Massachusetts Fellow Nancy S. Shilepsky is a leading influence in the world of executive advocacy, employment law and employment litigation and chair of Sherin and Lodgen’s Employment Department. In May 2015, Nancy was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. She has been a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers since 2000.
Nancy was recently inducted into the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Top Women of Law 2015 Circle of Excellence. The Circle of Excellence recognizes women who exemplify professional, civic and mentoring achievements year in and year out in the Massachusetts legal community.
According to Chambers USA, the “tenacious and diligent” and “quite extraordinary Nancy S. Shilepsky” is “a dominant figure in plaintiff representation, advising senior executives on sophisticated employment concerns.” Her many accolades include being repeatedly listed by Thomson Reuters/Boston Magazine as one of the Top 10 Massachusetts Super Lawyers, named to the “Lawdragon 500” list of leading lawyers in America in 2015, and receiving Chambers USA’s highest Star Individual ranking. She has been named a Lawyer of the Year by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (MLW), was featured in MLW’s “Power Issue” and was named by The National Law Journal as one of the most influential lawyers in Massachusetts. Nancy was also selected by her peers for inclusion in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Additional awards include the Kevin Larkin Memorial Award for Public Service from the Massachusetts Bar and Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Associations, the Alumnae Award from Boston University Law School’s Women’s Law Association and the Scholar-Mentor Award from Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).
Nancy is very active in the legal community. In addition to having served as Treasurer and Executive Committee member of the Boston Bar Association, Nancy currently holds committee appointments with both the Massachusetts Bar Association (to the Labor and Employment Law Section) and the American Bar Association (to the Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education). She was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), and she is former Chair of the Employment Law Curriculum Advisory Committee for MCLE.
Additionally, Nancy co-founded and serves as Co-Coordinator of “the Amicus Group.” The Amicus Group is a consortium of community groups and civil rights organizations, such as the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, whose goal is to ensure racial and social justice and the eradication of discrimination in the Commonwealth. The Group’s members collaborate on the writing and submission of amicus briefs and other work designed to achieve their goals. The Group’s work is guided by the conviction that their message is stronger when they speak with one voice.
As an executive advocacy pioneer, Nancy is a champion of the interests of individuals and a trusted counselor to executives and professionals across a wide range of industries. She has established a nationally recognized practice representing such clients in complex matters involving executive employment and compensation. On occasion, she represents companies, partnerships, and other profit and non-profit organizations as well as individuals in these matters.
Nancy is known for her pioneering work in wrongful termination and discrimination cases. Her work includes a high-profile sexual harassment case involving the impact of the First Amendment on workplace speech restrictions and a land-mark case dealing with the eradication of race-based discrimination in compensation.