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Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

At a Glance


“The collegiality and strong commitment to the legal community and pro bono”

“Overall reasonable expectations in terms of hours and performance standards”


“Below-market pay with market expectations”


About Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP is a full-service midsize firm boasting top-flight legal talent. 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.

Stars and Accolades

In 2018, the Boston Business Journal named Nutter a “Best Places to Work” honoree, the only law firm recognized that year. The firm was also recognized by The Boston Globe in 2018 as a best place to work. The firm’s accolades don’t stop there. Thirty-nine Nutter attorneys were named among The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 and 14 Nutter attorneys were named as “Leaders in Their Field” by Chambers USA in 2018. And the firm showed its strong Boston roots with its recognition by Chambers High Net Worth 2018 as a leading law firm in Private Wealth Law in Massachusetts.

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 victims of domestic violence, those seeking unemployment compensation, artists, and veterans, among other deserving Massachusetts residents.


November 2018

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have ranked Nutter nationally in 13 practice areas and in the top tier for Boston in 15 areas in the 2019 “Best Law Firms” survey. For the first time, Nutter was recognized in the national Tier 1 category for Litigation – Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) in addition to again being selected in the national Tier 1 categories for Financial Services Regulation Law and Land Use & Zoning Law. The firm also received numerous Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings across strategic practice areas.

September 2018

A team of intellectual property professionals, including three partners, has joined Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department. Steven Saunders; Kathleen Williams, Ph.D.; and Jeffrey Klayman focus their practices on a broad spectrum of intellectual property issues, including patent prosecution, litigation, and strategy; opinion and clearance matters; due diligence for corporate transactions; and the preparing and filing of inter partes review (IPR) petitions. Saunders serves as co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property department, and Williams serves as co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences group.

June 2018

Six partners and an of counsel with significant experience in banking, corporate, and securities law recently joined Nutter’s Corporate and Transactions department. Thomas Curry, who served as U.S. Comptroller of the Currency until May 2018, is a co-leader of Nutter’s Banking and Financial Services group, which also welcomed new partner Jason Cabral. Partners Michael Kushnir, Shannon Zollo, Aaron Gilman, and Jonathan Calla and Of Counsel Joshua French strengthen the firm’s capabilities in a wide range of transactions and business matters. Zollo serves as chair of the Mergers and Acquisitions practice group.

May 2018

Chambers USA 2018 honored 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 and was named a noted firm in the Corporate/M&A category. Chambers USA 2018 recognized fourteen Nutter lawyers as leaders in their field. In addition, Nutter was ranked a leading law firm in Private Wealth Law in Massachusetts in Chambers High Net Worth (HNW).

Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

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

Firm Stats

Co-Managing Partners: Liam T. O'Connell and Michael E. Scott
Recruiting Chair: Christopher H. Lindstrom
Total No. Attorneys 2019:
150 - 250

Base Salary

All offices
1st year: $170,000
Summer associate: $3,270/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
6 out of 6 (2Ls) (2018)

No. of Summer Associates:
7 total (6 2Ls; 1 1L)

Employment Contact

Donna M. Yergeau
Director of Legal Recruiting
(617) 439-2206

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA (HQ)
Hyannis, MA

Major Departments

Corporate and Transactions
Intellectual Property
Private Client
Real Estate