devotes her practice to business law, economic development law and real estate law. Her practice is focused in Pennsylvania, and she is also licensed to practice in New Jersey. She is actively involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, corporate restructurings, and shareholder disputes. In her economic development practice, Macomb handles public financing, legal entity formation and planning; and works with the Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Lehigh’s Economic Advancement Project, and Northampton County New Jobs Corp. Her real estate practice is focused on commercial lending issues, realty transfer tax issues, leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients, and acquisition, zoning and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial and retail properties. Macomb serves on the Board of Directors of the Hamilton District Main Street Program and co-chairs the Design Committee for the Program. She is a member of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW) and Chairperson of the 2015 CREW Programs Committee. Macomb earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law in 2013, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland in 2010.

     

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