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  • J.D., 1980
    Georgetown University Law Center
    (magna cum laude)
  • M.P.A., 1976
    American University
  • B.A., 1974
    Georgetown University
    (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

James W Nagle
Exchange Place
53 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

Jim Nagle, a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice, focuses his practice on defending corporations against employee claims. Mr. Nagle practices in both state and federal courts, as well as before a variety of administrative agencies. He is experienced in litigating complex age, sex, race and disability discrimination claims, including class actions and jury cases, as well as in defending whistle-blower, civil rights, employee privacy and drug-testing cases. He also has substantial experience negotiating and litigating issues related to the termination of highly compensated senior executives. Mr. Nagle also has substantial appellate experience dealing with complex and novel employment law claims.


Mr. Nagle represents a broad spectrum of regional and national clients in diverse fields, including high technology, financial services, manufacturing, retail and higher education. He regularly counsels clients on strategies for avoiding employment litigation and maintaining positive, direct relations with employees. Mr. Nagle also has experience advising clients with affirmative action, collective bargaining, labor arbitration, OSHA and wage and hour issues. His recent engagements include:

  • Defending an age discrimination collective action brought by more than 100 plaintiffs arising out of a reduction-in-force and alleging disparate impact and a pattern or practice of discrimination.
  • Prevailing before the First Circuit in a case of first impression that limited the extra-territorial application of the whistle-blowing protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
  • Guiding the independent Board members of a publicly-traded company in responding to sexual harassment allegations directed against the Company’s Chief Executive Officer.
  • Achieving a substantial favorable jury verdict on behalf of a departing CEO and his new employer charged with misappropriating confidential information from his prior employer.


Mr. Nagle served as the management chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Boston Bar Association from 1992-1994. He serves on the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.


Mr. Nagle is a contributing editor to the fourth edition of the American Bar Association’s Covenants Not to Compete: A State-by-State Survey.


Mr. Nagle is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, and before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.


Mr. Nagle has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers. While in law school, he served as an Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal at Georgetown University Law Center.