Steven A. Karg, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and one of the firm’s Meritas® Member Contacts, has been appointed to the Meritas U.S. Leadership Committee. “Being dedicated to building the relationship with other Meritas firms, it is my pleasure and honor to serve as the firm’s representative for the United States Leadership Committee,” said Karg.
Melissa A. Peña, a Member of the law firm and one of the firm’s Meritas Member Contacts, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of Meritas as Chair of its Finance Committee, and as Chair of the Meritas Women’s Leadership Congress Leadership Council. Peña commented, “It is my honor to lead this incredibly talented group of women with the common goal to increase and support female leadership within Meritas and, in so doing, show women how to leverage those leadership skills into more visible roles within their firms, as well as identify resources and programs that can help to inform policies and guidelines to improve diversity and gender equality within the legal industry.”
Meritas® is an established global alliance of more than 180 independent, full-service law firms, with a comprehensive means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms—a process that saves clients time in validating law firm credentials and experience. Firms become members by invitation only and maintain membership by meeting the standards of a uniquely comprehensive Quality Assurance Program. Firms are regularly assessed and recertified for the breadth of their practice expertise and client satisfaction. Firm quality feedback is reflected in a Satisfaction Index score, which is available online. As the only Meritas firm in New Jersey, Norris McLaughlin enjoys an international reputation for excellence through its membership.
About the Attorneys
Karg focuses his practice on commercial litigation with an emphasis on products liability and consumer claims defense. He served a term on the Meritas Board of Directors and its Quality Assurance Committee. Karg is a past President of the Somerset County Bar Association, a member of the New Jersey Defense Association, a Former Chairperson of its Products Liability Committee, and a member of the Defense Research Institute as well as its Products Liability and Drug & Medical Device Committees.
Karg has spoken about products liability issues to many organizations, and he is a co-author of the annual edition of “New Jersey Products Liability and Toxic Torts Law,” published by Gann Law Books. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Seton Hall University and his B.S., magna cum laude, from Trenton State College in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Peña, Chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group, a member of the Management Committee, and Chair of its Diversity & Inclusion Committee, concentrates her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and mortgage foreclosures. Whether inside or outside the courtroom, Peña aims to find practical business solutions for her clients. She utilizes litigation as a tool to further her client’s business objectives in a cost-effective manner.
Peña serves on the Board of Directors for Meritas, as Chair of the Meritas Finance Committee as an Executive Committee Member, and as Co-Chair of its Financial Services/CRABS Section. She is also a member of the Bankruptcy Inn of Court, New York County Lawyers’ Association, and National Association of Women Lawyers. Peña earned her J.D., cum laude, from The American University Washington College of Law in 2003 and her B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science, from George Washington University in 2000.