Payal Salsburg Presenting CLE Video for the Federal Bar Association

The Federal Bar Association will present a live video broadcast featuring partner Payal Salsburg entitled, “Advanced Strategies & Tactics in Drafting Complaints & Answers.”

Payal will lead this CLE program, providing practical tips in drafting pleadings in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and is designed for junior and mid-level litigators. Key topics to be discussed include:

•   The basics of pleading, and restrictions on content
•   Identifying your audience(s) and their needs
•   Telling your story in the complaint and counterclaim
•   Going beyond plain denials and canned affirmative defenses
•   Protecting against attacks on the sufficiency of pleading

The course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE and takes place in Miami, Florida on February 24th at 11am Eastern, 10am Central, 9am Mountain and 8am Pacific time.

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.

Laredo & Smith Growing the Firm’s Corporate/Business Law Practice

Laredo & Smith, LLP, an established law firm with a collegial practice located in downtown Boston, is looking to hire an attorney for its corporate/business law practice. Candidates must have at least three years’ experience, including familiarity with closely-held entities. The firm is open to a part-time or flexible hours arrangement. Some portable billings or interest in developing a practice would be a plus.

Please send a cover letter and resume to Matthew Kane, Laredo & Smith, LLP, 101 Federal Street, Suite 650, Boston, MA  02110 or by email to

Payal Salsburg Elevated to Partner with Laredo & Smith, LLP

Laredo & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce Payal Salsburg’s promotion to Partner as of January 1, 2020.  Payal is an integral part of the firm’s practice, and she will continue to focus her practice in the areas of business litigation, corporate advice and counsel, and white collar criminal defense. Payal works with large and small businesses and their executives in connection with an array of matters including contract and business disputes, False Claims Act litigation, State Ethics Commission inquiries, and government and internal investigations. Payal also routinely advises closely-held businesses on corporate and employment matters.

Payal joined the firm as an Associate in 2016 and was elevated to Senior Counsel in 2018. She is a frequent contributor to the Boston Bar Association’s mission. She speaks often on a range of substantive and practice-related topics and sits on the BBA/BBF Joint Planning Committee, the standing Ethics Committee, and the Steering Committee of the Business and Commercial Litigation Section. Payal is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston. She was recently named to the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association.

Outside of the legal community, Payal is highly active in the greater Boston area through her volunteering, and as Secretary of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee of Boston CASA, a non-profit that ensures a safe and permanent home for court-involved children in Suffolk and Middlesex Counties who have experienced abuse and neglect.  Recently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PSVA) through Boston Cares, she was recognized for her tireless advocacy, logging in over 100 hours of service in the last 12 months for people in need.

Please join us in congratulating Payal on her promotion!

Payal Salsburg Moderates CLE on Litigating Derivative Suits in Closely-Held Businesses

Payal Salsburg will moderate a panel of speakers for a Boston Bar Association program entitled, “Litigating Derivative Suits in Closely-Held Businesses.” This CLE covers considerations of bringing derivative claims versus a direct claim on behalf of shareholders in a closely-held business. The panelists will discuss particular considerations under Massachusetts Law as well as strategies through differing goals for resolving disputes, whether recovery of damages on behalf of a company or a business divorce. They will also discuss special issues in shareholder litigation in the context of limited liability companies. The event takes place on Tuesday, December 10th from 3-430pm at 16 Beacon Street in Boston. For more information and to register, please visit the BBA website. 

Payal Salsburg Presents as Faculty for Strafford Webinar

Payal Salsburg is co-presenting a CLE webinar entitled, “Advanced Drafting of Complaints and Answers: How to Go Beyond Required Content and Reach Multiple Audiences.” This Strafford program takes place on Thursday, December 5th from 1-2:30pm EST.  The co-panelists will address the following topics:

  • What is sacrificed when pleadings only meet minimum standards?
  • Who are the multiple audiences for pleadings and what is each member looking for when reading the pleadings?
  • What choices can be made to go beyond minimums?
  • How can purported limits on the pleadings impact drafting choices?

Super Lawyers Recognizes Laredo & Smith Attorneys

Laredo & Smith is pleased to announce that many of the firm’s attorneys are named to Super Lawyers for 2019. Marc Laredo, Mark Smith, Matt Kane, Payal Salsburg, and Jessica Conklin are all named to the 2019 Super Lawyers list in the following categories:

Super Lawyers is a rating service for lawyers from more than 70 practice areas. To be included in the list, attorneys must attain a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Rising Stars are selected using the same criteria as Super Lawyers, but each attorney must be either 40 years old or younger, or in practice for 10 years or less. This recognition is awarded to no more than 5% of lawyers in the state.

Payal Salsburg Honored with Boston Cares Volunteer Service Award

Payal Salsburg is a tireless advocate and volunteer who has been selected as a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PSVA) from Boston Cares. Each year, outstanding volunteers are recognized for achieving over 100 hours of service over a 12-month time period.  The PVSA is issued by the Federal government through an approved Certifying Organization like Boston Cares.

As stated on their website, Boston Cares is the largest volunteer agency in New England, an Innovation Hub within the national HandsOn Network, and an award-winning leader in the volunteer engagement sector. Filling more than 25,000 volunteer spots annually in support of more than 180 Greater Boston schools and non-profit agencies, they offer a wide array of programs and opportunities that make it simple to volunteer. Their belief is that volunteerism transforms communities through service and civic engagement.

Payal will be recognized for her contributions to Boston Cares at the annual gala on November 6, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Boston. For more information, or to attend, please visit the Gala website.

Payal Salsburg Named to South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston Board of Directors

Payal Salsburg has been elected to serve on the 2020 Board of Directors for the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB). SABA GB is a local chapter of the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA NA), which is the umbrella organization for local SABA groups throughout the United States and Canada. Payal will support the organization’s mission to amplify the regional voice of South Asians in the legal profession. She will also help SABA GB to provide an ongoing forum for professional networking and development, legal scholarship and education, and advocacy and community involvement. Together, the Board of Directors promotes the advancement of attorneys and law students of South Asian heritage in the Greater Boston area and beyond.

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.