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.