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  • May 08, 2019S. Graham Simmons III Named Pennsylvania’s Administrative Partner

    S. Graham Simmons III, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected Administrative Partner of the firm’s Allentown, Pennsylvania office. He also serves Co-Chair the Business Law Group.

    As the administrative partner, Simmons will oversee the daily functions of the Pennsylvania office and work directly with the firm’s management committee.

    A business and real estate lawyer, Simmons serves both public and private sector clients on all types of M&A transactions, commercial and syndicated credit facilities, economic development projects, real estate transactions, leases, and corporate work.  He has represented clients across a diverse spectrum of industries, and is deeply experienced in the banking and financial services, health care, real estate development, economic development, and automobile dealership industries.  Simmons has been proud to represent buyers and sellers of businesses throughout Pennsylvania and beyond, as well as developers and lenders who have invested in the Lehigh Valley’s cities through incentives such as the Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) and the City Revitalization & Improvement Zone (CRIZ). He also serves as Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority.

    Simmons has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing fewer than 10 years, and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania.  He has been honored by Lehigh Valley Business as one of their annual Forty Under 40, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business. He is an active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, and is a member of the Board of the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton, the Greater Valley YMCA, and of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, where he is the immediate past Chairman.

    Simmons earned his J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004, and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, Business Law, Economic Development Law, Health Care & Life Sciences, News, Real Estate & Finance, S. Graham Simmons, III | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Apr 26, 2019Saleem Mawji Named Co-Chair of Litigation Department

    Saleem Mawji, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  has been elected Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Department and Chair of Litigation – Pennsylvania office, three years after being named a Member of the firm.  He also serves as a member of the firm’s diversity committee.

    A Lehigh Valley native and Salisbury High School alumni, Saleem has been with Norris McLaughlin, P.A. for 9 years. “I am honored to be Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Group and look forward to contributing to the continued success of the department and firm as a whole,” he said.

    “Saleem is a great fit to Co-Chair our Litigation Group. He is an accomplished litigator and has established himself as a talented leader within the firm,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    Mawji devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation matters, focusing primarily on three areas: shareholder disputes, fraudulent investigations, and construction law.  He represents businesses of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court.  He acts as outside “general counsel” for Global Export Marketing, Ltd. and Access Innovations Global, and regularly advises clients on a variety of general business issues, including contract negotiation, review, and enforcement.  He regularly contributes to the firm’s Pennsylvania Shareholder Dispute blog.

    He has represented corporations, majority shareholders, and minority shareholders in legal disputes including oppression rights cases and disputes within closely-held companies.  He helps clients to understand their rights and obligations under Pennsylvania’s Business Corporation Law, and the issues involved in allegations of shareholder “freeze-out.”

    He was honored in 2016 as one of the Forty Under 40 in Lehigh Valley Business, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and have a well-documented track record of achievements in business. He has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star Lawyer in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

    A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Saleem is a member of the Board of Associates of Lehigh Valley Health Network and Muhlenberg College. He is on the Board of Community Bike Works, is a Member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Fellowship of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.  He is a past board member of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and a past member 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, Woolsack National Honor Society, Penn State Law Review Comments Editor, from Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson School of Law in 2005, and his B.A., magna cum laude, Pi Sigma Alpha, from Muhlenberg College in 2002.

    Posted in: Construction Law, Electronic Discovery ("E-Discovery"), John N. Vanarthos, Litigation, News, Saleem Mawji | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Apr 04, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present I-9 Compliance Seminar for Employers

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, will present “Are You I-9 Compliant?” for all human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, management, and administrators at organizations and companies in every industry of every size. The seminar which will address how to complete the I-9 process correctly, prepare for random immigration inspections, and be proactively avoid devastating employer immigration compliance penalties is set for Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at the firm’s Allentown Office.

    The Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Instructional Seminar is free of charge and open to the public. HRCI and SHRM credits are available. For more information and to register, click here or RSVP by email to Katlyn Huff, Marketing Coordinator, at khuff@norris-law.com.

    Lahoud focuses his practice exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from areas of corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.  His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers. Lahoud received his B.A., English, summa cum laude from Lehigh University in 2006, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009.

    Posted in: Immigration, News, Raymond G. Lahoud | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

  • Mar 25, 2019Norris McLaughlin Exceeds 2018 Charity Donation Goal

    The Allentown office of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that it raised over $10,000 for charities in 2018.

