KP Law, P.C.: Leading Municipal Law Firm Tackles Emerging Issues with New Name

Issue July/August 2017

What types of law does your firm handle?

The principal expertise of the firm is the practice of municipal law. In addition to our municipal law practice, KP Law also provides a full range of legal services in such areas as real estate, including lending and residential and commercial property conveyancing; labor and employment; and commercial litigation.

Any areas of specialization?

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 100 additional cities, towns, special districts, regional transit and housing authorities, and state agencies. We provide services in a broad range of areas including labor and employment, contracts, real estate and land use, environmental issues, construction, and litigation. KP Law's experienced team of trial attorneys has successfully represented both public and private clients in every trial court in the commonwealth, at all levels of appellate practice in both state and federal courts, and before administrative boards and agencies.

What firm attribute do clients find most attractive?

We are proud of our talented and dedicated staff of attorneys and support personnel. We are committed to assuring our clients the highest level of legal representation. We are extremely cognizant of the cost of obtaining expert legal representation in today's market. Our goal of providing a full range of legal services, while building economies of scale into our practice, enables both small and large clients to approach legal issues in a proactive, comprehensive and cost-effective manner.

Briefly describe a recent "win" or client success story that the firm is proud of.

The firm is particularly proud of our attorneys' ongoing commitment to educating and advising public sector entities, both clients and non-clients, on emerging areas of the law in Massachusetts, such as casino gambling, the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, and the new Public Records Law. For example, last year the firm sponsored and conducted dozens of free training programs across the state, as well as participated on several additional panel discussions sponsored by other organizations, on the implementation and implications of the new Public Records Law, which took effect January 1, 2017.

Is your firm regularly active with any charitable or civic organization?

KP Law participates annually in the Lawyers Have Heart 5K to help raise funds for the American Heart Association. In 2016, KP Law fielded the highest number of runners in the firm's history and saw some great finishing times.

What's one fact about the firm that people might be surprised to learn?

Operating for over four decades under several names, and for the last 34 years as Kopelman and Paige, P.C., the firm recently transitioned to KP Law, P.C. KP Law gratefully acknowledges the contributions of its co-founders, Leonard Kopelman and the late Donald Paige.

Why is it important to have all the lawyers in your firm members of the MBA?

Professional development: The educational offerings which relate to the firm's core practice areas and the opportunity to participate as educators in many of the CLE courses provided by the MBA.

Networking: Providing opportunities to our attorneys to continue to build contacts and stay in touch with alumni and other members within or outside of our core practice areas.

Benefits of section membership: Providing timely notice of recent case law and pending legislation that are shared within the firm at our monthly practice area learning sessions.

In what ways do you find the MBA beneficial to the lawyers in your firm?

For the same reasons as cited above: Professional development, networking and educational opportunities. Several of our attorneys have served in leadership roles in MBA section councils over the years, providing valuable opportunities for connecting with practitioners across a broad cross-section of relevant fields.

Are there any specific MBA programs you find particularly helpful to your firm?

Our attorneys regularly attend or participate as panelists in a wide range of MBA-sponsored continuing legal education programs.

What would you like to see more of at the MBA?

What we enjoy and find most useful! Educational opportunities and networking events!