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Privacy & Data Security Video: Written Information Security Programs (WISPs) Under Massachusetts Law 09/26/2016

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In our third Privacy & Data Security video clip, attorney Sandra Kahn discusses the importance of a company’s Written Information Security Program (WISP).  Specifically, Sandy explains the data security regulations that require every company that owns or licenses personal information about Massachusetts residents to develop, implement, and maintain a WISP.

Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and to check out our Privacy & Data Security playlist for related videos.


Firm Client TechSandBox Launches Veterans’ Technology Entrepreneurship Program 08/19/2016

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Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton sponsored organization and client, TechSandBox, announced its partnership with MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (“MassTech”) in the launch of a new program for military veterans.  The Military Veteran Entrepreneurs in Technology program (“VET”) is for veterans who are starting and growing new ventures in innovation-focused sectors and will provide support via mentoring, networking, and advising, among other services.  TechSandBox Logo (M0654842xB1386)

Through its involvement with VET, TechSandBox will supply veterans with the necessary resources to create and foster successful startups.  Specifically, TechSandBox will document the needs of the veterans, deliver programming for entrepreneurial development, and provide a network of other entrepreneurs in which the veterans can interact.

The VET will serve veterans in the MetroWest region and the Commonwealth.  The program will begin with a pilot phase, which will last for 18 months.  MassDevelopment and MassTech provided a combined grant of $53,101 for the pilot program.  For more information about the program, view TechSandBox’s website.

TechSandBox is a technology incubator for innovation-driven companies.  Its mission is to accelerate the success of science and technology entrepreneurs.  MBBP is proud of its client’s community-focused approach and the commitment to veterans through this new program.

MBBP Attorney to Present at Upcoming MCLE Program – Primer on Preparing Massachusetts & Delaware LLC Documents 04/20/2015

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Corporate and Tax Attorney Charles Wry, Jr. MBBP Attorney Charles A. Wry, Jr. will be among faculty presenting at MCLE New England’s upcoming program “Primer on Preparing Massachusetts & Delaware LLC Documents” on Tuesday, May 5th from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

The panel will debate the pros and cons of LLCs and corporations, discuss basic tax and business issues presented by LLCs, identify specific advantages and disadvantages of LLCs, and report on common mistakes and traps for the unwary in forming and advising LLCs—with special emphasis on drafting LLC agreements. Panelists will also discuss single member LLCs, combinations of LLCs with other business entities, “employee equity participation” for LLCs, “piercing the veil” of an LLC, dissolution of LLCs, and the differences between the Delaware and Massachusetts LLC statutes.

To register for this event, please visit MCLE.

For more information regarding this topic, please feel free to contact Charles A. Wry, Jr. directly.

MBBP Sponsors The Business Coalition Series: ‘Why Massachusetts’ 10/28/2014

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2014-10-28_13-05-23On November 12th, MBBP along with Boston Offices will sponsor the first of a 3-part series hosted by The Business Coalition titled ‘Why Massachusetts’. Read it how you will, it’s not meant as a question, but rather, the answer! The series, presented by Massport, will focus on topics such as shipping, cargo and the cruise terminal (Nov), travel and tourism (Dec) and the airport and direct flights (Jan 2015), all topics that relate to the MA economy and the state’s growth as it pertains to attracting foreign businesses. The first part of the series will emphasize Massachusetts’ plans to modernize the Port of Boston.

Learn more or register via The Business Coalition.

MBBP Makes the Boston Business Journal’s List of Largest Law Firms in Massachusetts 02/21/2014

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Boston Business Journal Book of ListsIn January, the Boston Business Journal published its annual Book of Lists for 2013. Morse, Barnes-Brown and Pendleton is pleased to announce it has landed at number 47 on the BBJ’s list of The Largest Law Firms in Massachusetts.  MBBP opened its doors in 1993 with only two attorneys and has since grown to 64 employees including 39 attorneys.

