Payal Salsburg Co-Authors Boston Bar Journal Article on Standards for Duty to Preserve

Payal Salsburg co-authored a recent Boston Bar Journal article entitled, “JFF Cecilia LLC v. Weiner Ventures LLC: Is There Finally Clarity on the Legal Standard for When the Duty to Preserve Evidence Begins and When Spoliation Sanctions May Be Imposed?” In this article, Payal and her co-author discuss the JFF Cecilia case and the resulting clarification for lawyers about a party’s duty to preserve relevant evidence early, even if there is just a possibility of a lawsuit.

Payal Salsburg Elected to Boston Bar Association’s Governing Council

Payal Salsburg is named to the Boston Bar Association’s 2023-2024 Governing Council. In this important role, Payal works to advance the BBA’s mission. She will be active in promoting the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitating access to justice, fostering a diverse and inclusive professional community and serving the community at large.

Payal’s service on the council continues her deep support of the BBA. Over the course of her career, she served the organization in roles on the Business and Commercial Litigation Section, the Women’s Leadership and Advancement Forum Advisory Committee, the BBA/BBF Joint Planning Committee and as a member of the Ethics Committee.

Darshana Indira Named to Lawyers of Color Annual Hot List

Darshana Indira is named to the annual Lawyers of Color (LoC) Hot List for 2023. This list recognizes junior- and mid-level attorneys working in law firms, companies, and government agencies across the U.S. who show promise in their careers and demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing diversity in the legal profession. All honorees are profiled in the LoC Hot List 2023 Issue.

Lawyers of Color is a 501(c)(3) devoted to promoting diversity in the legal profession and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities. The honorees are chosen through a two-pronged process. A LoC selection committee, composed of the editorial staff, fellows and advisers, spent months reviewing nominations and researching legal publications in order to identify promising candidates. They accepted nominations from mentors, peers, and colleagues. They also make editorial picks based on research of attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments, giving special attention to candidates who were active in diversity pipeline initiatives.

Matt Kane Moderates Boston Bar Association’s Business Litigation Session Year in Review

Matt Kane  moderated a CLE program for the Boston Bar Association, “Business Litigation Session Year in Review,” in June 2023. This is the signature annual event of the BBA’s Business and Commercial Litigation Section, where Matt serves as a member of the section steering committee. In this educational and insightful program, Matt helped to guide judges from the Massachusetts Superior Court’s Business Litigation Session (“BLS”) through a lively discussion of important BLS decisions from the past year. The event was an invaluable opportunity for our business litigators to meet and familiarize themselves with the Commonwealth’s BLS judges, and to educate themselves about the current trends and significant legal devlopments at the BLS.

Payal Salsburg Quoted in Mass Lawyers Weekly article on Establishing Jurisdiction in Federal Court

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly turned to Payal Salsburg for comment in a recent article: “Jurisdictional Issue Jeopardized Eight-Figure Verdict” which was published in the June 8th edition of the paper. The article talks about a jurisdictional issue related to BRT Management LLC v. Malden Storage, LLC, et al. and Payal points out that “legal technicalities are super important.”  Read the full article: Jurisdictional issue jeopardizes eight-figure verdict.

Darshana Indira Speaks at Annual Employment Law Conference

Darshana Indira spoke on the Employment Law Update panel for The Massachusetts Bar Association’s 44th Annual Labor & Employment Spring Conference at Suffolk University. The event welcomed judges and accomplished attorneys who provide significant thought leadership in the areas of labor and employment law.

Payal Salsburg is Panelist for Mass Bar Program on Anti-SLAPP Statute

Payal Salsburg is a panelist for a program entitled, “Is the Massachusetts Anti-SLAPP Statute Working as Intended.” The program is run by the Massachusetts Bar Association, sponsored by the civil litigation and real estate law sections, and will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd from 4-6pm.

In this program, the panelists will address how to identify and analyze viable special motions to dismiss in the context of the current burden-shifting anti-SLAPP framework as well as whether, and under what circumstances, abuse of process claims may still be brought in light of the statute. The program is important for litigators so that they will be able to identify whether the anti-SLAPP statute applies to a given set of facts.

For more information, please visit massbar.org.

Payal Salsburg Honored at Pioneering Woman of Color Celebration by Women’s Bar Association

The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and its Women of Color Committee selected partner Payal Salsburg as an honoree for the annual Pioneering Women of Color Celebration which takes place on June 7th.

The WBA recognizes Payal for her long record of service to the community, her deep commitment to empowering women of color in the legal community, and her dynamic mentorship of future attorneys of color. In honoring Payal, the WBA President remarks that Payal is “a leader in the field and amplify the mission of the WBA through her work.”

Payal is joined by fellow honoree, Aziz Ahmed, a professor of law at Boston University School of Law.

 

Payal Salsburg Quoted in Bloomberg Law Article Covering Anti-SLAPP Laws

Payal Salsburg was quoted in an article entitled, “Broken State Speech Shield Unites Courts, Lawmakers Seeking Fix” which was published by Bloomberg Law in April. The article covers a recent request by Massachusetts lawyers, judges and law makers for clarity on the application of a law that protects First Amendment rights. The article explains that Anti-SLAPP laws create a pathway for courts to quickly remove meritless lawsuits seeking to intimidate people exercising their First Amendment rights. Payal, a business litigator, comments on how people are using the law as opposed to how it was intended: “the law was meant to be used as a shield, but people are using it as a sword.”

Read the full article: Bloomberg Law: Broken State Speech Shield Unites Courts, Lawmakers Seeking Fix

Payal Salsburg Quoted in Mass Lawyers Weekly Article

Partner, Payal Salsburg, was recently quoted in an article entitled, “In family business dispute, appraisal right deemed waived” which was published in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s April 7th issue.  According to the article, the case provides warns attorneys to be familiar with documents controlling the purchase of equity, especially when there are multiple integrated agreements.

Payal is quoted in connection with Judge Salinger’s decision, saying it is “a lesson on the best way to draft amendments to an agreement, said Payal Salsburg of Boston. If a contract provision has seven “sub-provisions” and only one is being changed, it still may be best to strike the provision in its entirety and then incorporate any language being retained into the new provision, she said. Failure to do so just creates unnecessary complications when it comes time to interpret the language.”

To read the full article: Mass Lawyers Weekly, April 2023