- Suffolk University Law School, JD, cum laude, 2000
- Boston University, BA, 1997, cum laude
Nancy J. PuleoPartner
Nancy is a partner in the firm’s Employment Law and Health Care Practice Groups and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Nancy provides employment law counseling and advice to executives, managers, human resource professionals and in-house counsel. Nancy’s counseling extends the full range of employment law issues from hiring to firing, performance management, investigations, wage and hour issues, leaves of absence and the accommodations process, and reductions in force. She also drafts employee handbooks, employment agreements, including non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and severance agreements.
Nancy’s employment practice includes representing clients in state and federal court and administrative agencies in discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and hour violations, and common law employment torts. Nancy also conducts harassment and discrimination prevention training for the firm’s clients. Two growing areas of her practice are advising employers on issues involving employees’ social media activities and working with emerging companies on developing and implementing their employment practices. Her clients operate nationally and regionally in numerous industries, including retail, technology, security, health care, human services, and traditional manufacturing settings.
Nancy’s health care practice primarily involves defending professionals against complaints before licensing boards, including, but not limited to, the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists, the Board of Registration of Social Workers, the Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals, and the New Hampshire Board of Psychologists. She also advises mental health professionals regarding ethical and risk management issues. She has represented over 200 mental health professionals in Board complaints and professional consultations. Nancy is co-counsel to the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter and co-authors an “Ask Our Attorney” column for the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter, Social Work Voice newsletter.
Nancy is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
- Successfully moved to dismiss federal court litigation alleging violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
- Represented employers in audits and investigations by the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, Fair Labor Division and U.S. Department of Labor.
- Represented a national employer in “John Doe” litigation against a former employee who anonymously posted defamatory comments and disclosed confidential information on Twitter, including successfully identifying the former employee through discovery.
- Defended employers in class action lawsuits arising out of the Massachusetts Wage Act and federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Obtained numerous lack of probable cause findings in discrimination and retaliation claims pending before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- Successfully negotiated employment and severance agreements for executives at some of the country’s leading companies.
- Represented employees and employers in non-competition and non-solicitation matters.
- Represented over 200 mental health professionals in licensing board complaints and professional consultations.
Boston Bar Association, Section on Labor and Employment
Co-Presenter, “Practice Development: Two Lawyers, Two Hours: What you need to know to protect your clinical practice”, Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, April 2015
Author, “Consequences of a CE Shortage”, NASW FOCUS, January 2015
Author, “Location, Location, Location”, NASW FOCUS, September 2014
Contributing author of a chapter titled "Wage and Hour Laws: A State-by-State Survey," BNA 2005 - 2009 Supplements
Nancy was named Massachusetts Super Lawyer in 2017. She was recently selected as a “Top Female Attorney in Massachusetts 2016” by Super Lawyers. She was recognized as a 2015 “Top Woman of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She was also named Massachusetts Super Lawyer - Rising Star every year from 2009 – 2015.
Dana-Farber Leadership Council, Member
Read to a Child, Boston Regional Board of Directors, Member
News & Media
- Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Takes Effect on April 1st
- Sexual Harassment Training Should Be Separate for Managers and Rank and File
- Microchipping Employees Arrives at U.S. Workplaces
- Little Movement On Maternity Leave
- Curtailing Credit Checks
- Federal Court Halts New Overtime Rule: What Should Employers Do Now?
- Family Leave: Posternak's Nancy Puleo Compares, Contrasts San Francisco and Massachusetts
- Anxiety Over Transgender Women in Restrooms Persists
- Nancy J. Puleo, 2015 Top Woman Of Law
- The Push for Paid Paternity Leave
- Assessing A Potential Data Breach: To Notify Or Not To Notify
- Mandatory Sick Time Law Takes Effect On July 1, 2015
- Mass. Part-Time Workers Can Start Accruing Paid Sick Time – July 1
- Transgender Issues In The Workplace
- Email: Friend or Foe?
- Nancy J. Puleo on the MBTA’s FMLA woes
- New Leave Laws for New Dads
- Mass.: Expanded Parental Leave Law Goes Into Effect April 2015
- Consequences of a CE Shortage
- Massachusetts Employers Must Offer Sick Leave and Domestic Violence Leave to Employees
- Location, Location, Location
- EEOC Issues Guidance Regarding Accommodation Of Religious Garb And Grooming In The Workplace
- Records: To Have and To Hold
- Employers Denied Ability to Obtain Employees’ Passwords to Social Media Accounts
- Managing Corporate Defamation: A Case Study as to How Employers Can Fight Back
- Berkshire Bank’s Territorial Designs Tested With Latest Acquisitions
- Independent Contractor Classification
- National Labor Relations Board Posting Rule Delayed for the Second Time
- National Labor Relations Board Posting Rule Postponed
- Private Sector Employers Required to Post National Labor Relations Act Notice
- Social Media and the Workplace: Potential Liability to Employees
- Facebook Firing Case Sends a Warning to Employers From the National Labor Relations Board
- The Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act: Eight Weeks Means Eight Weeks
- Massachusetts Personnel Records Law Amended to Include Employer Notification Requirement
- Proposed Federal Legislation Aimed At Misclassification Of Employees As Independent Contractors
- A Right to Bear Arms in the Office?
- How to Safeguard Employee Data
- Revised Federal Medical Leave and Disability Laws Change the Legal Landscape for Employers
- Office Space Without Walls
- MCAD Commissioner Announces the MCAD will apply the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act to Men
- New Massachusetts Law Mandates Treble Damages for Wage and Hour Violations and Raises Stakes for Employers
- Employment Alert