For more information on the firm or to learn how we can help you with your legal needs, please visit our website.

The full list of the Largest Law Firms in Massachusetts is available to subscribers via the Boston Business Journal’s digital edition here.

Scott Bleier Named Senior Attorney 01/10/2014

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Corporate Attorney Scott BleierMBBP is pleased to announce that Corporate Attorney Scott Bleier has been elevated to Senior Attorney.

Scott concentrates his practice in the areas of general corporate and securities law with a special emphasis on private securities offerings, venture capital transactions, private equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate representation of emerging growth companies.

Congratulations Scott!

What Employers Can’t Ask During Hiring Process 03/29/2012

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With talk of employers asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews, New England Cable News turned to our own Christopher Perry to set the record straight. What can Massachusetts employers ask during an interview and what can’t they ask? Perry cautions employers to know the laws regarding discrimination and any type of background checks using a third party. The video clip also previews changes coming in May 2012 regarding CORI laws and additional requirements for employers. Watch the interview on NECN Business below.

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To learn more about specific employer obligations regarding hiring in Massachusetts, please contact Christopher Perry.

Bob Shea Quoted in Boston Globe Article 03/08/2012

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Employment Attorney Bob SheaOn March 7th, the Boston Globe published an article on a class-action lawsuit being brought against the City of Boston and Boston Taxi fleet owners by two cab drivers. The plaintiffs believe they are being wrongly classified as independent contractors instead of employees and therefore failing to pay minimum wages and overtime, and forcing them to cover expenses associated with their jobs. MBBP employment attorney Bob Shea was quoted in the article discussing the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law and what this lawsuit means for businesses:

Fines for noncompliance by companies are steep, ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for first offenders. The bigger risks are private lawsuits, where plaintiffs can recover triple damages and attorney’s fees. The greatest concern for businesses using large numbers of independent contractors is a private lawsuit brought as a class action. Such a lawsuit can put a company out of business.

To read the full article, please visit the Boston Globe.

For questions on the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law, please contact Bob Shea.

March 1, 2012 Service Provider Contract Deadline Under the Standards for the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth 02/17/2012

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March 1, 2012 is the deadline for pre-March 2010 contracts to comply with the third-party service provider contract requirement of the Massachusetts Standards for the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth (the “Regulations”). As of March 12, 2012, all pre-March 2010 contracts with third-party service providers (with access to personal information) must require such service providers to maintain data security measures that are consistent with the Regulations and any applicable federal regulations. If any such contracts do not include the required provisions they should be amended to add the provisions.

For further information, please see our client alert on this subject. To have any service provider contracts reviewed or revised to ensure compliance with the Regulations, please contact Faith Kasparian, Michael Cavaretta, or Howard Zaharoff.

MBBP to Co-Sponsor Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day 2010 05/19/2010

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This June, MBBP is co-sponsoring the third annual Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day 2010.  The day-long event will focus on the future of the life sciences industry in regard to changes in technologies and discoveries as well as funding for research. The event will run from 8:00 a.m.  – 6:00 p.m. at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on June 2, 2010.

For more information and to register, please visit the Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day 2010 website.

Be sure to stop by the MBBP kiosk in the Innovator’s Marketplace!

Martinez and Levy are Elevated to Senior Attorney 01/04/2010

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Corporate Attorney Joseph MartinezWe are pleased to announce that Joseph Martinez and Daniele Levy have become Senior Attorneys within our firm.

Joseph Martinez concentrates his practice in the areas of general corporate and securities law. He will continue to represent clients in connection with company formations, venture capital and other private equity transactions (representing both issuers and investors), mergers and acquisitions, and the formation of private equity funds.

Corporate Attorney Daniele Ouellette LevyDaniele Levy will continue practicing corporate and securities law with an emphasis on advising public companies on reporting and disclosure obligations and corporate governance matters. She also represents both issuers and investors in venture capital transactions, and assists clients with general corporate matters.

Congratulations Joseph and Daniele!

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