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  • Jul 20, 2021Advanced Mediation Training: Business Litigation

    Risa M. Chalfin, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will be a panelist for “Business Litigation,” a live stream session for the Middlesex County Bar Association’s “Advanced Mediation Training” program.

    Advanced Mediation Training

    Panelists will speak on the good, the bad, and the ugly of mediation, including the seriousness of the mediation process and the need to apply high ethical standards. As the second session of a two-part program, “Construction Litigation” was presented on Tuesday, July 20.

    When: Thursday, July 22, 2o21

    4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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

    2.4 CLE credits, including 1 credit towards ethics/professionalism, may be earned. Attending both sessions also fulfills the annual advanced mediation training requirement for civil mediators.

    • One Session
      • MCBA Members $30
      • All Others $60
    • Both Sessions
      • MCBA Members $50
      • All Others $100

    About Risa Chalfin

    Risa Chalfin is a trial attorney, focusing her practice on complex commercial litigation matters. She handles all aspects of litigation from inception through appeal before state, Chancery, and federal courts.

    Based on her depth of experience, Risa is a trusted advocate for her clients. She has extensive experience in matters arising from partnership and shareholder disputes, including breaches of fiduciary duties, real estate litigation, motor vehicle franchise disputes, restrictive covenant disputes, contractual claims, construction defects, probate litigation, and guardianships.

    Risa has extensive experience as a trial lawyer. Her approach to litigation and conflict resolution is informed by her experience and her ability to guide clients to the most efficient way to resolve disputes. Risa regularly works with clients on matters from the initial pleading stage of litigation through resolution. She has broad experience with the New Jersey Appellate Division, handling cases from briefing through argument.

    In addition, Risa often speaks for CLE seminars sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association, and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. She has been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers® and issued by Thompson Reuters, each year since 2015. A description of the selection methodology can be found at superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

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  • Jul 20, 2021Norris McLaughlin Welcomes Risa Chalfin to New Jersey Litigation Practice Group

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Risa M. Chalfin as a Member of the firm. She joins the firm’s Litigation Practice Group in New Jersey.

    “Risa makes a great addition to our team. We are lucky to have her and look forward to seeing her excel here at Norris McLaughlin,” said Margaret Raymond-Flood, Co-Chair of the Litigation Practice Group.

    Risa Chalfin commented, “Joining Norris McLaughlin is an exciting step in my career. I am looking forward to working with such a great group of attorneys and putting my knowledge and experience to use for the firm’s clients.”

    About Risa Chalfin

    Risa Chalfin, an experienced trial attorney, focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation matters. She handles all aspects of litigation from inception through appeal before state, chancery, and federal courts. Based on her depth of experience, Risa is a trusted advocate for her clients. She has extensive experience in matters arising from partnership and shareholder disputes.

    Her approach to litigation and conflict resolution is informed by her experience and her ability to guide clients to resolve disputes most efficiently. Risa regularly works with clients from the initial pleading stage of litigation through resolution. She has broad experience with the New Jersey Appellate Division, handling cases from briefing through argument.

    In addition, Ms. Chalfin often speaks for CLE seminars sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association, Middlesex County Bar Association, and Trial Attorneys of New Jersey. She has been selected for inclusion in the New Jersey Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers® and issued by Thompson Reuters, each year since 2015. A description of the selection methodology can be found at superlawyers.com. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Ms. Chalfin practiced at a large, multi-disciplinary firm in New Jersey. She was a member of the firm’s Political Contributions Committee, advising members and clients on the implications of contributions according to local and state pay-to-play ordinances. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Glenn Berman, Chancery Division, New Jersey Superior Court, from 2011-2012. During her term, Judge Berman presided over the highly publicized State v. Ravi trial, which addressed the issue of bias intimidation and cyberbullying of Rutgers University students.

    Actively engaged in the legal community, Ms. Chalfin is a Trustee of Trial Attorneys of New Jersey, serves on the General Council of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is an Editor of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Legal Eagle, Law-Related Education Committee. She served as a Trustee of the Middlesex County Bar Association from 2013 to 2020 and currently sits on its Chancery Practice Committee. She is also a member of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association and the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.

