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  • Apr 10, 2019Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Labor and Employment Member

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Rashmee Rayna Sinha as a Member of the firm.  She joins the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.

    As a logical, strategic, and pro-active employment defense attorney, Rashmee 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 has extensive experience 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 earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, and her B.A. from Boston University. She 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 New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, the Mahwah Chamber of Commerce, the Commerce Industry Association of New Jersey, and the Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce, and the Legal Committee, Fairways Community Condominium, Teaneck, New Jersey.

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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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  • Aug 20, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Labor & Employment Clerk

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Alyssa M. Hicks as a law clerk with the firm. She joins the Labor & Employment Practice Group.

    Hicks will counsel employers in all aspects of employment law including discrimination, contracts, policies, and handbook reviews. She will represent companies in employment-related litigation and handle administrative matters before the EEOC and PHRC.

    Hicks earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Shippensburg University in 2015 and her J.D., cum laude, from Widener University Commonwealth Law School in 2018. While at Widener, Hicks served as President for the Moot Court Honor Society and Assistant Editor-In-Chief for the Widener Journal of Law, Economics Race. As a law student, she interned for the Office of the Secretary/Parliamentarian of the Pennsylvania Senate, the Honorable John F. Cherry, at the Court of Common Pleas in Dauphin County; Santos Law Group, PC; and the Dauphin District Attorney’s Office.

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  • Aug 01, 2018Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Associate

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Timothy S. Klimpl as an Associate in the executive compensation and employee benefits group. He also joins the firm’s labor and employment, and taxation groups.

    Klimpl has advised numerous collectively-bargained, multiemployer, and governmental employee benefit plans, and helps clients devise cost-effective approaches to creating and sustaining compliant organizations. He advises clients in a range of issues including ERISA compliance, the Pension Protection Act, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ACA investigations, COBRA, HIPAA, tax qualification requirements under the Internal Revenue Code for employee benefit plans, preparation of benefit determination notices, and the IRS Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) for retirement plans under the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS).

    Klimpl has reviewed and interpreted collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) and drafted CBA language relating to employer funding obligations under the Pension Protection Act and tax provisions under the ACA. He also prepares employee handbooks and advises employers regarding wage and hour laws, anti-discrimination statutes, and employment agreements; and engages in corporate formation and applies for and obtains federal tax-exempt status for non-profit organizations.

    Klimpl received his J.D. from New York Law School and his B.A., cum laude, from Syracuse University. He is a member of the American, New York State, and Connecticut Bar Associations.

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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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  • Jun 11, 2018Barbara Hollenbach a Moderator for the 17th Annual Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Conference

    Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was a moderator for “Legal Updates” on June 7 and June 8 at the 17th Annual Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The sessions focused on leading cases and potential problematic issues facing workers’ compensation practitioners.

    The 17th Annual Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Conference, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, had over 1,000 attendees, including employers, case managers, third-party administrators, defense/claimant counsel, labor and others. The conference provided a sharing of practical, useful and timely information, and provided unique opportunities to network with other workers’ compensation professionals.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Hollenbach focuses her practice on workers’ compensation, professional liability, products liability, and general litigation. Her civil litigation experience includes representing manufacturers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and other products, as well as professionals including psychiatrists and veterinarians. She also represents clients in will contest actions including allegations of undue influence and lack of mental capacity. Hollenbach is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. She has been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the past 10 years. She was the first woman elected president of the Northampton County Bar Association, and is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section. From 2011 – 2016, Hollenbach served on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee. A Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Hollenbach has co-authored and co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedures manual and course since 2000. An active community volunteer, she serves on the Board of Trustees for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites. She earned her J.D., cum laude, in 1978 from Dickinson School of Law and her B.A., with highest distinction, in 1975 from Pennsylvania State University.

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  • Mar 19, 2018Barbara Hollenbach Speaks on Workers’ Compensation

    Barbara L. Hollenbach, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was a panelist at the “Second Annual National Workers’ Compensation Symposium,” presented March 3, by The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.  Hollenbach’s topic was “Worker Attorney Involvement in Workers’ Comp Cases.”  The symposium featured some of the Nation’s most distinguished and knowledgeable workers’ compensation practitioners and professionals.

    A resident of Bethlehem, Hollenbach focuses her practice on workers’ compensation, professional liability, products liability, and general litigation.  Her civil litigation experience includes representing manufacturers of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and other products, as well as professionals including psychiatrists and veterinarians.  She also represents clients in will contest actions including allegations of undue influence and lack of mental capacity.  Hollenbach is certified as a specialist in workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  She has been named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for the past ten years.  She was the first woman elected president of the Northampton County Bar Association, and is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section.  From 2011 – 2016, Hollenbach served on the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee.  A Fellow of The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Hollenbach has co-authored and co-presented the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation Practice & Procedures manual and course since 2000.  An active community volunteer, she serves on the Board of Trustees for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.  She earned her J.D., cum laude, in 1978 from Dickinson School of Law and her B.A., with highest distinction, in 1975 from Pennsylvania State University.

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