    Every month the firm raises money for a different charity. This is accomplished by raffling items; having pot-luck breakfasts or lunches; and scheduling Friday denim days, when each employee of the firm can wear jeans if they donate $5 to the cause.  We are very proud that many individuals donate above and beyond the $5 on Fridays. Their generosity and compassion allowed the firm to greatly exceed its charitable goal for 2018.  So far, our Allentown office is off to a great start in 2019 with over $1,800 raised for January’s charity, Greater Lehigh Valley YMCA, and February’s charity, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    “Over the past three years, we have made every Friday a denim day in our Allentown office. Each month our employees have the opportunity to choose a charity that is near and dear to them. Our staff constantly goes above and beyond to create fun, fresh ways to raise money for the firm’s adopted monthly charity.  Our firm has always been committed to our community, and I could not be more proud to work alongside so many employees who take action in making a difference in the Lehigh Valley,” said Co-Chair of the Business Law Group, S. Graham Simmons III.

    2018 charities included Juvenile Diabetes, United Way, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Greater Easton Development Partnership, Sanctuary of Haafsville, Alzheimer Association, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Community Bike Works, 6th Street Shelter, Ballet Guild of Lehigh Valley and the Allentown Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA.

    Posted in: Business Law, News, S. Graham Simmons, III | Tags: , , , , ,

  • Mar 07, 2019Norris McLaughlin Named a Morning Call Top Workplace for the 7th Year in a Row

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been selected as a Morning Call Top Workplace for the seventh year in a row, each year since the survey’s start.  The Top Workplaces were recognized at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, March 6. Selections are based on an employee survey measuring qualities such as company leadership, communication, career opportunities, working environment, managerial skills, pay, and benefits.

    The Morning Call describes a top workplace as, “one that operates successfully and provides good pay and benefits. But there’s more to it than that: In a great job environment, the employees are engaged because they have confidence in their bosses, know their mission, feel appreciated and have opportunities for career development.” This year the firm ranked 12th in the small employers section. More information about Norris McLaughlin’s rank can be found here.

    “I am proud that our employees have once again contributed to the firm being honored as The Morning Call Top Workplace. It is because of their hard work and commitment that make us a great place to work,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chair of Norris McLaughlin.

    The Top Workplaces are determined solely on employee feedback.  The survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with more than 30 major publishing partners and recognizes a national list of Top Workplaces.  Over the past year, more than 4,500 organizations in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees.  For more information on the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

    Posted in: John N. Vanarthos, News | Tags: , , ,

  • Feb 20, 2019Raymond Lahoud to Present Immigration Law for Lehigh County Paralegal Association

    Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A.,  and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, will present “A Confusing Immigration System: Facts, Myths, & Effects on Your Practice, What You Need to Know,” at noon on Friday, February 26, at the Bar Association of Lehigh County in Allentown.  Lahoud will provide an overview of the American Immigration system (without the political spin), its impact on the everyday lives of many Americans, and its increasing importance in other legal practices. This presentation has been approved by the Keystone Alliance of Paralegal Associations for one substantive Paralegal CLE credit.  For more information or to attend, please contact Karen Mesch by Friday, February 22, at (610) 433-6204 ext. 12, or via email at kmesch@thebarristersclub.com.

    Lahoud focuses exclusively on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals, families, small to large domestic and multinational businesses and corporations, employers, international employees, investors, students, professors, researchers, skilled professionals, athletes, and entertainers, in every type of immigration or deportation defense matter—whether domestic or foreign. His immigration practice is broad, ranging from corporate and employment immigration and related compliance to immigration litigation before agencies and courts across the United States, for corporations and individuals alike.  His experience includes immigrant and non-immigrant visas, visa overstays, immigrants who entered without inspection or authorization, EB-5 investor visas (serving investors, regional centers, and project developers), citizenship and naturalization claims, deportation and removal litigation at the immigration court and all appellate levels, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, Physician and Nursing Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, VAWA applications, and Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers.

    Lahoud earned his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Lehigh University, where he earned Dean’s List; was named a President’s Scholar; was inducted into Phi Beta Delta; received the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship; and was Editor of The Lehigh Review.  He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he earned Dean’s List, received CALI awards in many courses, and worked on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.

