Nixon Peabody LLP at a Glance


  • “Lower hours expectation”
  • “Support for marketing opportunities”
  • “Supportive partnership”


  • “Compensation is below-market”
  • “Inconsistent work flow”
  • “Fewer international contacts”

The Buzz

  • “Everyone’s a winner!”
  • “Prestigious”
  • “Very Boston”
  • “Second-tier”

About Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody's roots go back well over a century in three locations: Boston, Rochester, NY and San Francisco. Through decades of consolidations and mergers, the firm has grown to become the Nixon Peabody of today.

A Mighty Trio

Peabody & Brown began over 150 years ago in Boston, building a practice based on real estate, financial services and business law. Later, it focused on emerging growth companies, as high-tech companies and startups began popping up on the outskirts of Boston.

The firm's Rochester roots extend to 1875, when a firm called Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle opened its doors. The practice became an integral part of Rochester's evolution as an industrial center; Nixon Hargrave developed a reputation as one of the area's top corporate firms.

On the opposite coast, San Francisco's Lillick & Charles launched in 1897. While it worked with a number of California business clients, the firm was an early proponent of international law, developing Pacific Rim, Asian and European practices well before global work was commonplace. As a result of its broad geographic focus, Lillick & Charles became specialists in transportation, insurance, financial and industrial matters.

Coast to Coast

In 1999, Nixon Hargrave merged with Peabody & Brown. Two years later, that combined entity merged with Lillick & Charles. Nixon Peabody then made a big play for Boston, combining with the 150-year-old firm Hutchins, Wheeler & Dittmar. As a result of all this merger activity, Nixon Peabody wound up with offices nationwide and an ever-expanding roster of industry services and practices. The first official Nixon Peabody international office opened in London in 2007, followed by Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Global & Diversified

Nixon Peabody is now a major global firm with approximately 700 attorneys working in 17 offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Recognized for its energy practice, the firm also represents clients in dozens of other industries, including technology, life sciences, chemicals, arts and culture, health care, education and real estate.

But Nixon Peabody offers more than legal counsel to its clients. Through its proprietary referral program NP Capital Connector, the firm uses what it calls a "relationship-based approach" to connect growth companies with investment opportunities, financial services, and management positions and to make strategic introductions within its network. The firm also runs subsidiary financial services companies. Nixon Peabody Financial Advisors LLC provides comprehensive financial planning, investment management and advisory services, while Nixon Peabody Fiduciary Services is a trustee outsourcing business that offers portfolio accounting, trust and estate administration and back-end operations for trust administrators.


May 2014

Growing Private Equity Talent in NYC
Sean Hayes and Edward (Ted) Ughetta are the latest additions to Nixon Peabody's private equity team. Sean and Ted are known quantities in the private equity space, and their experience with private equity transactions and fund formation adds to the firm's resume as a nationally ranked private equity practice. Prior to joining the firm, Sean was a partner at Dentons US LLP and Ted was  a partner at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.  

February 2014

"Pay for Success" 
Nixon Peabody served as counsel in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Pay for Success initiative-the largest financial investment in such a contract in the U.S. Pay for Success contracts change the way government and society respond to chronic social problems. Navjeet Bal, counsel in the Boston office and former Commissioner of Revenue, represented the Commonwealth in this initiative by combining nonprofit expertise, private sector funding and rigorous evaluation to create solutions for positive social change. The goal of the $27-million Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative is to aid at-risk young men who are in the probation system or leaving the juvenile justice system. 

Eleven Attorneys Elected to the Partnership
Nixon Peabody's 2014 partnership class included six women and five men. The 11 new partners have made a name for themselves as leaders in the firm, their profession and their communities, demonstrating commitment to teamwork, collaboration and community service. 

Silicon Valley Reunion
Jeffrey Lokey and Shawn Hansen are the latest additions to Nixon Peabody's Palo Alto office, located in the heart of the world's innovation capital and representing many of the most dynamic and creative companies. Jeff and Shawn are experienced and talented partners in the high-stakes world of IP litigation where the technology at issue can be intricate and complex. Jeff, most recently a partner at Greenberg Traurig, previously worked with Shawn for almost 10 years at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips where they were both partners. 

January 2014 

Kickstarting Bourbon Production  
Black Button Distilling, the first grain-to-glass craft distillery in Rochester, New York, officially opened for business in Rochester's Public Market. Black Button and its president and head distiller Jason Barrett successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign to raise capital to get the distillery up and running. Nixon Peabody advised Black Button on state and federal beverage alcohol licenses, permits and regulatory matters, as well as certain corporate and distribution matters. The firm's cross-office, cross-practice legal team was led by two associates in its Rochester office, a corporate partner in Rochester and a beverage/alcohol attorney from New York City. 

Developing Downtown Los Angeles 
Nixon Peabody worked with Chinese property developer Oceanwide Real Estate Group who is entering into the U.S. real estate market for the first time with the purchase of a downtown Los Angeles parking lot across from Staples Center and the L.A. Live entertainment complex. The 4.6 acre site will be developed to include a five-star hotel, apartments and retail space. The project, Fig Central, has already been approved by the city for a high-end, mixed-use complex. The firm served as Oceanwide's acquisition counsel and will serve as development counsel moving forward.

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Nixon Peabody LLP

100 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-345-1000
Fax: 617-345-1300


  • Employer Type: Private
  • CEO & Managing Parter: Andrew I. Glincher
  • Hiring Partner: John V. Snellings
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 700

  • Employment Contact
    Tina Fontane
    Director of Non-Partner Recruiting
    Phone: (212) 940-3014

    Julie Zammuto
    Director, Lateral Partner Recruiting
    Phone: (617) 345-1161

  • Base Salary
    1st year:  $145,000
    Summer associate:  $2,800/week (metro area offices)

  • Summer Associate Offers
    16 out of 19 (2Ls) (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Affordable Housing
    Financial Restructuring
    Financial Services & Securities Litigation
    Global Business & Transactions
    Global Tax
    Government Investigations & White Collar Defense
    Health Services
    Intellectual Property Brands, Creation & Licensing
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    Labor & Employment
    Life Sciences
    Litigation & Dispute Resolution
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Private Clients
    Private Equity & Investment Funds
    Products Liability
    Public Company Transactions
    Public Finance
    Real Estate
    Tax Credit Finance & Syndication
    Venture Capital/Emerging Growth Companies

Major Office Locations

  • Albany, NY
  • Boston, MA
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Long Island, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Manchester, NH
  • New York, NY
  • Providence, RI
  • Rochester, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Washington, DC
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Shanghai
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