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  • May 14, 2019Norris McLaughlin Attorneys to Speak on Food and Beverage Law

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, Rashmee Rayna Sinha, Stephanie S. Spangler, and Michael J. Locke, of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Food Law 101,” a food and beverage panel discussion, for WeWork Food Labs. The event will take place on Thursday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at WeWork 148 Lafayette Street in New York.

    The presentation will cover a variety of legal issues encountered by food and beverage startups. DeFilippis will discuss basic contract issues that arise between food and beverage companies and external and internal parties. Sinha will cover key labor and employment law issues and updates for startup companies in the food and beverage industry. Spangler will speak on intellectual property issues that food and beverage companies face in the operations of their company, and Locke will speak on corporate formation, governance, and equity issues that are commonly faced by startups and early-stage companies. WeWork Food Labs is a first-of-its-kind innovation space and global platform dedicated to startups impacting the future of sustainable food. For more information, please click here.

    DeFilippis, Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Law Group and founding member of the Food, Beverage & Hospitality Group, focuses her practice on intellectual property matters and litigation. She represents individual and corporate clients in all phases of litigation, from commencement through trial, and regularly serves as lead counsel in cases before federal and state courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and alternative resolution forums. She has represented clients in a variety of industries, most notably, food and beverage, liquor, jewelry, and cosmetics. She has handled cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, false advertising, commercial disparagement, business torts, deceptive trade practices, Lanham Act claims, state and federal unfair competition laws, and other business disputes.  She is an author for Norris McLaughlin’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition blog, More Than Your Mark, www.morethanyourmark.com. DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University.

    As a logical, strategic, and pro-active employment defense attorney, Sinha has a proven track record of extricating clients from suit in the early stages of litigation. She primarily handles claims under Employment Practices Liability Insurance, Directors and Officers and Errors and Omissions polices related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, whistle-blower, and wrongful discharge on the basis of protected categories (i.e. age, sex, disability, race, gender, national origin, religion, pregnancy etc.).

    Sinha represents employers from industries including healthcare, construction, financial services, property management, insurance, technology, transportation, building services, hotel and hospitality, retail, manufacturing, power and energy, and pharmaceutical.

    Sinha is experienced in all areas of employment litigation in both federal and state courts. She has defended administrative proceedings and regulatory compliance investigations before numerous employment practice agencies including the EEOC, and the federal and state Department of Labor and the Department of Health. Sinha counsels employers on employment and compliance issues including employment policies, contracts, discipline, terminations, leaves of absence, accommodations, complaints, investigations, benefits, proprietary information, restrictive covenants, reorganizations, and executive compensation.

    Sinha is a member of the Labor of Employment Section of the American Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association. She is also a member of the Legal Committee, Fairways Community Condominium, Teaneck, New Jersey, as well an active member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, the Commerce Industry Association of New Jersey, the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, and the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce. Sinha earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and her B.A. from Boston University.

    Spangler, Co-Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law Group and a member of the Food, Beverage & Hospitality Group, focuses her practice on trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution and enforcement.  She appears in state and federal courts and before the USPTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in opposition and cancellation proceedings.  She counsels clients in industries including startups, technology, food and beverage, cannabis, and arts and entertainment.  She is a co-author for the firm’s trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law blog, More Than Your Ma®k, and the firm’s Cannabis Law Group blog, Legally Grown.

    Locke focuses on providing counsel to small businesses in all phases of their corporate existence, from formation through merger and acquisition. Locke 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.

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  • Oct 24, 2018Peter Hutcheon Receives 2018 ABA LLC, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Content Recognition

    Peter D. Hutcheon, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been awarded the “Professor Elizabeth ‘Beth’ S. Miller Content ‘Recognition’” by the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Business Law’s LLC, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee for his contributions.  Highlighted were his long tenure as editor of The PUBOGRAM, his work on legislative drafting committees and on the uniform acts, his participation in Committee seminars as well as other ABA committees, and his over 30 columns in The PUBOGRAM.

    Hutcheon practices primarily in the areas of business governance, commercial transactions, securities, banking, and finance.  He regularly counsels management of public and private companies and banking institutions on governance matters and is an expert on indemnification and insurance issues affecting directors and officers.  Hutcheon represents clients seeking investment capital from private placements, venture capital and private equity deals, and firm commitment underwritten offerings of securities.  Many of these financings involve high-tech businesses.  Hutcheon is experienced with securities matters ranging from stock options to dividend reinvestment plans, is familiar with bank regulatory matters, and has worked on mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry.  He is experienced in corporate and financing transactions and has represented both buyers and sellers in public and private corporate acquisition transactions, including public/private partnership deals, in deals involving over $2 billion.

    A long-time member of the ABA’s Section of Business Law, LLC, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities Committee, Hutcheon is one of three Observers to the Beneficial Ownership Task Force and was editor of the Committee’s newsletter, The PUBOGRAM, for 16 years.  He is the 2005 recipient of the Martin I. Lubaroff Award for his lifelong service to this Committee.  He was a director for 22 years (including 2 years as chair) of the New Jersey State Bar, Corporate and Business Law Section, and has chaired the State Bar’s Banking Law Section.  He was chairman of the New Jersey Corporate and Business Law Study Commission from its inception in 1989 to 2002, providing reports and suggestions on business law developments to the New Jersey Legislature and the Governor.  He chaired the New Jersey Securities Advisory Committee appointed by the Attorney General from 1995 to 2001 and has served as the ABA’s Liaison to the New Jersey Bureau of Securities for over 37 years.

    Hutcheon is listed in the Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, and Securities Law sections of the current edition of The Best Lawyers In America and has been included on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Business/Corporate section every year since its inception in 2005.  Additionally, he has authored numerous articles on business-related law topics including limited liability companies, securities, and directors and officer’s liability.

