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Strang Scott is Hiring – Associate Lawyer

By on January 20, 2021

Boston office of a growing regional construction-focused boutique law firm seeks a full-time mid-level attorney.  Preference will be given to candidates with significant construction law and litigation experience, including experience in contract drafting and dispute resolution. The candidate must have admission to the Massachusetts Bar. Candidates also admitted to the New Hampshire Bar are preferred.  Candidates must have top academic credentials, excellent writing, negotiation, and communication skills.   Flexible work arrangements and scheduling are available.

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to bsheridan@strangscott.com.

Strang Scott Announces Hiring of New Associate

By on January 15, 2021

Strang Scott is pleased to welcome Mikaela Rice to the firm.  Ms. Rice is a 2020 graduate of Boston College School of Law.  While in law school, Ms. Rice worked with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, a boutique litigation firm, and served as a judicial intern for the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia.

Ms. Rice hails from Western Connecticut, and earned an undergraduate degree with honors from Boston College, majoring in environmental geoscience. She was a three-time recipient of the Earth and Environmental Science Departmental Honors Undergraduate Research Fellowship, tutored her fellow students, and served as manager of the nationally ranked Boston College Women’s Hockey team.

At BC Law, Ms. Rice received the Curtin Public Interest Fellowship, participated in the Eagle to Eagle Mentoring Program, and earned her 3:03 certification, allowing her to act as a student practitioner of law. 

Ms. Rice plans to be active in the Boston Bar Association and construction industry groups. She will focus her practice on litigation and construction law.  She enjoys sports and exploring the outdoors, as well as volunteering for public interest activities.

BBA Appoints Strang to Chair Committee for New Lawyer Employment

By on January 5, 2021

Strang Scott is honored to announce the appointment of Christopher Strang as the chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Committee for New Lawyer Employment. This Committee is part of the Boston Bar Association’s Law School Graduate Mentoring Program, which focuses on Bar Coaching and Career Transition Coaching.

The purpose of this committee is to provide guidance to new lawyers in their job searches with advice on resume writing, interviewing, networking and understanding the current landscape of law firms and legal trends in the greater Boston area. The committee utilizes podcasts, blogs and interactive online panels and networking events in order to provide useful content to assist new lawyers navigating a job search during the pandemic. Each new lawyer is also provided an experienced attorney as a personal mentor to more directly address specific needs.

Mr. Strang is passionate about mentoring law students and new attorneys. He has served as a mentor to hundreds of law students and recent graduates over the years and has spoken on dozens of panels advising new lawyers on how to find employment.

Also serving on the committee are:

Jennifer Perrigo, Assistant Dean of Career Services at Boston College Law School
Carla Moynihan, Partner at Sherin & Lodgen
Michael Bamani, Vice President and Counsel at State Street Bank
Nikki Oliveira, Associate at Nutter
Carla Reeves, Associate at Goulston Storrs
 John Jay, Associate at Goodwin

Strang Scott Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers 2020

By on October 26, 2020

Strang Scott is honored to announce the selection of Christopher Strang as a 2020 Super Lawyer by the Massachusetts edition of Super Lawyers. Mr. Strang has been recognized for his outstanding work in construction litigation for the twelfth consecutive year, first as a Rising Star and then as a Super Lawyer. Associate Jennifer Lynn was selected as a Rising Star for the second 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 Celebrates 10th Anniversary

By on September 14, 2020

Strang, Scott, Giroux & Young is thrilled to celebrate ten years of being in practice. Started in September, 2010, the firm got off the ground with three founding partners. It soon opened an office in Boston’s Kenmore Square, in the shadow of the city’s iconic Citgo sign. Within a year it outgrew that office and moved into a larger space in Kenmore Square. In 2015 the firm opened its New Hampshire office, and in 2018 moved the Boston office to the downtown area where it remains.

Originally focused mostly on construction law and business litigation, the firm since added practice areas in commercial leasing, commercial real estate and development. Our attorneys have been recognized for many accomplishments in the profession, including for outstanding representation of our clients, pro bono efforts and public service activities.

More than anything Strang Scott appreciates the clients, friends and colleagues who have made practicing law here such an enjoyable experience. Unfortunately the in person celebration once planned has to be postponed for now, but will remain something to look forward to for next year. Many thanks to all of our supporters, and the team looks forward to continued success and growth in the years to come.

Strang Scott is Hiring — Associate Lawyer

By on August 14, 2020

Our Boston office seeks a full-time associate for a litigation practice with emphasis on construction and business litigation. The ideal candidate will have 2+ years of litigation experience. We are looking for a self-starter and offer the opportunity to largely work from home.

Qualifications

  • Admission to the Massachusetts State Bar, admission to New Hampshire State Bar a plus.
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • 2+ years of experience practicing in Massachusetts, preferably in construction or business litigation.

To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to bsheridan@strangscott.com.

Strang Scott is Hiring — Office Manager

By on July 15, 2020

Strang Scott, a small business law and litigation firm in Boston is seeking an experienced full time office manager. The candidate should be detail oriented and able to multi-task and balance multiple assignments. Strong communication, administrative, organizational and computer skills are required.

