Burns & Levinson LLP

125 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110-162, United States
Phone: 617-345-3000
Fax: 617-345-3299
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
Other Countries
  • Canada
Number of Attorneys
100+ Attorneys

Amend Plans Now For New Disability Claims Procedure

New federal rules apply for processing disability claims made under employee benefit and executive deferred compensation plans after April 1, 2018. Employers sponsoring retirement plans, disability plans, or nonqualified…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

ERISA Audit Season: Is It Raining on Your Parade?

An employer is required to file an annual audit report of its retirement plan with the federal government if the plan has over 100 participants. Form 5500 submissions that omit a required audit report in any year invite…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law, Taxation

Bank On It: States Taking a Proactive Approach to Cannabis Banking

When it comes to the cannabis industry, banks and other financial institutions can find themselves in a particularly murky legal waters (see Banking & Cannabis: Where Do Things Stand?). Federal rules dictate that banks and…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking

Massachusetts Employers: Prepare for Supplemental Unemployment Tax Assessments

Massachusetts employers will soon see the impact of House Bill 3822, signed last year by Governor Charlie Baker. In an effort to offset the significant shift from commercial to publicly subsidized health care coverage, in 2018…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

The Great Compromise

Massachusetts’ Cannabis Control Commission landed firmly in the middle of the road when it voted on February 26, 2018, to postpone granting licenses to marijuana home-delivery services and “social consumption” operations. In…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics

Test Your GDPR Preparedness: 7 Questions to Ask Your Team

With only 100 days to go until the General Data Protection Regulation becomes enforceable on May 25, it is increasingly imperative for organizations that process information relating to an identified/identifiable European person…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Privacy

Cannabis in the Commonwealth: What Are People Saying?

I recently attended the New England Real Estate Journal’s “Cannabis: The Next Phase in Commercial Real Estate” summit, which brought together a number of local players for networking and a high-level discussion of where the…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Real Estate - Commercial

What’s In a Name?

Question: What do Sean Combs, J.K. Rowling, LeBron James, Lionel Messi, and Mark Wahlberg have in common? Two things, actually. First, they are all listed on the Forbes 2017 Celebrity 100 List; second, they all have gone to the…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Ironically, a General Release Needs to Be Specific to Apply to Wage Act Claims

Often, when settling a dispute, I include a general release that goes something like this..…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission Releases Draft of Regulations for Implementation of Adult-Use Marijuana

On December 21, 2017, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission filed a first draft of regulations for the purpose of implementing the legality of adult use of marijuana. The draft—935 CMR 500.000—reflects more than 80…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts

Alert to Privacy Shield Participants: You Could Lose Your Privacy Certification If You Ignore This Warning

Recently, Privacy Shield participants started receiving these troubling alerts, purportedly from the International Trade Administration, warning that the recipient organization owes a new fee, and threatening to cancel that…more
 /  Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Privacy

New Decision Fine-Tunes Mass. Removal Law

In some divorces/post-divorce situations, one parent wants to move with the parties’ children to another state, or even another country. This is called “removal,” and requires either the permission of the other parent or the…more
 /  Family Law

Tax Reform: Compensation and Benefits

The new federal tax reform, signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017, will change tax liabilities and strategies for many organizations and individuals beginning this year. The following is a summary of key…more
 /  Business Organizations, Education, Labor & Employment Law, Nonprofit Law, Taxation

Marijuana by the Numbers

As we’ve blogged before, we don’t believe that Attorney General Sessions’ revocation of the Cole Memorandum will have much impact on the regulated, licensed marijuana industry. As of this post, we’ve neither heard nor read of…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Taxation

That Sound Reminds Me of…

Part of the fun of trademark practice is its unique overlap with literature, art, science, culture, and psychology. Words and symbols are used as trademarks to identify sources of commercial goods; convey messages to consumers…more
 /  Intellectual Property
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