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  • Feb 09, 2021Leadership During COVID-19: How to Provide, Protect & Pivot

    The Honorable Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the webinar, “Leadership During COVID-19: How to Provide, Protect & Pivot,” hosted by the Associated Builders and Contractors Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter.

    Leadership During COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced significant changes in the workplace, creating additional threats to business, especially in the area of cybersecurity. Rebecca will help business leaders understand the current employment and cyber environments and how to better protect their business in response to COVID-19 challenges.

    When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    This program costs $25.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, cybersecurity, business and corporate matters, and litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney, and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is keenly aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients, especially in today’s climate. Rebecca is well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues, as well as for challenges ranging from employment matters to third party disputes to pandemic-related impacts.

    As a former elected official and prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to sagely counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, charges and indictments, and regulatory and business compliance. She has also pursued certification in cybersecurity to more astutely advise businesses in creating a culture of cyber awareness and data protection, assisting clients in the midst of a cyberattack, determining breach notifications required by law, and guiding recovery post-attack.

    Rebecca also handles all aspects of litigation for her clients, having appeared in court for over 30 years for hearings, non-jury trials, jury trials, mediations, arbitrations, appeals, and other legal proceedings. She was formerly solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county arbitration panel member and arbitration chairperson. Rebecca has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels.

    Posted in: Business Law, Events, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), Labor & Employment | Tags: , , ,

  • Feb 08, 2021Legal Impact of the First 100 Days

    S. Graham Simmons, III, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Business Law Practice Group, will be a panelist for the free webinar, “Legal Impact of the First 100 Days,” hosted by Lehigh Valley Business and the Central Penn Business Journal.

    Legal Impact of the First 100 Days

    A new administration has begun in Washington, D.C. This webinar will address the Biden administration’s impact on the following:

    • Criminal justice reform
    • Labor and employment law
    • Immigration
    • Environmental policies

    When: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

    noon – 1:00 p.m

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About Graham Simmons

    Graham is a business and real estate lawyer. In his practice, he has served 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 land use and zoning matters. Graham 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.

    Graham has been proud to represent the Lehigh Valley’s area loan organizations in numerous economic development loans funded by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and Small Business First Fund. He also serves as Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority and the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority.

    Graham has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a “Rising Star,” a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing for less 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. Graham is an active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, of the Board of the Greater Valley YMCA, and of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, where he currently serves as Chairman.

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

  • Feb 03, 20212021 NJBIZ Cybersecurity Panel Discussion

    The Honorable Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will participate in the “2021 NJBIZ Cybersecurity Panel Discussion.”

    Cybersecurity Panel Discussion

    Rebecca and her fellow panelists will discuss:

    • The latest on such traditional threats as cyber theft, identity fraud, and ransomware
    • Emerging threats such as those created by the expansion of 5G technology and artificial intelligence
    • Pandemic-related issues like stimulus fraud and attacks on remote learning and working
    • Importance of an IT Risk Assessment
    • Weaknesses in email systems, along with best practices for dealing with phishing attacks and impersonation or spoofing
    • New uses in artificial intelligence to protect email and zero-day threat

    When: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    About Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, cybersecurity, business and corporate matters, and litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney, and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is keenly aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients, especially in today’s climate. Rebecca is well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues, as well as for challenges ranging from employment matters to third party disputes to pandemic-related impacts.

    As a former elected official and prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to sagely counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, charges and indictments, and regulatory and business compliance. She has also pursued certification in cybersecurity to more astutely advise businesses in creating a culture of cyber awareness and data protection, assisting clients in the midst of a cyberattack, determining breach notifications required by law, and guiding recovery post-attack.

    Rebecca also handles all aspects of litigation for her clients, having appeared in court for over 30 years for hearings, non-jury trials, jury trials, mediations, arbitrations, appeals, and other legal proceedings. She was formerly solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county arbitration panel member and arbitration chairperson. Rebecca has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels.

    Posted in: Business Law, Events, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.) | Tags: ,

  • Feb 01, 2021Norris McLaughlin and Lifetime Wealth Planning and Management LLC Close Acquisition Deal to Sell Assets

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that Lifetime Wealth Planning and Management LLC, a long-standing client of the firm, has closed an acquisition deal to transfer its ownership of their investment advisory practice to Wealthstream Advisors, Inc., a New York City independent boutique wealth management firm.

