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Four Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

Posted on May 18th, 2015

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.