- 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.
Nancy counsels employers regarding day-to-day employee management and operations issues, including personnel policies, compliance with state and federal wage and hour laws, harassment and discrimination complaints and investigations, drafting of employee handbooks and employment agreements, including non-competition and other restrictive covenants, and reductions in force and severance obligations. 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 represents clients in state and federal courts and agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Nancy’s health care practice 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 professionals regarding ethical and risk management issues. Nancy has represented over 100 professionals in Board complaints and professional consultations. Nancy co-authors an “Ask Our Attorney” column for the National Association of Social Workers, Massachusetts Chapter, FOCUS 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 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.
- Successfully negotiated employment and severance agreements for executives at some of the region’s leading companies.
- Represented employees and employers in non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure matters.
- Represented professional providers in licensing board complaints.
- Defended numerous professionals in disciplinary proceedings at the Division of Professional Licensure.
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
Author, “United States Supreme Court Expands Worker Protection from Retaliation Under Title VII,” Employment Client Advisory, December 2006
Author, “United States Supreme Court Broadens Reach of Age Discrimination Law,” Employment Client Advisory, May 2005
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
- 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