    Risa Chalfin received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2011 and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Involved in her alumni networks, she interviews prospective students for the University of Pennsylvania. While attending law school, she interned for the Honorable Barry T. Albin, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, New York County Defender Services, and the National Football League. In her spare time, Risa enjoys running, reading, the New York Yankees, and the Oregon Ducks.

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  • Jun 18, 2021Norris McLaughlin Welcomes New Associates to the Firm

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Anthony M. Brichta to its Allentown, Pennsylvania office and John V. Kelly III to the Bridgewater, New Jersey office.

    “We are thrilled to be adding more young talent to our already established practice groups and offices. Our goal is to continue our growth plans, providing the firm a great succession plan to secure our future,” said David C. Roberts, Chair of the firm and Co-Chair of its Recruiting Committee.

    About Anthony Brichta

    Brichta concentrates his practice on commercial litigation, corporate matters, and liquor law. He has joined the firm’s expansive Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing, and Distribution Industry Group and brings his wide-ranging experience to its alcohol manufacturing and distribution clients.

    In addition, Brichta has handled a broad range of civil litigation matters for private and municipal clients. He has extensive experience in creditors’ rights, municipal litigation, tax assessment and tax claim litigation, appellate practice, insurance defense and coverage, plaintiffs’ litigation, commercial disputes, bankruptcy, and juvenile dependency matters.

    A resident and native of the Lehigh Valley, Brichta is co-founder and CEO of a start-up craft distillery in Allentown and Easton. He has volunteered for an income tax clinic relief program in New Orleans and taught the Junior Achievement Program at Brooklyn High School. Brichta was selected for inclusion in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 “Rising Stars” lists in Philadelphia Magazine by Super Lawyers®.

    Brichta received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2008, where he participated in the mock trial and trial practice programs. He was also a member of the university’s wrongful convictions clinical program and assistant editor of its national political science journal, Political Communication. From Lehigh University, Brichta received his M.A. in 2005 and his B.A., summa cum laude, in 2004.

    About John Kelly

    Kelly, who is joining the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, focuses his practice exclusively on labor and employment law. He advises clients on various local, state, and federal labor and employment laws.

    Additionally, Kelly handles litigation matters from pleading through appeal, including discrimination and sexual harassment suits, workplace investigations, and wage and hour compliance, and employer investigations. He drafts employer and employee policies, handbooks, and contracts, and negotiates vendor contracts and agreements.

    Prior to joining the firm, Kelly was a clerk for the New Jersey Superior Court, Hudson County Vicinage Law Division in Jersey City for the Hon. Christine Farrington, J.S.C. He is an Army Veteran and JAG Officer in the New Jersey Army National Guard. In 2020, Kelly was elected to the Nutley Board of Commissioners, where he serves as Commissioner and Director of Nutley’s Public Affairs and Health Department.

    Kelly earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2012, where he was a member of the Legislative Law Journal and recipient of the Del Tufo Constitutional Law Award; and his B.S., cum laude, from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007.

    Posted in: Anthony M. Brichta, Business Law, John V. Kelly III, Labor & Employment, Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, Litigation, News, Real Estate & Finance | Tags: , , , , , ,

  • Jun 04, 2021Norris McLaughlin Hires New Attorneys to Expand Pennsylvania Litigation Practice

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to welcome Thomas H. Dinkelacker, Rebecca J. Grausam-Charamella, and Andrew J. Shaw as Members of the firm. In addition, William R. Murphy III joins the firm as an Associate and Rocco Beltrami as a Summer Associate.

    “We are excited to be growing in a way where we are continuously adding exceptional talent to our roster of great attorneys here at Norris McLaughlin,” said the Honorable Emil Giordano (Ret.), a Member of the firm and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group.

    Theodore J. Zeller III, Administrative Partner of the firm’s Pennsylvania office and Chair of the Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing, and Distribution Industry Group, also commented, “We’re proud to include these like-minded professionals as the newest members of our team. More great things to come.”

    About the New Attorneys at Norris McLaughlin

    Tom Dinkelacker

    Dinkelacker concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal, land use, and real estate law, serving as the solicitor for several municipalities in the Lehigh Valley and as counsel to various community groups and private entities. In addition, he serves or has served as special counsel handling land development and related land use and construction matters for both first- and second-class townships, sewer authorities, and a school district.

