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Nancy Milburn practices in the area of complex civil litigation. She represents clients in product liability, mass tort, environmental, and consumer protection matters, including class actions, individual actions, government enforcement suits, and government public nuisance actions. She also handles complex commercial tort and business litigation, and bankruptcy litigation.

From 1987 to 2000, Nancy served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York where she tried numerous civil jury and non-jury cases. She was Chief of the Tax Unit within the Office's Civil Division, in which capacity she handled several major Chapter 11 proceedings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. She served as Deputy Chief of the Civil Division from 1992-2000.


  • Corporation in defending litigation claims by plaintiffs alleging personal injury relating to exposure to radiation during operation of nuclear fuel fabrication facilities.
  • Energy company in litigation brought by government entities and private landowners claiming that historic oil and gas activities in Louisiana have contributed to coastal land loss.
  • Energy company in successful defense of a public nuisance suit brought by purported class of Mississippi residents alleging property damage due to effects of greenhouse gas emissions on Hurricane Katrina.
  • Federal conservator of regulated financial service companies in litigating claims in the Lehman Brothers Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.
  • New York and California restaurant associations in challenges to the constitutionality of local municipal menu labeling ordinances that require chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards.

  • Corporation as a member of the trial team that won a favorable jury verdict in State of Rhode Island v. Atlantic Richfield Company, et al., a lead pigment public nuisance suit filed by the Rhode Island Attorney General.
  • Corporation in multidistrict litigation alleging violation of state consumer protection statutes based on sales of gasoline at retail on a non-temperature compensated basis.


New York Super Lawyers
Business Litigation (2012, 2014-2018)
The Legal 500 U.S.
Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Consumer Products (including tobacco) (2012-2014)



  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1983
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 1977, cum laude


  • New York

Government & Military Service

  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Civil Division, Southern District of New York
  • Chief, Tax Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Deputy Chief, Civil Division, U.S. Attorney's Office