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Joshua E. French

Of Counsel / Boston


Joshua E. French is Of Counsel in Nutter’s Corporate and Transactions Department. He focuses his practice on advising clients in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity finance, corporate governance, and incorporation.

Clients in all stages of their business life cycle engage Josh to serve as their outside general counsel. He has extensive experience advising privately-held emerging and middle-market companies on navigating corporate formation, fundraising, and liquidity events. Senior management at companies in a wide range of industries work closely with Josh to solve their complex business challenges.  Additionally, Josh serves as lead counsel to venture capital investors in connection with venture and growth equity investments in operating companies as well as the management of such investors’ portfolio companies.

Notable Experience and Client Impact

  • Represented a leading provider of owner’s project management services in the New England region in connection with its acquisition.
  • Represented a leading single-source provider of fluid handling solutions for high purity applications in connection with its acquisition by a distributor of laboratory products.
  • Represented a developer of scheduling and optimization software for an adaptive ecosystem for high-performance and cloud computing systems in connection with a variety of general corporate matters and financings, and its sale to an enterprise software company.
  • Represented Audley Travel US, Inc., a subsidiary of a leading private equity backed UK travel service, in its negotiation of a major credit facility with Barclays Bank.
  • Represented an analytical contract research organization (CRO) supporting the development of complex biologics and biosimilars in its acquisition by Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. (NYSE: CRL).
  • Represented a provider of nanocrystalline calcium-phosphate-based biomaterials that promote the repair and regeneration of damaged bone in its $60 million acquisition by a leading medical devices company.
  • Advised an electrical company in its acquisition by a private equity backed leader in the utilities industry.
  • Represented a provider of water hauling, disposal, and acid services for oil and gas exploration and production companies in its $50 million sale to a publicly-traded closed-end investment company.

Josh has served as a judge of the Venture Capital Investment Competition, a business plan competition in which students are the investors and entrepreneurs pitch to them. He has presented on financing, corporate law, and equity at TiE ScaleUp and TechSandbox, programs that help entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Josh is a committee member for the National MS Society’s annual Climb to the Top event, in which participants ascend more than 1,000 stairs to raise funds for MS research.

Prior to joining Nutter, Josh was a senior attorney at a prominent Massachusetts law firm. He is a member of the Boston Bar Association.

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Education & Admissions


  • Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Duke University, B.A.


  • Massachusetts

In the Community

Josh is a committee member for the National MS Society’s annual Climb to the Top event, in which participants ascend more than 1,000 stairs to raise funds for MS research.

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