Strang Scott is honored to announce the selection of Christopher Strang as a 2019 Super Lawyer by the Massachusetts edition of Super Lawyers. Mr. Strang has been recognized for his outstanding work in construction litigation for the eleventh consecutive year, first as a Rising Star and then as a Super Lawyer. Associate Jennifer Lynn was selected as a Rising Star for the first time. The Super Lawyers selection team chooses only 5% of eligible attorneys as Super Lawyers, and only 2.5% of eligible attorneys as Rising Stars. Both lists are the result of a process that includes a statewide lawyer survey, independent research, and peer reviews.
Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, a regional business law firm, is currently seeking a highly skilled, mid-level litigation associate to join the firm’s Boston office.
Successful candidates will have:
- 3+ years of experience representing business plaintiffs and defendants in a range of commercial litigation matters
- Experience in all stages of litigation from investigation and pleadings through discovery, dispositive motions, and trial
- Excellent oral and written communications skills
- Commitment to provide high quality client service
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a larger collaborative team
- Strong academic credentials
We have a preference for associates admitted in both MA and NH, or one who is willing to become admitted in both. Some knowledge of construction law would be helpful.
We offer the ability to grow and thrive in a law firm platform designed for attorneys with long-term professional development aspirations.
Interested candidates may send a resume and cover letter to:
Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP
6 Beacon Street, Suite 305
Boston, MA 02108
Strang Scott is exited to announce that it is a sponsor for the first ever TEDx event in Kenmore Square. This independently organized TED event celebrates the heritage and development of Boston’s beloved Kenmore Square neighborhood, featuring speakers from various focus areas and degrees. The list of presenters is as exciting as it is diverse, and includes Dave McGillivray (director of the Boston Marathon), Dr. Greg Skomal (frequent guest of the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week) and Dr. Georgies Mgode (pioneer of animal research and training for disease detection). The event will be held April 5, 2019 from 12:30 – 6:30 PM at the Hotel Commonwealth.
With sponsors like the Boston Red Sox, Eastern Standard, 829 Studios and Boston City Properties, this event aims to “attract the original and nurture the unconventional in hopes of sparking creative solutions.” Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP is proud to promote this move in favor of innovation. For more information on becoming a sponsor, please contact Cole Young.
Strang Scott associate, Jennifer Lynn, was a panelist at a recent Boston Bar Association event discussing M.G.L. c. 186, § 15B, commonly known as the “Massachusetts Security Deposit Law,” and providing an overview of the Law’s requirements. The Law is one of the most heavily litigated statutes in Massachusetts that affects both landlords and tenants. In addition, to the statutory requirements, the panelists discussed the implications of the recent opinion from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Phillips v. Equity Residential Management, LLC, 478 Mass. 251 (2017).
Boston University School of Law recently hired partner Christopher Strang as an adjunct lecturer. Mr. Strang will be instructing the Small and Mid-Sized Firm Externship Program.
The program involves students working part-time at area small and mid-sized firms with various areas of practice. Mr. Strang will teach practical skills in the classroom portion of the program, designed to enhance the students’ abilities to excel in the practice of law at the firms for whom they work.
Check out his faculty page here: https://www.bu.edu/law/profile/christopher-d-strang/
As discussed in previous posts, the creation of a formal corporate entity and compliance with state prescribed formalities can offer business owners and members substantial protections from individual liability for business debts when acting by and through an entity. This compliance with formality can also offer substantial protections in the common event of one entity (a “Successor Entity”) purchasing, or otherwise succeeding, another entity (a “Predecessor Entity”).
As a general rule, in the absence of a contractual obligation, individual corporate entities are not liable for the debts of other corporate entities. However, there are exceptions to every rule and there are instances when a Successor Entity can be held liable for the debts and liabilities of a Predecessor Entity. Specifically, this so called “successor liability” can attached in instances where, “(1) the successor expressly or impliedly assumes liability of the predecessor, (2) the transaction is a de facto merger or consolidation, (3) the successor is a mere continuation of the predecessor, or (4) the transaction is a fraudulent effort to avoid the liabilities of the predecessor.” Premier Capital, LLC v KMZ, Inc. (2013).
The Appeals Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently considered this very successor liability standard. In Fashionhaus, LLC v T&C Mail Street, Inc. et al (2018), the Court considered whether the relationship between the defendant entities was that of two independent entities, such that the liabilities of the old entity were distinct from the new entity, or whether the defendant entities were essentially one in the same, such that the new entity could be held accountable for the old entities liabilities.
After considering a multitude of factual considerations, the Court ultimately held the defendant entities did not behave in a manner to impose successor liability onto the new entity. The Court determined that there was no de facto merger or consolidation as ‘all’ or ‘substantially all’ of the Predecessor Entities’ assets were not transfer to the Successor Entity and sufficient separation was maintain relative to the operations of the Successor and Predecessor Entities. Additionally, the Court found no evidence of fraud.
Thus, whether considering the purchase of an entity, or winding down an existing company to operate under a new corporate form, it is important that one understands how to avoid the pitfalls of potential successor liability. As previously noted, adherence to the prescribed steps is paramount to limiting future liabilities as they may relate to corporate entities. If you have questions with regard to business formation and/or operations you should consult with a knowledgeable attorney to determine your best options.
The Boston Planning & Development Agency recently appointed partner Chris Strang to serve as a Task Force member for Article 80 reviews regarding Boston University Charles River Campus development projects.
Article 80 consists of guidelines for the development review process for unique projects. The process includes, but is not limited to, review of a project’s impact on transportation, public realm, the environment, and historic resources. Mr. Strang will serve with select other members of the community to work with BPDA managers and the BU development professionals on various projects in the coming years.
Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP, is honored to announce the selection of Christopher Strang as a 2018 Super Lawyer by the Massachusetts edition of Super Lawyers. Mr. Strang has been recognized for his outstanding work in construction litigation for the tenth consecutive year, first as a Rising Star and then as a Super Lawyer. The Super Lawyers selection team chooses only 5% of eligible attorneys as Super Lawyers, and only 2.5% of eligible attorneys as Rising Stars. Both lists are the result of a process that includes a statewide lawyer survey, independent research, and peer reviews.
Ms. Deal is a seasoned litigator with more than a decade of experience representing clients in state and federal court, along with various administrative agencies. She advises clients in employment-related matters and litigates employment-related disputes, including cases involving alleged discrimination, wage and hour violations, restrictive covenants, harassment and other employment matters. She is a trained workplace investigator, and has conducted numerous internal investigations involving allegations of discrimination and other unlawful conduct.
Ms. Deal is an accomplished appellate attorney, having briefed, argued, and won cases at the Massachusetts Appeals Court, the Supreme Judicial Court, and the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Prior to joining Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP, Ms. Deal maintained a successful solo practice for a number of years. She graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School and clerked for a judge at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals before entering private practice.
The Firm looks forward to utilizing Ms. Deal’s knowledge and experience in employment matters to the benefit of its clients. You can contact Ms. Deal directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (857) 233-5534.
As of March 30, 2018, the Boston office of Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young, LLP has moved to 6 Beacon Street. The firm’s relocation will provide ready access to Suffolk County Superior Court, the Federal Court, the Massachusetts State House and the Boston Bar Association. We look forward to introducing our clients and friends to the new space. Please be in touch regarding directions and parking options.
For the firm’s mailing addresses, please see the firm’s Contact page.