    For both municipal and private clients, Dinkelacker has handled the purchase, sale, and leasing of real estate; the development of brownfields, zoning, code and land development litigation; the preparation of zoning and land development ordinances; and a host of other ordinances and regulations relating to, among other things, mixed-use development, historic districts, age-restricted communities, craft beverage production facilities, sanitary sewer service and rates, and stormwater management. He provides municipal representation with respect to general government, labor, tax, environmental, and other matters.

    Dinkelacker represents municipal and private clients before zoning hearing boards, code appeal boards, governing bodies, and various Pennsylvania Courts. With 40 years of experience, including four years of criminal trial and appellate litigation, over 20 years of insurance defense and other litigation, and over 20 years of municipal representation, Dinkelacker brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and maturity to problems affecting municipalities, businesses, developers, and citizens alike. He has lectured on topics as varied as land use matters, the purchase and sale of municipal real estate, employer cell phone use policies, and medical marijuana.

    Recognizing the importance of community service, Dinkelacker is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Valley YMCA and the Board of Associates of Muhlenberg College. He also volunteers as a legal advisor to the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. After graduating from the Naval Justice School in Newport Rhode Island, he served in the United States Navy on active duty from 1981 to 1985. Dinkelacker earned his J.D. in 1981 from Dickinson School of Law and his B.A., cum laude, in 1978 from Muhlenberg College.

    Rebecca Grausam-Charamella

    Grausam-Charamella, aPHR, concentrates her practice on complex litigation matters in a wide variety of issues. She has extensive experience representing clients at jury trials, hearings, mediations, and arbitrations, managing all aspects of litigation, devising and implementing trial strategy, engaging in discovery, and conducting depositions of parties, witnesses, and experts.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Grausam-Charamella worked as a trial attorney for State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company for eight years, handling the defense of third-party automobile liability lawsuits. Before State Farm, she worked in the litigation department at a mid-sized Philadelphia law firm, specializing in commercial trucking and transportation matters and coordinating emergency responses for large claim exposures. Grausam-Charamella served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Eugene J. McCaffrey, Jr., in New Jersey Superior Court – Family Division. She also served as a trained Certified Mediator for Family and Civil matters.

    In addition to her legal practice, Grausam-Charamella is very involved in the community. She is Co-Chair of the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee for the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, where she has served as Treasurer and on the Executive Board. Grausam-Charamella began as Chair of the Pro Bono and Community Service Committee in 2016 and has spearheaded annual donations and volunteer events benefitting Ronald McDonald House, JEVS Human Services, Manna, and Comfort Cases for children transitioning into foster care, books for students at Thomas G. Morton School, and mock interviews for students in the Philadelphia Futures program. She also served on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Pro Bono Task Force and on the Rosemont College Alumni Board of Directors. Grausam-Charamella is a past recipient of the PADC Joseph H. Foster Young Lawyer Award, which recognizes an attorney who best exemplifies professionalism and the promotion of justice in the community.

    Grausam-Charamella is a certified arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Program. She earned her J.D. in 2009 from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she earned Dean’s Honor List and was a Fellow in the Rubin Public Interest Honor Society, and her B.A., summa cum laude, in 2003 from Rosemont College.

    Andrew Shaw

    Shaw concentrates his practice on commercial litigation. He has a wide range of experience through all phases of litigation in both state and federal courts and administrative agencies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, as well as in alternative dispute resolution forums.

    Shaw’s experience includes bankruptcy litigation, commercial disputes, insurance coverage counseling and litigation, insurance defense litigation, fraud litigation, criminal defense, real estate litigation, unemployment compensation, and collections. He represents individuals and closely held and public companies, including bankruptcy trustees, business owners, property owners, landlords, construction contractors, hospitality, sports, recreation and entertainment entities, and insurance companies. Shaw is well versed in federal and state Fair Debt Collections Practices Acts and has made presentations on various bankruptcy topics.

    Shaw has also handled non-litigation matters including residential real estate transactions, business formations, probate, and wills, trusts, and estates. Additionally, he was an Assistant Deputy Public Defender with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender where he represented indigent criminal defendants in indictable felony trial court matters. Shaw currently serves as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Campaign in the Lehigh Valley.

