The Leader in Public Sector Law

The principal expertise of the firm is the practice of municipal law. Kopelman and Paige represents over one-third of the cities and towns in the Commonwealth as their City Solicitor or Town Counsel. In addition, we provide special counsel services to over one hundred additional cities, towns, special districts, housing authorities and state agencies. The firm also represents regional transit authorities, providing a similar scope of services in a broad range of areas including labor and employment, contracts, real estate and land use, environmental issues, construction.

Congratulations to our 2015 Super Lawyer & Rising Star at K&P

Kopelman and Paige is pleased to report that Attorney Jonathan M. Silverstein, a Member of the firm, was named a Super Lawyer for 2015. The designation is bestowed after a rigorous selection process, including independent research and peer nomination and evaluations. The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state of Massachusetts.

Additionally, Kopelman and Paige is also pleased that Attorney Janelle M. Austin, an associate at the firm, was named a Rising Star for 2015. The Rising Star selection process mirrors the Super Lawyer selection process, and is for lawyers who are under a particular age or in practice for 10 years or less.

Congratulations to Jonathan and Janelle!

Kopelman and Paige Attorney Presentations at the
Citizen Planner Training Collaborative’s Fall 2015 Series

Kopelman and Paige Attorneys again provide substantial support to the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative’s Fall 2015 training series.  More information is available here.

The following workshops will be presented by Kopelman and Paige attorneys:

10/28/2015: Attorney John Goldrosen will present a training session on the topic “Introduction to the Subdivision Control Law.” Among other issues it will cover are the most significant procedural requirements and planning board responsibilities when reviewing subdivision and ANR plans  it will be hosted by the Old Colony Regional Planning Agency at its office at 70 School Street in Brockton.

11/4/2015: Attorney Ilana Quirk will instruct on the subject of “Writing Defensible Decisions” covering the key points that will assist boards in writing clear decision that are defensible should they be appealed.  This session will be held at the FRCOG office, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield.

11/5/2015: Attorney John Goldrosen will present a training session on the Zoning Act’s application to “Vested Rights and Non-Conforming Uses,” in which he will explain the exceptions provided in the Zoning Act for certain uses and structures, and the protections enjoyed by pre-existing nonconforming uses and structures.

11/9/2015: Attorney John Goldrosen will conduct another training session on “Vested Rights and Non-Conforming Uses.” This seminar will take place at Shepley Showcase, 75 Benjamin Franklin Way in Hyannis.

11/10/2015: Attorney Joel Bard will explain the workings of Section 3 of the Zoning Act, which provides limited zoning exemptions for agricultural, educational, childcare and religious uses, as well as state and federal lands and uses.  The session is entitled, “Zoning Exemptions” and will be held at the NMCOG offices at 40 Church Street, Suite 200.

11/16/2015: Attorney Ilana Quirk will provide an overview of purposes of the Subdivision Control Law  and its particular procedures for plan approvals, in a seminar entitled “Introduction to the Subdivision Control Law,” hosted by the SRPEDD at this offices at 88 Broadway.

 Massachusetts Minimum Wage Law eUpdate

We have been receiving numerous questions concerning the applicability to municipalities and other public entities of the Massachusetts minimum wage law and recent amendments thereto. On January 5, 2015, Attorney Darren Klein, chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group, and Attorney Tim Zessin, a senior associate in the Group, outlined the issues. Click here for an eUpdate on the topic.

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