    “It has been a privilege to work with the owners of Lifetime for many years as they operated and grew their business. We were happy to help this client secure a transaction with a company that our client believes will be a good partner to work with into the future,” said Oren M. Chaplin, a Member of the firm who was the main working attorney and lead counsel on this transaction. “Because we have experience with buy-side and sell-side transactions in this industry sector, we were uniquely positioned to help. And this deal accomplishes more than just company goals – it further enhances the financial services industry by expanding people-first wealth management services.” Oren further elaborated.

    About the Acquisition of Lifetime Wealth Planning and Management

    Lifetime Wealth Planning and Management, a fee-only, privately-held financial planning and SEC Registered Investment Advisory firm with offices in National Harbor, Maryland, helps clients discover their definition of a wealthy life and to grow their monetary wealth to achieve what is important to them. The firm offers comprehensive wealth management, such as financial planning, investment management, and ongoing financial advisory services, typically dealing with life transitions, retirement, loss, or an inheritance. The firm manages more than $112 million in assets.

    Wealthstream Advisors offers personalized, in-depth financial planning and unbiased, independent investment management services and advice. Through a uniquely-integrated, hands-on approach, they combine an academic perspective on investing with advanced financial planning to help clients make better decisions about their money. Since 1997, they have earned many accolades, including Certified Financial PlannerTM practitioner, Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst®, Personal Financial Specialist, among others.

    For Wealthstream Advisors, with offices currently in New York City, New York, the goal of the acquisition was to further the firm’s presence in the Northern Virginia and D.C. Metro area. Over the last four years, Wealthstream Advisors has strategically acquired three firms, increasing its assets by 160%. With this acquisition of Lifetime Wealth Planning and Management, Wealthstream Advisors achieves $967 million in assets. The financial terms of the deal remain confidential. For more information, please click here.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group

    The Norris McLaughlin mergers and acquisitions attorneys have structured, negotiated, and closed numerous U.S. and international transactions ranging from small-scale to complex multi-million-dollar deals. The firm’s attorneys have vast experience in all aspects of such corporate transactions, including asset and stock sales, statutory mergers, tax-structured transactions, corporate reorganizations, tender offers, leveraged buyouts, LLC and limited partnership interest exchanges, financing arrangements, due diligence investigation, governmental approvals and clearances, and international transactions.

    Our dedicated business law attorneys can also assist with the analysis of tax, securities, labor, employee benefits, antitrust, real estate, intellectual property, environmental, and other legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions. More than 30 business law attorneys spend all or most of their time in a variety of disciplines within the field of business law. As a result, we have enough diversity of talent and bench strength to form teams of cross-functional attorneys, striving to create the right blend of general competence and expertise that are best situated to address our clients’ needs promptly, efficiently, and creatively.

    As experienced advisors, our attorneys ensure that each client has the proper structure in place to guide them on what they can expect and what investors will expect, prior to a client meeting with any potential investor. We take a unique approach in the early stage of company relationships, in that each client can expect a single partner to be responsible and accountable for that relationship. Recognized by clients as their trusted advisors and virtual business partners, our attorneys deliver efficient and practical legal counsel, supporting each client’s needs with an eye on their bottom line and what’s best for their future.

    Posted in: Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, News, Oren M. Chaplin | Tags: , ,

  • Jan 27, 2021“PPP & Me” Webinar Mini-Series Part II: Protecting Your Financial Future

    S. Graham Simmons, III, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Business Law Practice Group, and the Honorable Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), also a Member of the firm, will be panelists for the webinar, “Protecting Your Financial Future,” hosted by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce as part of its “PPP & Me” mini-series.

    The PPP and Protecting Your Financial Future

    Graham and Rebecca will address the legal impacts of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) on a business and how to ensure that its owners are protecting its financial future. Each webinar in the mini-series will explore different aspects of the PPP to provide insight into a business’s secure financial future.

    When: Friday, February 26, 2021

    9:00 – 10:00 a.m

    Register for Norris McLaughlin, Attorneys at Law, Legal Events in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

    This program is free, but a $10 or $20 donation is an option.

