The Leader in Public Sector Law

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, including serving as labor and employment counsel, to other cities and towns, special districts, housing authorities, regional transit authorities and state agencies. The firm’s broad range of practice areas includes labor and employment, contracts, real estate, land use, environmental, town meeting, government information and access, procurement and construction.


2017 Massachusetts Municipal Association Annual Meeting Handouts

It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces in Boston at the Massachusetts Municipal Association Annual Meeting on January 20-21. We prepared several new updates for the meeting. The topics covered a wide range of legal issues, from the Municipal Modernization Act, to the public Records Law, the new Marijuana law, the impacts of the marijuana law on public employers, and more.  Links to each handout can be found below, and as we issue new materials they are also published on the website.  Please also visit our Public Records Law Resource Page for a full range of publications and guidance concerning the New Public Records Law.

PDF Denial of Licenses for Non-Payment of Certain Municipal Charges – Amendment to G.L. c40 §57
PDF G.L. c.41 §111F (Injured on Duty Benefits) FAQ
PDF Implications for Public Employers – The Regulation and Taxation of the Marijuana Act – With Sample Policy
PDF KTT, LLC v. Board of Assessors of the Town of Swansea
PDF Municipal Modernization Act – A Practical Guide
PDF Municipal Modernization Act – Public Procurement and Contracting
PDF Municipal Modernization Act – Tax Administration
PDF Open Meeting Law and Social Media – Potential Pitfalls
PDF Public Building Construction Projects – Issues for Consideration When Drafting Warrant Articles
PDF The Public Records Law – Effective January 1, 2017
PDF Responding to a Public Records Request – Municipal Timeline – Effective January 1, 2017
PDF The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act – January 2017 – With Sample Documents
PDF SAMPLE – Guidelines for Public Records Requests
PDF SAMPLE – RAO Log for Public Records Requests

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Donald G. Paige
in memoriam

This September, KP Law celebrated the life of firm co-founder Donald G. Paige with a special memorial ceremony. To honor Donald’s commitment to the firm and to the incredible legacy he has left here, the firm renamed its main conference room the “Donald G. Paige Conference Room”. At the ceremony, we unveiled a portrait of Donald with a memorial plaque that will hang just outside the conference room.Present at the ceremony were Donald’s wife Laura and his three children, Sara, Georgia, and Sam, along with many others who spoke of Donald’s generosity, humor, love for peanut M and M’s, and hard work. Among those who paid tribute to Donald was the President of KP Law, Lauren Goldberg, and long-time Management Committee member Attorney John Giorgio, both of whom recognized Donald’s wry sense of humor, gentle ways, and appreciation of family, co-worker and friends. Attorney Elizabeth Lane, unable to be present, marked the special day with a statement read on her behalf reminiscing about Donald’s exceptional legal and managerial skills, their long friendship, and his beloved corgis.Donald is missed by all who knew him, especially us.

 


Congratulations to our 2016 Super Lawyers & Rising Star

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!

KP | LAW

is very pleased to announce that
Amy E. Kwesell
has joined the firm as a Member
September 15, 2016


Kopelman and Paige

is now

KP | LAW

The firm you know and trust. The Leader in Public Sector Law.

 


 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.