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Alyssa C. Scruggs


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Alyssa focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, including mortgage and consumer banking cases, bankruptcy and related adversary proceedings, and class actions. She has experience in researching and drafting motions, discovery responses, and filings for federal and Massachusetts state court cases. She 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.

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 and government and internal investigations. At each of those firms, she served as a mentor to summer associates and maintained an active pro bono practice that included representing asylum seekers.

During law school, Alyssa served as an intern in the US Department of Justice’s 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.

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


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


  • 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.

Recognition & Awards

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


  • 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)


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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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