    About Graham Simmons

    Graham is a business and real estate lawyer. In his practice, he has served 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 land use and zoning matters. Graham 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.

    Graham has been proud to represent the Lehigh Valley’s area loan organizations in numerous economic development loans funded by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and Small Business First Fund. He also serves as Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority and the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority.

    Graham has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a “Rising Star,” a distinction for lawyers age 40 and under or who have been practicing for less 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. Graham is an active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, of the Board of the Greater Valley YMCA, and of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, where he currently serves as Chairman.

    About Rebecca Warren

    Rebecca devotes her practice to labor and employment, cybersecurity, business and corporate matters, and litigation. As a former in-house corporate attorney, and having counseled businesses for over 25 years, she is keenly aware of the unique and varied legal needs of business clients, especially in today’s climate. Rebecca is well-versed in providing legal strategy and guidance regarding daily business issues, as well as for challenges ranging from employment matters to third party disputes to pandemic-related impacts.

    As a former elected official and prosecutor, Rebecca is well-positioned to sagely counsel clients in crisis management, internal and governmental investigations, charges and indictments, and regulatory and business compliance. She has also pursued certification in cybersecurity to more astutely advise businesses in creating a culture of cyber awareness and data protection, assisting clients in the midst of a cyberattack, determining breach notifications required by law, and guiding recovery post-attack.

    Rebecca also handles all aspects of litigation for her clients, having appeared in court for over 30 years for hearings, non-jury trials, jury trials, mediations, arbitrations, appeals, and other legal proceedings. She was formerly solicitor for various non-profit organizations and government agencies and had regularly served as a county arbitration panel member and arbitration chairperson. Rebecca has represented prominent clients in high-stakes and multi-million-dollar cases at the county, state, and federal levels.

    Posted in: Business Law, Events, Hon. Rebecca L. Warren (Ret.), S. Graham Simmons, III | Tags: , ,

  • Jan 06, 2021Norris McLaughlin Hires Two More Attorneys in New Jersey Office Headquarters

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Laura M. Miller and James V. Mazewski to its Bridgewater, New Jersey, office. Miller has joined the firm as Senior Counsel to the Business Law Practice Group, while Mazewski joins the Litigation Practice Group as an Associate.

    “We are excited to add Laura and Jim to our roster of exceptional attorneys. Their individual expertise will allow Norris McLaughlin to bolster two critical practice areas, and Laura, in particular, helps us execute our long-range goal of succession planning,” said David C. Roberts, Recruiting Partner of the firm and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group.

    About Laura Miller

    Miller focuses her practice on administrative and government regulatory law in the public utility, telecommunications, cable television, and communications infrastructure industries. She handles regulatory approval and compliance matters, municipal franchise renewals, public right-of-way access negotiations and agreements, compliance investigations, enforcement actions, and administrative law proceedings.

    Additionally, Miller has over a decade of experience in complex civil litigation, having represented both private and public clients in state and federal courts in cases involving commercial and corporate disputes and the defense of labor and employment claims.

    Prior to her career in the law, Miller was active in political fundraising and campaign management in the state of Arizona, serving as the Field Director for a statewide political campaign and later as the Director of Public Policy in the Arizona Attorney General’s office. She earned her J.D. in 2005 from Rutgers University School of Law—Newark, where she was a Senior Staff Member of the Conflict Resolution Law Journal, and her B.A., summa cum laude, in 2002 from Arizona State University.

    About Jim Mazewski

    Mazewski concentrates his practice in the area of civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He focuses primarily on the representation of corporations, public entities, and insurance companies in complex commercial disputes and employment, construction, and general liability matters.

    In addition, Mazewski has managed numerous appeals of varying levels of complexity. He has represented international shipping companies and out-of-state commercial entities in federal actions, and various public entities in jurisdictional and contractual disputes before the New Jersey District Court.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Mazewski completed a clerkship with Judge Amy O’Connor of the New Jersey Appellate Division. He earned his J.D. in 2016 from Rutgers Law School—Newark, where he interned with Justice Anne M. Patterson of the New Jersey Supreme Court and served as Symposium Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.  Mazewski earned his M.S., magna cum laude, in 2012 and his B.S., cum laude, in 2010 from Montclair State University.

