Laredo & Smith LLP lawyers known for prevention and protection

Issue January/February 2017

What types of law does your firm handle?

We concentrate our practice in the areas of business litigation, white collar criminal defense and government investigations, as well as corporate compliance, business and employment law.

Any particular areas of law where the firm has made a name for itself?

We are known for preventing problems before they arise and for our determined representation of our clients in court when needed. Our approach is simple: we try to get involved quickly to minimize damage and find a solution.

What firm attribute do clients find most attractive?

We are large enough to provide our clients with the legal services they need, but are small enough to be cost-effective and focused on them. When clients contact us, they hear back from us promptly.

Describe a recent "win" or client success story that the firm is proud of?

We recently filed a lawsuit for a client against the Massachusetts Division of Banks because it was attempting to regulate a specific aspect of the practice of law. As a result of our advocacy, the Division of Banks dropped this effort.

We also like to say that some of our best results are the ones you have never heard about. For example, our efforts have aided clients in avoiding indictment and/or civil enforcement by federal and state authorities, kept local college students in school, and resolved disputes among owners of closely-held businesses.

Describe a recent pro bono project the firm has undertaken.

We recently successfully assisted a local family in obtaining special education services for their child who had been diagnosed with autism, advocating for the child and his family both at in-school meetings and in mediation.

Is your firm regularly active with any charitable or civic organization?

The lawyers in our firm have been involved in an array of charitable and civic organizations, including Middlesex Partnerships for Youth (an organization closely associated with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, which is dedicated to promoting the health and safety of children in Middlesex County), youth sports and raising funds for the Jimmy Fund.

Anything to announce in the coming year?

Mark Smith will become the president of the Boston Bar Association in September.

Name at least one fact about the firm that people might be surprised to learn?

Marc Laredo and Mark Smith first met in the late 1980s as young attorneys in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. Before returning to private practice in 1990, Marc Laredo indicted a securities fraud case but left it to Mark Smith to spend that summer preparing for and trying the case (which resulted in a successful conviction). Despite that long summer, when Mark Smith left the Attorney General's Office a decade later, he joined Marc Laredo at the firm where they have practiced together for over 15 years.

Why is it important to have all the lawyers in your firm members of the MBA?

We are strong supporters of bar associations and believe that having all of our lawyers be members of the MBA is valuable to them both personally and professionally.

In what way do you find the MBA beneficial to the lawyers in your firm?

The MBA has been a strong voice for the legal community, which is a benefit to all lawyers, including the members of our firm. We benefit from its array of educational programs, both as participants and attendees, and its various publications, including the Massachusetts Law Review (Marc Laredo serves as its Articles Editor).

Are there any specific MBA programs you find particularly helpful to your firm?

The Massachusetts Law Review is an excellent source of scholarly information on Massachusetts law. The MBA's continuing education programs are quite valuable.

What would you like to see more of at the MBA?

We encourage the MBA's continuing efforts to reach out to lawyers throughout the state. Strong bar associations are good for individual lawyers and the entire profession.

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