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.
Berger counsels clients on general business topics including organization and formation, corporate governance, and acquisitions and sales, and has defended licensees who received citations from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. As a licensed title agent, he works closely with lenders, real estate developers, and homebuilding companies, handling both residential and commercial real estate development.
“We are extremely excited to begin working with David. David brings a tremendous wealth of practical experience to our business and real estate practice groups and will add an immediate value for our clients. We similarly look forward to David complementing the Firm as part of our long-term growth and development,” said Pennsylvania Administrative Partner and Co-Chair of the Business Law Group, S. Graham Simmons III.
Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Berger was an associate for a firm specializing in liquor law, real estate development, and commercial transactions. Berger earned his J.D. in 2011 from Widener University School of Law and his B.B.A. from Temple University, The Fox School of Business, in 2008.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Williams has experience drafting and negotiating complex contract licensing agreements, identifying and implementing process improvements to enhance efficiency in the contract creation and approval process, and assisting in trademark applications and nonprofit formation forms.
“We are very excited to have Molly join Norris McLaughlin in our Business Law Group. Molly’s extensive experience with The Boeing Company and Amazon.com will be an excellent complement to our firm and will also provide a terrific resource to our valued clients,” said Co-Chair of the Business Law Group, S. Graham Simmons III.
Prior to joining the firm, Williams was a Contracts Manager with Amazon.com, Inc., working as a contract licensing subject matter expert for the Alexa Global Data Acquisition Program. She also was an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Senior Contracts Specialist, handling operationalized statement of work creation for AWS Professional Services and AWS Legal, including providing input to support development and roll out of new global process to simplify contract workflow. Williams also worked as a Contracts Manager and Intellectual Property Licensing Manager at The Boeing Company where she drafted and negotiated contracts and licensing agreements for aircraft related products, services, and intellectual property.
Williams earned her J.D. in 2012 from Vanderbilt University School of Law, where she earned Dean’s Scholar and Lightfoot Franklin & White Legal Writing Award for Best Oralist. She was involved in Moot Court Competition, Phi Delta Phi, and Black Law Student Association. Williams received her M.B.A. from Simon School of Business – University of Rochester, with a concentration in finance, in 2015.While earning her M.B.A., she was a member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow, Forté Fellow, and Vice President of Internal Communications Graduate Business Council. She received her B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from the University of Rochester in 2007, where she was on Dean’s List, earned First Place Speaker Novice Policy Debate at John Carroll University Debate Tournament, and earned Third Place Speaker Novice Policy Debate at the 2004 Russell D. Martin Tournament, Cornell University.
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 .
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.
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.
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.