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  • Nov 21, 2019Norris McLaughlin Appoints Diversity Committee Chairs

    The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that it has named Chairs of its Diversity Committee. The newly appointed chairs will continue the firm’s efforts to develop an initiative for the recruitment, support, retention, and advancement of diverse attorneys at the firm. The committee includes Members of the firm, Daniel R. GuadalupeSaleem Mawji, Melissa Anne Peña, and Annmarie Simeone.

    “Commitment to diversity is no longer measured simply by the adoption of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies. It is now integral and essential to successful overall business strategies. We are excited to have these Co-Chairs coordinate and lead a number of efforts to advance and retain diversity within our firm and the community. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse workforce that reflects the world in which we live and the clients that we serve,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About Dan Guadalupe

    Guadalupe, Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, represents clients in commercial litigation and provides “outside” general counsel assistance with a specialty in business disputes, medical device companies, construction, professional liability defense, arbitrations, will and trust litigation, and international disputes. He is on the exclusive roster of construction arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and is an arbitrator for the International Court of Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, France. He also served on the Supreme Court of New Jersey Disciplinary Oversight Committee and Lawyers Advisory Committee to the Federal Courts and was a member of the Merit Selection Panel for Selection of U.S. Magistrates, the Local Federal Rules Revision Committee, and the District XIII Ethics Committee for the Office of Attorney Ethics.

    As General Counsel for the Hispanic National Bar Association for two different Presidents, Guadalupe helped lead efforts to lobby for appointment of a Hispanic to the Supreme Court and met with U.S. Senators and White House staff regarding said appointment. Guadalupe was appointed by Governor Christine in 2011 to serve as an advisor to the New Jersey Hispanic Center for Policy & Research until 2013. Guadalupe earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from Columbia College (President Barack Obama’s graduating class).

    About Saleem Mawji

    Mawji, Co-Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, devotes his practice to complex commercial litigation matters, focusing primarily on three areas: shareholder disputes, fraudulent investigations, and construction law. He represents business of all sizes, including some of the Lehigh Valley’s largest companies, in state and federal court. His construction practice focuses on litigation, mechanic’s lien claims, construction defects, and contractor/subcontractor payment disputes. He is experienced with Pennsylvania’s Construction Payment and the Prompt Payment Act. 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. A 2014 graduate of Lehigh Valley Leadership, Mawji 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 and is a member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law, and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Muhlenberg College.

    About Melissa Peña

    Peña, Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures.  Her practice covers all aspects of litigation and insolvency matters in both state and federal courts.  She frequently represents secured lenders, creditors’ committees, debtors, trustees, landlords, and other creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings pending in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.  Peña also has extensive experience litigating cases involving UCC matters, actions to enforce promissory notes and guarantees, inter-creditor agreements, lien priority disputes, equipment leases, fraudulent conveyance actions, preferences, and various creditor enforcement matters. She also regularly represents lenders in commercial mortgage foreclosure proceedings.  Peña earned her J.D., cum laude, from The American University Washington College of Law in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, from George Washington University in 2000.

    About Annmarie Simeone

    Simeone concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She primarily defends management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Simeone’s work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  She also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on employment issues including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  Simeone drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    Simeone, a Past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA) and a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association, received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women; in 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the NJWLA; and in 2018, she received the Presidential Leadership Award from the NJWLA.

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  • Jun 07, 2019Annmarie Simeone Elected Nominations Co-Director of NJWLA

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected Nominations Co-Director of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA) for the 2019-2020 term. She will, among other things, oversee the NJWLA’s nominations and elections, and be The Executive Board’s liaison with the Nominations Committee.

    Simeone has been actively involved in the NJWLA for over ten years. She served as Immediate Past President of the NJWLA, 2018-2019; President, 2016-2017; Vice President, 2015-2016; Chief Financial Officer, 2014-2015; Secretary, 2013-2014; Co-Chief Operating Officer, 2010-2011; Co-Director of the Women’s Leadership Resources Committee, 2008-2010; and Chair of the Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law Gala, 2011-2013.

    Simeone concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She primarily defends management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Simeone’s work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  She also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on employment issues including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  Simeone drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    In 2019, she was elected as a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association; in 2018 she received the Presidential Leadership Award from the NJWLA; in 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law; and in 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women. Simeone received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.

