While at Suffolk Law

  • Suffolk Law’s Family Law Clinic, represented indigent clients in domestic disputes and regularly appeared in court
  • President, Suffolk Law’s Queer Law Alliance
  • Interned with Hon. Timothy S. Hillman JD’73, through Suffolk Law’s First-Year Summer Internship Program

Stacey E. Roberts JD’11

Associate in the Corporate Trust Team, Nixon Peabody, Boston, Massachusetts

For Stacey Roberts, being an effective trust attorney for the worldwide law firm Nixon Peabody starts with clear thinking and lucid writing. Banking and financial law is legendary for its mystifying terminology – from structured securitization transactions to collateral administration engagements – and clients call on her to navigate risk and develop creative, problem-solving strategies in a field that never stops evolving.

“Suffolk has an excellent legal writing program,” says Roberts, who is originally from Alexandria, Va., and now works in Nixon Peabody’s Boston office. “I feel I was much better equipped to ‘hit the ground running’ in terms of my writing ability than many of my colleagues with my experience level who had gone to different law schools.”

Roberts says she is drawn to the collaborative side of law and finds it rewarding “to work through a complicated legal issue and negotiate with opposing counsel to get the best result possible for my client.” But she is glad that corporate law gives her “an opportunity to work on contested matters” as well. She arrived at Nixon Peabody in 2013 after starting at a small firm in Worcester, Mass., and also interning at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

She is strongly committed to civil rights, she says, “especially as a gay lawyer in a conservative profession.” Roberts was active in the Queer Law Alliance at Suffolk and led the group in her third year. She advises students to “take as many electives as possible in their second and third years to get exposure to different areas of the law.”

She developed a strong rapport with professor Ilene Seidman while taking the professor’s Family Advocacy Clinic.

“She has continued to be a mentor to me,” she says. “Ilene even officiated my wedding two and a half years ago!”