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AiVi Nguyen



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 recipient of an Inspirational Women of Worcester Award, presented by Worcester Union Athletics in March 2019, and a 2017 recipient of the Worcester Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business Award. AiVi 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 promoting diversity through social and racial equality, community involvement and serving as a role model for women and girls. In 2019, AiVi gave the commencement speech at Quinsigamond Community College and shared her personal story of struggle. Watch her address here.

Among her many roles at the firm, AiVi is a leading contributor to three of the firm’s blogs: Campus Counsel, At the Bar with Bowditch and The Case for Inclusion. Her opinion and legal commentary pieces are frequently featured in publications such as the New England Journal of Higher Education and Worcester Business Journal. She is also the former Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, which is devoted to “progress within the firm and in the communities where we live and work,” according to AiVi. Her commitment to this progress is demonstrated through her frequent seminars and talks on issues of diversity in the workplace.

As a Worcester native, AiVi is deeply committed to giving back to the community that helped shape her. Among her involvement, she is current Chair of the Board of Directors for the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center and former Chair of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Central Massachusetts.

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.


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

  • Appointed to the Merit Selection Panel by the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • Chair of the Board of Directors, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Trustee, Seven Hills Foundation
  • Member, Complex Commercial Litigation Section Council, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Worcester County Bar Association


  • Chair & Member of Board of Directors, United Way of Central Massachusetts
  • Director, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Vice Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, City of Worcester
  • Chair, Diversity Committee of Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
  • Board of Trustees, Quinsigamond Community College, 2010-2016
  • Worcester Advisory Board Member, Bottom Line
  • Board Member, Squares Squared (Nonprofit that runs Pow! Wow! Worcester)
  • Member of Attorney Advisory Committee, Boston Lawyers Group
  • Corporator, Greater Worcester Community Foundation
  • Member, Asian-American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association
  • Corporator, YWCA of Central Massachusetts


  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation – Labor and Employment (2023 and 2024)
  • Community Legal Aid 2020 Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Selected to Massachusetts Super Lawyers list for Business Litigation (2020, 2021 and 2023)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list (2015 – 2019)
  • Member of Worcester Business Journal’s (WBJ) Power 50 Class of 2019 and 2020
  • Inspirational Women of Worcester Award (2019)
  • Outstanding Women in Business Award, Worcester Business Journal (2017)
  • Recipient of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts Katharine F. Erskine Award for Business & Law (2016)
  • Named to Worcester Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” (2015)

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Bar Admissions

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


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

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, the firm’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. “Our client has been able to update the property in a way that helps uplift the entire neighborhood.”

Other experience

  • Successfully mediated favorable resolution of landlord-tenant dispute for a craft brewery.
  • Comprehensive 13-day American Arbitration Association arbitration related to employment dispute.
  • 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 midway 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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