    Shaw earned his J.D. in 1998 from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was a judicial extern for Associate Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton of the Supreme Court of Ohio and was an Associate Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal, and his B.A. in 1994 from University of Wisconsin.

    Billy Murphy

    Murphy concentrates his practice on the defense of individuals involved in civil litigation for general liability matters. Representing clients and major insurance carriers, he litigates matters from arbitration hearings to jury trials. He is experienced in complex litigation and legal principles, ranging from criminal prosecutions to personal injury matters.

    Murphy spent over five years in the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, where he honed his trial advocacy skills and developed a deep understanding of Pennsylvania laws and regulations. He was assigned to the Homicide By Vehicle, Narcotics, and Insurance Fraud Units. Murphy also worked for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office in the Insurance Fraud Unit. He brings years of experience in the areas of insurance fraud investigations and motor vehicle accidents.

    Murphy earned his J.D. in 2013 from Villanova University Law School, where he was a member of the Public Interest Fellowship program, and his B.A. in 2010 from University of Pittsburgh.Top of Form

    Rocco Beltrami

    Beltrami will temporarily join the firm as an Associate for the summer to assist the attorneys in all areas of the firm’s multi-disciplinary practice. While Beltrami is a resident of the Lehigh Valley, his father is a Northampton County Judge. Beltrami was a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Edward G. Smith, United States District Court, where he drafted internal memoranda, orders deciding motions, and portions of opinions involving various criminal and civil issues.

    Beltrami is heading into his third year at Villanova School of Law with an expected graduation date of May 2022; he is a Dean’s Merit Scholar and Student Works Editor for the Villanova Law Review. Beltrami earned his B.A., summa cum laude, in 2019 from Moravian College.

    Posted in: Andrew J. Shaw, Litigation, News, Rebecca J. Grausam-Charamella, Thomas H. Dinkelacker, William R. Murphy, III | Tags: , , , ,

  • Jun 01, 2021Jeff Casaletto and Margaret Raymond-Flood Promoted to Co-Chairs of Their Norris McLaughlin Practice Groups

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto and Margaret Raymond-Flood, Members of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., have both been appointed as Co-Chairs of their respective practice groups.

    “I am grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to leading this group of talented environmental attorneys at Norris McLaughlin,” said Casaletto, who will co-chair the firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group.

    Raymond-Flood, who will co-chair the Litigation Practice Group, also commented, “I am honored that my colleagues have chosen me for this role, and I look forward to working with our many talented litigators to continue to build our department and service our clients.”

    About the Norris McLaughlin Practice Groups

    Businesses throughout the nation, and particularly in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, are subject to a web of federal, state, and local environmental and safety legislation and regulation that is constantly expanding in scope and complexity. The firm’s environmental law attorneys, who have been recognized by Chambers USA as a leader in New Jersey, provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area.

    The Norris McLaughlin Litigation Practice Group represents individual and business clients in a wide variety of industries and personal matters in state and federal courts in the United States and in domestic and international arbitrations. Through domestic and international legal networks, Norris McLaughlin’s geographic reach is extensive. The technical and industry-specific experience, knowledge of courts and judges, and trial and appellate experience of the firm’s litigators, combined with the strengths and skills of other practice groups, deliver the exceptional service clients expect.

    About Jeff Casaletto

    Casaletto concentrates his practice on environmental law. He represents and counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including commercial and residential developers, chemical and industrial manufacturers, and commercial business owners. He maintains a results-oriented approach to each environmental issue to achieve the client’s goals and objectives. Casaletto assists clients in resolving issues related to site remediation, due diligence, solid and hazardous waste disposal, solid waste utilities, regulatory compliance, permitting, Brownfields redevelopment, and cleanup cost recovery. He also has experience handling matters involving CERCLA, RCRA, EPCRA, and OPA. He has negotiated removal orders, EPCRA/OPA settlements, and cost recovery for removal and remedial actions.

    Prior to joining Norris McLaughlin, Casaletto was Assistant Regional Counsel and the 2002 Michael F. Vaccaro Honors Fellowship Attorney at the U.S. EPA Region III, where he focused on Superfund matters. Before that, he was a judiciary law clerk for the Honorable Vincent LeBlon and the Honorable Dennis V. Nieves in Middlesex County, New Jersey. While attending law school, he was a legal intern at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic and the Environmental Defense Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    Casaletto served as an elected councilman for the Borough of Stockton. During his term, he was appointed by Mayor Stephen Giocondo to the Stockton Planning Board as Council Liaison and to several committees for the community of Stockton, including finance, personnel, and water and sewer.