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  • Mar 29, 2019Annmarie Simeone Elected Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected to serve a two-year term as a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association (MCBA). The annual installation of new officers and trustees of the MCBA will be held May 22 at The Park Chateau in East Brunswick. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Simeone concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She primarily defends management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Simeone’s work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  She also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on employment issues including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  Simeone drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    Simeone, Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA), received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women; in 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the NJWLA; and in 2018, she received the Presidential Leadership Award from the NJWLA.

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  • Mar 11, 2019Annmarie Simeone to Speak at Women’s Empowerment Leadership and Law Conference

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a panelist for “Securing Professional Success: Insights from Latina Leaders” at the 2019 Women’s Empowerment Leadership and Law (WELL) Conference hosted by the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ). Norris McLaughlin is proud to be a sponsor of the event.

    “She Persisted: Securing the Future of Latinas,” is the theme for this years’ annual conference being held Saturday, March 16, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at the Rutgers University College Avenue Student Center in New Brunswick. Included will be several panel discussions focused on the empowerment of women. For more information and to register, please click here.

    Simeone concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She primarily defends management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Simeone’s work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  She also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on employment issues including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  Simeone drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    Simeone, Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA), received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women; in 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the NJWLA; and in 2018, she received the Presidential Leadership Award from the NJWLA.

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  • Dec 04, 2018Annmarie Simeone to Present Middlesex County Bar Association Ethics Seminar

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a co-presenter discussing “All About Ethics Complaints: What Lawyers Need to Know” for the Middlesex County Bar Association (MCBA).  The seminar, approved for 1.5 hours of Ethics/Professionalism CLE credit, will be held at 12:15 PM on Friday, December 14, at the MCBA office in New Brunswick.

    The seminar, Simeone will cover a variety of topics related to understanding the attorney ethics grievance process, including the procedures followed in that process, defending yourself once the grievance is filed, possible outcomes, the appeals process, and avoiding situations that commonly trigger ethics complaints. For more information and to register, visit the MCBA website.

    Simeone concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She primarily defends management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Simeone’s work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  She also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on employment issues including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  Simeone drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    Simeone, Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA), received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women; in 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the NJWLA; and in 2018, she received the Presidential Leadership Award from the NJWLA.

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  • Jul 02, 2018Annmarie Simeone and Margaret Raymond-Flood to Present Webinar

    Annmarie Simeone and Margaret Raymond-Flood, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the webinar “Policies & Procedures for Preventing Harassment and Strategies for Controlling Discovery” in conjunction with Corporate Counsel Business Journal on Tuesday, July 10, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST.

    In this webinar, Simeone and Raymond-Flood will discuss effective policies, procedures, and training to help prevent and address workplace harassment, as well as strategies and best practices for preservation, management and cost controls for document collection, review and production.  CLE credit is available for NJ, NY, and PA, and copies will be available for on-demand viewing for registrants who cannot attend. For more information and to register, click here.

    Simeone concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She primarily defends management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Simeone’s work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  She also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on employment issues including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  Simeone drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    Simeone, Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA), received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women; in 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the NJWLA; and in 2018, she received the Presidential Leadership Award from the NJWLA.

    Raymond-Flood devotes her practice to general litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial matters. She has considerable experience in the defense of environmental, professional liability, and insurance claims.  Her extensive litigation experience includes pretrial procedure, motion practice, and taking and defending depositions of corporate representatives, employees and expert witnesses throughout the country.  Raymond-Flood has tried several complex matters, on both the state and federal levels, and she has used state-of-the-art technology as part of her trial preparation and presentation.  She is also Chair of the firm’s Response to Electronic Discovery and Information (“REDI”) Group, an interdisciplinary team that helps clients with the identification, preservation, collection, review, and production of massive amounts of electronically stored information required by federal and state court rules.

    Raymond-Flood received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1991 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University in 1988.

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  • Mar 27, 2018Annmarie Simeone Receives NJWLA Presidential Leadership Award

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A. and President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA), received the Presidential Leadership Award at NJWLA’s 11th Annual WILL Platinum Gala at The Grove in Cedar Grove on Tuesday, March 20.