    Posted in: Business Law, James V. Mazewski, Laura M. Miller, Litigation, News, Public Utilities, Telecommunications | Tags: , , , , ,

  • Jan 05, 2021Norris McLaughlin Assists Mamoun’s Falafel in Acquisition Deal to Add Three More New Jersey Locations

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that Mamoun’s Falafel, a family-owned and operated restaurant chain, has closed a deal to acquire three new locations in New Jersey from a franchisee.

    “As a long-time client of ours, we were happy to help Mamoun’s successfully acquire these sites to help them grow. We know that the current pandemic has hit a lot of restaurants, so to be able to exceed expectations is both exciting and humbling,” said James H. Laskey, a Member of the firm who was the main working attorney and lead counsel on this deal. John P. Maloney, Counsel to the firm, supported Laskey in corporate matters.

    About Mamoun’s New Jersey Restaurant Franchise Acquisition

    Norris McLaughlin represented Mamoun’s Falafel in its acquisition of three locations in East Rutherford, New Brunswick, and Paramus, New Jersey, previously operated by a franchisee. After about two-and-a-half months, the transaction closed on December 16, 2020. The terms are private.

    “My brothers and I are very excited about the purchase of the New Brunswick, East Rutherford, and Paramus Mamoun’s locations. Our commitment to serving quality middle eastern food and excellent guest service has been part of the brand’s DNA since my father started Mamoun’s in 1971. We are thrilled to elevate the experience for guests in all of these restaurants,” said Hussam Chater, CEO of Mamoun’s Falafel.

    Other Mamoun’s corporately-owned locations include Princeton and Hoboken in New Jersey, as well as two in New York City, which includes the original location on MacDougal Street established by Mamoun himself in 1971. They have an affiliate location in Connecticut and franchise locations in Philadelphia and Atlanta. Mamoun’s has served high-quality, authentic Middle Eastern food since 1971, making it the oldest falafel restaurant in New York and one of the first Middle Eastern establishments in the United States.

    About Norris McLaughlin’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group

    The Norris McLaughlin mergers and acquisitions attorneys have structured, negotiated, and closed numerous U.S. and international transactions ranging from small-scale to complex multi-million-dollar deals. The firm’s attorneys have vast experience in all aspects of such corporate transactions, including asset and stock sales, statutory mergers, tax-structured transactions, corporate reorganizations, tender offers, leveraged buyouts, LLC and limited partnership interest exchanges, financing arrangements, due diligence investigation, governmental approvals and clearances, and international transactions.

    Our dedicated business law attorneys can also assist with the analyses of tax, securities, labor, employee benefits, antitrust, real estate, intellectual property, environmental, and other legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions. More than 30 business law attorneys spend all or most of their time in several disciplines within the field of business law. As a result, we have enough diversity of talent and bench strength to form teams of cross-functional attorneys, striving to create the right blend of general competence and expertise that are best situated to address our clients’ needs promptly, efficiently, and creatively.

    As experienced advisors, our attorneys ensure that each client has the proper structure in place to guide them on what they can expect and what investors will expect before a client meeting with any potential investor. We take a unique approach in the early stage of company relationships, in that each client can expect a single partner to be responsible and accountable for that relationship. Recognized by clients as their trusted advisors and virtual business partners, our attorneys deliver efficient and practical legal counsel, supporting each client’s needs with an eye on their bottom line and what’s best for their future.

    Posted in: Business Law, James H. Laskey, John P. Maloney, Mergers & Acquisitions, News | Tags: , , ,

  • Dec 21, 2020Michael Locke Speaks on Business Continuation and Succession for “Business University” Course

    Michael J. Locke, an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., recently presented two guest lectures for the “Business University” course offered by =Space, an office share space in Newark.

    “More than helping business with legal matters and the company bottom-line, I enjoy having opportunities like this to enhance the skills and talents of entrepreneurs, help startup businesses define and attain their mission and goals, and watch these companies succeed and achieve new heights,” said Locke.

    About the Business University Course

    On December 10, Locke presented “Business Continuation Agreements,” addressing operating agreements, shareholders agreements, and other buy-sell agreements. On December 15, he presented “Business Succession:  Understanding Your Options,” where he covered merger and acquisition transactions and other methods of business owner transitions. Other discussion topics in the course included understanding finances, business basics, valuation, employee agreements, compensation and benefits, retirement options, and estate planning.

