Matthew Kane Authors Mass Lawyers Weekly Opinion Article on Uber and Lyft

Matthew Kane authored an article for the September 19th edition of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly entitled, “For Uber and Lyft, a Set of Rules to Call Their Own.” The article discusses a new law in Massachusetts to regulate transportation network companies. The law creates new rules for TNC drivers and their vehicles that will gradually go into effect over the next 15 months.  For more information, or to get a copy of the full article, please contact Matthew Kane.

Uber and Lyft Mass Lawyers Weekly Article

Matthew Kane Speaks at BBA Practical Skills Program

Matthew Kane presents as a speaker for the Boston Bar Association’s Practical Skills Committee.  Matt’s program is entitled, “Getting Started: Drafting and Filing a Complaint in Massachusetts Courts or Administrative Agencies.”  He is joined by co-presenter, Page Wilkins.  They will cover complaint drafting basics, selection of the forum, venue requirements, and service of process issues.  Attendees will learn a range of roles in the different Courts in the Commonwealth and get a foundation of the pre-trial litigation process.  This program takes place on September 21st from 12-1pm at the Boston Bar Association’s Beacon Street office.

Mark Smith Elected President-Elect of The Boston Bar Association Council

Boston, MA, July 24, 2016 – Mark Smith, an attorney who focuses his practice in white-collar criminal defense and government investigations at Laredo & Smith, has been elected to serve as the President-Elect of the BBA Council. The Council is the BBA’s governing body and as a member, Mark will act as a representative of the Association. He will help the organization further its’ mission to provide tools, relationships and opportunities to develop successful careers and practices for its members. Mark will serve a one-year term, which begins on September 1st.

Mark’s role as the Vice President of the Council furthers his long-time support of the BBA. He is the past Chair of the Education Committee in addition to being a member of the Executive Committee. He has also served as Secretary of the BBA Council, Co-Chair of the BBA’s Criminal Law Section, and as a member of the Law Day Steering Committee and the BBA’s Committee on Rule 3:16: Practicing with Professionalism Course for New Lawyers.

About Mark Smith
Mark is a partner at Laredo & Smith, LLP where he focuses on white-collar criminal defense and government investigations. Prior to entering private practice, Mark served for eleven years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office including as Chief of the Public Integrity Division and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Bureau. Mark began his legal career in New York City, where he worked as a public defender for four years. He also clerked for the New York State Supreme Court. Mark is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Suffolk University Law School.

About the BBA Council
The Boston Bar Association Council is the board of directors of the BBA and serves as the BBA’s governing body. It sets policy and provides crucial oversight on behalf of its members. There are 34 Council members: five officers, the BBA’s immediate past-president, the President of the Boston Bar Foundation, and 27 members at large. The BBA’s mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, to facilitate access to justice, and to serve the community at large.

About Laredo & Smith
Based in Boston, Laredo & Smith has been helping clients grow their businesses and resolve legal matters since 1996. Our attorneys successfully combine a strategic approach to running a business with thoughtful and thorough legal representation. The firm represents clients in matters related to business law and litigation, criminal and governmental investigations, corporate compliance and employment law.

Payal Salsburg Joins Laredo & Smith

Laredo & Smith welcomes Payal Salsburg, who joins the firm as an Associate. Payal focuses her practice in the areas of business litigation, e-discovery, corporate advice and counsel and ethics investigations. She represents corporations, small businesses and individuals in a wide array of matters including contract and other business disputes, False Claims Act litigation, government and internal investigations, ethics inquiries and intellectual property litigation. Payal also advises and counsels closely-held businesses on corporate and employment matters. Payal speaks fluent Hindi.

 

Jessica Conklin Quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Jessica Conklin, co-founder of BANG (the Boston Associates’ Networking Group), was quoted in a recent Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly article about the group’s creation and early success.  Published on May 16th, the article shares the origins of the group, whose mission is to provide a platform for associates in small law firms to connect.

