International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Boston Attorney
James L. Rudolph, Esq.

Phone: 617.606.3120


Languages: English

Jim Rudolph is the managing partner of Rudolph Friedmann LLP. Several years ago he was named “Best Lawyer” by Boston Magazine. He has also been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Boston Magazine in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

As a seasoned business, employment and construction law attorney, Jim tries to bring his clients sound practical and legal advice. Over the last thirty years, Jim and his full-service law firm have assisted thousands of individuals and companies to meet their personal and professional goals, be it business consulting, negotiating or litigating. In addition to advising businesses on partnership, corporate and employment law issues, Jim has an expertise in real estate, construction law and business and stockholder disputes.

Jim has been a Corporator, Trustee, and Director of several Boston-area banks. He also has considerable experience handling (for lenders and borrowers) bank workouts, lender liability claims, and matters involving creditors and debtors rights.

To stay abreast of the ever-changing business climate, Jim is actively involved in several business, industry and community activities. In addition to Jim’s legal practice, he is a frequent writer and speaker.

Jim has been a member of both the Swampscott (Chair) and Marblehead Zoning Boards of Appeal. He is a former Selectman for the Town of Swampscott. Jim’s family was in the electrical business. He worked as an electrician’s helper for two summers and then as an estimator for several months, and he started to represent contractors, subcontractors and suppliers when he had just graduated law school. He has been a long time member of the Associated Builders and Contractors.  Jim was the first attorney to be elected Chairman of that organization and he is now its Legal Counsel.  He also has many clients in the restaurant,  hospitality and entertainment business; he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.

For over thirty years, Jim has been rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of lawyers, which is the highest rating attainable.


  • Boston College Law School
    Boston, Massachusetts
    Juris Doctorate, 1975
  • University of Denver
    Denver, Colorado
    B.A. Political Science, 1972
  • Governor Dummer Academy
    Byfield, Massachusetts
    Graduate, 1968


  • Massachusetts, 1975
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984

Areas of Practice:

  • Business Transactions
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate

Honors and Awards:

  • Bennett I. Solomon Community Leadership Award, 2009 (Awarded by Cohen Hillel Academy)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, Boston Magazine, 2004-2011
  • JRC Recognition Award (Awarded by Jewish Rehabilitation Center for Aged of the North Shore), 2001
  • David Ben-Gurion State of Israel Leadership Award, 1999 (Awarded by the State of Israel)
  • “Best Lawyer of 1998″, Boston Magazine
  • Community Leadership Award, Anti-Defamation League, 1996
  • Chairman’s Award, Anti-Defamation League, 1990
  • Marquis Who’s Who in American Law, 1999-Present

Associations and Memberships

  • Anti-Defamation League/New England Regional Board
    Chair, Board of Overseers (2008-present)
    Chair, New England Regional Board (2006-2008)
    Member, National Executive Committee (2005-present)
  • The Governor’s Academy
    Vice President (2011-present)
    Trustee (1997-present); Chair, Trustee Relations Committee
    Secretary ( 2000-2011)
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Massachusetts
    President; (2001 – 2002)
    General Counsel and Member of Board of Directors; (2002-present)
  • Massachusetts Restaurant Association
    Board of Directors (2012 – present)
  • Marblehead Zoning Board of Appeals
    Member (2012-Present)
  • North Shore Chamber of Commerce
    Member, Board of Directors; (2009 – Present)
  • JRC Charitable Foundation
    Past President; (2000 – 2002)
  • Jewish Rehabilitation Center for the Aged of the North Shore
    Past President; (1992 – 1994 )
    Member, Board of Directors (1977-2010)
  • Town of Swampscott
    Selectman; 1990 – 1993
  • Swampscott Zoning Board of Appeals
    Member and Chairman; 1982 – 1989
  • Legal Sales and Services Organization (LSSO)
    Member, Board of Directors (2009-2011)
  • Eastern Bank
    Trustee (2003-present)
  • USTrust/Essex and USTrust/Middlesex
    Board of Directors; (1994 – 2000)
  • Grove Bank
    Corporator (1985-1993)
  • Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency Multi-Family Advisory Committee
    Member; (1992 – 1995)
  • Camp Kingswood, Bridgeton, Maine, (A CJP Constituent Agency)
    President; (1987 – 1989)
  • Camp Bauercrest
    Member, Board of Directors; (1985 – 1987)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Conveyancers Association

