Business Law

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The Business Law Group at Norris McLaughlin & Marcus includes almost twenty attorneys who spend all or most of their time in a variety of specialties within the field of corporate law. The range of clients is broad, as are the legal services that we provide to them. The following is a breakdown of many of the business services that we provide. Often, these services overlap based on the needs of our client.

General Business

  • Day-to-day legal counseling
  • All aspects of product distribution, including compliance with franchising and other trade regulations, and the negotiation and drafting of distribution and supply agreements
  • General contract matters
  • Environmental concerns
  • Protection of intellectual property and trade secrets
  • Pursuit of patent, trademark and copyright applications as well as extensive licensing activities
  • Employee matters, including benefits and compensation issues, agreements and contracts, personnel policies, and dispute resolution
  • International transactions and representation of foreign companies
  • Antitrust and marketing counseling
  • Legal compliance and litigation management
  • Tax counseling, including business formation, federal and state income tax planning, estate planning, and disputes and appeals with the IRS, NJ Division of Taxation and other agencies
  • Arbitration and mediation services
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Director and officer matters
  • Workouts and bankruptcy issues

Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Asset and stock sales
  • Statutory mergers
  • Tender offers
  • Leveraged buyouts
  • Exchanges of limited partnership interests
  • Financing arrangements
  • Due diligence investigation
  • Governmental approvals and clearance
  • Analysis of tax, labor, employee benefits, antitrust, environmental and other issues relevant to the transaction at hand
  • Transactions between national or multi-national businesses

Business Finance and Securities Law

  • Venture capital transactions
  • Negotiation with private, industrial and institutional investors
  • Public and private offerings of securities, both debt and equity
  • Taxable and tax-exempt secured and unsecured debt financing
  • Preparation of documentation — commitment letters, loan agreements, indentures and trust agreements, debt instruments, guarantees, and other agreements
  • Joint venture formation
  • Tax benefit sales
  • Real estate and other syndications
  • Sale/leaseback of corporate assets
  • Preparation of all required filings, annual reports and proxy materials
  • Representation before the New Jersey Bureau of Securities
  • Advice in connection with SEC matters

Depending on the client’s needs, we often form a team of attorneys who concentrate in different disciplines. For example, a business acquisition may implicate environmental, tax, antitrust, employment, intellectual property and real estate issues. We strive to create the right blend of general competence and specialization that will best enable us to address the client’s needs promptly, efficiently and creatively.

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Attorneys

G. Robert Marcus
Peter D. Hutcheon
Joel N. Jacobson
Matthew R. Sorrentino
Victor S. Elgort
Kenneth D. Meskin
Kevin T. O'Brien
Dolores A. Laputka
Ira S. Novak
Stephen M. Offen
Oldrich Foucek, III
James H. Laskey
Burt Allen Solomon
Stuart J. Freedman
Scott B. Allinson
Robert C. Gabrielski
Douglas R. Brown
John N. Vanarthos
Frank T. Araps
David C. Roberts
Scott R. Lipson
Theodore J. Zeller
David T. Harmon
Scott M. Baach
David S. Blatteis
Karol S. Robinson
Melinda Fellner Bramwit
Oren M. Chaplin
Jesse P. Nash
S. Graham Simmons, III

Michael T. Reilly
R. Nicholas Nanovic
Joseph R. Zapata, Jr.
Salil P. Jani
Brian P. Slough 
Julie M. Macomb
Eric D. Weiss