    =Space offers resources, programs, and networking opportunities for startup companies. The “Business University” course, hosted by Francis A. Piccirillo II, Financial Adviser at Allied Wealth Partners, was broken up into recorded presentations available to =Space members by purchase.

    About Michael Locke

    Locke focuses on providing counsel to small businesses in all phases of their corporate existence, from formation through merger and acquisition. He also works closely with clients as they grow and expand their businesses, offering advice and legal guidance in connection with customer and supplier agreements; terms and conditions of use for both physical and digital products; inter-business relationships, including joint ventures; export regulations; securities regulations; litigation support; and more.

    Locke is especially focused on working with businesses that seek to bridge the gap between commercial success and environmental or social responsibility. He has counseled clients in forming “benefit corporations,” also known as “B-corps,” and drafting corporate governing documents for those seeking to maximize profitability and have a positive effect on their communities while simultaneously minimizing their environmental impacts.

    Locke also has experience assisting larger corporations conduct cross-border transactions, including the international purchase and sale of goods as well as the international purchase and sale of assets and equity.

    Locke earned his J.D. in 2013, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School, and his B.A. in 2010, magna cum laude, from Rutgers University.

    Posted in: Business Law, Michael J. Locke, News | Tags: ,

  • Dec 07, 2020Norris McLaughlin and 10-15 Associates, Inc., Close Deal to Sell Assets of Investment Advisory Practice

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce that 10-15 Associates, Inc., a long-standing client of the firm, has closed a deal to transfer its ownership of their investment advisory practice to Wealth Enhancement Group, an independent wealth management firm that oversees $20.3 billion in client assets.

    “It has been rewarding to be outside counsel for this company helping them through the years on routine issues that come up here and there for active, successful businesses. We were happy to be able to give this client an exit and a way for them to capitalize on the asset they built over their careers, while also protecting their employees and the next generation of their family who was involved in the business,” said Oren M. Chaplin, a Member of the firm who was the main working attorney and lead counsel on this deal.

    David S. Blatteis, also a Member of the firm who assisted in this matter, added “Noteworthy about this transaction is that it is a sign of the times for the financial services industry – buyers like Wealth Enhancement Group are acquiring firms owned by the baby boomer generation and later generations.”

    “We have been involved with many buy-side and sell-side transactions in the financial services sector, so not only did we have the business law expertise for this transaction, but we were well-positioned to help our client accomplish their objective because of our intimate understanding and savvy working in this industry sector,” added Chaplin.

    About the Acquisition of 10-15 Associates, Inc.

    10-15 Associates, an independent registered investment adviser with offices in Goshen, Fishkill, and Tarrytown, New York, helps clients achieve their goals, protect and grow their assets, solve complex financial challenges, and retire with confidence. They offer strategic retirement, tax, and wealth management planning for individuals, and provide employers and businesses with 401(k) management for plan participants, educational resources, and advisory services. Since its founding in 1986, 10-15 Associates has grown to 16 employees, including seven financial advisors, and approximately $923 million in total client assets as of July 31, 2020.

    Wealth Enhancement Group, also a registered investment adviser, offers a three-step process of organizing, collaborating, and guiding clients through financial planning, retirement income planning, tax strategies, investment management, estate planning, and insurance. Since 1997, they have spread nationwide, with approximately $20.3 billion in client brokerage and advisory assets as of August 21, 2020. Along with the recent acquisition of CJM Wealth Management in Deer Park, New York, acquiring 10-15 Associates will allow the Wealth Enhancement Group to assist clients at six offices throughout the state, further shoring up their presence in the broader tri-state area.

    “We want to thank Oren and his team for all of their help in getting the transaction done,” said Debbie DeMatteo, Owner/CEO of 10-15 Associates. “We thought often over the last several months that we could never have anticipated having something like this for him to represent us on. He made the process much easier to get through than it would otherwise have been.”

