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H. James “Jim” Hartley

According to Chambers USA, “Top-flight executive advocate James Hartley” is widely considered to be an “outstanding lawyer” and a “strong advocate” with “extraordinary expertise.” He is particularly well-regarded for his litigation work and “creative approach to disputes.”

Phone: 617-447-2803
Email: [email protected]
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Jim and his partners pioneered the firm’s nationally-ranked executive advocacy practice which focuses on the legal needs of executives, professionals and select businesses in sophisticated employment matters.

Jim has been repeatedly recognized in Chambers USA as a Leader in the field of Labor and Employment, Mainly Plaintiffs Representation, and has been given Chambers’ highest ranking, that of Band One. Jim was also selected again by his peers for inclusion in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Jim has been selected by Thomson Reuters to be listed in New England Super Lawyers since 2004.

As a trusted advocate and highly respected advisor, Jim has particular expertise in complex executive transition and litigation matters, including those arising out of change of control and non-competition agreements, mergers and acquisitions, incentive and equity compensation plans, and other deferred compensation and retirement arrangements, as well as employment, retention and separation agreements. Jim represents clients from numerous industries in agency and court proceedings, as well as in arbitration. He has been routinely successful in obtaining multi seven- and eight-figure results and resolutions through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation.

Prior to co-founding the firm, Jim was a partner at a large Boston law firm. Before that, Jim was an executive and lead employment law counsel for a Fortune 100 company. In that capacity, he counseled executives and human resource professionals on high-level executive compensation and transition matters, as well as day-to-day employment law compliance issues, and was responsible for handling all employment-related litigation and disputes.

Jim is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, and is a frequent author and speaker before both business and legal audiences.

Jim is a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.