While the purchase of a franchise affords a business owner many crucial advantages in the marketplace over a traditional, non-franchise business, a prospective franchisee’s failure to properly conduct its due diligence, both independently and with the assistance of experienced advisors, can prove fatal to the business’s success. There are four important areas of due diligence. […]
Jessica Conklin and Payal Salsburg co-taught second graders about the law through the Boston Bar Association’s 2017 Law Day in the Schools Program. The students, from Lee Academy in Dorchester, were very attentive and asked fantastic questions about how the legal process works.
Jessica Conklin spoke on an alumni panel at Boston University Academy. She discussed how BU Academy helped her succeed in her career path in law, including lessons learned from her time at the academy.
Franchising is a popular avenue to entrepreneurship where the business owner is able to take advantage of the brand, systems and experience of a larger, more established enterprise. What makes franchising attractive to entrepreneurs is the ability to go into business for themselves but not by themselves. At its essence, franchising is a way to […]
Payal Salsburg presented at a recent Boston Bar Association program entitled, “Practicing with Professionalism.” Payal co-taught the ethics portion of this all-day program, which covers a range of topics related to professionalism as a lawyer. Her co-presenter was Martin Newhouse, President and Acting General Counsel of the New England Legal Foundation. The Supreme Judicial Court […]
Marc Laredo served as the program chair for a recent CLE at the Massachusetts Bar Association on January 25, 2017. The CLE was titled, “Disputes Among the Owners of Closely Held-Service Businesses.” It covered how disputes among the owners of closely-held service businesses threaten the daily operations and future viability of professional service firms. The […]
Massachusetts businesses and their owners are by now familiar with the rule that General Laws chapter 93A, a statute that bars unfair competition and unfair or deceptive acts or practices and provides for the possibility of double or triple damages plus attorneys’ fees, is inapplicable to intra-corporate and employment disputes. But could a claim under […]
Marc Laredo is the program chair for a January 25th Massachusetts Bar Association CLE program entitled, “Disputes Among the Owners of Closely Held Service Businesses.” In this program, a panel will discuss the threats of business disputes, especially amongst the owners of law firms, medical practices and other professional services present special challenges. This program provides: […]
Laredo & Smith is pleased to announce the firm has added Eric Sigman as a Partner to counsel clients in the areas of business law, transactional corporate work and franchise law. Eric Sigman focuses his practice in business law, with a particular concentration on franchise law, guiding clients through corporate formation, capitalization, succession planning, commercial […]
Payal Salsburg presented at a recent Boston Bar Association program entitled, “Practicing with Professionalism.” Payal co-taught the ethics portion of this all-day program, which covers a range of topics related to professionalism as a lawyer. Her co-presenter was Mary Strother, the newly appointed First Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts.
Mark Smith presents as a panelist on the Boston Bar Association’s program entitled, “Public Corruption and Government Prosecutions” on Tuesday, November 29th from 5-6pm. Join in a lively discussion on the most recent government trends in investigating and commencing high profile public corruption prosecutions, false claims act investigations and other cases focused on government fraud. Participants […]
Marc Laredo spoke to an undergraduate class on Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University in a program entitled, “Why Every Business Needs a Lawyer: What Your Lawyer Can Do For You.” In his discussion, Marc shared tips on how to select a lawyer who is a good match for entrepreneurs and their businesses. Marc also covered common […]
Marc Laredo and Mark Smith have been named to the New England edition of the 2016 Super Lawyers listing again this year. Marc is recognized in the area of business litigation and Mark Smith has been recognized for his work with white collar crime. Both attorneys are long-standing Super Lawyers for New England and Massachusetts.
Laredo & Smith is pleased to announce that Marc Laredo, Mark Smith and Matthew Kane have been named to the 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Marc Laredo was named to the Business Litigation list, Mark Smith has been recognized for his work in the White Collar Crime category and Matt Kane was honored as a Rising Star in Business […]
As of October 1, 2016, transgender individuals will have the right to use the bathroom or locker room of their choice in Massachusetts. This summer, the Governor signed into law An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination (the “Act”), adding gender identity in the list of protected classes covered by Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws. The Massachusetts Commission […]
Marc Laredo served as the program chair for the recent Mass Bar Association CLE program entitled, “It’s Confidential– Privilege Law in Massachusetts”. The program focused on a variety of privileges, including the attorney-client, spousal, parent-child, peer review, doctor-patient, common interest and joint defense privileges. The panel explained the concept of each privilege, providing practical tips […]
Clients, particularly those starting new, closely-held businesses, commonly ask whether they should give stock in the company in lieu of or as a supplement to compensation. The answer is: it depends. Newsletter_September 2016
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
There are few ‘hotter’ topics in corporate boardrooms these days than understanding the risks from a cyber attack and the measures to thwart, or at least minimize risk of, a cyber breach. Indeed, the consequences of a cyber breach can be severe, including loss of valuable intangible property, a drop in share price, disclosure and […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Arbitration – the private means of resolving a dispute – is a well- accepted and often encouraged alternative to the court system. Whether arbitration is the right choice for your business contract, however, is a more nuanced question. As a starting point, all contracts should contain language regarding the resolution of disputes, including which state […]