• May 26, 2021Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group Highlighted Again in Chambers USA 2021

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is proud to announce that Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world, has named the firm and four of its lawyers to its list of leading law firms and lawyers in New Jersey for 2021.

    About Chambers USA

    Jeffrey M. Casaletto, Martha N. Donovan, and Edward A. Hogan, Members of the firm, have been highlighted in the “Environment” section once again. In addition, Norris McLaughlin was ranked for the first time in the Chambers USA “Energy & Natural Resources” practice area, along with Member and Chair of the firm’s Solar Energy Industry Group, James H. Laskey.

    These recognitions highlight the firm’s investment in and development of practice areas, as well as its commitment to preeminence in the legal industry. Chambers USA ranks firms and attorneys considered leaders in their respective fields. Chambers and Partners have published their world-famous guides to the legal profession since 1990. In addition, they host major award ceremonies in London and New York to honor the achievements of the world’s leading lawyers. The key to the success of their legal directories and the validity of their awards is the in-depth, unbiased research conducted by Chambers’ team of highly qualified and experienced researchers. The guiding principle behind Chambers USA is to meet the needs and expectations of the client. For more information and methodology, please click here.

    About the Norris McLaughlin Environmental Law Practice Group

    Casaletto, who was ranked as “Up and Coming” in the Environment section for helping drive the firm’s growth the past two years, has now been recognized in Band 3 for “navigating remedial investigations and environmental regulations for companies in the solid waste industry.” The sources Chambers spoke with called him “persistent, creative, detail-oriented and thoughtful.”

    Donovan, who was also named The Best Lawyers in America© Litigation-Environmental “Lawyer of the Year” in the Woodbridge, New Jersey, Metro Area for 2020, was ranked Band 1, the highest ranking an attorney can receive, in the Environment section. She has been highlighted for her “wealth of experience handling issues relating to Superfund sites and environmental litigation.” According to Chambers, market commentators have said Donovan “‘is a skilled litigator who understands the fabric of the law” and “[a] zealous advocate for her clients.” A description of the selection methodology for Best Lawyers® can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    Hogan, a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, was also ranked in Band 1 for being “highly regarded for his work in site cleanup and cost recovery proceedings.” Chambers says clients describe him as “the preeminent environmental attorney in New Jersey. He knows everybody in state government, and he works tirelessly to advocate on behalf of his clients.” In addition, “[h]e can cut through issues succinctly to help us determine the risk/reward on an environmentally challenged site.” Listed in four categories in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America©: Environmental Law, Energy Law, Litigation–Environmental, and Natural Resources Law, Hogan has been included in the Best Lawyers® Environmental Law section since 1993. A description of the selection methodology for Best Lawyers® can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    Laskey was recognized in Band 2 as a “highly experienced corporate attorney … [who] chairs the firm’s solar energy practice” and “is called upon for his advice on transactional matters as well as regulatory issues affecting clients in the utilities and energy space.” Chambers quoted a client who stated, “He is nimble and able to navigate a broad spectrum of legal issues and bring in appropriate experts at the firm. He provides great client service.” Laskey has been selected for inclusion on the list of Best Lawyers® each year since 1991, as well as selected as The Best Lawyers in America© Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year” for the Newark, New Jersey, region in 2013. A description of the selection methodology for Best Lawyers® can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

    Norris McLaughlin was also recognized in the Environment category in Band 2 for “provid[ing] environmental advice to Madison Industries on the completion of the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study for an operable unit at a Superfund site in New Jersey.” The firm’s Environmental Law Practice Group is designated as a “[w]ell-respected group with extensive experience handling disputes concerning contaminated land and property damage claims. Regularly sought out for representation before the state and federal courts, as well as various agencies. Offers additional skill advising on due diligence and compliance matters. Caters to clients from a range of sectors including chemicals, pharmaceuticals and real estate.” The Norris McLaughlin environmental law attorneys provide a wide range of counseling and litigation services in this challenging area. Chambers quotes its sources as saying, “They are easy to work with, smart and have good instincts,” and “They work seamlessly with each other and with us.”

    The firm’s Solar Energy Industry Group, which falls within its Environmental Practice Group, was highlighted in Band 2 this year for its “[s]trong team with impressive experience representing public utilities before regulatory bodies, including the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Offers notable expertise in rate cases as well as transactional matters. …[F]ocuses on all legal matters relating to solar technology.”

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

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

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

    About Mamoun’s New Jersey Restaurant Franchise Acquisition

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

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

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

    About Norris McLaughlin’s Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group

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

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

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

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