Emily Nash

Associate - Boston

Emily Nash
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Emily Nash is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department.  Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, white collar crime and government investigations, insurance recovery, and labor and employment disputes.  She has experience representing clients in the higher education, technology, hospitality, and professional services sectors.  Emily is also active in the firm’s pro bono program, where she is involved in litigating a variety of civil rights issues.

From 2017-2018, Emily served as a law clerk to the Honorable Denise J. Casper of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.  During law school, Emily interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and she served as a member of the Board of Student Advisers.


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2016
  • New York University, B.A., cum laude, 2011


English, French

Representative Experience

Government and Internal Investigations and related matters

  • Represented company leadership and employees in Department of Justice criminal investigation into alleged federal health care fraud violations, including responding to subpoenas and preparing clients for interviews.
  • Assisted in defense of individual defendant in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions case.
  • Represented the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in State Attorney General investigation concerning allegations of discrimination by patrons.
  • Serving as counsel to a DOJ- and SEC- appointed monitor of major international financial institution with responsibilities including investigation and assessment of compliance program.
  • Conducted internal investigation at well-known and public-facing institution concerning allegations of race-based discrimination by patrons.
  • Conducted internal investigations for companies in the hospitality and broadcasting industries related to allegations of race-based discrimination and hostile work environments by employees.

Litigation and Strategic Advising

  • Representing leading private research university addressing Title IX-related claim by former student.
  • Representing hospitality industry investment management company and leadership in connection with non-competition and trade secrets dispute with major fast-casual restaurant chain.
  • Advised colleges and universities regarding insurance coverage for COVID-19 related claims.
  • Successfully represented the Consulate of Peru and its former Consul General in a federal labor dispute, securing the early dismissal of the case under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Labor and Employment

  • Successfully represented pharmacy business addressing numerous unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB.
  • Assisted in successful representation of retailer at arbitration relating to employee terminations for workplace misconduct.

Pro Bono

  • Represented medically vulnerable federal inmates seeking compassionate relief during COVID-19.
  • Filed amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of GLAD, NCLR and others in the case Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. to oppose school board’s argument that privacy interests justify excluding transgender students from restrooms used by other students.
  • Filed multiple amicus briefs with the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts on behalf of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers seeking to remedy harms suffered by defendant victims of the Massachusetts Dookhan/Farak drug lab scandal.
  • Filed amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on behalf of public health professors in Massachusetts v. HHS to detail the harm two Interim Final Rules limiting contraceptive access would cause to the Commonwealth.


  • High Honor, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 2019 Pro Bono Honor Roll (November 2020)


  • Women’s Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Speaker, “COVID-19 Insurance Issues in the Higher Education Community,” Foley Hoag Webinar, July 21, 2020
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia