H. James Hartley is the firm's managing partner. According to Chambers USA, “Top-flight executive advocate James Hartley” is held in extremely high regard by his peers and clients for the quality of his representations, particularly in executive transitions and litigation, and is lauded as ‘a fabulous lawyer’ with ‘extraordinary expertise’ and a ‘creative approach’ to disputes. He and his partners pioneered the firm’s nationally-ranked executive advocacy practice which focuses on the legal needs of executives, professionals and select businesses in sophisticated employment matters. Mr. Hartley has been selected by Thomson Reuters to be listed in New England Super Lawyers since 2004. For the seventh year in a row, he has been recognized in Chambers USA as a Leader in the field of Labor and Employment, Mainly Plaintiffs Representation. For the fifth year in a row, he was given Chambers’ highest ranking, that of Band One. Mr. Hartley was also selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. As a trusted advocate and highly respected advisor, Mr. Hartley has particular experience in complex executive transition and litigation matters, including those arising out of change of control and non-competition agreements, mergers and acquisitions, incentive and equity compensation plans, and other deferred compensation and retirement arrangements, as well as employment, retention and separation. He represents clients from numerous industries in agency and court proceedings, as well as in arbitration. Mr. Hartley has been routinely successful in obtaining multi six- and seven-figure resolutions through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation.