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Jim chairs the firm’s Family Law Practice Group, which has substantial experience in complex divorce litigation. He also has wide-ranging litigation experience including trials, mediation, aribtration and appellate practice involving banks, large corporations and small businesses. He has practiced with the firm since 1992. In addition to family law, Jim is a certified NH mediatior and provides medation services throughout New Hampshire. 

Sample Matters

  • Successfully resolved numerous divorces for high net worth individuals with complex marital estates.

  • Successfully served as mediator in numerous matters.

  • Prevailed at trial and at NH Supreme Court in eviction action against Burlington Coat Factory.

  • Obtained a six-figure award against a builder in an arbitration concerning the inappropriate construction of a home.

  • Obtained a verdict in favor of a commercial creditor that invalidated a fraudulent family trust set up by the debtor fifteen years earlier. Following oral argument at the New Hampshire Supreme Court, the debtor paid the creditor.

  • Successfully represented a fixed-based operator in the aviation industry in litigation against a party that breached its contract by removing the aircraft to a competitor. The case resulted in a favorable six-figure settlement.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    16 years
  2. Litigation: 40%
    24 years
  3. Mediation: 10%
    14 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Marc W. McDonald

    Jim is a first rate lawyer in the divorce/ domestic relations area and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who needs representation in that type of case.


    Marc McDonald Commercial real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Anna Barbara Hantz

    Jim combines good humor with technical expertise to efficiently move matters to resolution efficiently and effectively.


    Anna Hantz Land use and zoning Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green, PA

1000 Elm Street
Manchester, NH, 03101-1730


NHAuthorized to practice law199207/08/2010
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward-White, Inc.2015
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Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward White2009
Cum LaudeBoston University School of Law1992
Summa Cum LaudeMerrimack College1989
BV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chair of Family Law DepartmentSheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA2002 - Present
Director and ShareholderSheehan Phinney Bass and Green, P.A.1992 - Present
Hiring PartnerSheehan Phinney Bass + Green, PA2011 - 2013
Director of Associate DevelopmentSheehan Phinney Bass and Green, PA2010 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Manchester Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
New Hampshire Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Lex MundiN/AN/A
Merrimack Youth Baseball AssociationAssistant Coach2008 - 2010
Merrimack Youth Basketball AssociationAssistant Coach2008 - 2012
New Hampshire Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education CommitteeMember2005 - 2007
Families In TransitionBoard Member2001 - 2004
Daniel Webster Inns of CourtMember1994 - 1997
Leadership ManchesterN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Susan Achille v. George AchilleAffirmed on Appeal by NH Supreme Court
South Willow Properties v. Burlington Coat FactoryAffirmed by NH Supreme Court
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Merrimack CollegeAccountingBS - Bachelor of Science1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
South Willow Properties v Burlington Coat FactoryNH Supreme Court Oral Argument re: commercial eviction2009
Select Federal Law Issues for the Divorce PractitionerParental Kidnapping Prevention Act, Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act2007
Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices: RSA 358-AUnfair and Deceptive Trade Practices under NH RSA 358-A2005