    Posted in: Immigration, News, Raymond G. Lahoud | Tags: , , , ,

  • Feb 15, 2019Julie Macomb Named in Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40

    Julie M. Macomb, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is one of the 40 young professionals from the Greater Lehigh Valley named to Lehigh Valley Business 2019 Forty Under 40.

    An independent panel of judges reviewed the nominees and scored them based on their achievements. Macomb was recognized for her outstanding contributions to the Greater Lehigh Valley, in both her industry and the community.

    “We are proud that Julie is being honored as one of the 2019 Lehigh Valley Business Forty Under 40. She is a great asset to the firm and has great determination in everything she does. I look forward to her many future accomplishments,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

    Cited for their contributions to their company, industry, and community, the honorees will be recognized at the Forty Under 40 awards reception and ceremony sponsored by DeSales University’s ACCESS and Master of Business Administration programs on Thursday, April 11, at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Longswamp Township. For more information and to obtain tickets for the event, visit here.

    Macomb devotes her practice to business, healthcare, 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; leasing; leasing projects for the firm’s healthcare clients; and acquisition, zoning, and disposition of commercial, residential, industrial, and retail properties.

    Macomb is on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Allentown Business Alliance and the Board of Directors of Community Music School, as well as the Board of Managers of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. She has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania. In 2017, Macomb was honored by Lehigh Valley Business as a Woman to Watch, an award for someone age 30 or under who is stepping up to help shape tomorrow’s Lehigh Valley. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Maryland and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law.

    Posted in: Business Law, Economic Development Law, Health Care & Life Sciences, Julie M. Macomb, Mergers & Acquisitions, Municipal Law, News, Real Estate & Finance | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Dec 12, 2018Norris McLaughlin Named Among Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A. was named one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania, ranking 16th in the large-sized company category, for 2018. This is the sixth consecutive year the firm has received this honor. This survey and award program identify, recognize, and honor the places of employment that benefit the state’s economy and its workforce.

    “We take pride in our firm culture of community support, exceptional camaraderie and respect among our many talented employees, and creating a supportive and safe work environment.  Our employees embody this culture and are the reason for our continued success.  We are honored to continue to be recognized by Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania,” – John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of Norris McLaughlin.

    Created in 2000, Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership of Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Central Penn Business Journal, and the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society of Human Resource Management.

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is a full-service law firm with 140+ attorneys in offices in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Bridgewater, New Jersey; and New York City. Founded in 1953, the firm is the largest firm in Somerset County and one of the top 20 firms in New Jersey.

    Posted in: John N. Vanarthos, News | Tags: , , ,

  • Oct 25, 2018Amy Kruzel Supports Allentown’s New YMCA Warming Station

    Amy L. Kruzel, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., attended the “State of the Allentown Warming Station” press conference hosted by the Greater Valley YMCA, Allentown Branch on Monday, October 22.

    “The Advisory Council and I strongly advocated for this project. I feel very passionately about the warming station, and I am eager to draw some positive attention to such a worthwhile endeavor that is located right in the heart of downtown Allentown,” said Kruzel, an Advisory Council member for the Allentown YMCA.  “The warming station project exemplifies the mission of the YMCA and demonstrates what can be accomplished when a community comes together for a greater good.  As a result, men, women and children will have shelter, warmth, and food in the coming winter months.”

    The event gave an update of the warming station’s progress, including walkthroughs, and talks by key supporters including David Fagerstrom of the Greater Valley YMCA, Lehigh County Executive Phil Armstrong, and Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell. The 64-bed overnight shelter will be open November 1 – April 20 at the Allentown Branch YMCA in a portion of its sub-basement. The space will provide a clean, safe, basic shelter to homeless men and women.

    Kruzel focuses her practice on all aspects of family and matrimonial law including divorce, custody, support, alimony, protection from abuse, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Outside of work, Kruzel volunteers with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and serves on the Executive Leadership Board.  She also teaches Positive Conflict Resolution & Mediation Skills at the Easton Area Middle School; is a volunteer at the legal clinic at the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center; is the Treasurer for the Family Law Section of the Lehigh County Bar Association; and is a Member of the Lehigh County Barristers Inn. Kruzel earned her B.S. from Dickinson College in 2002 and her J.D. from The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law, in 2005.

    Posted in: Amy L. Kruzel, Matrimonial & Family Law, News | Tags: , , , , ,

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