Nathan Henderson
Nathan Henderson

(Foley Hoag 2004-2012)

Senior Trial Lawyer,
Boston Regional Solicitor’s Office, U .S. Department of Labor

In the Beginning

Almost everyone I initially met at Foley Hoag seemed like someone with whom I would want to work. On the outside, everyone I asked about Foley Hoag spoke highly of it. In my nearly eight years with the firm (less leave for military service to attend the Naval JAG School and in connection with service in Iraq), I focused on the litigation/trial of complex civil cases, with an emphasis on patent litigation. I also really appreciated getting to be one of the attorneys that helped develop a pro bono program representing veterans seeking to appeal the denial of benefits by the VA to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Here and Now

I currently am a Senior Trial Attorney within the Boston Regional Solicitor’s Office of the U .S. Department of Labor (DOL). My work at DOL primarily focuses on ERISA, OSHA, Wage/Hour and whistleblower cases.
I also continue to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. From June 2015 - June 2017, I served as commanding officer of Marine Air Support Squadron 6. Before that, I attended the Naval War College from July 2014 – June 2015, from which I earned a M.A. in National Security and Strategy Studies. Regarding the reserves, I was in Korea for approximately three weeks for an exercise earlier this year. That was a really interesting experience, not least because the earlier round of peace talks was occurring then.

Looking Back

Working at Foley Hoag was first-rate preparation for being a public service attorney. Put differently, even it may not have been obvious to Foley Hoag attorneys with whom I was working, I learned a great deal that has kept me in good stead here at the DOL (I still hear the voices of certain former Foley Hoag colleagues in my head when I edit... some louder than others).