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Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Enters Lehigh Valley Through Merger with Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino

Posted on May 27th, 2009

May 28, 2009

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
ecmillerjr@nmmlaw.com

Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Enters Lehigh Valley
Through Merger with Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino

Bridgewater, NJ (May 28, 2009) – The Bridgewater, New Jersey-based law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and Allentown-based law firm Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, P.C. will merge to form the largest independent business law firm in the region, fulfilling each firm’s long-term strategy. The combined firm will leverage synergies to expand the breadth and depth of its services in an array of practice areas.

The combined firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey, and Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, the most prestigious and largest commercial law firm in the Lehigh Valley, will have over 150 attorneys in three regional offices in Bridgewater, New Jersey; New York, New York; and Allentown, Pennsylvania. The new firm will have a strong presence in the coveted I-78 business corridor, which has experienced significant growth in population and employment that is expected to continue to develop as it diversifies to include more technology-related businesses. The merger will bridge the respective contiguous markets to better serve this emerging business region.

“Over recent years, Pennsylvania, with lower taxation and increased incentives, has created a very favorable business environment. For instance, The Benjamin Franklin Technology PArtners, established by the Commonwealth, encourages technology businesses and other start-ups to do business in Pennsylvania with billions of dollars in investment risk capital. Many of our clients are attracted to these progressive programs and have begun to do business in the Lehigh Valley,” explained G. Robert Marcus, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin, P.A..

Clients of both firms will benefit from opportunities in the extended marketplace, as well as the complementary combination of talented attorneys, other professionals and staff. Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino will gain expertise in intellectual property, creditors’ rights, public securities, regulatory, white-collar criminal defense and matrimonial law. In addition, both firms will gain depth to their real estate, health care, labor and employment, taxation, environmental, appellate, commercial litigation, corporate reorganization and alternative dispute resolution practices.

“Seeing a major growth opportunity, Norris McLaughlin, P.A.began to research potential merger partners over two years ago. At the same time, Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, similarly, was in the midst of a strategic planning process to address the increasingly sophisticated legal needs of its clients. Both firms found exactly what they were looking for in each other. Both firms are in strong financial positions, coming off our best fiscal years, add value to all our stakeholders, and share the same core values and culture,” said Matt Sorrentino, current Managing Partner of Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino.

The values and culture of both firms were critical to the decision to merge. Both firms have sophisticated legal practices and value high quality service, while also advocating community leadership and work-life balance. Norris McLaughlin, P.A., recently named one of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey for the third year, maintains a balanced work environment with family events and firm outings and encourages community service. Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, located in one of Forbes Best Places for Business and Careers, is very active in the community and employs a collaborative approach that fosters a collegial bond amongst employees.

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Norris McLaughlin, P.A., a full service law firm, is the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey, with a significant presence in New York. The firm’s more than 100 attorneys come from diverse backgrounds, hold degrees from top U.S. law schools and regularly serve as leaders in bar associations and various trade groups. With 21 of its members listed as the Best Lawyers in America and 22 selected as New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2009, in addition to an active repertoire of speaking engagements and legal publications, attorneys at Norris McLaughlin, P.A. embody large-firm talent in a small-firm setting. This combination of legal talent and personable surroundings allows attorneys at Norris McLaughlin, P.A.to provide service and value to their clients on an individual level. It is the goal of Norris McLaughlin& Marcus to accommodate the needs of every client, who run the gamut, from Fortune 500 corporations to smaller publicly and privately held companies to start-up companies and individuals, through the use of experience, strategic planning and common courtesy.

Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino, P.C. is one of the largest regional law firms in Pennsylvania, with 38 very talented and tested attorneys and 11 paralegals. Its attorneys know the value of working collaboratively, sharing ideas and information regarding new and emerging laws and legal trends, for the benefit of its clients. The team approach to solving clients’ needs anticipates unexpected issues and creates positive outcomes. It also fosters cooperation between lawyers and clients that yields close attorney/client bonds not found at many other law firms.

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