BANG in Mass Lawyers Weekly

Jessica Conklin Launches Boston Associates’ Networking Group Website

Jessica L. Conklin, co-founder of the Boston Associates’ Networking Group (BANG), is proud to announce the launch of the group’s new website, www.bang-law.com. Jessica and fellow co-founder Hannah T. Joseph of Beck Reed Riden launched the site on March 8, 2016.

The dynamic pair of lawyers launched BANG with the goal of bringing together associates from different small- and medium-sized firms, as well as in-house legal departments. The organization offers an environment for junior attorneys to support one another while exploring opportunities for professional, personal and business development.  They meet regularly to discuss a variety of issues that face young lawyers as they establish their practices.

Started in the end of 2015, BANG has grown to include members from more than 20 firms and companies in the Greater Boston Area. The website, which provides member associates with a distinct and close-knit network, visibility, and other resources, will play an integral role in the organization’s model moving forward.

Please visit at www.bang-law.com to learn more!

Mark Smith Moderates Boston Bar Association Criminal Law Panel

Mark Smith moderated a recent Boston Bar Association panel. The CLE program was entitled ‘Cutting Edge Issues in Criminal Law’ and featured key players in state and federal criminal law in Massachusetts. Panelists covered significant developments in the criminal arena in 2015, while offering insight into anticipated issues for 2016.

Mark Smith

Jessica Conklin Co-Founds Boston Associates’ Networking Group

We are pleased to announce that Laredo & Smith attorney, Jessica Conklin, has co-founded the Boston Associates’ Networking Group with Hannah Joseph of Beck Reed Riden. The Boston Associates’ Networking Group brings together associates from Boston-area small- and medium-sized law firms to network, collaborate and learn more about practicing law as an associate. The founders saw a need to find a means for developing relationships among associates at similar-sized firms and to discuss a range of issues that often arise while practicing law.

The first Boston Associates’ Networking Group lunch was held at noon on December 10, 2015 at the offices of Laredo & Smith, LLP, at 101 Federal Street, Suite 650, in downtown Boston.  This week’s networking lunch is co-sponsored by Laredo & Smith, LLP and Beck Reed Riden LLP.

Boston-area associates who are interested in learning more about the Boston Associates’ Networking Group should contact Jessica Conklin at conklin@laredosmith.com or Hannah Joseph at hjoseph@beckreed.com.

Jessica Conklin is an associate at Laredo Smith LLP who concentrates her practice in white collar criminal defense, corporate compliance, and business litigation. Jessica also helps defend students facing disciplinary proceedings and Title IX investigations.

 

Laredo & Smith Attorneys Named Super Lawyers

Laredo & Smith is pleased to announce that Marc Laredo and Mark Smith have been named 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.  Attorney Matthew Kane was named to the 2015 Rising Stars list for his Business Litigation, Banking, General Litigation and Appellate work. This year’s designation marks 10 consecutive years of recognition for Marc Laredo’s Business Litigation practice.  Mark Smith is highlighted for his work in the White Collar Crime category.

Super Lawyers is a rating service for lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. To be included in the list, attorneys must attain a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Rising Stars are selected using the same criteria as Super Lawyers, but each attorney must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less. This recognition is awarded to no more than 5% of lawyers in the state.

Jose Sierra Serves on the 2015 Hispanic National Bar Association Leadership Team for Annual Convention

Jose Sierra is a member of the 2015 HNBA AC National Leadership Team for the 2015 HNBA Annual Convention taking place in Boston in early September.  Jose has the distinct pleasure to introduce Governor Charlie Baker at the convention’s Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening.  The convention takes place at the Westin Boston Waterfront from September 2 through the 5th.  The Annual Convention attracts hundreds of attorneys, judges, and law students from across the country, including public officials, business leaders, and General Counsels from many Fortune 100 and other corporations. The theme in 2015 is “Celebrating Our Heritage, Planning our Future” and it reflects Boston’s place at the forefront of American history, as well as the world-class innovation it is known for around the world. Attendees will take part in an engaging and comprehensive program that includes Continuing Legal Education (CLE Panels) on cutting edge topics with leading practitioners, national policy makers, and experts from across the country; networking events and workshops; the largest Hispanic Career Fair in the country, featuring exhibitors from prominent law firms, corporations, and government agencies.