    Casaletto has been ranked in the Environment section by Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world. He earned his J.D. from The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, formerly known as Pace Law School, cum laude, and his M. Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering and B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

    About Margaret Raymond-Flood

    Raymond-Flood devotes her practice to general litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial matters. She appears in the federal and state courts of New Jersey, as well as the federal courts of other jurisdictions. Raymond-Flood also has considerable experience in the defense of environmental litigation. She also serves as panel counsel in a variety of professional liability claims, including legal, medical, and environmental matters.

    Raymond-Flood has extensive litigation experience, including pretrial procedure, motion practice, and taking and defending depositions of corporate representatives, employees, and expert witnesses throughout the country. She has tried complex matters on both the state and federal levels and used state-of-the-art technology as part of her trial preparation and presentation. In addition, Raymond-Flood has spoken at seminars dealing with a variety of insurance-related topics and trial presentation.

    Raymond-Flood is 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. She authors and presents extensively on this topic as well.

    Raymond-Flood is a member of the Norris McLaughlin Women’s Forum Steering Committee and serves as Risk Manager for the firm. She earned 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.

    Posted in: Environmental, Jeffrey M. Casaletto, Litigation, Margaret Raymond-Flood, News | Tags: , , ,

  • May 20, 2021Nick Pellitta Speaks to Hoboken Charter School on Social Justice and Hate Crimes in New Jersey

    Nicholas F. Pellitta, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Social Justice and Hate Crimes in New Jersey” virtually to eleventh and twelfth graders at Hoboken Charter School on May 17.

    “Statistics demonstrate that Bias incidents in New Jersey, including crimes motivated by a victim’s race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion, increased dramatically in 2020. Unfortunately, many of these incidents took place at schools, including universities and colleges. New Jersey has been proactive in its law enforcement and other efforts to address bias among young people and anti-bias education and training for public educators remains an important part of these efforts” said Pellitta.

    Social Justice and Hate Crimes in New Jersey

    The presentation was a discussion of the law governing bias-related incidents and hate crimes in New Jersey. Pellitta covered what the crimes are and the New Jersey law that governs these crimes. He talked about the increase in bias-related incidents throughout the state and country, including the increased racial divide and stereotypes; how hate crimes are prosecuted, including the proofs required to convict and the rights of victims; as well as the issue of bias-related incidents in schools and student conduct, i.e., bullying and student discipline.

    About Nick Pellitta

    Pellitta has substantial experience in a variety of legal areas in both federal and state courts. It is his goal to maximize efficiency for his clients by promptly analyzing their objectives, identifying necessary strategies, and implementing an appropriate course of action.

    In the area of higher education, Pellitta has represented colleges and universities for more than 30 years in areas such as tort claims defense, campus security, alcohol policies, police litigation, civil rights, and student discipline. He has represented the Rutgers Police Department and has provided in-house training and advice on police-related matters.  Representative clients include Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Seton Hall University, and Monmouth University.

    On the individual level, Pellitta assists clients in matters involving the defense of criminal charges, juvenile delinquency, and similar offenses, in both municipal and superior courts.

    Pellitta has served as Second Vice President in the C. Willard Heckel Inn of Court, an organization designed for the continuing education of newly-admitted attorneys. He has also lectured at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and on behalf of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office in trial practice.

    In addition to his practice, Pellitta has served as Chairperson of the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and is currently Legal Counsel to the Chamber. He also served on the Board of Trustees and is a former chairperson for Prevention Resources, an organization dedicated to promoting health and wellness and addressing substance abuse and violence in the community. Pellitta earned his J.D. from New York Law School and his B.A. from Rutgers University.

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  • May 19, 2021Judge Giordano Earns Association of Title IX Administrators Certifications

    The Honorable Emil Giordano (Ret.), a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group, earned the Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision-Maker and Title IX Hearing Chairs Certification through the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA).

