To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate– That is the Question

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 […]

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.

Newsletter: College Students In Trouble– What Can You Do?

When young adults are away from home in a collegiate atmosphere, sometimes they get into trouble.  So, what is a parent to do? First, have a basic awareness of the rules that govern student conduct– rules that may have changed dramatically since our collegiate days.  Discuss them with your college-bound children. A school may impose an […]

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 […]

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 […]

Newsletter: A Reminder of the Importance of Written Agreements

A recent ruling of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, while reaching the fair and just result, serves as a cautionary tale of the importance of written agreements and a reminder of the adage that no good deed goes unpunished. Learn more about this case study:  A couple lent money to their son-in-law’s business after the son-in-law […]

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 […]

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 […]

Newsletter: Court Rules Mortgage Borrowers Can’t Use “Try-Title” to Stop Foreclosure

Following a sharp increase in mortgage foreclosures, in the wake of a steep decline in the housing market, growing numbers of defaulted mortgage borrowers (typically homeowners) and their attorneys seized on the so-called “try-title statute,” G.L. c. 240, §§1-5, as a simple and low-cost way of forestalling foreclosure. Newsletter_April 2015

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.

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.

Attorneys Laredo and Smith Named Super Lawyers

Attorneys Marc D. Smith and Marc C. Laredo were once again named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers® list by the Thomson Reuters rating service. This designation is awarded to no more than 5% of lawyers in the state. Smith was named a Super Lawyer in “Criminal Defense: White Collar” and Laredo was listed under “Business […]

Newsletter: Healthcare Providers Still At Risk Despite Recent “Worthless Services” Ruling

While healthcare providers may have felt some relief after a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision regarding “worthless services,” this ruling does not eliminate the risk associated with such claims. In United States ex rel. Absher, et al. v. Momence Meadows Nursing Center, Inc., 764 F. 3d 699 (7th Cir. 2014), the Court overturned a $9 million […]

Sierra Speaks at Roger Williams

Partner José Sierra spoke at the Roger Williams University Law School on October 22 as part of a panel on Careers in Regulatory Compliance.

Confidentiality Article Selected for “Best of” Section

The American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division’s magazine, GPSolo, will feature the article “Is Confidentiality Really Forever?” by Partner Marc Laredo and Anne Klinefelter, associate professor and director of the University of North Carolina law library. The article will be part of their “The Best of ABA Sections,” a compilation in […]

Newsletter: EEOC Updates Pregnancy Rules

For the first time in 30 years, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has substantially updated its rules concerning pregnancy discrimination. View Newsletter (PDF)

Boston Bar Association Names Mark Smith of Laredo & Smith as Secretary

Boston, MA—October 8, 2014–The Boston Bar Association has named Laredo & Smith, LLP Partner Mark D. Smith as secretary of the Association and its governing Council, effective for their 2014-2015 program year.

Sierra Offers Tips for New Lawyers

On July 10, 2014, Partner José Sierra spoke at the Boston Bar Association’s Strategies for Success: Summer Associates Diversity Luncheon.

The Importance of a Written Agreement Among the Owners of a Family Business

When it comes to family, we don’t like the formality of a written agreement. Somehow, it makes everyone feel tainted, and too business-like. After all, if you can’t trust a family member, who can you trust? View Article (PDF) This article first appeared in Massachusetts Family Business, Summer 2014.

Newsletter: Maintaining Compliance With Limited Resources

The need for a company to have a strong corporate compliance program is directly related to the risk of a government enforcement action: the greater the degree of government regulation, the greater the risk and need for compliance. View Newsletter (PDF)

José Sierra Joins L&S as Partner & Leads New Corporate Compliance Practice

Boston, MA, May 19, 2014— Laredo & Smith has announced a new practice at the firm, corporate compliance, and a new partner, José P. Sierra, who has joined the firm from Fish & Richardson P.C. He will concentrate his practice in white collar criminal defense and government investigations, corporate compliance, and business litigation. Laredo & […]

BBA Hosts Government Corruption & Fraud Seminar

The Boston Bar Association held its annual seminar on The FCPA, Public Corruption and Government Prosecutions on April 3, 2014. Program co-chair and moderator Mark D. Smith helped lead a panel on government trends in high profile public corruption prosecutions, trends in False Claims Act cases and the impact of recent ethics reform laws.

Newsletter: Court Requires Self-Incrimination Warning for Some Grand Jury Witnesses

The Supreme Judicial Court recently issued an important ruling concerning the rights of individuals testifying before a grand jury. In Commonwealth v. Woods, 466 Mass. 707 (2014), the court announced a prospective rule requiring self-incrimination warnings to be given to all grand jury witnesses who, at the time of their testimony are, or are likely to […]

Law Day 2014 Takes on Freedom of Speech

Attorneys from the Massachusetts Bar Association will celebrate Law Day this May by looking at our rights to freedom of speech. Lawyers and judges volunteer their time to meet with students around the state to consider questions such as: Can you criticize President Obama on Facebook? Do free speech rights extend to clothing? Partner Marc […]