Alisha Q. Nanda’s practice involves a wide range of complex commercial, securities, insurance and regulatory matters. Ms. Nanda has litigated in state and federal trial and appellate courts around the United States and has been involved in government and internal investigations, arbitrations and mediations.


Ms. Nanda’s experience includes representing:

  • a mutual life insurance company in a purported class action lawsuit challenging the company’s calculation of the amount of surplus it may retain as a “safety fund” under Massachusetts law;
  • an investment bank in a purported class action lawsuit in the District of Massachusetts involving antitrust claims concerning a number of complex leveraged buyout transactions over a multi-year period, which resulted in the dismissal of all claims on summary judgment;
  • a mutual life insurance company in a purported class action lawsuit challenging a proxy regarding bylaw amendments and demanding inspection of “books and records,” which resulted in the dismissal of all claims and subsequently was affirmed by the Appeals Court of Massachusetts;
  • an insurance company in two purported class action lawsuits alleging that the company breached its contractual duties to variable annuity and variable life insurance policyholders by implementing a volatility management strategy in certain portfolios; all claims were dismissed;
  • an investment adviser in a lawsuit brought by a state employees’ retirement system involving allegations of improper “market timing” trading in mutual funds, which resulted in the dismissal of all claims on summary judgment and subsequently was affirmed by a Texas state court of appeals;
  • an insurance company in an appeal before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals involving a reinsurance policy and the legal doctrine of “follow-the-fortunes,” which resulted in a complete victory for the client;
  • a fiduciary trust company in a lawsuit brought by a former senior executive for wrongful termination, which resulted in a jury verdict in favor of the client on all claims, including the client’s counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty;
  • technology companies in civil litigation in Massachusetts state courts involving covenants-not-to-compete and the misappropriation of confidential, proprietary and trade secret information; and
  • a variety of clients, including financial services, mutual fund, insurance and technology companies, in commercial disputes, internal investigations and regulatory examinations.

Ms. Nanda’s pro bono activities have included successfully securing political asylum for a client from Cameroon and her family, advising a non-partisan community organization seeking a home-rule petition under Massachusetts law to amend local voting laws in an effort to enhance diversity among the city’s local representatives, and drafting amicus briefs on immigration and education matters.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2003 (member, Harvard Law Review)
  • A.B., Harvard University, Harvard College, 1999 (magna cum laude)


  • Massachusetts
  • New York


  • Law Clerk, Hon. William G. Young, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (2004)

Alisha Q. Nanda