    “As the judicial fight against discrimination and harassment continues, I felt it crucial to my practice to be able to offer these additional services and hope to help those who have fallen victim to these needless crimes,” said Judge Giordano.

    About the Association of Title IX Administrators Certifications

    Title IX protects individuals in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from sex and gender discrimination. By earning these certifications, Judge Giordano now serves as a Title IX Coordinator for Lafayette College through their Title IX: Reporting, Resources, & Information initiative. Lafayette College is committed to providing a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and, therefore, offers comprehensive resources that stop, prevent, and remedy sexual misconduct and sexual and gender-based harassment.

    About Judge Giordano

    Judge Giordano served as a presiding judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, Third Judicial District, from 2004 through 2018. He was Northampton County’s first administrative judge of the Orphans’ Court County Division, overseeing estates and trusts of the county; and was named to the Statewide Orphans’ Court Task Force, an organization charged with implementing changes to Orphans’ Court. He was also the first judge in Pennsylvania to institute guardianship certification requirements for the protection of senior citizens.

    For 15 years, Judge Giordano presided over many jury trials and non-jury trials, hearings and motions, and a wide range of disputes under Pennsylvania and federal law, including construction, commercial litigation, professional malpractice, CERCLA, Civil Rights, condemnations, labor and land use appeals, criminal, and domestic relations.

    As an arbitrator and mediator, Judge Giordano is certified through Harvard Law School Negotiation Institute in Advanced Mediation. He is a fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators; is affiliated with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Mediation; has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) as a Diplomate Member for mediation; and has been selected to serve as an arbitrator and mediator to the Judicial Roster, Real Estate, and Pennsylvania at Large ADR Panels of Distinguished Neutrals for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution.

    Judge Giordano serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Guardianship Certification. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Notre Dame CYO and the Board of Governors for Saint Thomas More Society. Judge Giordano is a recognized member of the Justinian Society of Philadelphia and is the Northampton County Bar Association Wills and Trusts Committee Lecturer. In 2005, he was the first judicial recipient of the Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council Award for Outstanding Commitment to Victims’ Rights. On January 1, 2020, Judge Giordano was designated Vice-Chair of the statewide Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

    Judge Giordano earned his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1985 and his B.A. from Moravian College in 1982. A proud Moravian College alumnus, he serves as an Adjunct Professor for undergraduate classes.

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  • May 11, 2021Norris McLaughlin Appoints David Roberts as Chair and Elects David Harmon and Graham Simmons to Management Committee

    The law firm of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to announce its 2021 Management Committee.

    David C. Roberts, a Member of the firm and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group, has been appointed Chair of the firm, succeeding John N. Vanarthos, also a Member of the firm, who has served since 2018.

    David T. Harmon, Co-Chair of the firm’s Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Practice Group, and S. Graham Simmons, III, Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Law Practice Group, have been elected to the firm’s Management Committee, joining Roberts, David S. Blatteis, Bruce S. Londa, Robert Mahoney, and Melissa A. Peña. With Simmons on the Management Committee, Theodore J. Zeller, III, Chair of the firm’s Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing, and Distribution Practice Group, will succeed his current role as the Pennsylvania office’s Administrative Partner.

    Dolores A. Laputka is stepping down after three years on the Management Committee and will continue to serve on the Norris McLaughlin Finance Committee. Both Vanarthos and Laputka continue as equity members of the firm.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Management Committee

    The Management Committee collaborates on and oversees the day-to-day operations of Norris McLaughlin with the goal of preserving the firm’s values, mission, and culture, as well as implementing strategic growth plans for the firm’s future success.

    “First, I want to thank John for his exceptional leadership and Dolores for her invaluable contributions to the committee and the firm,” said Roberts. “I am humbled and honored that the firm has selected me for this role, and I am excited to work with our broad and collaborative team of creative and talented colleagues.”

    Vanarthos added, “It has been an absolute honor and privilege to serve as the Chairperson of the firm and I thank the Management Committee for all of their hard work. I know that the management and leadership of the firm is in excellent and capable hands with Dave at the helm. I have full confidence in their ability to lead the firm into the future, and I will do all that I can to help with those efforts.”

    “It remains an honor to contribute to the leadership of the firm as a member of the Management Committee,” said Mahoney, who has served since 2012, “I offer my congratulations to Dave and know that the firm is well-positioned to deliver outstanding client service through our diverse practices and capabilities.”

