Boston Bar recruits lawyers to help businesses affected by marathon explosions

The Boston Bar Association said Thursday that it is recruiting lawyers who can volunteer to help small businesses affected by the explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

In a statement, association president J.D. Smeallie said: “The BBA is on standby, ready to support our city in its time of need. Based on what the City of Boston has told us, small business owners in the Back Bay may face legal issues involving insurance claims, the interruption of their business activities, possible relocation, and employee matters. We are committed to helping these businesses get back on their feet.”

To that end, the association said it wants to compile a list of lawyer volunteers who have experience in such issues as insurance, labor and employment, and relocation.

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The association’s press release included a statement from Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

“Boston is a resilient city, and our citizens are determined to recover from this tragedy,” Menino said. “A crucial piece of that recovery is ensuring the economic health of the Back Bay. The help of Boston Bar Association members will go a long way in making it as easy as possible for affected businesses to rebuild and reopen.”