    Hutcheon received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Williams College and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

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  • May 31, 2018David Roberts to Present Anatomy of a Business Divorce

    David C. Roberts, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will co-present “Anatomy of a Corporate/Business Divorce” with Hubert Klein of EisnerAmper, LLP, on Thursday, June 21, at the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) and the Consultants’ Training Institute’s (CTI) 2018 Annual Consultants’ Conference to be held June 20-22 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.  The conference will be available via a live online broadcast.

    Roberts will discuss disputes including dissenting shareholder matters, oppressed shareholder actions, deadlock actions in 50-50 companies, actions involving LLCs, and disassociation.  He will also address investigating claims, seeking information, recognizing the impact of jurisdictional differences, and interacting with counsel as a valuation expert to address the issues encountered in business divorces.  For more information or to register, visit nacva.com.

    Roberts focuses his practice on partnership and shareholder disputes (including oppression and dissenter’s rights cases), and especially on attempting to resolve these matters through mediation, if that approach fits the client’s goals and objectives.  In 2007, Roberts launched the Shareholder Disputes in New Jersey blog, www.shareholderdisputenj.com, which addresses minority shareholder disputes in New Jersey.  He also writes and lectures extensively on this topic.  Roberts has extensive experience in other complex commercial matters including fraud, fraudulent transfers, trade secret, restrictive covenant litigation, and employment litigation.

    Roberts earned his J.D., summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Rutgers School of Law-Newark in 1991, where he was a Tischler Scholar (1990), and his B.S., summa cum laude, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1988.

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  • May 09, 2018Peter Hutcheon Appointed Observer to American Bar Association Business Law Section Beneficial Ownership Task Force

    Peter D. Hutcheon, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been appointed one of three Observers to the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section’s Beneficial Ownership Task Force.  The Business Law Section is committed to serving its members, the legal profession, and the public through educational opportunities and resources; assisting members to serve their clients ethically and competently; and furthering the development and improvement of corporate laws.  The Task Force was created by the Section’s Limited Liability Company, Partnership, and Unincorporated Entity Committee to work with the Section’s Corporate Laws Committee and others to seek a fundamental version of the ABA’s position on disclosure of beneficial ownerships of business entities.

    Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, federal and state laws have been proposed and some adopted requiring disclosure of the persons who beneficially own corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, business trusts, and other entities.  This disclosure is to help law enforcement and national security personnel identify criminals and/or terrorists using such entities for money laundering, drug and arms distribution, and other clandestine activities.  In 2008, the ABA adopted a policy grounded on financial privacy, resisting increased disclosure of traditionally anonymous ownership information.  The Task Force will seek ways to support making ownership information more available to law enforcement and national security personnel, while preserving as much as possible the privacy of business ownership.

    Hutcheon practices primarily in the areas of business governance, commercial transactions, securities, banking, and finance.  He regularly counsels managements of public and private companies and banking institutions on governance matters and is an expert on indemnification and insurance issues affecting directors and officers.  Hutcheon represents clients seeking investment capital from private placements, venture capital and private equity deals, and firm commitment underwritten offerings of securities.  Many of these financings involve high-tech businesses.  Hutcheon is experienced with securities matters ranging from stock options to dividend reinvestment plans, is familiar with bank regulatory matters, and has worked on mergers and acquisitions in the banking industry.  He is experienced in corporate and financing transactions and has represented both buyers and sellers in public and private corporate acquisition transactions, including public/private partnership deals, in deals involving over $2 billion.

    A long-time member of the ABA’s Section of Business Law, Partnerships and Unincorporated Business Organizations Committee, Hutcheon was editor of its newsletter, The PUBOGRAM, for 16 years.  He is the 2005 recipient of the Martin I. Lubaroff Award for his lifelong service to this Committee.  He was a director for 22 years (including 2 years as chair) of the New Jersey State Bar, Corporate and Business Law Section, and has chaired the State Bar’s Banking Law Section.  He was chairman of the New Jersey Corporate and Business Law Study Commission from its inception in 1989 to 2002, providing reports and suggestions on business law developments to the New Jersey Legislature and the Governor.  He chaired the New Jersey Securities Advisory Committee appointed by the Attorney General from 1995 to 2001, and has served as the ABA’s Liaison to the New Jersey Bureau of Securities for over 34 years.

    Hutcheon is listed in the Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, and Securities Law sections of the current edition of The Best Lawyers In America, and has been included on the list of New Jersey Super Lawyers in the Business/Corporate section every year since its inception in 2005.  Additionally, he has authored numerous articles on business-related law topics including limited liability companies, securities, and directors and officer’s liability.

    Hutcheon received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Williams College and his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

     

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  • Sep 13, 2017Graham Simmons Presents NorCo Bar CLE

    S. Graham Simmons, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Choosing the Right Corporate Entity” at the Northampton County Bar Association (NCBA) 2017 Lunch Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the NCBA office in Easton. The program, which has been approved for one substantive CLE credit, will focus on the basic track program aimed at younger attorneys and those just trying to brush up on their corporate skills.

    A resident of the Easton area, Simmons practices primarily in the areas of business law, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and land use, banking and financial services, and health care law.  He has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers aged 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 was honored in 2013 as one of the Lehigh Valley Business’s Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes young professionals who exhibit talent and promise and who have a well-documented track record of achievements in business.  Simmons serves as Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority and the Northampton County Gaming Revenue and Economic Redevelopment Authority. Simmons is an active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Valley YMCA, and the Greater Easton Development Partnership currently serving as President of the GEDP. Simmons earned his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004 and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.

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