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.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 108,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and they received over 13 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. Lawyers are not allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

The Business of Litigation Session Orders the Return of an Inadvertently Disclosed Draft Letter

Marc Laredo and Matthew Kane co-authored a Boston Bar Journal article published by the Boston Bar Association.  Entitled: “The Business Litigation Session Orders the Return of an Inadvertently Disclosed Draft Letter,” it discusses the recent ruling regarding what happens when an attorney inadvertently discloses a privileged document to the opposing side. Read the full article. 

 

Laredo & Smith Attorneys Named to Annual Super Lawyers Listing in Massachusetts

Laredo & Smith is pleased to announce that many of the firm’s attorneys are named to Super Lawyers for 2021. Marc Laredo, Mark Smith, Matt Kane, Payal Salsburg, Jessica Conklin and Brendan Cox are all named to the 2021 Super Lawyers list in the following categories:

  • Marc Laredo is recognized for Business Litigation and Closely-Held Business
  • Mark Smith is recognized for Business Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar Crime
  • Matt Kane is recognized for Business Litigation, Banking, Appellate and General Litigation
  • Payal Salsburg is recognized for Business Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Jessica Conklin in recognized for White Collar Crime, Schools and Education and Business Litigation

Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.

Laredo & Smith Lawyers Named to 2022 Edition Best Lawyers In America

Three Laredo & Smith’s partners Matt Kane, Marc Laredo and Mark Smith are selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 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.

Mark Smith is selected again this year for his work in Commercial Litigation. 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 Criminal Defense: White-Collar. Jessica concentrates her practice in white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and school disciplinary hearings.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 108,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received over 13 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. Lawyers are allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

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

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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Payal Salsburg and Matt Kane Present for BBA Webinar on Zoom Litigation

Payal Salsburg moderates and Matt Kane presents as a panelist for a first-of-its-kind webinar on Zoom litigation. Five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, litigation-by-Zoom has become a reality. This panel includes a Superior Court judge and lawyers who have litigated-by-Zoom at hearings, appellate arguments, and trials. The panel will hold a frank discussion about what’s working and what’s not and share their best practices. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th from 2-3pm through the Boston Bar Association and sponsored through the Business and Commercial Litigation section.

Laredo & Smith Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers In America

Three of Laredo & Smith’s partners are selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

Matt Kane is selected for his work in Commercial Litigation again this year. Matt has been named annually since 2017, a true testament to his work in this area. 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 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.

Mark Smith is selected for his work in Commercial Litigation. 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.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 94,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received over 11 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.

Small Business Alert: Congress Clears Major Hurdle and Senate Reaches Agreement on Principle Terms of S.3548, “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.” Phase 3.

At 1:00 a.m this morning, Senate leader McConnell announced an agreement in the Senate on the principle terms of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or “CARES” Act, S.3548, subject to minor and technical revisions. A vote in the Senate is expected soon. Much of the relief proposed in the bill would be accomplished through amendments to the tax code, so we urge our clients to consult early and often with their tax professionals.

The Senate bill could affect small businesses in a number of ways.

  1. The bill would expand lending to small business through the SBA and participating lenders. The bill would make “small business interruption loans” available to employers with fewer than 500 employees. Loan payments would be deferred for up to one year, and loan amounts used for “maintaining payroll continuity” March 2020 and June 2020 would be eligible for forgiveness. The amount of loan forgiveness would be reduced pro rata, however, for reductions in workforce.
  2. The bill would provide payments to individuals, including small business owners, in the nature of refundable tax credits. The bill would provide up to $1200 for individuals ($2400 for couples filing jointly). The credit would be reduced by 5% of adjusted gross income in excess of $75,000 ($150,000 for joint returns), but would not be less than $0. And additional $500 credit would be provided per taxpayer dependent.
  3. The bill would provide cheaper access to qualified retirement funds. The bill would eliminate the 10% tax penalty on early withdrawals from qualified retirement plans for coronavirus related distributions, up to a maximum withdrawal of $100,000. If withdrawals are repaid within three years, then the early distribution would be treated as a rollover (i.e., a direct transfer to a trustee) for purposes of capital gains taxes.
  4. The bill could permit certain employers to defer payment of payroll taxes due in 2020 for up to two years.
  5. The bill places some limitations on the recent coronavirus related amendments to Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, which was passed as part of Congress’s Phase 2 response. If enacted, the bill would cap an employers’ obligation to pay for coronavirus-related sick leave at $511 per day and $5,110 in the aggregate per employee for that employee’s government or doctor ordered self-quarantine or self-care and at $200 per day and $2,000 in the aggregate per employee for that employee’s absence to care for others as a result of coronavirus or coronavirus related school closures.

Laredo & Smith’s Matt Kane is closely monitoring any additional changes and will keep you informed of emerging items that could impact you and your business. Please do not hesitate to to reach out to any Laredo & Smith attorney with questions or concerns about your small business. We are here to help.

Two Laredo & Smith Partners Appointed Hearing Officers for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

Matthew Kane and Payal Salsburg have each been appointed to three-year terms as hearing officers for the Board of Bar Overseers. Both attorneys will act as uncompensated volunteers on behalf of the Board of Bar Overseers, an independent administrative body established by the Supreme Judicial Court to investigate and evaluate complaints against attorneys in Massachusetts. 

In their roles, Matthew and Payal will participate in fact-finding tribunals for disciplinary proceedings brought against individual attorneys by the Office of Bar Counsel. They will hear testimony, take evidence, make adjudicatory rulings, and with the assistance of a Board attorney, prepare written reports and recommendations of action for the Board of Bar Overseers.

Their colleagues at Laredo and Smith are pleased to have both partners selected for this important position. Marc Laredo comments: “Payal and Matthew are very dedicated individuals and they will be excellent in these roles. I speak on behalf of all of us at the firm that we are proud to see them devote their time to public service, preserving the integrity of our very profession in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Matthew Kane 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 has considerable experience in consumer financial services litigation, including mortgage and title litigation, civil check fraud, and fair debt collection matters.

Payal Salsburg 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. She also routinely advises closely-held businesses on corporate and employment matters.