Nellie E. Hestin Partner

Nellie represents financial industry clients in state and federal courts around the country, in all stages of litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

She has significant experience representing major financial institutions in matters involving exposure relating to the operation of Ponzi schemes, affiliated mutual fund investments, derivatives, mortgage lending and servicing, issues with auto finance, securities lending programs and investment losses, and consumer class actions. Nellie also has experience in general commercial litigation, including commercial contract, tort, and statutory claims, intellectual property disputes, antitrust, and internal investigations.


Defense of banks in class action and single-plaintiff cases across the country claiming that the bank aided and abetted Ponzi schemes.

Defense of major financial institution from a variety of mortgage-related claims in several putative class actions in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and on appeal in the Third Circuit.

Defense of major financial institutions in putative class actions challenging the investment of personal trust assets in affiliated mutual funds.

Representation of financial institutions in securities lending investment cases.

Defense of major financial institution in bench trial arising out of the liquidation of collateral pledged in support of a loan management account.

Management of multiple class action settlements for financial industry clients.

Six-month secondment as a senior associate, on-site in New York with the Wholesale Litigation Group for a major financial institution, responsible for litigation associated with the institution’s Corporate & Investment Bank, Asset Management, and overall Corporate matters.

  • Boston University, School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2009
  • Duquesne University, BA, summa cum laude, 2006
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
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