BHPK Ethics Alert
Important New Information and
Reminder Re: December 31, 2012 Deadline
About Our Ethics Practice:
Vigorous Defense Before the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission
The State Ethics Commission strictly enforces the state’s conflict of interest law and financial disclosure law, which are applicable to all public employees and elected officials in Massachusetts. If you have been accused of violating provisions of those laws, you may be investigated or required to appear in adjudicatory hearings before the State Ethics Commission.
At Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, LLP, our clients include state, county and municipal employees and officials, as well as individuals who provide services to state, county or municipal governments. Our Boston law firm provides prospective legal advice and vigorously defends those who require representation before the State Ethics Commission.
If you seek prophylactic legal advice or have had a complaint made against you, contact us to discuss representation. We can serve your needs regarding a broad range of issues:
Violation of conflict of interest law: All public employees and officials and many contractors to government are subject to the conflict of interest law. This law addresses circumstances where a private business, family relationship or friendship, or other private interests interfere with public responsibilities. For example, the law:
- Restricts a public employee’s ability to receive compensation outside his or her public employment;
- Restricts public employees after they leave public service; and
- Restricts business partners of current and former public employees.
Violation of financial disclosure law: This law requires elected state and county officials and public employees in major policy-making positions to make yearly disclosures of their private financial interests. If they fail to do so, they may be held accountable to the State Ethics Commission.
BHPK attorney Judy A. Levenson served as General Counsel to the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission for more than four years before joining our private law practice. In that position, she supervised and participated in the work of the Commission’s Legal Division, which included writing legal opinions and giving legal advice to public officials and employees, serving as legal advisors to the Commissioners in adjudicatory hearings, and representing the Commission in litigation.
Ms. Levenson now uses her professional experience to bring a unique perspective to advising about and defending against ethics claims. She has an in-depth understanding of the legal challenges government officials and public employees face, and she uses this understanding to help our clients achieve the best possible results.