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Joshua Nadreau ’13 found his niche on his fourth co-op.

“With an undergrad degree in sports management, I came to law school interested in labor and employment,” says Josh. With that in mind, he enrolled in related electives, and completed three co-ops in line with his professional goals. 

For his final co-op, Josh wanted to round out his skills with civil litigation experience at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen. But then, the unexpected occurred: “I was on a path to labor law, but on my fourth co-op I discovered that I was drawn to the pace and more adversarial climate of civil litigation.”

And, the firm, which was looking to hire a more seasoned associate, was so impressed with Josh’s performance that they offered him a post-graduate job. “It’s amazing but I never interviewed with them other than for my co-op,” says Josh, who now sees a future of varied practice, handling everything from insurance litigation to probate, employment and legal malpractice defense.

Co-op 1

Portnoy & Greene, Worcester, Massachusetts

Josh learned the basics of law firm practice, with a focus on real estate transactions, landlord/tenant law and foreclosures.


  • Northeastern University Law Journal (editor-in-chief)
  • Student Bar Association


Co-op 2

American Federation of Government Employees, Washington, DC

In the AFGE’s office of general counsel, Josh experienced the differences between his first co-op, working in a law firm, and the skills needed to effectively work as internal counsel. And, living in Washington, DC, piqued his interest in government.

Co-op 3

Sandulli Grace, Boston

Here, Josh delved into performing research and drafting memoranda on a range of labor law issues, including unfair labor practices and the enforcement of arbitration awards.

Research Assistant

Under Professor Roger Abrams’ supervision, Josh conducted research involving labor and employment practioners’ views of the arbitration process.


  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Evidence
  • Corporations
  • Secured Transactions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Law: Job Security and Rights
  • Employment Law: Compensation, Benefits and Retirement

Co-op 4

Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, Boston

On this co-op, Josh learned the “ins” and “outs” of complex civil litigation practice by assisting attorneys in the firm’s insurance, reinsurance and employment practice groups.

After Graduation

Associate, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, Boston


Associate, Fisher Phillips, Boston


An open-minded litigator, willing to consider all options.