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AiVi Nguyen

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Overview

AiVi Nguyen is a business lawyer with a specialty in litigation, a practical strategist with a focus on complex contract, real estate and employment disputes. AiVi represents businesses of all sizes and in all stages of growth in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island in a wide variety of industries spanning from healthcare to craft breweries. “I think of myself as a problem solver,” she says. AiVi’s goal is to get her clients the best result in the most efficient manner. Sometimes that means taking a matter all the way through trial, where AiVi has proven to be an aggressive and successful advocate.

She has extensive experience litigating at the trial and appellate levels as well as in arbitrations and mediations. She also represents clients before state regulatory and adjudicatory agencies and has defended other attorneys before the state Board of Bar Overseers in disciplinary proceedings.

AiVi’s broad litigation background has provided her with an understanding of the business needs of her clients. She candidly counsels owners and executives on practical, day-to-day issues, firmly believing that the best litigation lawyers are the ones who insulate their clients from being sued. “As much as I love litigation, my aim is to keep my clients out of it,” she says.

AiVi is a 2017 recipient of the Worcester Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award. (Click here to view a brief video assembled in AiVi’s honor.) She is also a 2016 recipient of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts Katharine F. Erskine award in the category of Business & Law, which honors women who have shown not only achievement in their professions, but also dedication to social and racial equality, community involvement and serving as a role model for women and girls. She is a member of the 2015 “40 Under Forty” class, an honor given by the Worcester Business Journal.

AiVi is a leading contributor to three of the firm’s blogs: Campus Counsel, At the Bar with Bowditch and LGBTQ Legal Issues. Her opinion and legal commentary pieces are frequently featured in publications such as the New England Journal of Higher Education and Worcester Business Journal.

Before Bowditch

AiVi was a Summer Associate at Bowditch & Dewey in 2008. She was also a Judicial Intern for The Honorable F. Dennis Saylor, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2007-2008.

Besides work

AiVi is a beer collector and connoisseur. “We travel for beer,” recently making the pilgrimage to Brussels for the ultimate sour beer adventure.

Affiliations

Worcester is AiVi’s hometown, and she is committed to its continued economic and cultural progress.

Professional/Community

  • Chair, Diversity Committee of Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
  • Board of Directors, United Way of Central Massachusetts
  • Vice Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, City of Worcester
  • Attorney Advisory Committee, Boston Lawyers Group
  • Corporator, Greater Worcester Community Foundation
  • Member, Worcester County Bar Association
  • Member, Asian-American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
  • Corporator, YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Previous

  • Board of Trustees, Quinsigamond Community College, 2010-2016
  • Former Worcester Advisory Board Member, Bottom Line

Articles + Talks

Articles

Talks

  • “The Start-up Ecosystem: Worcester UX (User Experience),” Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Game Changers Business Conference & Expo, Worcester, Massachusetts, October 20, 2017
  • Drugs & Alcohol On Campus: Protecting the University,” Bowditch & Dewey College and University Roundtable, Worcester/South Hadley, Massachusetts, May 2017
  • Lady Boss: Millennial Women in Charge,” Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Conference, Worcester, Massachusetts, April 13, 2017
  • From Campus to the Courtroom: Recent Developments in Title IX Litigation,” Bowditch & Dewey College and University Roundtable, Worcester/South Hadley, Massachusetts, September/October 2016
  • “Study Abroad Programs: Your Legal Responsibilities and Obligations,” Bowditch & Dewey College and University Roundtable, Worcester/South Hadley, Massachusetts, April 2016
  • Say Anything? Tips and Strategies for Addressing Student and Employee Speech on Campus and Online,” Bowditch & Dewey, Worcester/South Hadley, Massachusetts, March 2016
  • “Leaves and Accommodations for Employees and Students,” Bowditch & Dewey College and University Roundtable, Worcester/South Hadley, Massachusetts, October 2014
  • “Don’t Fumble Domestic Violence in the Workplace,” Bowditch & Dewey, Worcester, Massachusetts, October 28, 2014

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • J.D., Boston College Law School
  • B.A., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania
Experience

Obtaining a preliminary injunction keeps a craft brewery in business

When a craft brewery in Massachusetts was told that it had violated its lease, it could have put them out of business and killed a key part of its town’s revitalization. “The dispute was over the presence of food trucks and live music,” AiVi noted. “We prevailed at a preliminary injunction stage because the judge was persuaded by my client’s real life story. We were aggressive in making our case, written and oral, and it was the right strategy, since a preliminary injunction has to meet a very high legal standard.” Pending final resolution, AiVi’s client is still operating…business as usual.

Forcing the sale of a historic commercial property

For two years, a local father/son commercial real estate company negotiated to buy a building in the heart of one of Boston’s key, historic neighborhoods. During that period, they managed and improved the property, investing hundreds of thousands of dollars on the strength of a handshake. “The owner kept delaying the purchase/sale agreement,” AiVi explained. “Finally, when it came time to follow through with the transaction, the seller upped the price.” She filed for a preliminary injunction to force the sale at the handshake price…and won. “My client has been able to update the property in a way that helps uplift the entire neighborhood.”

Other experience

  • Favorable verdict in trial representing commercial tenant against its landlord for failure to remediate property after extensive damage caused by landlord’s negligence.
  • Successfully defended mortgage company client in multiple consumer protection actions.
  • Favorable settlement mid-way through trial in an action against high-end kitchen renovation company.
  • Significant settlement results on behalf of client in an action against mortgage servicing company for negligent winterization of property valued at more than $2 million.
  • Favorable results for an institutional financial services client accused of breach of contract and negligence in complex dispute over decedent’s property.
  • Negotiated dissolution of closely-held franchise partnership that held over 100 franchises, with favorable results to client.
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