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Alyssa C. Scruggs

Associate

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Alyssa focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, financial services litigation, and white collar and government investigations, and class actions for clients across industries including financial services, technology, and insurance. She has expertise in the international trade and anti-money laundering space, particularly in assisting with the drafting and implementation of internal policies for clients looking to mitigate risk. She has experience in researching and drafting motions, discovery responses, and filings for federal and Massachusetts state court cases, as well as taking depositions, arguing motions and managing witnesses at trial. Alyssa has also worked on matters involving the Massachusetts consumer protection law, M.G.L. c. 93A, state and federal unfair competition laws, and antitrust laws. She has experience defending clients in mortgage and consumer banking cases, as well as in bankruptcy and related adversary proceedings.

She maintains an active pro bono practice providing legal representation to survivors of human trafficking in criminal matters and post-conviction relief proceedings, victims of domestic abuse and asylum seekers. She has given trainings and presentations on obtaining relief for survivors of human trafficking.

Prior to joining Mintz, Alyssa was an associate in the Boston office of an international law firm, where she handled litigation for a variety of clients, including a territorial instrumentality debtor. Earlier, she was an associate and summer associate in the Washington, DC office of a New York-based global law firm, where she advised clients on antitrust matters, white collar matters, and government and internal investigations. At each of those firms, she served as a mentor to summer associates and represented asylum seekers and other pro bono clients.

During law school, Alyssa served as an intern in the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices. She was also an intern in the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Washington, DC office and a law and policy intern at the Poverty & Race Research Action Council. In law school, she was the reactions editor for the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives and served as a peer advisor and executive member of the Women’s Legal Alliance.

Before law school, Alyssa had an internship with a Massachusetts workers’ compensation law firm.

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (JD, cum laude)
  • College of William & Mary (BA, summa cum laude)

Experience

  • Successfully defended Citizens Bank against putative class allegations of aiding and abetting fraud and breach of fiduciary in connection with a $100 million Ponzi scheme. The Western District of NY dismissed the complaint, with prejudice.  The dismissal was upheld by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented a hedge fund in a case where a former employee claimed an ownership stake in the fund which our client contended was obtained through a breach of fiduciary duty. The case involved novel issues of law on fiduciary duty and wiretap law.
  • Represented a large financial services client in multiple disputes that have settled or been favorably resolved.

Recognition & Awards

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star - Civil Litigation: Defense (2018-2020)

Involvement

  • Member, Boston Bar Association (2017 – present)
  • Member, American Bar Association (2015 – present)
  • Board of Directors, Alumni Association, College of William & Mary (2013 – 2016)
  • Chair, Young Guarde Council, College of William & Mary (2013 – 2016)
  • Former Member, Campaign Steering Committee, For the Bold, The Campaign for William & Mary (2015 – 2020)
  • Former Mentor, Public Interest Fellows Program, Georgetown University Law Center (2013 – 2019)

Recent Insights

News & Press

Viewpoints

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Not So Fast: DOL Changes Course on Trump-Era ESG Investment Rule

March 22, 2021 | Blog | By David L. Ward, Alyssa C. Scruggs

The United States Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”) announced on March 10, 2021 that it will not enforce certain final rules put into place under President Trump related to environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) investing.
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ESG Investing in Retirement Accounts: Down But Not Out

November 30, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, Alyssa C. Scruggs

Proponents of environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) investing may have good news on the horizon—in particular, good news that could resuscitate ESG investing in retirement accounts following the Department of Labor’s recent blow to the practice.
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You Can’t Always Get What You Want: The End of ESG Investing in ERISA Accounts

October 26, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, Alyssa C. Scruggs

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With ESG, Things Aren’t Always As Green As They Seem

October 22, 2020 | Blog | By Pete Michaels, Alyssa C. Scruggs

Environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) investing has captured the attention (and dollars) of more institutional investors each year and continues to grow exponentially. However, how can an ESG investor be sure that the investments it is making truly align with the values those funds purport to prioritize?
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Newly Expanded CFIUS Jurisdiction

February 12, 2020 | Alert | By Cory S. Flashner, Steve Ganis, Robert Kidwell, Alyssa C. Scruggs

This alert covers new regulations taking effect on February 13, 2020 that significantly broaden CFIUS’s jurisdiction by granting it significant new review power over foreign investments in US businesses and real estate.
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News & Press

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Mintz Member and Co-chair of the firm’s Financial Services Practice Pete S. Michaels and Associate Alyssa C. Scruggs co-authored an article published by the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section examining the popularity of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing and an increase in the number of activist shareholder ESG litigations, which, using creative and novel legal theories, are starting to gain traction in the courts.
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In a recent article for The Real Estate Finance Journal, Member and Co-Chair of the firm’s Financial Services Practice, Pete S. Michaels, Member Cory S. Flashner, and Associate Alyssa C. Scruggs, explore the recent increased focus on money-laundering risks in residential real estate transactions, including an overview of regulatory efforts to prevent money laundering.