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.

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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.

 

Mark Smith Elected Vice President of The Boston Bar Association Council

Boston, MA, July 23, 2015 – 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 Vice President 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.

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SJC Appoints Smith to Voir Dire Committee

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court appointed Partner Mark Smith to the Court’s Committee on Juror Voir Dire. The committee was established to examine issues relating to juror selection for Massachusetts courts and to implement procedures for allowing attorney conducted voir dire in the Superior Courts throughout Massachusetts.

Matthew Kane Joins L&S’s Business Litigation Practice as Partner

Boston, MA— Laredo & Smith, LLP has announced a new partner, Matthew A. Kane, who has joined the firm’s business litigation practice. Mr. Kane represents financial services institutions, banks, businesses and individuals in an array of disputes concerning finance, employment, construction, real estate and general business litigation.

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Sierra Named to MassPort Task Force

The Massachusetts Port Authority has named L&S Partner José Sierra to their newly formed Latin American Task Force. This task force works with regional business, civic and academic leaders to support new non-stop service to and from Boston, benefitting the Massachusetts business community.