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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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  • Apr 30, 2019Danielle DeFilippis Named Co-Chair of Norris McLaughlin IP Practice Group

    Danielle M. DeFilippis, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., has been named Co-Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. She will serve with Bruce S. Londa, who has chaired the group for the past five years.

    “I am very grateful to have Danielle co-chair our Intellectual Property Group and extremely confident in her ability in moving the group forward to help us accomplish our goals. Having worked with Danielle for nearly ten years, I can attest that she has proved to be a great leader to our group. I am certain that her exceptional talents will be a great benefit to both the firm and our clients,” said Londa.

    “At Norris McLaughlin, I have been fortunate to benefit from the mentorship and guidance of consummate professionals that provide top tier legal services to our clients. I am honored to help impart that knowledge on the next generation of attorneys at Norris McLaughlin,” said DeFilippis.

    The Intellectual Property Practice Group at Norris McLaughlin provides sophisticated intellectual property counsel to domestic and international clients on patent, trademark and copyright matters. Several members of the group have a background in a broad range of engineering and sciences, including chemical, biochemical, biotechnology, electrical, mechanical, and computer software and hardware. They serve clients in manufacturing, marketing, and service industries, including chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, electronics, telecommunications, consumer foods, computer hardware and software, Internet, medical devices, health care, and banking. Many members of the group are registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    DeFilippis 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. DeFilippis 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. DeFilippis received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law and her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Apr 15, 2019Danielle DeFilippis and Dan Guadalupe to Present at Launch Pad Newark

    Danielle M. DeFilippis and Daniel R. Guadalupe, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present “Must-Know Legal Basics to Protect Your Business” on Thursday, April 18, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Launch Pad Newark.

    The presentation, sponsored by Makerhoods and The Honors Program, will cover how having a strong legal foundation gives you the peace of mind to go after your business goals with confidence. Topics will include branding, essential initial contracts, and intellectual property, such as trademarks and copyrights. A Q&A session, led by Peter Hader, will include questions submitted through tweeting @makerhoods. Attendees will also have the opportunity to give a 30-second presentation to promote their project or business and seek advice and networking from peers. For more information and to register, please click here.

    DeFilippis 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.

    Guadalupe 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. He is a former President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and a former General Counsel for the Hispanic National Bar Association. He was also on the Board of Trustees of CentraState Hospital in Freehold, New Jersey, for 4 years.

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  • Apr 15, 2019Must-Know Legal Basics to Protect Your Business

    Danielle M. DeFilippis and Daniel R. Guadalupe, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin P.A., will present “Must-Know Legal Basics to Protect Your Business” sponsored by Makerhoods + The Honors Program. The presentation cover how having a strong legal foundation gives you the peace of mind to go after your business goals with confidence, and topics will include:

    • Branding
    • Essential initial contracts
    • Intellectual property, such as trademarks and copyrights

    When: Thursday, April 18

    6:00 – 6:30 p.m.: Meet & Greet
    6:30 – 7:15 p.m.: “followed by Q&A”
    7:15 – 7:30 p.m.: Show & Tell, Ask & Gives – Time to make meaningful connections with fellow attendees. Each attendee can get 30 seconds to promote their project or business, seek advice from fellow attendees, or offer your skills to the group. After sharing, attendees can find each other and network directly.
    7:30 – 8:00 p.m.: Networking

    Where: Launch Pad (Newark)
    625 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey 07102

    For more information and to register, click here.

    A Q&A, led by Peter Hader, will include questions submitted by tweeting @makerhoods. Attendees are invited to come prepared with their own questions. They will also have the opportunity to give a 30 second presentation to promote their project or business and seek advice and networking from peers. After sharing, attendees can find each other and network directly. Food and drinks will be provided. Registration is free for all who wish to attend.

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  • Apr 08, 2019Norris McLaughlin Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

    Jeanne M. Hamburg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Chair of the firm’s Internet Law Group, and Stephanie S. Spangler, an Associate of the firm and co-chair of its Cannabis Law Group, have been included in the 2019 New York Metro Super Lawyers Women’s Edition. Each year since 2009, Hamburg has been recognized for her work in Intellectual Property. Spangler was named for the first time as a Rising Star for Intellectual Property. Only five percent of New York lawyers are given the honor of being included.

    New York Metro Super Lawyers Women’s Edition is a listing of outstanding female lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The multi-phased selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. The edition, which features the list and profiles of selected attorneys, is published as a supplement in The New York Times.