Responsibilities include:

    • Managing attorneys’ schedules
    • Organizing and tracking client files
    • Communicating with clients, opposing counsel and court personnel
    • Drafting, formatting, and editing legal documents including correspondence, subpoenas, pleadings and financial statements
    • Office management
    • Managing client billing and payments
    • Monitor office supplies
    • Vendor purchases and payments
    • Mail distribution
    • Answering phones
    • Manage client database
    • Basic Quickbooks

Qualifications/Experience:

    • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office

Office work experience required. This position is located in the Firm’s Boston, Massachusetts office. Please direct inquiries and correspondence to assistant@strangscott.com.

Massachusetts Implements New Diversity Initiatives For Public Construction

By on July 2, 2020

Starting July 1, 2020, the Commonwealth is implementing new strategies to enhance women and minority participation on public construction projects. Through its Affirmative Marketing Program (“AMP”) Massachusetts is “amping” up its outreach, education and training efforts to attract more women-owned business (“WBE”) and minority-owned business (“MBE”) contractors, material suppliers, and design professionals.

In order to maximize effectiveness, the participation goals will be separate and distinct for MBE as compared to WBE, as well as being project specific, and falling under the umbrella of annual goals. The goals will seek to address existing disparities while considering availability of MBE and WBE options for each project. The new rules will apply to the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (“DCAMM”) and certain other public building projects.

Governor Baker also recently proposed legislation that will create even more opportunities for MBE and WBE businesses in public construction work, which would provide new opportunities for small MBE and WBE businesses to participate in certain projects. Stay tuned for updates on that legislation.

For more information on the new AMP initiatives check out the DCAMM website at www.mass.gov/dcamm-contract-compliance or contact your construction lawyer.

Housing Security Bill Signed Into Law, Freezing Residential and Small-Business Evictions

By on April 21, 2020

On Monday, April 20, 2020, Governor Baker signed House Security Bill 4647, entitled “An Act Providing for a Moratorium on Evictions and Foreclosures during the COVID-19 Emergency.” The legislation will halt “non-essential” residential and small business commercial evictions for 120 days, or 45 days after Governor Baker lifts the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration.

Impact of the Housing Security Bill.

The bill will not relieve tenants from any obligation to pay rent, or restrict a landlord’s ability to recover unpaid rent, but is our legislature’s response to the financial hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill halts “non-essential evictions” against residential tenants and “small business” commercial tenants. “Non-essential evictions” include evictions for non-payment of rent, those resulting from a foreclosure, “no-fault” evictions, and “cause” evictions wherein the alleged cause does not involve allegations of criminal activity or lease violations that impact the health and safety of other residents, health care workers, emergency personnel, persons lawfully on the property, or the general public. “Small business” commercial tenants are commercial tenants, both for-profit and non-profit, where the tenant (or a subsidiary company, joint venture, or other party in control with the tenant) does not operate in multiple states / nations or trade publicly, and has less than 150 full-time equivalent employees. However, commercial landlords may still commence eviction proceedings against small business tenants for an expired lease term or default, prior to the COVID-19 emergency, by the tenant under the terms of their lease.

Prohibition Against Evictions.

In suspending non-essential evictions, the housing security bill sets forth specific prohibitions against landlords, the courts, and the sheriffs / constables during the effective period. Landlords are prohibited from taking actions to terminate a residential tenancy for the purpose of a non-essential eviction, including terminating the tenancy, sending notices (including notices to quit), and requesting or demanding a tenant to vacate the dwelling. The bill bars the courts (with respect to both residential and commercial non-essential evictions) from:

  • accepting writs, summonses, or complaints for filing in a summary process or eviction action;
  • entering judgment or default judgment for possession;
  • issuing executions for possession;
  • denying requested stays of execution or continuance of a summary process action; and
  • scheduling court events (including summary process trial).

Furthermore, to protect any summary process and eviction actions entered prior to the COVID-19 emergency, the bill extends deadlines and time periods for action by parties to a non-essential eviction, including answering a complaint and appealing a judgment or levy. Sheriffs, constables, and other persons who are otherwise empowered to carry out or levy upon an execution, are prohibited from enforcing or levying upon executions for possession of either a residential premises or small business commercial premises.

Notice By Tenants to Avoid Fees and Negative Credit Reporting.

The housing security bill enables residential and small business commercial tenants to avoid late fees and credit reporting if, within 30 days of missing a rent payment, they submit notice and documentation to their landlord stating that their nonpayment is the result of financial hardship from COVID-19. If the tenant provides timely notice and documentation, the bill prohibits the landlord from imposing late fees for nonpayment or submitting rental payment data to a consumer reporting agencies.

The above is a summary of the bill’s effect on evictions during the COVID-19 emergency. The above does not constitute legal advice. If you are a landlord seeking to understand your options during this emergency time or a tenant experiencing financial hardships, you should consult an experienced Massachusetts attorney to understand your rights and remedies.