    The award is given each year to the current NJWLA President, whose focus during the year is leading the organization, through its programs and events, to fulfill the varied aspects of the NJWLA mission, which is aimed at promoting the advancement and retention of women in the legal profession in New Jersey.  Norris McLaughlin, P.A. was a Platinum sponsor of the Gala.  At the Gala, NJWLA honored women leaders in the law from the judicial, public, corporate, and private law firm sectors, and presented a Trailblazer Award.

    The NJWLA is an independent association with over 1,500 members.  The purpose and mission of NJWLA is to engage in statewide efforts to support and promote its members to the highest levels of law firms, government, academia, community and corporate positions, and the judiciary, to endorse qualified female attorneys for appointments to the state and federal judiciary, and to foster leadership and inclusion among its membership.  It is also NJWLA’s purpose and mission to engage in efforts designed to retain and advance women in the legal profession, particularly in New Jersey, through collaborations, research support, and/or other activities, including education of its membership, corporations, government, the judiciary, law firms, other memberships, associations and/or other organizations, and law school students.

    Simeone, a resident of Woodbridge, concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She appears in state and federal courts, and in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Her work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  Simeone also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on employment issues including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  She drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures, and has significant experience protecting businesses from liability by conducting training for supervisors and employees.

    Simeone received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  She is admitted to the New Jersey Bar and is a member of the New Jersey State, Somerset County, and Middlesex County Bar Associations, and the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey. In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  In 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the NJWLA.

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  • Jul 05, 2017Annmarie Simeone Elected President of New Jersey Women Lawyers Association

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been elected President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association (NJWLA) for the 2017-2018 term.  She has served in various leadership positions with the NJWLA, including President-Elect, 2016-2017; Vice President, 2015-2016; Chief Financial Officer, 2014-2015; Secretary, 2013-2014; Co-Chief Operating Officer, 2010-2011; Co-Director of the Women’s Leadership Resources Committee, 2008-2010; and Chair of the Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law Gala, 2011-2013.

    The NJWLA is an independent association with over 1,500 members.  The purpose and mission of NJWLA is to engage in statewide efforts to support and promote its members to the highest levels of law firms, government, academia, community and corporate positions, and the judiciary, to endorse qualified female attorneys for appointments to the state and federal judiciary, and to foster leadership and inclusion among its membership.  It is also NJWLA’s purpose and mission to engage in efforts designed to retain and advance women in the legal profession, particularly in New Jersey, through collaborations, research support, and/or other activities, including education of its membership, corporations, government, the judiciary, law firms, other memberships, associations and/or other organizations, and law school students.

    Simeone, a resident of Woodbridge, concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims and claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Her work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses, and challenges faced by larger companies.  Simeone also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on a wide range of employment issues, including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  She also drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures.

    Simeone received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  She is admitted to the New Jersey Bar and is a member of the New Jersey State, Somerset, and Middlesex County Bar Associations, and the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey.  In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.  In 2016, she received the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law on behalf of the NJWLA.

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  • Sep 27, 2016Annmarie Simeone to Receive 2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award

    Annmarie Simeone, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been selected by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law to receive a 2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award.  Professionalism Awards are given annually to lawyers from bar associations across the state, who by virtue of their conduct, competence, and demeanor, set a positive example for others in the profession.  Her award will be presented at the Commission’s Professionalism Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 3, beginning at noon, at The Imperia in Somerset.

    Simeone, a resident of Woodbridge, concentrates her practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation.  She has a wide range of experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution venues, primarily defending management in claims made by employees under state and federal employment laws, including whistleblower claims, as well as claims alleging harassment and discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and disability.  Her work includes the defense of corporations, as well as individual officers, directors, and employees, addressing issues unique to small businesses and challenges faced by larger companies.  Simeone also provides advice and counseling to human resource professionals and in-house counsel on a wide range of employment issues, including employee leaves of absence, workplace investigations, employee discipline, and layoff and termination issues, including the negotiation and design of severance agreements.  She also drafts employee handbooks and employment-related policies and procedures.

    Simeone earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from St. John’s University in 1990.  She is admitted to the New Jersey Bar and is a member of the New Jersey State, Somerset, and Middlesex County Bar Associations, and the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey.  Simeone is President-Elect of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.  In 2013, she was named Outstanding Woman in Somerset County in the area of Law by the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women.

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