    Peña, who was elected to the Committee in June 2020, commented, “Dave and the entire committee are deeply committed to the firm’s core values and to supporting the Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s mentoring programs for women and minority attorneys throughout their careers.”

    About the Attorneys

    Dave Roberts

    Roberts devotes his practice to handling complex commercial litigation matters such as fraud, fraudulent transfers, trade secrets, and restrictive covenant litigation, with particular emphasis on business partnership and shareholder disputes in New Jersey. He aims to resolve matters through mediation, if that approach fits the client’s goals and objectives, but is an experienced trial attorney prepared to litigate matters that cannot otherwise be resolved. In 2007, Roberts launched the firm’s Shareholder Disputes in New Jersey Law Blog, “Business Divorce in NJ,” which addresses minority shareholder disputes in New Jersey.

    David Harmon

    Harmon focuses his practice on the areas of executive compensation, employment, and business law. He represents senior-level employees of both public and private companies in the negotiation of their employment packages and all associated agreements, whether at the commencement of the employment relationship through offer letters and employment agreements or at termination through severance agreements. Harmon’s representation also includes providing advice and counsel to employers in the preparation and negotiation of employment and severance packages with their employees, the design of human resources compliance programs, and counseling and training concerning the implementation of those policies. He authors the firm’s Employment Transitions Law Blog, “Transitions in Employment.”

    Graham Simmons

    Simmons is a business and real estate lawyer. He has served both public and private sector clients on all types of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions, commercial and syndicated credit facilities, economic development projects, real estate transactions, leases, and land use and zoning matters. Simmons 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.

    Posted in: Bruce S. Londa, Business Law, David C. Roberts, David S. Blatteis, David T. Harmon, Dolores A. Laputka, Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits, John N. Vanarthos, Liquor Law, Licensing, Manufacturing and Distribution, Litigation, Melissa A. Peña, News, Robert Mahoney, S. Graham Simmons, III, Theodore J. Zeller III | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

  • May 04, 2021The Mediation Process, an Advocate’s Model for Mediating

    The Hon. Emil Giordano (Ret.), a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Litigation Practice Group, will co-present the webinar, “The Mediation Process, an Advocate’s Model for Mediating,” with Christopher Kriesen, Esq, founder of The Kalon Law Firm LLC, hosted by the Bar Association of Lehigh County.

    The Mediation Process

    Discussion topics will include:

    • Virtual mediation tactics
    • Choosing a mediator
    • Preparing for a mediation
    • Mediation technology

    When: Friday, May 14, 2021

    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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

    To register, please email cle@lehighbar.org.

    This program costs $15, and participants will receive 1 substantive credit.

    About Judge Giordano

    Judge Giordano served as a presiding judge on the Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, Third Judicial District, from 2004 through 2018. He was Northampton County’s first administrative Judge of the Orphans’ County Division, overseeing estates and trusts of the county, and was named to the Statewide Orphans’ Court Task Force, an organization charged with implementing changes to Orphans’ Court. He was also the first Judge in Pennsylvania to institute guardianship certification requirements for the protection of senior citizens.

    For fifteen years, Judge Giordano served as judge for many jury trials and non-jury trials, hearings and motions, and a wide range of disputes under Pennsylvania and Federal Law, including construction, commercial litigation, professional malpractice, CERCLA, Civil Rights, condemnations, labor and land use appeals, criminal, and domestic relations.

    Judge Giordano is Vice-Chair of the Orphans’ Court Procedural Rules Committee for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is a Diplomate Member for mediation for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Judge Giordano serves on the Board of Trustees of the Center for Guardianship Certification. He is also a member of the Board of Governors for Saint Thomas More Society and the Northampton County Bar Association Wills and Trusts Committee Lecturer. In 2005, Judge Giordano was the first judicial recipient to receive the Lehigh Valley Crime Victims Council Award for Outstanding Commitment to Victim’s Rights. He was also a recipient of the Bethlehem Catholic High School Distinguished Graduate Award. Judge Giordano received the Title IX Hearing Chairs Certification and Title IX Hearing Officer & Decision-Maker Certification from the Association of Title IX Administrators.

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