Nancy Reiner is a Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Boston office and focuses on in-house placement at all levels for corporate legal departments.
Prior to joining MLA, Nancy was the Executive Director of the Boston office of Counsel On Call, from 2008 through 2011, where she provided contract attorneys on an as-needed basis to law firms and legal departments throughout the country. Nancy is also the Founder and President of Green Pro Bono, Inc. (www.greenprobono.org), which matches pro bono attorneys with environmentally focused nonprofits and social enterprises.
Previously, Nancy was a partner (and associate) at Brown Rudnick in Boston for eighteen years and an associate at Goodwin Procter and at the former DiCara, Selig, Sawyer & Holt for six years. While at Brown Rudnick, Nancy litigated and managed several complex commercial, public interest and environmental cases. She initiated and litigated the Commonwealth of Massachusetts case against the tobacco manufacturers (Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Philip Morris, et al.), which resulted in an $8.3 billion settlement for the state, and led the discovery on behalf of the Commonwealth of 6 million+ documents in record setting time. She also initiated and worked on the City of Boston's case against the gun manufacturers (City of Boston v. Smith & Wesson, et al.) and settled several precedent setting multi-million-dollar environmental insurance recovery cases. Nancy also litigated several other cutting edge cases, including cases regarding environmental issues, mold damages, mercury injuries, lead paint poisoning and junk food marketing.
Nancy was founder and chair of Brown Rudnick's successful Incubator Group and Knowledge Management Initiative, an active member of Brown Rudnick's Pro Bono Committee, a board member of the Greater Boston Legal Services, and an adjunct professor at Northeastern University School of Law for "Mediation in the Public Interest." She is currently a board member of the Public Health Advocacy Institute and the co-chair and co-founder of the Mass. Bar Association's Eco-Challenge to make law firms more sustainable. Nancy co-founded Partners for African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS) and Dining for Darfur. She was a “Champion” for Building Bridges Legal/Medical Partnership at the Boston Medical Center, was recognized as a Boston "Super Lawyer" and is Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated. She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law (J.D.) and Tufts University (B.A., history and literature, magna cum laude).
Selective Publications and Speaking Engagements:
- "Down to Business," Women in the Law 2012 Conference, Northeastern University School of Law, May 11, 2012
- "What's in Store for 2012? One Lawyer's View of Industry Trends," Global Business Hub, The Boston Globe online, January 4, 2012
- “Tips for Lawyers in Transition,” Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston, MA, Jan. 14, 2009
- “Sustainability Tips for Law Firms,” Todd & Weld, Boston, MA, May 16, 2008
- “The Time has Come for Law Firms to Make a Pledge on Climate Change,” Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal, Oct. 2007
- “Ideas for Energy Efficiency,” Temple Isaiah, Lexington, MA, Sept. 29, 2007
- “Greening the Office,” Association of Legal Administrators, Boston, MA, Feb. 7, 2007
- “A Legal Response to Gun Violence in Massachusetts,” Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights, Boston Bar Association, Boston, MA, Sept. 27, 2006
- “Tips for Avoiding Litigation,” Downtown Women’s Club, Boston, MA, June 2, 2005
- “Business Development Best Practices: A Cross Industry Exploration,” LawCorps, Boston, MA, Summer 2002
- “Mold Litigation and Coverage Issues,” Rental Housing Association, Greater Boston Real Estate Board, Boston, MA, Sept. 2002
- Insurance Claims for Business Interruption Since September 11, New England Real Estate Journal, Sept. 2002.
- “Massachusetts Tobacco Litigation and Settlement,” Boston Bar Association, Environmental Litigation Committee, Boston, MA, Jan. 1999