Stephen Zubiago - Nixon Peabody Firm Managing Partner

Stephen D. Zubiago



Stephen D. Zubiago is CEO and Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody LLP, an AmLaw 100 firm committed to delivering positive results to our clients and to the communities we serve.

Stephen leads 1,250 colleagues, including 600 attorneys, in 16 offices across the United States and worldwide. As a health care lawyer and experienced industry leader, Stephen understands that client service is at the core of everything we do. He knows that great client service emanates from establishing trusting relationships, building deep and diverse teams of problem-solvers, and seeking solutions with energy and enthusiasm.

What do you focus on?

In my role as CEO and Managing Partner, I lead a team of firm partners and experienced professionals responsible for managing the firm’s business and strategic initiatives. Our firm has enjoyed great success in recent years, and we are confident in our future, with excellence in client service as our guiding principle.

I am focused on enhancing relationships with our clients, establishing relationships with new clients, expanding our knowledge of client industries, attracting and retaining top talent, and anticipating and capitalizing on future opportunities that can contribute to our clients’ success.

What do you see on the horizon?

The legal industry is rapidly changing as clients require industry focused services in order to compete and thrive. We will enhance our industry focused teams in order to provide services that our clients value, and expand our efforts to build a diverse and inclusive firm, reflecting our clients and the communities we serve.

'Burying the hatchet': Law firms find good reason to court 'boomerang' partners

The American Lawyer | April 11, 2022

This article covering a trend of attorneys returning to their prior firms features NP for the firm’s recent “boomerangs.” The story quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago and Chief Talent Officer and Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier for context on the trend, and also quotes New York Corporate partner Kevin Grant related to his recent move back to NP.

Big law firm leaders back New Yorks clean slate bill

Law360 | March 07, 2022

This article mentions Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago for joining nearly 50 firms in signing a memo urging New York state lawmakers to pass proposed clean slate legislation that would automatically seal certain convictions.

2021 was a good year for the lawyers

The Boston Globe | March 07, 2022

This article covering how local big law firms performed in 2021 quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on NP’s growth practice areas, a continued increase in headcount to meet client demand, and uncertainties for the US economy as a result of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and the anticipated rise in interest rates.

Nixon Peabody grows revenue 7.8% in new chair's first year

The American Lawyer | March 02, 2022

This article, based on a conversation with Managing partner and CEO Steve Zubiago, profiles NP’s FY2021 performance and notes that M&A, real estate, tax syndication work, and white-collar litigation drove the firm’s growth during the year.

Nixon Peabody elevates diversity director to C-suite

Bloomberg Law | January 11, 2022

The following article features the promotion of Rekha Chiruvolu to Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, noting her points of focus for the DEI program and her close collaboration with Pro Bono & Social Impact Director Sharmaine Heng to expand our positive impact as a firm. Law360 also quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on Rekha’s passion for DEI in the legal profession.

Nixon Peabody elevates diversity director to C-suite

Law360 | January 11, 2022

The following article features the promotion of Rekha Chiruvolu to Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, noting her points of focus for the DEI program and her close collaboration with Pro Bono & Social Impact Director Sharmaine Heng to expand our positive impact as a firm. Law360 also quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on Rekha’s passion for DEI in the legal profession.

Nixon Peabody elevates Chief Diversity Officer role as it looks to expand DEI programming

The American Lawyer | January 11, 2022

The following article features the promotion of Rekha Chiruvolu to Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, noting her points of focus for the DEI program and her close collaboration with Pro Bono & Social Impact Director Sharmaine Heng to expand our positive impact as a firm. Law360 also quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on Rekha’s passion for DEI in the legal profession.

By the numbers: The Big Law stories that mattered most in 2021

Bloomberg Law | December 27, 2021

This article, which looks at the most significant Big Law news from 2021, quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on NP’s progressive and flexible work options and how our firm has maintained service levels and continued to meet client needs.

Nixon Peabody adds director of pro bono, social impact

Law360 | December 17, 2021

This article announces the arrival of Director of Pro Bono & Social Impact Sharmaine Heng while highlighting our firm’s deep commitment to social impact. Sharmaine discusses what attracted her to NP and explains how creating a cohesive social impact strategy involves looking at all of our work through a different lens. The article also quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on Sharmaine’s vision for building on our successes and achieving our pro bono and social impact goals.

Junior lawyers tell us why they refuse to go back to the office even though their Big Law firms require it

Business Insider | December 14, 2021

This article, focusing on the work-from-home landscape for Big Law associates, quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on the flexibility of the firm’s progressive workplace policies, and how our partners are respecting junior attorneys’ boundaries.

Big Law says goodbye to five-day in-office work weeks (video)

Bloomberg Law | December 08, 2021

This video of law firm leaders discussing the evolving state of office return plans features Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago discussing our firm’s progressive and flexible work policies.

