James L. Rudolph

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Areas of Practice:

Bar Admissions:

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

Education:

  • 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

James L. Rudolph

Managing Partner

Phone: 617.723.7700
Fax: 617.227.0313
jrudolph@rflawyers.com

Jim Rudolph is the managing partner of Rudolph Friedmann LLP.

Jim’s clients rely on his sound practical legal advice, based on his seasoned business, employment and construction law experience. Over the last thirty years, clients have come to depend on Jim and his full-service law firm to assist them with 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.

Jim has owned sailboats and power boats all of his life. He has bought and sold many boats for himself and clients since he first started practicing law. He currently represents new and used boat companies, marinas and yacht salespeople.

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 (by peers) attainable. Several years ago he was named “Best Lawyer” by Boston Magazine. He has also been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by Boston Magazine every year since 2004.

Jim's representation of clients has included:
  • Managing sophisticated and complex litigation in most areas of business law.
  • Employment law issues including wrongful terminations, non-compete disputes, sexual harassment claims, confidentiality and non-disclosure litigation and employment related litigation. (Representation has included management, owners, employees and both majority and minority stockholders.)
  • Drafting employment agreements and related documents including buy sell and severance agreements and litigation of all of the foregoing.
  • Formation of new businesses including drafting articles of incorporation, by-laws, stockholder agreements and LLC operating agreements.
  • Transactional work for several institutional and private lenders involving commercial and real estate loans.
  • Negotiation of complicated mergers and acquisitions of privately held companies in various industries.
  • Handling various types of construction related matters including lien and bond claims, bid contests, arbitrations, mediations, complex litigation and drafting and negotiation of construction documents.
  • Legal services in connection with sale of hotels, restaurants and liquor licenses.
  • Legal representation relative to the purchase, sale and delivery of boats; yacht construction; boat and yacht financing; structuring boat and yacht ownership agreements; maritime insurance claims, including property damage, personal injury and wrongful death; dealer and manufacturer warranty issues, marina and dock development and permitting/regulations regarding same; drafting employment contracts for yacht crew members.
  • Business “divorces”, stockholder disputes and employment matters, including the following businesses (partial list) which were litigated in various courts, involving millions of dollars (many others, not listed below, have been settled without litigation and are therefore not public):
    • Rasky Partners, Inc. (represented Larry Rasky in reorganization of his strategic communications firm and related buyout of company partners)
    • Marc Berkowitz vs. Legal Seafoods, Inc. (represented employee/minority stockholder in business dispute involving his brother, mother and father)
    • James Cafarelli v. Todd English et al. (represented minority stockholder in dispute resulting in division of business assets)
    • Burke Distributing Corporation v. Anissa Noreke, Minority Shareholder (represented minority stockholder relative to derivative claims resulting in settlement and dismissal of lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court)
    • Green v. Green (represented one of two brothers that were owners of substantial real estate holdings in dispute between the owners)
    • Quality Components, Inc. (represented majority owner of specialty fastener and solar energy component parts company in stockholder dispute)
    • Newbury Guest House and Harborside Inn (represented son/stockholder in dispute involving family owned hotels)
    • Air Carrier Support, Incorporated (represented minority stockholder in air transport company)
    • Color Technology, Inc. (represented minority stockholder in stockholder dispute)
    • Gilcorp, Inc. (represented company owning several restaurants and majority stockholder in employee/ stockholder dispute)
    • Security Source, Inc. (represented minority stockholder in stockholder dispute regarding security device company)
    • Austin Sportswear, Inc. (represented 50% owner in stockholder dispute with his brother regarding clothing/sportswear company)
    • Prophecy Development, Inc. (obtained substantial judgment for minority stockholder against other stockholder in intellectual property dispute)
    • Barnsider Group (represented employee/minority stockholder of company owning chain of restaurants resulting in settlement of stockholder dispute)
    • United Marble Fabricators, Inc. (represented former stockholder in suit to enforce non-compete agreement)
    • Davio’s Restaurant (represented restaurant in wrongful termination case decided in favor of employer after jury trial)
    • Colla’s Super Markets, Inc. (represented minority stockholder in family owned business)
    • Curtain Insurance Agency, Inc. (represented minority stockholder in stockholder dispute)
    • Formaggio Kitchens (represented employee/ minority stockholder suit against majority stockholder of gourmet food business resulting in buyout of majority stockholder)
    • Electric Supply Center Corp. (represented stockholder in dispute with other stockholder/owner of an electrical supply distributor))
    • National American Rubber Thread Company, Inc. (represented majority stockholder in litigation involving other stockholders)
    • Porthole Pub and Restaurant (represented employee/minority stockholder in family owned business)
    • Waves, Inc. (represented employees/ stockholders in dispute involving other stockholders)
    • AIAL, Inc. (represented investor/stockholders in airline company in stockholder suit)
    • Tapeo, Inc. (represented majority stockholder and company in suit involving minority stockholder owners of company)
    • Vinny Testa’s (represented minority stockholder/employee in dispute with majority stockholders)
    • New Angle Glass (represented company in litigation regarding employment agreement with non-compete clause)
    • Standard Electric (represented Electric Supply Center which hired new employees that had non-compete clauses in employment agreement with former employer)

Seminars/Classes Taught:

  • Owner’s Rights in Privately-Owned Businesses, Associated Builders and Contractors, June 14, 2017
  • A Layman’s Guide to Getting Paid in Construction Disputes, Eastern Bank, May 23, 2017
  • A Layman’s Guide to Getting Paid in Construction Disputes, Boston Private Bank, March 29, 2017
  • Shareholders Rights in Closely-Held Businesses, The Boston College Club, October 6, 2016
  • 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

Honors and Awards:

  • Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, Salem State University, 2016
  • The Governor’s Academy, Non Sibi Sed Aliis Award for community service, 2016
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, inducted as ABC LEGEND, November, 2015
  • North Shore 100 Leaders, Salem News, 2010
  • Bennett I. Solomon Community Leadership Award, 2009 (Awarded by Cohen Hillel Academy)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, Boston Magazine, 2004-2016
  • 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
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell (by peers) for over 30 years, the highest obtainable

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
    Chairman (2002, 2016)
    Vice Chairman (2014 – 2015)
    General Counsel and Member of Board of Directors; (2002-present)
  • Massachusetts Restaurant Association
    Board of Directors (2012 – 2015); Advisory Board (2015-present)
  • Marblehead Zoning Board of Appeals
    Member (2012 – present)
  • North Shore Chamber of Commerce
    Member, Board of Directors (2009 – present)
  • Essex National Heritage Commission
    Commissioner (2013 – 2014)
    Trustee (2014 -present)
  • Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
    Advisory Board Member (Appointed by Governor Baker, 2017)
  • 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
    Appointed by Governor Weld (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

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