Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP at a Glance


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About Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP is a full-service midsize firm boasting top-flight legal talent as well as efficiency and cost-savings for clients. Among the firm's clients are major global corporations, banks and other public and private businesses, innovative emerging growth companies, entrepreneurs and capital sources, as well as medical and educational institutions, foundations and families.

Supreme Beginnings

Nutter has deep roots in the Boston community. In 1879, a young Louis D. Brandeis founded the firm with fellow Harvard alumnus Samuel D. Warren. Although Brandeis would leave private practice for the judiciary-he was appointed to the United States Supreme Court after 35 years at the firm-Nutter has maintained its prestigious reputation through multiple name changes.

Boston Strong

Even as a midsize firm, Nutter boasts a strong bench that would be the envy of many Big Law firms. The firm's hardworking attorneys once again gained recognition from U.S. News & World Report in 2017, earning the firm a "Best Law Firm" ranking for 12 practice areas nationally and 19 in Boston, ranging from litigation to real estate to intellectual property. Additionally, an impressive 45 Nutter attorneys were selected for the 2016 "Massachusetts Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" lists, and 32 attorneys were selected as "The Best Lawyers in America" for2017. But don't let their success fool you into thinking that these lawyers are merely worker drones, Nutter attorneys love their jobs. The firm ranks first nationally in Vault's inaugural Best Midsize Firms to Work For and has ranked first nationally in The American Lawyer's midlevel associate satisfaction survey for six out of seven years (prior to the change in firm-size criteria) including a record five consecutive years.

Community Commitment 

Current associates and partners at Nutter have big shoes to fill when it comes to pro bono. Founder Louis D. Brandeis is often credited with developing the pro bono tradition in American Legal practice during the turn of the 20th century. The firm is a challenge participant in the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Project, meaning it must certify each year that it spent three percent of the firm's paying client billable hours on pro bono work. The firm also works with a variety of non-profits providing legal services to battered women, those seeking unemployment compensation, artists and veterans, among other deserving Massachusetts residents.


July 2017
Nutter Recognized as Leader in Client Relationships

Nutter has been recognized by clients as one of 17 law firms with the strongest client relationships in the high tech industry in BTI Consulting's BTI Industry Power Rankings 2017. The law firms with the strongest relationships-who are both core and recommended first in the high tech industry-were named by clients in BTI Industry Power Rankings 2017.

May 2017
Not Just Honors, but Also Leaders

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business recognized Nutter and its attorneys for excellence in providing legal services to its clients across diverse practice areas. The firm was once again selected as a state leader in the categories of Banking & Finance: Corporate & Regulatory, Environment, Labor & Employment, Litigation, and Real Estate. In addition, Chambers USA 2017 named fifteen Nutter lawyers as leaders in their field.

November 2016
Another Year, Another "Best Law Firm"

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has ranked Nutter in the top tier nationally in 12 practice areas and in the top tier for Boston in 14 areas in its 2017 "Best Law Firms" survey. Nutter once again was recognized in the national Tier 1 category in Financial Services Regulation Law and Land Use & Zoning Law. Nutter's Boston office earned Metropolitan Tier 1 status in many key strategic areas, with its Commercial Litigation and Employment Law - Management practices ranked in the top tier for the first time.

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

155 Seaport Boulevard
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 439-2000


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman and Managing Partner: Deborah J. Manus
  • Recruiting Chair: Christopher H. Lindstrom
  • Total No. Attorneys 2017: 142

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    out of 4 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices

    Corporate and Transactions • Intellectual Property • Litigation • Private Client • Real Estate • Tax 

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA (HQ) • Hyannis, MA