Why law firms take differing paths on office returns: Explained

Bloomberg Law | November 10, 2021

The following article covering law firms’ evolving office return plans quote Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on our firm’s progressive and flexible work options, how these policies will help maximize NP’s position in terms of attracting and retaining top talent, and how our firm has maintained service levels and continued to meet client needs throughout the pandemic.

Big Law agrees: Give attorneys flexibility as offices reopen

Bloomberg Law | November 10, 2021

The following article covering law firms’ evolving office return plans quote Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on our firm’s progressive and flexible work options, how these policies will help maximize NP’s position in terms of attracting and retaining top talent, and how our firm has maintained service levels and continued to meet client needs throughout the pandemic.

Contrary to popular belief, many junior attorneys want to work in the office

The American Lawyer | October 28, 2021

This return-to-office article focused on junior attorneys’ in-office preferences quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on some of the proactive steps NP is taking to ensure associates continue their development and receive the support they need, while also acknowledging the isolation many junior attorneys could be experiencing from working remotely in small apartments.

Dechert opts for once-a-week office return as more firms go hybrid

Reuters | October 26, 2021

In this article covering several firms’ upcoming return-to-office plans, Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago is quoted on NP’s early October reopening, our firm’s progressive and flexible work options, and the future of work within a law firm.

Covid-19 threatens to blow up law firms’ intense office culture—for good

Wall Street Journal | August 06, 2021

This article, which analyzes the increasing demand for working-from-home models in the legal industry and how it’s shifting the workplace and law firm culture, quotes managing partner and CEO Steve Zubiago regarding NP’s remote and flexible work arrangements, their benefits, and how the firm is offering these work models to both current and prospective attorneys.

Five questions with: Stephen D. Zubiago

Providence Business News | August 06, 2021

Managing partner and CEO Steve Zubiago is featured in this Q&A article on NP’s work with Move the Needle and the Mansfield Rule, the headway the firm has made to these commitments, and the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion to the firm.

‘See you Tuesday’: Mass. companies expect empty offices on Mondays, Fridays

Boston Business Journal | June 22, 2021

This article, covering anticipated changes to the workweek and flexible schedules that many companies are now offering, quotes CEO and managing partner Steve Zubiago on NP’s remote- and flex-work policies, which are set to take effect on September 7, and the hybrid trends that may emerge overtime.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | May 18, 2021

This column of notable executive news highlights the selection of Boston Corporate partner Christopher Keefe to lead the Business & Finance Department. CEO and managing partner Steve Zubiago is mentioned for previously holding that role.

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q1

Law360 | May 07, 2021

This roundup article of notable Q1 partner-level promotions includes Steve Zubiago’s election to CEO and managing partner; Long Island partner Tara Daub’s and Los Angeles partner Ben Kim’s promotions to Labor & Employment practice group leader and deputy PGL, respectively; and the attorneys from this year’s new partner class.

Sanford Heisler to require vaccinations for returning lawyers

Bloomberg Law | April 15, 2021

This article, covering how law firms are approaching vaccinations and a return to the office, quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on how Nixon Peabody is strongly encouraging our firm’s people to schedule vaccines as soon as they are eligible.

Greenberg Traurig leaders reconnect with firm on RV road trip

Bloomberg Law | April 13, 2021

This article, on how law firms are reconnecting with lawyers and professional colleagues, quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago related to NP’s current targeted return-to-office date of July 6.

Dozens of big firm leaders and GCs speak out against unnecessary obstacles to voting

The American Lawyer | April 12, 2021

This article mentions Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago, who on behalf of NP joined leaders of other AmLaw 100 firms and several general counsel in signing a statement reiterating the importance of equal access to voting.

With vaccinations rolling out - law firms eyeing office return

Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | March 26, 2021

This article covering firms’ return-to-office plans quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on NP’s intention to get back to the office shortly after July 4, while reiterating that the firm will make a final determination at the end of May.

Some firms eye summer return to office, while others rule out a 2021 return completely

The American Lawyer | March 05, 2021

This article on return-to-office plans and the future of remote work quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on NP’s hope to return shortly after July 4, noting the firm will assess the state of the pandemic, vaccination programs, and local regulations, and could decide to delay until after Labor Day.

Hub Hires: Nixon, Foley, Goulston, Prince Lobel

Law360 | February 26, 2021

This roundup of notable moves in the Boston legal market during February highlights Steve Zubiago’s elevation to Managing Partner and CEO, as well as Andrew Glincher’s transition to his new role of Senior Chairman and partner.

‘We all lost a year’: Boston attorneys return to changed Hub

Law360 | February 19, 2021

This article looking at the return-to-office landscape in Boston quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on balancing an eagerness to get back to the office with the safety and health of our clients and colleagues.

Rethinking the office: three questions about the legal workplace

American Lawyer | February 19, 2021

This article, which examines the legal workplace in a post-pandemic future, quotes Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago on challenges that a large-scale return to the office could present for working parents.