    A resident of New York, Hamburg is expert in all aspects of copyright and trademark law, both in litigation and in the transactional area, assisting clients in a broad range of industries with their IP needs.

    Hamburg has litigated in federal courts across the country, acting as national counsel to bring and defend infringement claims for clients both foreign and domestic.  Hamburg has recovered domain names for clients in many Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Proceedings, and prosecuted and defended numerous opposition and cancellation proceedings and ex parte appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

    Hamburg is experienced in trademark and copyright licensing, traditional print and online publishing, software development, web site development, content licenses, and electronic subscriptions.  She is expert in copyright and trademark clearance, prosecution and enforcement, and issues arising from the Internet.

    Hamburg frequently speaks and writes about intellectual property topics and is active in many trade groups in industries whose clients she serves.  She is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), currently serving on its Government Officials Training Committee.  Formerly, she was Chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, served on its Copyright Committee, and was a speaker for its Trademark Basics “Maintaining the Perfect Partnership” seminar held in New York for in-house and outside counsel.

    Hamburg attended Wellesley College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received her B.A., magna cum laude, in English and Psychology, with Honors in English, in 1987.  In 1990, she received her J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, where she was editor of the Columbia Law Review.

    Spangler 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.  She counsels clients in industries including startups, technology, cannabis, food and beverage, 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.

    Spangler earned her B.A. in International Studies from Emory University in 2005, and her J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law with a concentration in Intellectual Property and Communications Law in 2010.  During law school, she was an Articles Editor for Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal.  She is the former Development Chair of Cardozo’s Black, Asian, and Latino Law Students Association Alumni Group, and is part of its mentoring program for 1L law students.

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  • Jan 17, 2019Dan Guadalupe Hosts Facebook Live for INQ MC

    Daniel R. Guadalupe, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of of its Litigation Practice Group, presented a Facebook Live session in Spanish on Tuesday, January 15 to over 700 business owners. He addressed the importance of having outside general counsel to provide counseling on vital legal issues, such as labor and employment, contracts, litigation, and intellectual property.

    The event was hosted by INQ MC, a New York-based capital lender, education, and social media connecting platform for Hispanic businesses generating 7-8-digit annual revenues. The session was the 9th episode in INQ’s Conversations series. To watch the episode, click here.

    Guadalupe 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.  He was also on the Board of Trustees of CentraState Hospital in Freehold, New Jersey for 4 years.

    Guadalupe started his career as a Government Law Associate at Riker Danzig, working with former Commissioner of Transportation and Republican lobbyist John Sheridan.  Together with Sheridan, he represented former Governor Tom Kean in election law issues and litigation, including a successful New Jersey Supreme Court case regarding election expenditure limits.  As General Counsel for the Hispanic National Bar Association for two different Presidents, he 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).

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  • Jan 16, 2019James Major to Present Webinar for American Intellectual Property Law Association

    James R. Major, D.Phil., an Associate of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will present the webinar, “Patents and Tribal Sovereign Immunity.” Hosted by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the presentation will discuss the ongoing legal battle involving Allergan’s patents covering the blockbuster dry-eye medication RESTASIS®. In 2017, the patents were purportedly—and controversially—assigned to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe of Native Americans who asserted tribal sovereign immunity in a challenge to the patents in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Discussion topics will include the history of sovereign immunity, how it applies to Native American tribes and the associated legal issues, and how the Supreme Court may view the issues going forward.

    The webinar is to be held 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, on www.aipla.org, and will cost $95 for AIPLA members and $195 for non-members. To learn more about membership, e-mail AIPLA Member Services at . For more information and to register, click here.

    Major received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 2011 from New York Law School, where he was on the Dean’s List, and was a candidate for the Trustees’ Prize for the Highest Average in the Evening Division. He was also Staff Editor of the New York Law School Law Review, a John Marshall Harlan Scholar, and a member of the Institute for Information Law and Policy. He received a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford in 2003 and his B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1996.

    Major dedicates his practice to U.S. and foreign patent and trademark matters. His doctorate in immunology and virology, as well as over ten years’ legal experience, enables him to understand the patentability of new technologies, as well as the science and data required to secure and expand patent protection in light of new statutory subject matter requirements. He has significant patent prosecution experience relating to small molecules, nucleic acids, proteins, antibodies, chemical processes, formulations, industrial processes, and methods of treatment.  He is highly experienced in rendering patentability, landscape, freedom-to-operate, and invalidity opinions particularly in the field of biologics.  James can assist players in the emerging cannabis industry in the evaluation and securing of patents.  He also has patent and trademark litigation experience.

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