Laredo & Smith, LLP

Laredo & Smith, LLP

The law firm of Laredo & Smith, LLP provides respected advice and creative representation in business litigation, white collar criminal defense and government investigations, corporate compliance, business law, and employment law.

Firm Overview

Its attorneys are responsive and have a passion for achieving excellent results. You'll find thoughtful and thorough representation in preventing litigation and avoiding disputes and a strategic and tenacious approach to litigation.

Respected advice and creative representation
From proactive prevention of problems to tenacious representation in court when needed, Laredo & Smith, LLP is known for obtaining excellent results for its clients. Large and small firms throughout the country have referred clients to Laredo & Smith because of our deep expertise in business litigation, white collar criminal defense and government investigations as well as corporate compliance, business and employment law.

Experienced attorneys, skilled litigators
Laredo & Smith was founded in 1996 and each partner has been practicing law for more than 25 years. Our accomplished attorneys have significant experience in state and federal court, successfully litigating against some of the biggest law firms in the region on a variety of cases. We're persistent and effective.

Our approach: Letting you stay focused on your business
Legal problems can derail a company from its business focus, disrupt operations and even threaten a company's viability. At Laredo & Smith, our attorneys are proactive problem solvers. We work with you to reduce legal risk. When necessary, we get involved quickly to minimize damage and find a solution. And, when negotiations are not reasonable or appropriate, our attorneys are strategic and tenacious in court to obtain the best possible result.

Our size is our advantage. Our firm is large enough to provide you with the legal expertise you need, but small enough to be cost-effective and focused on you, the client. We pride ourselves on our careful attention to our clients' needs. When you contact us, you'll hear back from us promptly. We work with you to formulate and advise you on your goals. And we're good listeners.

Main Office

Main Office
101 Federal Street, Suite 650
Boston MA 02110




Business Law

We work with you to formulate and achieve your goals.

Trusted advisors

The hallmark of Laredo & Smith's business law practice is the close relationship we have with our clients. We get to know each client's business and its particular needs and we collaborate to develop goals and strategies for the business's legal matters. We work proactively to prevent disputes and allow you stay focused on your business. An important part of our relationship with our clients is our responsiveness. When you call or email, you hear back from us promptly.

Practical advice and sound judgment

We work with companies to establish their business entities and craft agreements for the organization and management of the business. We advise on business regulations, help our clients grow through merger and acquisition, and assist them in exiting through succession planning and sale.

We consult with our clients on a regular basis and work closely when a crisis situation threatens. Our advice is practical and cost-sensitive.

Our Work

-Created a master services agreement and various subsidiary agreements for an accounting technology company.
-Worked with an internet services and consulting company to provide an incentive compensation program for its senior management.
-Drafted and negotiated a complex agreement for a medical products manufacturer which was transferring its main manufacturing operations to another region.
-Helped a family-owned construction company successfully transfer ownership to the next generation.

Marc C. Laredo

Laredo & Smith, LLP

Marc Laredo brings his strategic legal approach to business litigation, general business law and employment law. He represents clients in a wide array of business disputes, including commercial contract cases, disputes in closely held corporations, business torts, executive employment and non-competition litigation, government investigations, commercial real estate matters, and construction cases. In addition, he serves as counsel to closely held businesses, advising them on issues such as the initial formation and maintenance of the business entity, contract and employment matters, as well as crisis situations.

Mr. Laredo is a member of the Editorial Board of the Massachusetts Law Review and serves as Book Review Editor. He is the author of "The Attorney-Client Privilege in the Business Context" and "Shareholder Duties and Disputes in Closely Held Corporations in Massachusetts," both published by the Massachusetts Law Review and has taught at numerous continuing legal education programs.

Mr. Laredo was named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list by the Thomson Reuters rating service in 2014 and has received that designation, awarded to no more than 5% of lawyers in the state, every year since 2005. He is AV-rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, its highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics.

Early in his career, Mr. Laredo served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

Mr. Laredo is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He lives in Newton with his wife and they have three children.


University of Pennsylvania
J.D., 1984

Mark D. Smith

Laredo & Smith, LLP

Mark Smith concentrates his practice in white-collar crime, government investigations, and business litigation and regulation. He vigorously defends individuals and businesses during all stages of criminal and other government enforcement actions and in business litigation matters.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Smith spent more than a decade as an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office where as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Bureau he supervised over fifty prosecutors assigned to the Environmental Crimes Strike Force, Public Integrity Division, Economic Crimes Division, and the High Technology Crimes Unit. He oversaw the prosecution of more than one hundred public corruption cases and personally tried cases ranging from securities fraud to public corruption offenses. He also acted as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in joint federal and state criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Prior to his work for the Attorney General's office, Mr. Smith served as a public defender in New York City and clerked for a trial judge of the New York State Supreme Court. He is active in the Boston Bar Association, currently serving on the Association's Council and as a Chairman of the Education Committee. He is a former Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Section and has also served as chairman of several continuing education programs. Mr. Smith has been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list since 2010 by the Thomson Reuters rating service, a recognition awarded to no more than 5% of lawyers in the state.

Mr. Smith is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and Suffolk University Law School. He lives in Scituate with his wife and their two children.


Suffolk University Law School
J.D., 1983

Jose P. Sierra

Laredo & Smith, LLP

Jose Sierra brings a breadth of experience as an in-house attorney, outside practitioner and trial attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office to his work with clients at Laredo & Smith, LLP. He has more than a dozen years' experience advising pharmaceutical company executives, audit committees and corporate directors on legal, employment, compliance and business strategies.

Prior to his work at Laredo & Smith, Mr. Sierra was a Principal at Fish & Richardson, where he represented clients under government investigation, litigated shareholder and business disputes, and counseled life science and healthcare companies on compliance. He was the Chief Compliance Officer for Sepracor (now Sunovion) and Kos Pharmaceuticals, establishing those companies' compliance departments, and was previously Director of Litigation at Schering-Plough. Mr. Sierra spent a dozen years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark, NJ, investigating and trying numerous high profile cases. Following law school he served as clerk to the Honorable Reynaldo G. Garza, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and taught White Collar Crime at Rutgers Law School.

Mr. Sierra frequently speaks on corporate compliance, whistleblowing and corporate investigations, and writes a blog, Pharmarisc, which provides cutting-edge analysis on legal and compliance issues in the life science industries.

He has been admitted to the state bar in Massachusetts, Delaware, New Jersey and New York and to the federal bar in the Districts of Massachusetts, Delaware, and New Jersey, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Mr. Sierra is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Cornell Law School. A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Sierra lives with his wife and children in the Boston area. He is fluent in Spanish.

Jessica Luz Yau

Laredo & Smith, LLP

Jessica joined Laredo & Smith after graduating from Boston College Law School. There she served as a research assistant to two Boston College law professors, was president of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and was a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

Jessica is a magna cum laude graduate of Hamilton College where she won the Earl H. Wright Prize for Excellence in Public Discourse and Advocacy, among other honors.

Jessica grew up in Somerville and currently lives in Boston.


Boston College Law School
J.D., 2011