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Nixon Peabody LLP

2025 Vault Rankings

At a Glance

Uppers

“Respectful culture.”

“How collaborative it is.”

Downers

“Firmwide communication can sometimes feel disjointed.”

“Major announcements from management come out of the blue.”

About Nixon Peabody LLP

Nixon Peabody is home to about 600 lawyers across 15 offices worldwide. The firm’s practices include corporate, real estate, government investigations & white-collar defense, healthcare, and intellectual property, among several others. 

Forward Looking

Nixon Peabody is one of Boston’s preeminent firms—and ranked among Vault’s top 20 Boston firms. With predecessor firms going back to the 1850s, Nixon Peabody is the result of the 1999 merger of Rochester firm Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP, and Boston-based Peabody & Brown. Not one to dwell on the past, Nixon Peabody looks toward the future. Offering forward-thinking solutions for complex legal challenges, the firm is committed to making a positive impact for its clients, its people, and the communities where they live and work.

From Billables to Podcasts

Nixon Peabody is recognized for its leadership in affordable housing and real estate, government investigations & white-collar defense, intellectual property, energy and environment, healthcare, tax, public finance, M&A, private equity, and complex commercial disputes. The firm also focuses on emerging areas like autonomous vehicles; big data; blockchain; photonics; and power plant decommissioning, demotion, and remediation—among others. Nixon Peabody’s clients include Alaska Airlines, AMP Capital, Brown University, City of Los Angeles, Constellation Brands, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York City).  

The firm has a robust healthcare practice that takes a multi-disciplinary approach. Its clients include digital health companies, home health facilities, hospitals and medical centers, medical device companies, nursing homes, pharmaceutical companies, private equity firms, rehabilitation facilities, and many more.

Nixon Peabody is big on communication—and engaging. In addition to its range of thought leadership blogs and video content, Nixon Peabody is also active on social media and has its own podcast, She Talks Law, which celebrates women business owners and entrepreneurs across industries.

All are Welcome

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a major focal point at Nixon Peabody. In 2020, Nixon Peabody became one of four BigLaw firms to join Move the Needle Fund—an “experimental laboratory” with four founding law firms that will take innovative measures to reach aggressive diversity goals. Nixon Peabody is also a five-time recipient of the Mansfield Rule Certification Plus. And for 14 consecutive years, Nixon Peabody has scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index—a national benchmarking tool for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees. The firm also developed the NP Scholars internship, an academic-year program that gives law students hands-on experience in specific practice areas, and annually commits to 50% of the candidates interviewed being from groups that have been historically underrepresented in the law.

News & Awards

NOTABLE CASES
  • Nixon Peabody served as bond counsel to the City of Los Angeles in connection with their issuance of $389 million in General Obligation Bonds Series 2022-A (Taxable) (Social Bonds). 
  • Modern Font Applications LLC v. Alaska Airlines, Inc.—Nixon Peabody won a precedential opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a patent lawsuit regarding non-standard fonts in mobile apps. 
  • Nixon Peabody represented Australia-based AMP Capital Holdings Limited and its subsidiary, AMP Capital Investors International Holdings Limited, a large global investment manager, in connection with the sale of AMP's infrastructure mezzanine debt platform to Ares Holdings LP.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
  • Leaders in Tech Law Award for “Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion,” 2023—Legalweek 
  • 16 “Lawyers of the Year,” 2023—The Best Lawyers in America® 
  • 24 National Tier 1 and 94 Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings, 2023—U.S. News—Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”
  • 24 Department Rankings (including eight Department Rankings in the top Band 1 category), 2022—Chambers USA
  • Inclusion Champion, 2022—Diversity Lab

Why Work Here

You’re entering the legal profession at a time of tremendous change. At Nixon Peabody, we’re focused on the future.

By tapping the collective intelligence and diverse perspectives of our attorneys and staff, we create innovative solutions and winning strategies, make valuable connections, and anticipate challenges and emerging opportunities for clients. We’re driven by a forward-thinking culture that follows key trends, and we help shape evolving legislation affecting our clients’ industries.

Nixon Peabody LLP

Exchange Place
53 State Street
Boston, MA 02109-2835
Phone: (617) 345-1000

Firm Stats

CEO and Managing Partner: Stephen D. Zubiago
Total No. Attorneys (2023):
500 - 750
No. of Partners Named 2023:
8
Billable-Hour Requirement:
1850

Base Salary

1st year: $200,000
2nd year: $205,000
3rd year: $210,000
4th year: $250,000
5th year: $275,000
6th year: $295,000
7th year: $305,000
8th year: $315,000
9th year: $315,000
Summer Associate: $2,500 for Rochester, NY
*Does not reflect all offices.

Employment Contact

Catherine Maiorana
Senior Director of Legal Recruiting
(617) 345-1315
cmaiorana@nixonpeabody.com
nplegalrecruiting@nixonpeabody.com

No. of U.S. Offices: 11

No. of International Offices: 4

Major Office Locations

Albany
Boston
Chicago
Long Island
Los Angeles
Manchester
New York
Providence
Rochester
San Francisco
Washington, DC |
Hong Kong
London
Shanghai
Singapore

Major Departments

Business & Finance
Litigation
Project Finance, Infrastructure & Real Estate
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.