Laredo & Smith senior counsel attorney Jessica Conklin authored and published an article in the prestigious Boston Bar Journal covering the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Act. The act made sweeping changes in the areas of bail, juvenile justice, diversion from prosecution, and reentry services and established a statutory right to medical parole for all eligible inmates. The article covers the aspects of the Act and the current status of its use to date. We invite you to read the article in its entirety.
The firm warmly congratulates our Partner Payal Salsburg on her recent recognition as a “Top Women of Law” through Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. This recognition celebrates the achievements of exceptional women lawyers as pioneers, educators, trailblazers and role models. Marc Laredo remarks, “We are very proud of Payal and all she does to be the best possible lawyer for our clients. She is also an incredible role model to others through her tremendous ability to give so much of her time to the community through volunteerism.”
Payal will be honored on November 17th at 615pm through a virtual event.
Laredo & Smith is thrilled to be named to the 2021 Edition of U.S. News– Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in the Metropolitan Tier 2 Boston for Commercial Litigation. The annual list recognizes professional excellence with consistently high ratings from clients and peers. The firm is also pleased to have 3 attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers this year: Marc Laredo, Mark Smith and Matt Kane.
From proactive prevention of problems to tenacious representation in court when needed, Laredo & Smith attorneys are known for obtaining excellent results for clients. At Laredo & Smith, our attorneys are proactive problem solvers. We work hard to reduce legal risk and get involved quickly to minimize damage and find legal solutions. And, when negotiations are not reasonable or appropriate, our attorneys are strategic and tenacious in court to obtain the best possible result.
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The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a 2021 ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer recognized in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America list for that particular location and specialty.
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Payal Salsburg is honored as an Essential Worker by her alma mater Saint Elizabeth University for providing exemplary service through her professional life and volunteer efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.
As the world continues to face the COVID-19 crisis, Saint Elizabeth University is recognizing all of the alumni, faculty, staff and students demonstrating the university’s core values through their good works.
“Our entire firm is incredibly proud of Payal’s continual efforts to help those who need it most,” says partner Marc Laredo. Payal was recognized for her deep public service in 2019 through Boston Cares.
Payal Salsburg presents as a panelist for this year’s annual United Way’s Board Connection event. Held virtually in early October, all of the programming is focused on bringing together professionals who seek meaningful community leadership opportunities with local nonprofits.
Payal is a panelist for, “Nonprofit Board Membership 101” which takes place on Thursday, October 8th from 9-1130am. In this introductory session, the panelists dive into the critical aspects of participating on nonprofit boards. The groups shares advice including their own best and most challenging board experiences. The panel provides attendees with an overview of what joining a nonprofit board really means, thoughts to consider, and what questions to ask. Recognized in 2019 for her tireless dedication to public service through Boston Cares, Payal’s lengthy service in many leadership roles perfectly positions her to be a superb resource to session attendees.
The firm proudly recognizes attorney Jessica Conklin‘s excellent legal work and client service through her recent elevation to Senior Counsel. Jessica joined the firm in 2011 as an Associate and continues to develop her practice in white collar criminal defense, government investigations, and school disciplinary hearings. Jessica has a specific expertise in working with students and their families who attend several local secondary schools, colleges and universities in connection with disciplinary proceedings and title IX investigations. Partner Mark Smith says, “Jessica works seamlessly with students and their families to put them at ease while determining the best possible legal strategies to help them through stressful times.” To learn more about Jessica’s practice, leadership and experience, please read her bio.
Payal Salsburg moderates and Matt Kane presents as a panelist for a first-of-its-kind webinar on Zoom litigation. Five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, litigation-by-Zoom has become a reality. This panel includes a Superior Court judge and lawyers who have litigated-by-Zoom at hearings, appellate arguments, and trials. The panel will hold a frank discussion about what’s working and what’s not and share their best practices. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30th from 2-3pm through the Boston Bar Association and sponsored through the Business and Commercial Litigation section.
Payal Salsburg presents as a panelist for a Boston College Law program entitled, “Semester Kick-Off: Diverse Career Pathways.” The panel features leading female attorneys who will share information about their work in solo practice, public interest, in-house, and law firms of all sizes. The program, co-sponsored by the Women’s Law Center and LAHANAS, takes place on Thursday, September 17th at 6pm.
Read more about the panelists: BC Law Panelists
Payal Salsburg presented as a panelist for a recent program, “Access to Justice, Pro Bono, Public Service and LAR.” The session was part of the Practicing with Professionalism program provided for new attorneys in Massachusetts. The program was jointly sponsored by the Boston Bar, Massachusetts Bar and the Lynn Bar Associations and the panel includes attorneys from both legal industry organizations and law firms of various sizes and focus.
Among her other leadership activities with the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, firm partner Payal Salsburg offers mentoring to younger attorneys. As an active participant of the Mentorship Committee, Payal and her two SABAGB colleagues donate generously of their time to help law students and SABA mentees through both open office hours and educational programming. Each monthly session focuses on a different topic that serves to kick off discussion in free-flowing fashion. The inaugural office hours were on September 2nd from 6-7pm: Inaugural Mentorship Committee Office Hours Flyer
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