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As a member of Gesmer Updegrove's litigation practice, Nancy is ready to step in to assist
clients with any disputes that might arise in the course of their
business.  While Nancy is comfortable in a courtroom, she realizes that
some of the most important work she can do for her clients is to keep
them out of court. Nancy is also a member of the firm’s Employment Group
and is available to counsel clients regarding various employment
matters, and has a particular expertise in the litigation of
non-competition agreements.   


  • Nancy represents clients in all stages of their commercial disputes,
    in state and federal courts, in appellate matters, and in mediations
    and arbitrations.  These matters involve contractual disputes,
    intellectual property issues, close corporations, and many other areas
    of the law.


  • In employment matters, Nancy is available to assist both employers
    and employees regarding any issues that might arise out of the
    employment relationship, including counseling and training, drafting
    employment agreements, litigating employment disputes, or managing
    dispute resolution.


  • Nancy is also available to assist clients in the protection of their
    intellectual property, including copyrights, trade secrets and
    trademarks.   Whether helping to safeguard your intellectual property
    rights through internal protections, contracts, or litigation or
    defending you against claims of misuse or infringement, she is there to
    provide you with the services you need.


Before joining Gesmer, Nancy was associated with Robinson & Cole
LLP in Boston where she was a member of the firm’s business litigation
group and employment group where she served a broad array of clients in
all aspects of litigation and appellate matters. 


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    13 years
  2. Intellectual Property: 20%
    13 years
  3. Employment: 20%
    13 years

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  • Rebecca Pontikes

    Nancy is the consummate professional. She combines her legal work with tireless volunteer efforts in the legal community.


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Contact info

Gesmer Updegrove LLP

40 Broad Street
Boston, MA, 02109-4316


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Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Up & Coming LawyerMassachusetts Lawyers Weekly2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
commercial litigatorGesmer Updegrove LLP2009 - Present
AssociateRobinson & Cole2004 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Women's Bar Association of MassachusettsPresident2011 - Present
Women's Bar Association of MassachusettsPresident-Elect2010 - Present
Women's Bar Association of MassachusettsBoard Member2005 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Women's BusinessIs Litigation Unavoidable? Manage Your Costs2009
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. ("MCLE")Product Disparagement and Commercial Defamation: When Criticizing Your Competitors Can Get Your Company Into Trouble2007
New England In-House MagazineEnforcing a Non-Competition Agreement through Litigation Can Be Risk2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Boston CollegeBiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1998