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Since 1879

  • Warren & Brandeis is Established – 1879Nutter, originally called Warren & Brandeis, was co-founded by Louis D. Brandeis and Samuel D. Warren. The firm quickly gained a reputation for representing many of New England’s growing industries.

  • Innovation and Thought Leadership – 1890Louis Brandeis and Samuel Warren authored The Right to Privacy, a law review article which established the legal concept of privacy and a right to be let alone,establishing the foundation for the firms culture of innovation and thought leadership.

  • The U.S. Supreme Court – 1916Louis D. Brandeis leaves the firm then known as Brandeis, Dunbar & Nutter, to take his seat on the United States Supreme Court.

  • Paving the Way for Equality – 1918Paving the way for equality and diversity in the industry, the firm welcomes its first three women attorneys to practice law in 1918.

  • Expanding Services – 1969Continued growth, expanding expertise plus client demand prompts the firm to formalize major practices areas: Corporate/Transactional, Litigation, Real Estate, Tax, Private Client and Labor, Employment & Benefits.

  • Groundbreaking Partnership – 1978Miriam H. Kanter is named as the firm’s first woman partner.

  • Client-Centric Approach – 1986Nutter’s commitment to leadership and client centricity extends outside the firm; Nutter joins four other law firms in creating the TechLaw Group, Inc, providing a forum to share best practices and better serve the needs of technology companies.

  • Unprecedented Expansion – 1988Nutter boldly expands the firms roster of capabilities by becoming the first general practice firm to enter the patent business and establish an intellectual property practice group.

  • Formation of Registered Investment Advisor – 1988Nutter becomes one of the first law firms to form a registered investment advisor to manage assets in its Trust Department, which now exceed $2 billion. The investment professionals at Nutter Investment Advisors also manage many charitable trusts, including one established by President John Adams in 1822.

  • Building on a Solid Foundation – 1989Michael E. Mooney named managing partner for a tenure that will extend for 22 years.

  • A Spirit of Independence – 2002Nutter moves to Bostons Seaport Innovation District, signaling its bold and independent spirit amid a flurry of mergers among other law firms in town.

  • Extraordinary Leadership – 2011Deborah J. Manus is elected to position of Managing Partner, as one of few women nationally to lead a law firm.

  • Seasoned Bench Strength – 2014Expanding Nutter's deep and seasoned bench strength, Partner Allison Burroughs becomes a Judge of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, joining a lineage of former Nutter partners who have served in the judiciary, including Louis Brandeis, Jacob Kaplan, Arthur Whittemore, James Lynch, Gordon Doerfer, Patrick Brady, Charles Barrett, Edward Liebensperger, and Robert Ullmann.

  • Commitment to Excellence – 2017Building on its proud and longstanding commitment to excellence and culture, Nutter is recognized by  U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers as one of the top national firms in its Best Law Firmssurvey, with 16 first tier national and regional rankings. For the second year in a row, Nutter ranks #1 in Vault’s “Best Midsize Law Firms to Work For” survey.


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