Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Names Five New Members

Posted on February 4th, 2013


February 4, 2013

Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
721 Route 202-206
P.O. Box 5933
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
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(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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