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James W. Gately

Associate / Boston


James W. Gately is an associate in Nutter’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Business Litigation practice group. James is a client-first litigator with experience navigating complex civil matters, including commercial disputes and business torts, antitrust controversies, real estate and zoning litigation, and insurance coverage issues. A wide range of clients, from individuals and small businesses to multinational corporations, have relied on James to represent them in federal and state courts and before a variety of state and federal agencies. James brings experience in all stages of litigation to his practice, including initial fact investigation, discovery, depositions, dispositive motions, expert witness preparation, and trial.

Notable Experience and Client Impact:

  • Managing large-scale document collections, review, and productions in trade secret and tortious interference litigation on behalf of high-tech client
  • Advising business, trade groups, and professional associations on antitrust claim and compliance issues
  • Representing artist in copyright dispute arising from unauthorized use of the artist’s works in a motion picture available for streaming around the globe
  • Advising financial institution regarding insurance and litigation issues arising from data breach
  • Representing developer in challenge to permits for large mix-use development in the City of Boston
  • Representing multinational manufacturing client in intellectual property and contractual breach matter before mediator and in state court
  • Representing individuals in complex trust and closely-held business dispute
  • Representing trustees and individuals in trust, guardianship, and conservatorship petitions before state courts

James is committed to the firm’s proud legacy of pro bono representation. In addition to maintaining an ongoing pro bono practice, James regularly volunteers in a “lawyer for the day” program at the Appeals Court, where he advises economically disadvantaged litigants on civil appellate issues.

Prior to joining the firm, James worked as a summer associate at an international law firm in San Francisco, CA, as a paralegal in the Boston office of an international law firm, and as a paralegal specialist at the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C. James served as lead paralegal of the Division's winning trial team in U.S. v. H&R Block—the Division's first successful challenge to a merger in more than eight years—and earned an Assistant Attorney General Award of Distinction for his work.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), James received the American Jurisprudence Award and served as Publishing Editor of the California Law Review. The journal published his comment, Caetano: A Dangerous Misreading of Unusual in Heller, in 2016.

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Education & Admissions


University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D.
Trinity College, B.A.


  • Massachusetts 


In the Community

James has coached an under-10 boys league at Hill House in Boston and served as an academic mentor at For the Love of Children in Washington, D.C. In 2011, he ran the Boston Marathon, raising nearly $20,000 for the Limbs for Life Foundation to provide prosthetic care and support to amputees.


A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), James received the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law and served as a Publishing Editor of the California Law Review.

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