Seminars/Classes Taught:

  • Shareholder Rights In Closely-Held Businesses, The Boston College Club, April 2, 2013
  • “Debt Liquidation in a Bad Economy; How We Get General Contractors, Subcontractors and Suppliers Paid Now”, National Association of Credit Managers, January 26, 2012
  • “Taking Stock Of Your Business: Legal Rights and Responsibilities Every Restaurant Owner Should Know”, Massachusetts Restaurant Association, November 15, 2011;
  • Shareholder Rights In Closely-Held Businesses,The Boston College Club, April 16, 2010
  • Business Partnerships “Makeups and Breakups”, SBANE, March 9, 2010
  • Getting Paid In Difficult Times, NorthEast Electrical Distributors, March 4, 2010
  • Shareholders Rights in Closely Held Businesses, National Association of Credit Valuation Analysts (NACVA), January 28, 2010
  • Getting Paid in a Difficult Economy: Legal Rights and Remedies Available in the Construction Industry, Air Purchase, Inc., November 19, 2009
  • Shareholder Rights in Closely Held Businesses, Eastern Bank, November 18, 2009
  • Shareholder Rights in Closing Held Businesses, Associated Builders and Contractors, November 4, 2009
  • “Dispute Resolution in Today’s Economy”, McGladrey & Pullen LLP, November 7, 2008
  • “Construction Litigation in Massachusetts”, Associated Builders and Contractors, 2007
  • “New Public Construction Reform Act May be Amended”, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. Merit Shop Newsletter, 2005
  • “Pay When Paid Clauses: Proposed Legislations and Recent Cases May Change the Law”, 2004
  • “How to Buy Commercial Real Estate”, Building Massachusetts, 2002
  • “Contractor’s Beware-Triple Damages and Legal Fees in Arbitration Cases”, Building Massachusetts, 2002
  • “The Art of Negotiation”, Seminar for Bank Commercial Lenders, April 2, 2002
  • “Construction Litigation in Massachusetts”, Loman Educational Seminars, January 29, 2002
  • “Negotiating in the New Economy”, Associated Builders and Contractors, February 21, 2002
  • “We’ll show You the Money: Legal Remedies for Contractors in the New Millennium”, Associated Builders and Contractors, March 22, 2001
  • “Shareholders Rights in Closely Held Corporations”, Litigation Support and Business Valuation Committee, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, January 17, 2001
  • “The Art of Negotiation”, Associated Builders and Contractors, June 24, 1999
  • “Close Quarters in Small Companies”, Mass. High Tech. Law and Technology, April 26, 1999
  • “Stockholders Rights in Closely Held Corporations”, Society of Appraisers, Massachusetts Chapter, March 3, 1999
  • “Stockholders Rights in Closely Held Corporations”, National Association of Certified Valuation Analysis, January 16, 1999
  • “The Special Litigation Committee: Origin, Development and Adoption Under Massachusetts Law”, Massachusetts Law Review, 1998
  • “Massachusetts Law Protects Rights of Shareholders in Close Corporations”, Law & Accounting Section of Banks and Tradesmen, November 16, 1998
  • “Shareholders’ Rights in Closely Held Companies”, February 19, 1998
  • “Recent Amendments Improve the Massachusetts Lien Law”, Associated Builders and Contractors, 1997
  • “A Layman’s Guide to Getting Paid in the Nineties: Legal Remedies Available to the General Contractor, Subcontractor and Material Supplier”, 1995
  • “Abuses of the Law Should be Dealt with Severally”, Daily News Mercury, March 1, 1994
  • “Attorney Outlines Sex Harass Grounds”, Daily News Mercury, April 6, 1994
  • “Attorney Answers on Price Control Suit”, Daily News Mercury, April 29, 1994
  • “Damages Can Be Retrieved by the Courts”, Daily News Mercury, March 28, 1994
  • “Workers Rights Are Hot Topic”, Daily News Mercury, May 9, 1994
  • “Negligent Salvage; Reduction of Award, Forfeiture of Award or Damages”, Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, 1976

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Rudolph Friedmann LLP

92 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
United States

Law Firm Contact: James L. Rudolph

Tel: 617.606.3120

Fax: 617.227.0313



Member Since: 1999

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