The principal expertise of the firm is the practice of municipal law. KP Law 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.
Additional New Public Records Law Training Sessions
The Town of Petersham will host our final training programs on the new Public Records Law, on December 20, 2016. Click here for more information to to RSVP.
The New Public Records Law
KP Law has held over two dozen information sessions about the New Public Records Law. We want to express our sincere appreciation to the cities and towns of Sturbridge, Georgetown, Plymouth, Lenox, Dedham, Leominster, North Andover, and Watertown, as well as the Hampshire and Franklin Regional Councils of Governments and Barnstable County for hosting. We also thank the many elected and appointed public officials and staff that attended the sessions, and were pleased to answer your many questions in an effort to decode what this new law will mean to municipalities and other public entities.
We have linked below the program handouts provided at each New Public Records Law information session prepared by our Government Access and Information Group. The handouts include the power point presentation outlining the critical aspects of the new law, a short eUpdate summarizing the law, a chart outlining the new timeline and required content for responses, as well as the criteria for petitioning the Supervisor of Public Records for more time to respond or to assess a higher fee.
We are preparing a sample response letter and sample guidelines that Records Access Officers are required to prepare under the New Public Records Law. Please check back regularly, as we will be posting a webinar about the new law as well as additional information.
Please contact Managing Attorney Lauren F. Goldberg at email@example.com with questions concerning the New Public Records Law or Ethan Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with the handouts. They can also be reached at 617-556-0007.
KP Law is pleased to report that Attorneys Jonathan M. Silverstein and Deborah I. Ecker were named as Super Lawyers for 2016. The designation is bestowed after a rigorous selection process, including independent research, peer nomination and peer evaluations. The final published list represents no more than 5 percent of the of the lawyers in the state of Massachusetts. This is the second time Attorney Silverstein, a Shareholder at the firm and a member of the Manager Committee, has been so recognized. He was also previously selected as a Rising Star. Attorney Ecker joined the firm as Counsel in 2014, and has greatly contributed to our insurance defense and litigation practice areas.
KP Law congratulates Attorney Janelle M. Austin, a Senior Associate at the firm, on again being named a Rising Star for 2016. 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 Jonathan, Deborah and Janelle on this special achievement!
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As the General Court winds down its formal session, many important bills remain under consideration. We continue to monitor progress on such bills, including the so-called Municipal Modernization bill, the zoning reform bill, and others, and will provide further information as it becomes available.
Last week the Governor signed into law “An Act Relative to Gender Anti-Discrimination”. Our eUpdate on the topic, sent yesterday to our valued clients, can be found here.
*Visit our website next week for the dates and locations for KP Law’s regional information sessions concerning the new Public Records Law and its implications for public entities in the Commonwealth.
2016 Massachusetts Municipal Association Annual Meeting Handouts
It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces at the Massachusetts Municipal Association Annual Meeting on January 22-23 in Boston. We prepared several new updates for the meeting. The topics covered a wide range of legal issues, and links to each handout can be found below.
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.
Want to know more about our eUpdates and how you can get on our distribution list, or about any of our other value-added services? Contact our Managing Attorney Lauren Goldberg at 617-556-0007.