James F. Martin practices in the area of corporate and business counseling, commercial real estate, real estate planning and permitting, solar and wind, and litigation.
Jim is recognized as a leading automotive franchise attorney throughout New England (including heavy duty truck dealerships) and has successfully handled the purchase and sale of numerous car dealerships and related real estate, franchise negotiations, floor plan and real estate financing and all types of litigation arising from the operation of a dealership.
Jim sees the role of a good business lawyer as similar to that of a coach. As a student-athlete in Springfield, MA, a college athlete at Georgetown University, where he served as the co-captain of the men’s soccer team, and later a youth sports coach in Springfield and Longmeadow, he learned that a good coach is an advisor, a motivator, and a problem solver.
As a lawyer, he works to understand his clients’ culture and their concerns so that he can provide sound counsel based on what serves their goals and objectives and is in the best interests of their businesses. He analyzes transactions and litigation from a business perspective, creating innovative and efficient solutions.
American Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
Real Estate Bar of Massachusetts (REBA)
Hampden County Bar Association
American Bar Foundation – Life Fellow
Massachusetts Bar Foundation - Life Fellow and trustee; chair, Western Massachusetts Review Committee, Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account (IOLTA) 2022/23 grants program
National Association of Dealer Counsel
Massachusetts Automobile Dealer Association
Springfield Riverfront Development Commission
Western Massachusetts Georgetown University Alumni Association
Springfield Museums – trustee and vice chair of Museum Committee
Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic - former chairman, board of directors
Baystate Medical Center - former trustee and former chairman of Baystate Medical Center and its related entities
Honors & Recognitions
Massachusetts Super Lawyers: 2004, 2006–2007, 2009 – present
Best Lawyers, 2001 – present
Rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, a peer-review rating system for the legal profession
News & Insights
Bar and Court Admissions
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
- U.S. Tax Court
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1978
Georgetown University, A.B., 1975