Darshana Indira presented as a panelist for the recent “Practicing with Professionalism” program through the Boston Bar Association. This programming is provided for new attorneys in Massachusetts. Darshana and her panelists hail from different practice areas, practice settings and experiences. They shared important information about the attributes of reputable attorneys and also addressed how to respond to the pressure of practicing law. The program covered building reputations, managing relationships, connecting within the legal community, and maintaining personal well-being.
Which is more important – the rights to assembly and free speech or civility? That question was the subject of Marc Laredo’s Case Comment in the November 2023 edition of the Massachusetts Law Review on the Supreme Judicial Court’s (SJC) recent decision in Barron v. Kolenda. In his Case Comment, Marc reviews the SJC’s ruling that the rights to assembly and free speech must prevail and examines its implications for public officials and residents throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
To read Marc’s thoughts, please turn to page 79 of this month’s Massachusetts Law Review.
In the case of a broken engagement, who gets to keep the rings? This was the question the Massachusetts Appeals Court recently addressed in Johnson v. Settino, 103 Mass. App. Ct. 291 (2023).
In Johnson, the plaintiff had given his fiancé a $70,000 engagement ring and purchased two wedding bands. After he broke off the engagement, and his now ex-fiancé refused to return the rings, he filed a lawsuit to get them back.
Laredo & Smith is pleased to be named to the 2024 edition of “Best Law Firms” in the following categories:
- National Tier 3 firm for Commercial Litigation
- Metropolitan Tier 1 firm in Boston for Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Commercial Litigation, and Criminal Defense-White Collar.
- Metropolitan Tier 2 firm in Boston for Employment Law-Management
Laredo & Smith is proud to be highly ranked in this year’s publication. Firms included in the “Best Law Firms” rankings are recognized for professional excellence and have impressive ratings from clients and peers. The Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.
In the article, Payal talks about her journey from when she arrived in the United States from India to her work as a lawyer. She shares important insights about helping people who may not be able to obtain legal representation on their own. Sharing her thoughts about how her support as a pro bono lawyer can impact others and how her undergraduate experience helped shape who she is today, Payal tells us “being a student of Saint Elizabeth was a critical part of my development. To be in an environment that supported and nourished my need to serve others and to help me find ways to do that was really instrumental and made me realize those were my values too.”
Marc is recognized for his work in Business Litigation and Closely-Held Businesses. Payal is recognized on both lists for her work in Business Litigation and White Collar Crime.
Laredo & Smith is pleased to announce that many of the firm’s attorneys are named to Super Lawyers for 2023, including:
- Marc Laredo is recognized in the areas of Business Litigation and Closely Held Businesses
- Mark Smith is recognized for White Collar Crime
- Matt Kane is recognized for Business Litigation, Banking, and Appellate
- Payal Salsburg is recognized for Business Litigation and White Collar Crime
- William Cosmas is recognized for Business Litigation and General Litigation
- Jessica Conklin is recognized as a Rising Star in White Collar Crime, Schools & Education, and Business Litigation
- Darshana Indira is recognized as a Rising Star in Employment & Labor
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 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 announces that William G. Cosmas, Jr. joins the firm as a Partner this fall.
Representing sophisticated corporate and individual clients, Will resolves complex business disputes across many industries including finance, banking, technology, and life sciences. He handles business litigation and arbitration, both domestic and international; government investigations and white-collar criminal defense; and real estate matters. Will also serves as local counsel for out-of-state law firms seeking assistance in Massachusetts state or federal courts.
“Will Cosmas is a tremendous advocate and pragmatic litigator. We are very excited to welcome his practice to our firm and look forward to working with him,” says Managing Partner, Marc Laredo.
Prior to joining Laredo & Smith, Will ran his own private practice, Cosmas Law LLC, representing individuals and corporations in sophisticated business disputes and real estate litigation. Will remarks, “I am thrilled to be joining Laredo & Smith. The firm provides my clients a fantastic platform for providing top-level legal representation while retaining very personalized service.”
About the Firm
Based in Boston, Laredo & Smith helps clients grow their businesses and resolve legal matters. The firm’s attorneys successfully combine a strategic approach to running a business with thoughtful, thorough, and protective legal representation. The firm represents clients in matters related to business law and litigation, criminal and governmental investigations, employment law, and school disciplinary and Title IX.
Boston Magazine named 5 Laredo & Smith lawyers to the 2023 Top Lawyers List. The firm’s honored lawyers include:
- Brendan Cox: Criminal Defense
- Jessica Conklin: Criminal Defense and White Collar
- Marc Laredo: Civil Law Litigation
- Mark Smith: Criminal Defense and White Collar
- Payal Salsburg: Civil Law Litigation
To compile the list, Boston Magazine invites Boston-area lawyers to nominate up to three of their peers in a select number of specialties. The top vote-getters in each specialty are reviewed by an advisory board of select lawyers and ultimately chosen for their credentials and the high number of votes they received.
Darshana Indira is a featured guest speaker at Northeastern University’s law school orientation. She is participating in a program entitled “A Positive Future for Attorney Well-Being” which covers the importance of mental health and well being through law school and the legal profession.
This important program is geared at destigmatizing help-seeking behavior and educating students on the central concepts underlying well-being. Darshana shares personal stories and support for navigating stress and adversity resulting from bias, discrimination, or racism.
Laredo & Smith offers clients big-firm expertise with the client-centered, cost-effective strategy that only a small firm can offer.
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