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Nancy R. Wilsker


Nancy has extensive experience representing state and federally chartered banks, thrifts, and credit unions, as well as mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, and other non-bank financial institutions. She counsels clients broadly on operational and business issues, including matters relating to the design, implementation, and maintenance of retail banking products (including online and mobile banking programs); general regulatory compliance; marketing programs; prepaid products; payment systems; privacy policies and information security policies; dealings with supervisory agencies; cash management systems; and vendor agreements.

Nancy, who is now the Chair of the Firm’s Privacy & Data Security Law Group, has expanded her privacy practice beyond the financial services industry to counsel businesses in many industries on data protection and cybersecurity issues. She routinely assists clients in developing strategies for protecting personal information in their possession, website privacy policies and terms of use (including for websites directed toward children), written information security policies (“WISPs”), and data security and data destruction procedures; in responding to data security breaches; and in complying with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”).

Nancy’s years drafting form contracts for the financial services industry have given her deep experience in drafting customer-facing documents that promote – rather than hinder – the business relationship between her client and the client’s customers. She now uses this experience to assist businesses in many industries developing form contracts that will be signed with little or no negotiation, such as website terms of use, end user agreements, maintenance agreements, marketing agreements, sweepstakes rules, and vendor agreements of all types.

Nancy also represents domestic and foreign corporate clients in complex business arrangements, typically involving the development, licensing, marketing, and distribution of technology products.


Banking & Financial Services

  • Represented national distributor of prepaid cards in landmark federal preemption case and in distribution and branding of various prepaid cards
  • Negotiated joint venture agreements for development of affinity marketing programs for credit cards, insurance, rewards programs, and other identifiable groups
  • Created a national consumer finance program for a manufacturer of recreational vehicles and other consumer products, including developing documents for use in 50 states and managing the licensing process
  • Designed streamlined cash management documentation, later adopted widely throughout the industry
  • Represented state-chartered bank in FDIC investigation of alleged age discrimination in underwriting practices
  • Developed online banking documentation and procedures for various financial institutions
  • Developed mobile banking documentation and procedures for various financial institutions
  • Negotiated agreements for bill payment, foreign exchange, and other funds transfer services by and among banks, their correspondents, and their customers
  • Negotiated credit card and loan correspondent relationships
  • Represented various financial service providers in licensing, examination, and other proceedings with the Massachusetts Division of Banks

Privacy & Data Security

  • Developed Written Information Security Programs (WISPs) for a variety of business entities to comply with the requirements of Massachusetts General Laws ch. 93H and related Attorney General regulations
  • Assisted financial institutions with development and implementation of privacy policies
  • Developed website Terms of Use and Privacy Policies for various entities, including businesses providing online content for children
  • Represented business entities in responding to breach of data security, including developing strategies for identifying affected individuals and drafting communications with government officials and affected individuals

Corporate & Technology

  • Negotiated electronic distribution and digital publishing agreements, including digital rights management strategy, on behalf of audio book publisher
  • Negotiated agreements on behalf of European developer of satellite radio service for design and manufacture of radio units; microchip development; conditional access system; vehicle installation; and other matters
  • Negotiated design, development, and supply agreements with Dell Computers, Cisco Systems, IBM, Motorola, and others on behalf of hardware manufacturer
  • Negotiated limited and enterprise licenses with Ford Motor Company, Federal Express, RPS, and others on behalf of software developer
  • Designed standard form licensing, OEM, and distribution agreements for software developers in telecommunications, airline, manufacturing, and other industries


Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2011-Present)
    • Co-Chair, Banking & Financial Institutions Law Group
    • Chair, Privacy & Data Security Law Group
  • Brown Rudnick LLP
    • Partner (1987-2011)
    • Associate (1980-1987)

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2010-2022) Recognized for Banking & Finance Law and Financial Services Regulation Law
    • Lawyer of the Year (2022)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004, 2013-2017)
  • Boston Business Journal as a “Leader in Diversity” (2010)
  • Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly, "Woman of Justice" (2009) in partnership with the Women's Bar Association and the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers
  • Women's Business Boston, "Top Ten Lawyer" (2008)
  • American College of Consumer Financial Services, Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating, Recipient