    The deal, which closed on November 1, was one of a few 10-15 Associates considered, but having the opportunity to remain with the newly combined firm and participate in the combination as they continue to grow and realize more success helped make the choice an easy one. The financial terms of the deal remain confidential. For more information, please click here.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group

    The Norris McLaughlin mergers and acquisitions attorneys have structured, negotiated, and closed numerous U.S. and international transactions ranging from small-scale to complex multi-million-dollar deals. The firm’s attorneys have vast experience in all aspects of such corporate transactions, including asset and stock sales, statutory mergers, tax-structured transactions, corporate reorganizations, tender offers, leveraged buyouts, LLC and limited partnership interest exchanges, financing arrangements, due diligence investigation, governmental approvals and clearances, and international transactions.

    Our dedicated business law attorneys can also assist with the analysis of tax, securities, labor, employee benefits, antitrust, real estate, intellectual property, environmental, and other legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions. More than 30 business law attorneys spend all or most of their time in a variety of disciplines within the field of business law. As a result, we have enough diversity of talent and bench strength to form teams of cross-functional attorneys, striving to create the right blend of general competence and expertise that are best situated to address our clients’ needs promptly, efficiently, and creatively.

    As experienced advisors, our attorneys ensure that each client has the proper structure in place to guide them on what they can expect and what investors will expect, prior to a client meeting with any potential investor. We take a unique approach in the early stage of company relationships, in that each client can expect a single partner to be responsible and accountable for that relationship. Recognized by clients as their trusted advisors and virtual business partners, our attorneys deliver efficient and practical legal counsel, supporting each client’s needs with an eye on their bottom line and what’s best for their future.

    Posted in: Business Law, David S. Blatteis, Mergers & Acquisitions, News, Oren M. Chaplin | Tags: , , , ,

  • Nov 05, 2020Norris McLaughlin Has Been Named a Tier 1 Metropolitan “Best Law Firm” in 11 Practice Areas by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® in 2021

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that it has been selected for inclusion in eleven practice areas for the 2021 “Best Law Firms” metropolitan rankings by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®. The firm’s full listing of First Tier Metropolitan rankings is as follows:

    • Arbitration
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Litigation – Environmental
    • Mediation
    • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
    • Trusts & Estates Law
    • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers

    Norris McLaughlin has also received a Tier 2 Metropolitan ranking in the following practice areas:

    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Communications Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Family Law
    • Family Law Mediation
    • Litigation – Bankruptcy
    • Natural Resources Law

    “This listing of Norris McLaughlin is an outstanding achievement for the practice groups and dedicated attorneys who serve our clients. The rankings represent independent substantiation of the value we provide our clients, producing real results through efficient and diligent counsel,” said John N. Vanarthos, Chairman of the firm.

    About U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

    From the start, the mission of “Best Law Firms” has been to help guide referring lawyers and clients – from the country’s largest companies needing corporate legal advice to individuals needing a divorce or a will – issues with bet-the-company implications or potentially life-changing results respectively. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their fields, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. For more information, including methodology, and the full listing, see bestlawfirms.usnews.com.

    About Norris McLaughlin

    Norris McLaughlin is a multi-practice, commercial law firm with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Though regionally based, the firm has grown its capabilities to include counseling on matters of national and international scope. Boasting a team of more than 120 attorneys practicing in over 25 legal disciplines and industry-focused groups, Norris McLaughlin is well-positioned to represent a wide range of client segments, including small business, middle-market companies, and Fortune 500 corporations, as well as the private individuals and families who own and run them.

    Once a humble two-man practice in Somerville, New Jersey, the firm has leveraged a multi-disciplinary legal practice with a deep dedication to superior client service to become the largest law firm in Somerset County and one of the Top 20 law firms based in New Jersey. To respond to the changing needs of the firm’s clients and the business community, Norris McLaughlin expanded its geographic reach by merging with like-minded firms in New York City (1999) and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania (2009). As a result of this expansion, and with the resources of international law firm networks providing additional bench strength and service capability, Norris McLaughlin now delivers a total package of legal solutions to represent clients wherever they are and whatever their legal issues may be.

    Posted in: Banking & Financial Services, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Business Law, Construction Law, Environmental, Estate Planning & Administration, Litigation, Matrimonial & Family Law, News, Products Liability Defense, Solar Energy, Telecommunications, Workers’ Compensation—Pennsylvania Office | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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