Oren M. Chaplin



Oren M. Chaplin is a corporate and business law attorney who acts as outside general counsel to businesses and business owners on legal, compliance, and contracting issues in both regular operations and special/extraordinary transactions and initiatives. He has represented clients in numerous industries, including health care and medical services, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, higher education, manufacturing, financial services, technology, e-gaming, consumer products and services, cannabis, waste management, and raw materials.

Oren assists clients with developing strategy, preventing liability and attaining business and individual objectives. He analyzes risks of commercial activities and helps clients with their decision-making process. He counsels clients in their life-cycle events from startup/formation, to growth, and ultimately to market exit. Oren’s experience spans a wide range of commercial contexts including relationships among equity stakeholders, between business partners, and across unrelated co-venturers. 

Oren also represents clients in general corporate transactions including mergers, acquisitions, and business planning documents; entity formation, corporate governance, and due diligence matters; operating and shareholder agreements; supply and distribution agreements; vendor and other commercial partner arrangements; employment and executive arrangements; and private investment and investor relations.

Oren is an active participant in trade groups that are comprised of professional advisers to businesses. Oren has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of multiple not-for-profit organizations throughout the years. 

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Participant, XPX (Exit Planning Exchange)
  • Member and Firm Representative, The Alternative Board
  • Member, STAC (Strengthening the Advisor Community)
  • Chair, Social Action Committee, Temple Emanuel
  • Member, Board of Directors, Temple Emanuel
  • Participant, Small Business Mentorship Initiative
  • Member, Business Law section, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association


  • "The Pandemic Effect: The Outsourced Service Provider as a Resource," The National Law Review, May 2020
  • “M&A in the Investment Services Space – Help! My Deal Went Sideways…” The National Law Review, April 2020
  • "The Pandemic Effect: Supply Chain and Distribution Channels," The National Law Review, April 2020
  • "Investors: SEC Warns to Be Aware of Uptick of Fraud in the Cannabis Industry," The National Law Review, April 2020
  • "Do Your Due Diligence: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Warns Main Street Investors About COVID-19-Related Fraud," The National Law Review, April 2020
  • "The Pandemic Effect: Sale of a Business," The National Law Review, March 2020
  • "Business Continuity Planning During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic," The National Law Review, March 2020 
  • "Coronavirus (COVID-19) Exemption for Certain Money Manager Filing and Delivery Requirements,” The National Law Review, March 2020
  • "American Justice Across the Ocean? The Case of Samuel Sheinbein," 35, New England Law Review, 967, 2001
  • "Non-Disclosure Agreements,” NM Business Law Blog September 2018
  • "Proposed Anti-Money Laundering Program Requirements for Registered Investment  Advisers," NM Business Law Blog, September 2015
  • "Doing Deals in BRIC Nations: Adjust Your Expectations," NM International Business Law Blog, August 2013
  • "Business Council for International Understanding Hosts Luncheon to Inform Executives About OPIC’s Operations and Objectives," NM International Business Law Blog, May 2012
  • “Protecting Your Business Assets,” FPANY Membership Newsletter, Fall 2011
  • “State Transition and Fund Registration Deadline,” NM Securities Law Alert, July 2011
  • “SEC Open Meeting on Dodd-Frank Implementation,” NM Securities Law Alert, July 2011
  • “FDA, SEC and FINRA Focus on Social Media,” NM Internet Law Alert, October 2010
  • “Dodd-Frank’s Impact on Investment Adviser Registration,” NM Securities Law Alert, August 2010


  • "Responding to Coronavirus Orders and Adapting My Business – Is this the new normal?," Virtual Town Hall, March 31, 2020
  • Management Liability Panel, Canna Risk Con, The Bridgewater Manor, Bridgewater, NJ, January 29, 2020  
  • Cannabis Law 101, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, February 20, 2019
  • “You’re No Longer a Start-Up! Now What?” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, October 10, 2018
  • “The DOL Fiduciary Rule,” Financial Planning Association NY, New York, NY, May 25, 2016
  • “ERISA, Prohibited Transactions and the Role of the Fiduciary: What You Need to Know NOW,” Financial Planning Association NY, New York, NY, February 11, 2015
  • “ERISA, Prohibited Transactions and the Role of a Fiduciary – A Discussion on What Professionals, Service Providers and Fiduciaries Need to Know,” Financial Planning Association Chicago, Chicago, IL, October 2014
  • “Regulation and the Investment Advisor,” Financial Planning Association of New York, November 9, 2011
  • “Practical and Legal Issues When Dealing With Technology Service Providers,” Grand Hyatt, Weston, Florida, February 19, 2011



  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Amy Piro Chambers, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County (Ret.), 2001-2002          

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey


  • B.A., University of Delaware
  • J.D., New England School of Law, Managing Editor, New England Law Review

Honors and Accolades

  • New Jersey Super Lawyers Rising Star (2014-2015)