Nutter McClennen & Fish
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|Major practice areas||General Practice|
|Founder||Samuel D. Warren
Louis D. Brandeis
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP is a long-standing law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1879 by Harvard Law School classmates Samuel D. Warren and Louis Brandeis. The firm operated under the name Warren & Brandeis until 1897, although Warren left active practice in 1888 to take over his family's business. William Harrison Dunbar, son of a Harvard professor, joined the firm in 1886, and George Read Nutter joined in 1889. The firm took the name Brandeis Dunbar & Nutter in 1897 and kept that name until 1916, when Brandeis was nominated to the Supreme Court. The firm now has about 140 lawyers.
The Nutter firm claims particular expertise in litigation (especially land-use litigation), intellectual property, technology, business, and real estate law.
Nutter ranked first in Boston and second in the United States in The American Lawyer's 2006 Summer Associate Survey, while the American Lawyer’s annual survey of midlevel associates ranked Nutter in the top five firms in the country for two years in a row. In 2007, Nutter ranked #1 nationally and, for a second consecutive year, #1 in Boston in The American Lawyer’s annual Summer Associate Survey. Nutter scored 4.989 out of a possible 5 points to achieve the number one ranking. This news complements The American Lawyer’s annual survey of midlevel associates, in which Nutter ranked among the top five firms in the country and Boston for the last three years. In 2007, eighteen Nutter partners were selected for the 2007 list of “The Best Lawyers in America.” There are similar ratings for earlier years.
Nutter was recognized as a “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in their second annual survey, ranking in the top tier nationally for Patent Law and Land Use & Zoning. In addition, Nutter received Tier 1 rankings in Boston in 10 practice areas: Banking and Finance, White Collar Criminal Defense – Governmental Investigations, White Collar Criminal Defense – Litigation, Environmental Law, Land Use & Zoning, Litigation – Environmental, Patent Law, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Real Estate Law and Trusts & Estates Law.
The firm's founder, Louis Brandeis, is often credited as a contributor to the development of a pro bono tradition in American legal practice. Nutter is a founding member and challenge participant in the Pro Bono Institute's Law Firm Pro Bono Project.
- Melvin Urofsky, Louis D. Brandeis: A Life (Random House, 2012), ISBN 978-0805211955, pp. 49ff. Excerpts available at Google Books.
- Diana Klebanow, Franklin L. Jonas, People's Lawyers: Crusaders for Justice in American History (M. E. Sharpe, 2003), ISBN 978-0765606730, p. 61.Excerpts available at Google Books.
- "Best Law Firms: Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP", U.S. News & World Report (accessed 2013-11-20).