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James Riley Hodder

James Riley Hodder

Practice areas:

Workers Compensation, Social Security, Personal Injury

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About Me

I majored in music in undergraduate school, specializing in voice and French horn.  I was a music teacher for awhile, and finally determined that music made a better avocation then a vocation.  So, while music became my hobby, I became a computer programmer.  I specialized in small computer financial systems.  This led to jobs as a programmer, software consultant, support department manager, and IT director.  For music, I sang in church choirs.  The most notable of these was the Trinity Choir of Trinity Church, in Copley Square in Boston.  As a member of that choir, I participated in two tours oversees (to England and to Central Europe) and several recordings.  My father always said that music is not a spectator sport, and I've always lived by that creed.

I attended Suffolk Law School and graduated in 2007.  My first legal job was for a firm that specialized in workers' compensation.  My main role was to write appeal briefs to the Reviewing Board of the Department of Industrial Accidents.  I wrote over 85 of these briefs, which is an extraordinary number.  Since October of 2008, fully a quarter of all Reviewing Board decisions have been on issues in which I filed a brief.  This unusual experience has given me a deep understanding of workers' compensation law.  I have since gone on to represent clients at all branches and levels of the DIA.  I'm trying to make a difference, one person at a time.

In 2009, I helped a friend through a chapter 7 bankruptcy.  I have since worked on developing a bankruptcy practice in order to help people in financial distress get through tough times.  Again, hoping to do what I can to make a difference for people.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Workers Compensation: 50%
    7 years
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Social Security: 25%

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Contact Info

Rubin, Rubin & Wilcox

333 Park Ave.
Worcester, MA




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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Deans ListSuffolk Law School2007
Deans ListSuffolk Law School2006
Oral Advocacy AwardSuffolk Law School2006
Deans ListSuffolk Law School2005

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyRubin, Rubin & Wilcox2010 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of James Riley Hodder2009 - 2010
Associate AttorneyEllis & Associates2007 - 2009


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2010 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Essex County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Deborah Dean v. Access Nurses, Inc.Decision of the Admin. Judge reversed, recommitted
Jerrold R. Sicotte v. Land Air Express of VermontDecision vacated and recommitted

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2007