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Traci L. Lovitt
Partner

Partner-in-Charge Boston

Contact

(T) +1.617.449.6900
(F) +1.617.449.6999

Education

  • Duke University (J.D. summa cum laude 1997; Order of the Coif and Willis Smith Award for highest grade point average); University of Washington (M.A. in Economics 1994); The University of Texas (B.A. with high honors 1991; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts; New York; District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Northern Districts of New York

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Supreme Court (1998 Term) and Judge Ralph K. Winter, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (1997-1998)

Government Service

  • Assistant to the Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice (2004-2005)

Traci Lovitt, Partner-in-Charge of the Boston Office, is accomplished in analyzing, briefing, and arguing complex legal questions in a variety of areas and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as numerous federal appellate and state courts. She has authored briefs raising significant issues for every level of the federal and state judiciaries.

Traci is currently leading the motions team for Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee, in lawsuits filed by institutional investors relating to residential mortgage-backed securities trusts. She regularly advises clients in connection with contract disputes and nuisance claims involving residential mortgage-backed securities. In addition, Traci leads appellate and motions teams in major litigation across a wide range of subjects. Her representations include acting as lead appellate counsel for Cabot Corporation in a transactional-related contract dispute and for Harman International in a securities action, leading motions teams for IBM in an environmental case and for Yamaha in product liability cases, and representing ExxonMobil in its appeal of the first MTBE case tried in the federal MDL proceeding.

Traci has been appointed by the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to serve on the Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules, which advises the Supreme Court on possible amendments to the Federal Rules of Evidence, beginning in October 2016. She serves on the board of directors of Greater Boston Legal Services, which provides free legal assistance to hundreds of Boston's neediest residents. She also serves on the board of directors of the New England Legal Foundation, a nonprofit public interest group.


Honors & Distinctions

  • Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Evidence (October 2016) — appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to a three-year term

    Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2016-2017)

    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2015) — Top Women of Law

    The Legal 500 (2013) — recognized in the litigation section for product liability and mass tort defense in the automotive/transport and toxic tort areas
Traci Lovitt