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Engaging Schools, Director
  • Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc., Leadership Council
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women's Network Advisory Board, Member
  • Simmons School of Management Women's Initiative Forum, Member

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
    • Business Law Section, Member
    • Consumer Financial Services Subcommittee, Member
    • Intellectual Property Subcommittee, Member
  • Boston Bar Association
    • Council (2019-Present)
    • Banking & Financial Services Committee, Member (Co-Chair, 2005-2009)
  • Massachusetts Bankers Association, Legal and Regulatory Compliance Committee
  • Eastern Massachusetts Compliance Network, Member

Bar Memberships

  • Massachusetts, 1980

News & Insight


New Standard Contractual Clauses Introduced For GDPR – Effective September 27, 2021

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The European Commission has issued new “Standard Contractual Clauses” – or SCCs – for the transfer of personal data outside of the European Economic Area (including transfers to the United States) after September 27, 2021. Any existing contracts th…


Are There Privacy Laws that Apply to Your (Small) Business?

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Does Your Business Have A Customer, User, Employee, Member, Investor, Or Prospect Who Lives In The European Economic Area?

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If you answered "yes"If your business collects “personal data” from a resident of the European Union or of any of the additional three states in the European Economic Area, you must comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by Ma…


Does a Ransomware Attack Mean There Was a Data Breach?

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“Data held hostage.”  Years – even months – ago, the concept may have sounded absurd.  Today, it is becoming all too common. Ransomware has quickly become a household term, due, in part, to the recent WannaCry attack.  When a ransomware attack s…


Data breach preparedness for NH businesses

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Businesses today are collecting and storing more personal information than ever before, but their data security systems may not have kept pace.Data security plans are especially important for businesses in the Granite State, which has specific laws mandati…


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EU-US Safe Harbor Principles Ruled Invalid

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Data Security: Are you doing all you can?

September 24, 2015

The University of California, Los Angeles, Health System on Tuesday said that a laptop containing medical record numbers, health information used for treatment plans and the names of about 1,200 patients was stolen from a faculty member in July.Could that…


Massachusetts Division of Banks Gears Up to Implement State Law Limiting Flood Insurance Requirements on Residential Properties

September 17, 2014

On Thursday, September 11, 2014 the Massachusetts Division of Banks held a public hearing regarding regulations to implement Chapter 177 of the Acts of 2014, An Act Further Regulating Flood Insurance (the "Act"). The Division will continue to accept writte…


Mortgage Foreclosure Procedures - New Massachusetts Regulations Effective June 21, 2013

June 21, 2013

The Division of Banks released final amendments to the state Foreclosure Prevention regulations in early June, which implement Massachusetts General Laws ch. 244 §35B.  The revised regulations become effective June 21, 2013.  Use of the regulatory form …


Federal Court in Massachusetts Issues Important Residential Mortgage Decision

December 8, 2011

On November 28, 2011, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts issued a decision in Culhane v. Aurora Loan Services of Nebraska, regarding the legal standing of Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. ("MERS"). In a case in…


After Bevilacqua, Establishing Title Is More Difficult, But Not Impossible

November 7, 2011

In Bevilacqua v. Rodriguez, the Supreme Judicial Court heard a number of strategies for establishing clear title to previously foreclosed properties – and shot down almost all of them. Still, the door was left at least partially open, though the court ha…


The Law of Truth in Lending

January 1, 2010

Massachusetts Data Security Regulations to be Enforced in 2010

December 1, 2009

Guidelines for Understanding and Complying with Fair Lending Rules

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Points Regulation is Pointless for Borrowers, Lenders, and Regulators

January 1, 1993

Erroneous ARM Adjustments: A New Source for Potential Lender Liability

December 1, 1992

Loan Flipping is the Latest Peril Threatening Unwary Mortgage Lenders

October 23, 1991

Mortgage Transfer Servicing Rules Have Small Impact But Big Message

June 19, 1991

Compliance Alert: Possible ARM Rate Adjustment Errors Could have Examiners Breathing Down your Neck

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The ARM Adjustment Problem May Be Larger and Costlier Than You Think

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