“We are very pleased to have John join our team. The depth and breadth of his experience in both domestic and international business transactions, and mergers and acquisitions, will only serve to benefit our clients and their businesses. In addition to these attributes, John brings a strong sense of devotion to the Lehigh Valley, and in that respect, he will continue our tradition of deep community involvement,” said Matthew R. Sorrentino, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin, P.A..
Stanley comes to the Firm from a long and distinguished career with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. At the time of his retirement from Air Products, Stanley was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Administrative Officer. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s law group, corporate secretary’s office, government and community relations (including philanthropy) group, and global trade compliance function and oversaw, at various times, the human resources, communications, information technology, business shared services, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate risk and security functions.
Throughout his career, Stanley gained a wide-range of experience, providing legal counsel and support to business managers and executives on a wide range of corporate and commercial law matters, including commercial transactions, contracts, financings, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures, general securities, internal investigations, and other regulatory and employment law matters. His primary practice areas over the years include corporate, with emphasis on mergers and acquisition, joint ventures and other large global transactional work, both public and private; global antitrust and compliance; general commercial and employment law, including benefits and compensation issues and general employment litigation.
Over the years, Stanley has been very involved in the community. He currently chairs the Air Products Foundation Board of Trustees, is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Lehigh Valley Health Network, and is on the boards of the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority, the Lehigh Valley Industrial Park and DeSales University. Stanley also serves on the Executive Committee for the Downtown Allentown Community Development Initiative and chairs the Advisory Council for the Building 21 of the Allentown School District. He previously served at various times on the boards of the United Way of the Lehigh Valley, ArtsQuest, Easter Seals Eastern Pennsylvania, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lehigh Valley.
Stanley earned his B.A. from Lafayette College in 1980 and his J.D., cum laude, from University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1983.