James E. McGuire, Esq.

T: 617-228-0200


Available to hear cases nationwide.
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James E. McGuire, Esq., a dispute resolution professional since 1989, has extensive experience in all aspects of ADR including mediation and arbitration. He has served as a special master and neutral evaluator.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Experience and expertise in resolving a wide variety of disputes including financial and commercial, securities, insurance, class actions, employment, intellectual property, construction, partnerships and family-owned enterprises, professional liability and medical malpractice matters
  • Mediated over 150 cases and served as an arbitrator in over 100 cases
  • More than ten years of experience as settlement counsel for firm clients in patent licensing, environmental insurance, securities, banking, and finance matters

Representative Matters

  • Business:
    • Mediated sale of restaurant business from one partner to another (business valuation, accounting, trade name, payment structure, and security issues)
    • Mediated dissolution of law firm partnership (client lists, real estate and equipment leases, A/R and collection, insurance, and publicity issues)
    • Mediated brokerage firm-advertising agency contract termination
  • Intellectual Property:
    • Mediated trans-national patent licensing dispute with European and United States parties (field of use restrictions, royalty accounting issues)
    • Mediated software licensing/ownership dispute between start-up company and terminated executive/co-founder
  • Employment:
    • Mediated termination of doctor from specialty group practice
    • Mediated termination of senior executive in e-commerce music business


  • Chair: 3-member arbitration on insurance coverage for intellectual property claim
  • Arbitrator for Fibreboard Trust Interim Claims Process to arbitrate asbestos claims
  • Arbitrator for termination of charter school management contract
  • Arbitrator for fast food franchise partnership disputes
  • Arbitrator for trans-national sale of biotech business

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition Magazine, 2010
  • Recognized as a New England Super Lawyer since 2008
  • Mediation Panel, United States District Court of Massachusetts, 1999-present
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, Boston Magazine, since 2005
  • Mediator, Middlesex Multidoor Courthouse, 1989-2004
  • Mediator, The Johns Mansville Trust, 1990-1992
  • Arbitrator, Fibreboard Interim Claims Trust, 1996-1999
  • Provides training to attorneys in negotiation skills and effective representation of parties in mediation
  • Lecturer, Mediation: Theory & Practice Seminar, Boston University School of Law, 2003-present
  • Adjunct Professor, Northeastern University School of Law, Mediation in the Public Interest, 1999-2002
  • Lecturer, Harvard Law School Program for Instruction to Lawyers Mediation Seminar, 1989-present

Background and Education

  • Chair, ADR Practice Group, Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels LLP, 1989-2004 (Associate and Partner, Trial Department, 1982-1989)
  • Associate, Litigation Department, Goodwin, Procter & Hoar, 1975-1982
  • Law Clerk for Hon. Joseph L. Tauro, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1974-1975
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1974 (Editor-in-Chief, Law Review, 1973-1974)
  • B.A., Harvard College, 1968