Five Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named Among Pennsylvania Rising Stars

Posted on May 18th, 2018

Attorneys of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., P.A., Edward J. Easterly, Saleem M. Mawji, R. Nicholas Nanovic, and 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.

Easterly, a resident of Easton, practices before federal and state courts and labor and employment agencies, representing clients in matters related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act, and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. He assists clients, including universities, private businesses, municipalities, utilities, manufacturers, and non-profit organizations, with their labor and employment matters. Author of articles for local and national publications as well as law alerts on new labor and employment law matters, Easterly presents programs on these subjects to audiences including the National Association of Colleges and Employers. He has been recognized as a Rising Star since 2015. Easterly serves as a board member on the Muhlenberg Board of Associates. He is on the Executive Board of the Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America; the Board of Advisors for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks; and is a member of the KidsPeace Golf Tournament Committee and was co-chair of the committee from 2009 to 2010. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law in 2006, and his B.A. from Muhlenberg College in 2003.

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.

Nanovic, a resident of Allentown, focuses his practice on taxation, estate planning, and business law. His practice is focused in Pennsylvania, and he is also licensed to practice in New Jersey and Florida. Nanovic has extensive experience in drafting estate planning documents including wills, revocable trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Qualified Personal Residence Trusts, and Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts.  He advises clients on asset protection planning through the proper titling of property and establishment of limited partnerships and limited liability companies. Nanovic’s tax practice is focused on personal income taxes, business taxes and gift and estate taxes.  He also helps individuals and businesses to negotiate their tax liabilities with the IRS and Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Nanovic assists in the formation of business entities, including corporations, S corporations, LLCs, and partnerships. He serves on the Board of Directors for Estate Planning Council of Lehigh Valley and is the current President. He was recognized as a Rising Star in 2013, and every year since 2015. Nanovic earned his LL.M. in Taxation in 2008 and his J.D. in 2007 from the University of Miami School of Law.  He earned his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 2004.

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.