Laredo & Smith Named to U.S. News’ Best Lawyers Best Law Firms List

Laredo & Smith, LLP is pleased to be named a regional Tier 1 firm in Massachusetts for Commercial Litigation and Tier 2 Employment Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2022.

Firms included in the 2022 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.

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.

Payal Salsburg Named Co-Chair of BBA Litigation Section

Partner Payal Salsburg is serving as the Boston Bar Association’s 2021-2022 Business & Commercial Litigation Section Co-Chair. This committee provides members of the BBA a place to discuss the area of practice and learn more about their shared interest in business and commercial litigation. Payal and her co-chair will provide leadership and educational programming to this group of attorneys to further their learning across a wide range of relevant topic areas.

Marc Laredo Authors Case Comment in Massachusetts Law Review

Marc Laredo authored a case comment for the Massachusetts Law Review’s August 2021 issue. The comment is entitled, “The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine in the Context of an Internal Investigation: Attorney General v Facebook, Inc., 487 Mass.109 (2021).”

In this comment, Marc covers when the attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine allows an entity to shield information gathered in the course of the entity’s attorney-led internal investigations from discovery. The comment discusses the underlying facts and procedural history of the case, presents an overview of the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine, reviews and analyzes the decision, and examines its practical implications for practitioners.

Mass Law Review Case Comment Aug 2021

 

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.

Payal Salsburg Moderates Business Litigation Session Year In Review Program

Payal Salsburg co-moderates an upcoming program for the Business Litigation Session of the Suffolk Superior Court, or BLS. The BLS provides a dedicated forum for business and commercial cases in Massachusetts and its’ justices will review major developments over the last year, including significant business litigation trends, case decisions, COVID impacts on court processes, and electronic filing. They will also discuss expectations for the year ahead.  This is a virtual event which takes place on Wednesday, June 16th from 4-5pm.  Learn more by joining in this conversation.

Payal Salsburg Moderates Virtual Courtroom Series Program for Women’s Bar Association

Payal Salsburg is moderating a Women In the Courtroom Committee Virtual Courtroom Series program entitled, “Perspective of the Juror” on Wednesday, June 30th at 530pm via zoom. The panelists include women attorneys Lisa Wood of Foley Hoag and Victoria Mair of Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, PC.  They will examine remote proceedings in the courtroom from the perspective of jurors as well as trying a case before a remote jury.

To register for this event, please click here for the WBA website.

Payal Salsburg Speaks on Technology Continuity for Post-Pandemic Legal Proceedings

Payal Salsburg joins an upcoming Boston Bar Association virtual panel discussion entitled: “Restrictions are Loosening. What Will Your Depositions, Arbitrations and Trials Look Like?” on Thursday, June 10th from 1-2pm.

Payal joins Judge Maynard M. Kirpalani of the Norfolk County Superior Court, as well as O’Brien & Levine’s Deb Curran and Kenny Zais for this forward-looking presentation. The group will discuss a range of topics related to both in-person and remote proceedings as courts across the Commonwealth evaluate resuming pre-pandemic procedures for litigation matters. The panel will talk about the kinds of questions lawyers should ask their court reporters, as well as the court’s expectations of, and advice for, litigators as they navigate this transitional time. The panelists will also share practical technology solutions, procedures for in-person and remote proceedings, as well as the pitfalls to avoid during proceedings in the future, whether entirely remote or hybrid.

 

Payal Salsburg Recognized for Advocacy

It is heartwarming to read Boston CASA’s recent coverage highlighting our partner Payal Salsburg and her tireless work as a volunteer. They most specifically call out her work and advocacy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Payal also gives her time as a Board Member of CASA, an independent nonprofit that recruits, trains and supports volunteer child advocates.

We join CASA in applauding Payal for her work as a COVID Volunteer at Mass General Hospital transporting COVID-19 patients to and from their rooms for tests, and to and from their cars for appointments. Her work allowed the hospital staff to remain in sterile areas and avoid having to change precious PPE that was in such short supply. Following the vaccination roll-out, Payal pivoted her volunteering to the MA COVID Vax Help, an organization that assists people in accessing and making appointments for the COVID-19 Vaccine.

We are fortunate to witness Payal’s advocacy first hand, watching her help the people who need help most, but never expecting anything in return.  We offer a very special and sincere thank you to Payal!

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