Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP at a Glance


  • “Quality of work”
  • “Friendly environment”
  • “Commitment to pro bono”


  • “Would like to work fewer hours”
  • “Some partners are not the greatest to work for”
  • “Pressure”

The Buzz

  • “Family-friendly”
  • “Strong IP”
  • “Great balance”
  • “Boston”

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 BigLaw firms. The firm's hardworking attorneys gained recognition from U.S. News & World Report earning the firm a "Best Law Firm" ranking for 13 practice areas nationally and 17 in Boston, ranging from environmental law litigation to antitrust to intellectual property. Additionally, an impressive 52 Nutter attorneys were selected for the 2015 "Massachusetts Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" lists, and 32 attorneys were selected as "The Best Lawyers in America" for 2016. 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. 


June 2016
Nutter Named to  'BTI Most  Recommended Law FirmsList  for Second Consecutive Year

Nutter has been named a law firm recommended by corporate counsel in the BTI Most Recommended Law Firms 2016  list for the second consecutive year, according to BTI Consulting Group. Top legal decision-makers recommended Nutter-in an unprompted manner-as a firm that reflected their personal standards of quality, client service, and value. Corporate counsel cited the following criteria as the most important when recommending a law firm to a peer: superior client service, expertise, breadth and depth, high-caliber attorneys, and legal skills.

May 2016
Chambers USA and Chambers HNW 2016 Recognize Nutter Lawyers, Practices for Legal Excellence

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. Chambers USA 2016 named fourteen Nutter lawyers as leaders in their field. In addition, Nutter was recognized as a leading law firm in Private Wealth Law in Massachusetts in the inaugural edition of Chambers High Net Worth (HNW). Three Nutter lawyers were selected as notable practitioners.

April 2016
Law360 Names Nutter as One of the 100 Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

Nutter ranked as one of the "100 Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys" in Law360's second annual list. The survey measured female representation at the partner and non-partner levels and its total number of female attorneys at more than 300 U.S. firms or vereins with a U.S. component. Firms are ranked based on four factors: the percentage of partners, both equity and nonequity, who are women; the percentage of nonpartners who are women; the split between the firm's female partner percentage and female nonpartner percentage; and the number of female attorneys at the firm.

November 2015
Nutter Recognized As Top Tier Firm in U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Rankings

In the annual "Best Law Firms" rankings, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers has ranked Nutter in the top tiers nationally in thirteen practice areas and in the top tier for Boston in twelve areas. Nutter ranked in the national Tier 1 in Financial Services Regulation Law and Land Use & Zoning Law, and in Tier 1 for Boston in most of its key strategic practice areas. Four additional practice areas were ranked in the second and third tiers regionally.

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

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


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Deborah J. Manus
  • Hiring Attorney: Matthew J. Bresette
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 151

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

  • Summer Associate Offers
    7 out of 7 (2Ls) (2016)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Business/General Corporate • Intellectual Property • Litigation • Real Estate and Finance • Tax • Trust and Estates  

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA • Hyannis, MA