Laredo & Smith Proudly Sponsors the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston

Laredo & Smith is proud to sponsor the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston’s Annual Gala and Awards Dinner. The event takes place on November 7th at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston. This year’s keynote speaker is Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Attorney Matt Kane Recognized by 2020 Best Lawyers®

Matt Kane is selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Commercial Litigation. 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.

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.

For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 62,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Brendan Cox Named Of Counsel to Laredo & Smith

Laredo & Smith is pleased to announce the addition of Brendan S. Cox as of Counsel to the firm as of July 1, 2019. Brendan is a trial attorney who focuses his practice in business and employment law, as well as criminal defense.

Brendan litigates all aspects of the criminal process from probable cause hearings and arraignments through complex evidentiary motions and trial. He represents clients on a wide range of matters including minor misdemeanors through serious felonies. In his business practice, Brendan advises entrepreneurs and start-up companies across many industries. He advises on employment agreements, business law matters, contracts and intellectual property concerns. Often operating as virtual in-house counsel, Brendan guides clients through important strategic business matters. He takes start-up companies through the entity selection process, drafts founder agreements, develops operational policies and devises business game plans.

Matt Kane Named to Best Lawyers Again in 2019

Matt Kane was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in Commercial Litigation. Matthew has been named annually since 2017.

Matthew 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.

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. 87,000 industry leading attorneys are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received almost 10 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor and Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

Laredo & Smith Proudly Sponsors Boston Bar Association’s Law Day

Laredo & Smith is proud to sponsor the Boston Bar Association’s Law Day event. This is an exciting and one-of-a kind celebration of the Boston legal community.  The 2019 Law Day event is an historic event that recognizes and celebrates the importance of the rule of law in the United States.

This year’s Law Day takes place at Boston Symphony Hall. Following a welcoming reception, guests will enjoy a keynote address from Marty Baron, Executive Editor of the Washington Post.

Payal Salsburg Moderates BBA Panel

Payal Salsburg moderated a Boston Bar Association panel, “Representing Closely Held Businesses Post-Baker v. WilmerHale: A Delicate Dance” on January 7, 2019. The description provided by the Boston Bar Association reads:

In Baker v. WilmerHale, the Massachusetts Appeals Court permitted minority members of an LLC to sue outside counsel for breaching its fiduciary duty by orchestrating a “freeze out” in favor of the majority members. This brown bag program will focus on the delicate balance that outside counsel must maintain when confronted with power struggles between owners of a closely-held corporation:

  • Who is your client?
  • Do you owe fiduciary duties to third parties?
  • When the majority owners give you instructions, should you – or must you – disclose them to the minority?
  • Do you advise everyone to get separate counsel? Is it reasonable?

In this discussion, panels covered a range of pressing issues that have arisen in the wake of the Baker decision. The event was sponsored by the Business and Commercial Litigation sections, as well as the Ethics Committee.

Attorneys Kane and Salsburg Publish MassBar Article,”The Diminished Utility of Anti-SLAPP Motions”

Matthew Kane and Payal Salsburg co-authored a recent article for the Massachusetts Bar Association publication. The Civil Litigation Section Review is titled, “The Diminished Utility of Anti-SLAPP Motions.” In the article, they discuss the constitutional puzzle presented by the state’s anti-SLAPP statute.

Jessica Conklin Presents on BBA Career Panel

Jessica Conklin presented as a panelist for the Boston Bar Association program, “Career Focus: Transition between Government and Private Practice.”  The program, sponsored by the White-Collar Crime section, featured both private practice attorneys and members of the US Securities & Exchange Commission and the US Attorney’s Office. The panel discussed the transition between public and private practice as well as the benefits and drawbacks of such a shift.

Mark Smith Appointed to Court Management Advisory Board

We proudly announce that Mark Smith was recently appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to the Court Management Advisory Board (CMAB)for a three-year term. Consisting of approximately a dozen members from diverse backgrounds in law, business and academia, the CMAB plays a critical role in guiding and supporting the Massachusetts Trial Court in its transformation to a system grounded in managerial best practices and data driven decision-making.

Kane and Salsburg Co-Author MassBar eJournal Article on MA Appeals Court Decision

Matt Kane and Payal Salsburg co-authored an article entitled, “Massachusetts Appeals Court Declines to Extend Prohibition Against Contingent Fee Agreements with Expert Witnesses.”  The article appeared in the September 20th issue of the MassBar’s eJournal.

We invite you to download the Kane and Salsburg Article.