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www.nutter.com

Litigation

Why Nutter for Litigation

Nutter litigators enjoy a national reputation based on their superior skills both in and out of the courtroom. We aggressively and effectively represent clients from pre-litigation counseling through the litigation process, including discovery, trial and appeal, as well as alternative dispute resolution where appropriate. We pride ourselves in achieving positive outcomes for our clients through sound strategy, intense preparation, and steadfast advocacy.

Our Team

Our litigators are prominent and highly respected members of the legal and business communities. Many of them have served in leadership positions in the American, Boston, and Massachusetts Bar Associations, and the Commonwealth's Judicial Nominating Committee. Some of them appear in The Best Lawyers in America, teach at Boston law schools, and are nationally published. Among our partners are:

  • Two fellows of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers
  • A former first assistant U.S. attorney, chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, and senior trial attorney in the Department of Justice
  • A former assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the economic crimes unit for the District of Massachusetts
  • A former justice of the Massachusetts Superior and Probate Courts
  • The former president of the Boston Bar Association, founding member of the Women's Bar Foundation, and chair of the SJC's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Services
  • Former Massachusetts assistant attorneys general
  • A director of the Environmental Business Council of New England

Who We Represent

Our clients represent a broad spectrum of businesses and individuals, including major publicly-held companies based in the United States and abroad, family-owned and other privately-held companies, professional service firms, including several of the Big Four accounting firms and numerous prominent law firms, major universities, hospitals, and other non-profit institutions, regulated businesses such as registered broker-dealers, money management firms and investment advisers, and governmental entities, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, various state agencies and numerous municipalities.

What We Do

Antitrust

  • Price fixing, market allocations, group boycotts and other conspiracies
  • Dealer terminations and other dealer/distributor disputes
  • Monopolization
  • Price discrimination
  • Government investigations
  • Defending and attacking proposed mergers, joint ventures and other business combinations
  • Unfair competition and other business torts
  • Tying and reciprocal dealing
  • Claims involving intellectual property issues, including standard-setting and restrictive licensing practices

Alternative dispute resolution

  • Arbitration of all types, including commercial, labor, construction and international
  • Mediation
  • Mini-trials and other court-sponsored ADR methods
  • Service as trained neutrals and arbitrators for AAA, court-sponsored privately arranged, and other ADR forums

Commercial litigation

  • Complex contract disputes
  • Tortious interference and other business torts
  • Common law fraud
  • RICO
  • Chapter 93A
  • Non-competition covenants
  • Partnership and close corporation disputes
  • Business valuation
  • Software disputes

Bankruptcy and workout litigation

  • Represent officers and directors of troubled companies both before and during bankruptcy proceedings
  • Obtain pre-bankruptcy injunctive and attachment remedies for creditors
  • Litigate in the Bankruptcy Court against estate representatives claiming preferences, fraudulent conveyances and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Represent buyers of troubled businesses in the Bankruptcy Court

Education

  • Tort claims arising out of campus security breaches for universities and secondary schools
  • Title IV
  • Civil rights
  • Student discipline
  • Claims under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • First Amendment issues, including freedom of speech and separation of church and state
  • Employment claims
  • Faculty disputes

Employment

  • Employment and labor relations matters
  • Contract disputes over employment contracts and non-competition covenants
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Discrimination and harassment
  • ERISA
  • Privacy
  • Defamation
  • Worker's compensation
  • Worker health and safety

Environmental

  • Ground water contamination
  • Environmental compliance actions
  • Superfund clean-ups
  • Wetlands protection
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Private party clean-ups
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Sewage treatment and disposal

First Amendment

Intellectual property

  • Patents
  • Trademarks and trade dress
  • Copyrights
  • Trade secrets 

Insurance

  • Coverage disputes and bad faith claims
  • Asbestos claims
  • Environmental and other Massachusetts tort coverage issues
  • Directors' and officers' liability
  • Life, health and disability coverages
  • Complex coverage issues in bankruptcy context
  • Coverage audits and other proactive insurance counseling

Probate

  • Will contests
  • Trust disputes
  • cy pres proceedings
  • Custody
  • Adoptions
  • Paternity
  • Partitions of property
  • Claims against fiduciaries

Product liability

  • Medical devices
  • Blood products
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Motor vehicles
  • Heavy equipment
  • Computer equipment
  • Gases
  • Chemicals
  • Asbestos-containing products
  • Consumer products

Professional liability and malpractice

  • Accounting
  • Legal
  • Medical

Real estate and zoning

  • Construction claims
  • Land use disputes
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Eminent domain

Securities and corporate

  • Securities fraud
  • Insider trading
  • Corporate disclosure issues
  • Claims arising out of mergers and acquisitions
  • Proxy contests and other corporate control disputes
  • SEC and state securities enforcement
  • Officer and director liability
  • Broker/dealer disputes
  • Claims involving investment advisory firms

White collar criminal defense

  • Criminal trials and appeals
  • Representing witnesses before federal and state grand juries
  • Claims such as procurement fraud, tax fraud, antitrust, mail and securities fraud, money laundering, and campaign contribution violations