Overview

Introduction

Operating out of two offices in Massachusetts, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP is a northeast staple. A full-service, midsize firm, Nutter has around 150 lawyers working across a dozen industries. Lawyers at Nutter bring a host of experience in such areas as corporate, IP, labor and employment, litigation, privacy and data security, private client, public policy, real estate, and tax. The firm’s catch phrase is enough to set it apart from the competition: “uncommon law.”

Firm Stats


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Total No. Attorneys (2020)

150 - 250

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Featured Rankings

Top 150 Under 150

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Base Salary

All offices


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No. of U.S. Offices

2


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No. of International Offices

0


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Major Office Locations

Boston, MA (HQ)

Vault Verdict

While grades are important, Nutter is looking for more than a top school and academics—the firm seeks attorneys with positive attitudes who will fit with the team. Candidates should prepare to explain why they are interested in working for Nutter specifically. The firm atmosphere is pleasant, and lawyers enjoy spending time with each other—something the firm supports with sponsored events and an in-house cafeteria. Partners treat associates respectfully and are available for mentoring. And they trust associates with high-levels of responsibility—something the associates appreciate. Some wish there was greater transparency from the top. The firm has a strong training program, including in-depth training for junior attorneys. When it comes to hours, lawyers at the firm work hard, bu...

About the Firm

Operating out of two offices in Massachusetts, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP is a northeast staple. A full-service, midsize firm, Nutter has around 150 lawyers working in nine major practice areas across a dozen industries. The firm’s catch phrase is enough to set it apart from the competition: “uncommon law.”

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.

Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Associate Reviews


  • “In general, attorneys socialize frequently; the firm hosts summer and holiday parties and many summer associate-oriented events that involve other attorneys at the firm. Associates tend to be pretty close to each other, even across departments, since the summer classes tend to be fairly small (typically 5-10 associates). I think it's seen as somewhat unusual for an attorney (even a partner) to not be involved with department or firmwide social events.”
  • “The firm socializes frequently together—there are weekly ‘wine downs’ for all lawyers to attend.”
  • “Attorneys at Nutter genuinely like spending time together. Nutter hosts weekly socializing events for attorneys, and the firm gathers for lunch in the Nutter cafe daily.”
  • “Very pleasant environment. I love the people I work with and most people at the firm are friendly and kind and collegial. I think the environment is unusually positive for a law firm.”

Getting Hired Here


  • “In general, I think the hiring committee really focuses on personality and qualities like prior work experience rather than simply looking for top 10% from top 30 schools or some metric like that. Associates who do well tend to have positive ‘can do’ attitudes and demonstrate a willingness to attend client and civic/charitable events. …”
  • “We hire mainly from the local Boston schools, looking for candidates with strong grades. Personality fit is a very important component.”
  • “’Why Nutter?’ is a very important question.”
  • “[Topics covered during the interview include] prior work experiences or interesting internships/seminars at school or during college; hobbies; whether and why they are interested in a particular practice area or department; whether candidate is really focused on Boston as a long-term home and job market; whether candidate is looking for mid-size firm rather than BigLaw (often hard to really discern since most smart interviewees will simply say that Nutter is their top choice).”