Promotions

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | February 11, 2021

This roundup of recent executive announcements includes Steve Zubiago’s appointment as Managing Partner and CEO of the firm, as well as the partner promotions of Boston’s Stephanie Bruno, of the Private Clients group, and Josh Sharp, of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group.

Washington-area appointments and promotions

The Washington Post | February 07, 2021

The following article covers Steve Zubiago’s appointment as Managing Partner and CEO of Nixon Peabody.

Fordham Law professor Rebecca Kysar joins the Biden Administration

New York Law Journal | February 05, 2021

The following article covers Steve Zubiago’s appointment as Managing Partner and CEO of Nixon Peabody.

Baystate Business

Bloomberg Radio | February 03, 2021

Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago joined the radio program to discuss his new role, strategic priorities in Boston and across the country, and how we have navigated the pandemic’s challenges to position NP for future success. The hosts also mentioned Senior Chairman and Partner Andrew Glincher for leading the firm over the past 10 years.

Nixon Peabody names new managing partner

The Daily Record | February 02, 2021

This article features Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago’s appointment to the helm of the firm, highlighting his leadership of the Business & Finance Department over the past decade. Senior Chairman and Partner Andrew Glincher is also mentioned for serving in the role for 10 years.

As Nixon Peabody Considers West Coast Growth, New Leader Steps In

The American Lawyer | February 01, 2021

The following article features Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago’s appointment to the helm of the firm, highlighting his leadership of the Business & Finance Department over the past decade as well as some of his initial priorities in his new role. Senior Chairman and Partner Andrew Glincher is also quoted extensively on his proudest accomplishments during his tenure.

New CEO takes over at Nixon Peabody

Boston Globe | February 01, 2021

This feature article on Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago highlights his appointment to the helm of the firm, his leadership as head of the Business & Finance Department in the past decade, and some of his initial priorities in his new role. Senior Chairman and Partner Andrew Glincher is also quoted extensively on his proudest accomplishments during his tenure.

Nixon Peabody elects Zubiago CEO and managing partner

Providence Business News | February 01, 2021

The following article features Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago’s appointment to the helm of the firm, highlighting his leadership of the Business & Finance Department over the past decade as well as some of his initial priorities in his new role. Senior Chairman and Partner Andrew Glincher is also quoted extensively on his proudest accomplishments during his tenure.

Nixon Peabody taps new CEO and managing partner

Boston Business Journal | February 01, 2021

The following article features Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago’s appointment to the helm of the firm, highlighting his leadership of the Business & Finance Department over the past decade as well as some of his initial priorities in his new role. Senior Chairman and Partner Andrew Glincher is also quoted extensively on his proudest accomplishments during his tenure.

Nixon Peabody taps Boston partner Zubiago as new CEO

Reuters Legal | February 01, 2021

The following article features Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago’s appointment to the helm of the firm, highlighting his leadership of the Business & Finance Department over the past decade as well as some of his initial priorities in his new role. Senior Chairman and Partner Andrew Glincher is also quoted extensively on his proudest accomplishments during his tenure.

Nixon Peabody taps new CEO

Law360 | February 01, 2021

The following article features Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago’s appointment to the helm of the firm, highlighting his leadership of the Business & Finance Department over the past decade as well as some of his initial priorities in his new role. Senior Chairman and Partner Andrew Glincher is also quoted extensively on his proudest accomplishments during his tenure.

Nixon Peabody names Zubiago chief after decade with Glincher

Bloomberg Law | February 01, 2021

The following article features Managing Partner and CEO Steve Zubiago’s appointment to the helm of the firm, highlighting his leadership of the Business & Finance Department over the past decade as well as some of his initial priorities in his new role. Senior Chairman and Partner Andrew Glincher is also quoted extensively on his proudest accomplishments during his tenure.

Contact

Stephen D. Zubiago

CEO and Managing Partner

Boston

Phone: 617-345-6094

Providence

Phone: 401-454-1017


Fax: 866-947-1432

Marquette University, J.D.

Brown University, B.A.

Massachusetts

Rhode Island

Stephen was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the fields of Administrative/Regulatory Law; Health Care Law; and Insurance Law. Stephen has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2007, and was also recognized as Providence “Lawyer of the Year” in the field of Administrative/Regulatory Law in 2017 and 2020 and Health Care Law in 2014.

Stephen is a member of Nixon Peabody’s nationally recognized Health Care practice, which was awarded the Health Care “Law Firm of The Year” in the 2016 edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”

Stephen has been recognized as 2021 “Eminent Practitioner” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Corporate/Commercial (Rhode Island). He has also been recognized in Chambers in previous years.

Stephen has also been recognized as a “Rhode Island Super Lawyer” in Health Care and Administrative Law based on a peer-review survey by Thomson Reuters from 2007 to 2011.

Stephen is a board member of Healthcentric Advisors. He is the local counsel to the Rhode Island Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association. Stephen is also a member of the Advisory Committee of Freedom National Bank and the Classical High School Alumni Association.

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