Darshana Indira Joins Laredo & Smith

Laredo & Smith is pleased to announce the firm has added Darshana Indira as a Senior Associate to the firm. Darshana is an employment and business lawyer advising company owners, organizational leadership and c-suite executives in a broad range of employment and commercial litigation matters. In her employment practice, Darshana handles both transactional and litigation matters spanning issues related to the complex employer-employee relationship. With an ability to quickly understand client needs and industries, Darshana’s work spans many sectors, including pharmaceuticals, biotech, healthcare, and retail.

Firm Managing Partner, Marc Laredo states, “Darshana is an excellent addition to our team. She has critical trial experience, including the full range of litigation preparation, discovery, depositions and smart case analysis.”

Laredo & Smith Lawyers Named to 2023 Best Lawyers List and Ones to Watch

Four Laredo & Smith’s partners Matt Kane, Marc Laredo, Mark Smith and Payal Salsburg are selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Senior Counsel Jessica Conklin is named to the Best Lawyers: One to Watch© list.

Matt Kane is selected for his work in Commercial Litigation again this year, an area he is named for annually since 2017. Matt represents banks and other financial institutions, businesses and individuals in an array of business law matters and disputes concerning consumer finance, employment, construction, real estate and general litigation as part of the firm’s business litigation practice. He also has considerable experience in consumer financial services litigation, including mortgage and title litigation, civil check fraud, and fair debt collection matters.

Marc Laredo is selected again this year for his work in both Commercial Litigation and Employment Law/Management. Marc represents clients in disputes among owners of closely held businesses and a wide array of other business litigation matters including commercial contract cases, business torts, employment and non-competition litigation, government investigations and construction cases. Additionally, Marc serves as counsel to closely held businesses, advising them on issues such as the initial formation and maintenance of the business entity, contract and employment matters, crisis situations and exit strategies.

Payal Salsburg is selected this year for her work in Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar. She focuses her practice in the areas of business litigation, corporate advice and counsel, and white collar criminal defense. She represents corporations, small businesses and individuals in connection with an array of matters including contract and business disputes, False Claims Act litigation, and government and internal investigations.

Mark Smith is selected again this year for his work in Criminal Defense: White Collar. He is also recognized for work in Commercial Litigation, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law. Mark is retained by businesses and individuals during all stages of criminal and other government enforcement actions. National law firms also choose Mark to handle a wide range of Massachusetts-specific litigation and regulation matters as outside counsel on behalf of their clients.

Jessica Conklin is selected to the Ones to Watch list this year in the area of Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White-Collar. Jessica concentrates her practice in white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and school disciplinary hearings. Jessica counsels clients on a variety of matters ranging from healthcare compliance and audits to government investigations.

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Dot Your I’s and Cross Your T’s Before Terminating an Employee

Employers in Massachusetts should be aware of a recent case out of the Supreme Judicial Court that cautions employers to ensure that before terminating any employee, full payment is made for all unpaid wages on or before the date of termination. A failure to do so may subject the employer to multiple damages under the Massachusetts Wage Act.

June 2022 Newsletter

Employers Cannot Terminate Employees Merely For Filing a Rebuttal in Their Personnel File

Early last year, the Massachusetts Appeals Court affirmed a controversial ruling that an employer could terminate an at-will employee for exercising the right to file a rebuttal in their personnel file. Employers should be aware that the Supreme Judicial Court has since reversed that ruling in Terence Meehan v. Medical Information Technology, Inc., protecting the rights of employees to file rebuttals without the threat of termination.

February 2022 Newsletter

Matthew Kane Publishes Massachusetts Law Review Case Comment About Anti-Raiding Provisions

Partner Matthew Kane authored a case comment in the Massachusetts Law Review. The article is entitled Civil Law: SJC Contextualizes Anti-Raiding Provisions Automile Holdings LLC v. McGovern, 483 Mass. 797 (2020).  In this article, Matt outlines useful guidance with respect to two areas of uncertainty under Massachusetts Law: 1.) whether and under what circumstances restrictive covenants that prohibit the solicitation of a company’s employees night be permissible and 2.) whether and when a trial judge may extend a restrictive covenant beyond its plain terms as a remedy for breach in the content of the sale of a business. Throughout his comments, Matt outlines the Automile case’s valuable lessons for litigators and transactional attorneys alike.

Mass Law Review Automile Case Comments

Marc Laredo & Payal Salsburg Speak on Transfer of Ownership in Privately-Held Business

Marc Laredo and Payal Salsburg are speakers for an upcoming Boston Bar Association Virtual CLE program entitled, “Planning for the Transfer of Ownership and Operating Control of a Privately-Held Business from One Generation to the Next.”  The program will focus on planning for the transfer of ownership and operating control of a privately held business from one generation to the next. The panelists will emphasize the importance proactive lawyers who advising clients in the areas of Corporate, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Employment, Tax and Ethics.  Marc will discuss corporate law issues, including the fiduciary duty of stockholders in privately held companies. Payal will cover ethical issues related to the complex transitions. This virtual program takes place on Thursday, April 29th from 3-5pm.

Laredo & Smith Named to 2021 “Best Law Firms” List

Laredo & Smith, LLP is pleased to be named a regional Tier 2 firm in Massachusetts for Commercial Litigation by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2021.

Firms included in the 2021 Edition of “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

 

Can An Employee Be Fired For Rebutting A Negative Review? Maybe.

A new decision from the Massachusetts Appeals Court has called into question the breadth and scope of an employee’s right to rebut negative information put into her personnel file by an employer.

Under G.L. c. 149, §52C, if an employee disagrees with the employer regarding negative information being added to her employee file, the employee has a statutory right to have her side of the story included in the file by way of a rebuttal. In doing so, the employee is able to protect herself by ensuring that the information contained in her file includes both sides of the dispute. On January 20, 2021, however, the Massachusetts Appeals Court held in Meehan v. Medical Info. Tech., Inc. that an employee may be fired for filing a rebuttal under the statute.

February 2021 Newsletter

Payal Salsburg Presents BBA Friday Fundamentals Webinar

Payal Salsburg presents a Boston Bar Association webinar on Friday, February 19th entitled, “Do’s and Don’ts of Depositions.” Payal and her co-presenter, Scott McConchie, will discuss taking and defending depositions, sharing valuable insight into preparing for depositions, effectively questioning deponents and objecting while defending a deposition. Panelists will provide time for Q&A. The program is sponsored by the New Lawyers Forum and the Business & Commercial Litigation sections of the Boston Bar Association.

Laredo & Smith Named to 2021 Edition of U.S. News Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Laredo & Smith is thrilled to be named to the 2021 Edition of U.S. News– Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in the Metropolitan Tier 2 Boston for Commercial Litigation. The annual list recognizes professional excellence with consistently high ratings from clients and peers. The firm is also pleased to have 3 attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers this year: Marc Laredo, Mark Smith and Matt Kane.

From proactive prevention of problems to tenacious representation in court when needed, Laredo & Smith attorneys are known for obtaining excellent results for clients. At Laredo & Smith, our attorneys are proactive problem solvers. We work hard to reduce legal risk and get involved quickly to minimize damage and find legal solutions. And, when negotiations are not reasonable or appropriate, our attorneys are strategic and tenacious in court to obtain the best possible result.

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