James V. "Jim" Hatem

James V. "Jim" Hatem

Nixon Peabody LLP

Recognized since 2007

Manchester, New Hampshire

Practice Areas

Government Relations Practice

Insurance Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Insurance Law
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Jim Hatem focuses his practices on general corporate counseling, mergers, acquisitions and real estate. As leader of Nixon Peabody’s Insurance Regulatory practice, he represents insurers before insurance regulators throughout the country.

What do you focus on?

Business counseling and transactional

I counsel most of my clients regarding major initiatives, including formation, financing, contracting, compliance, tax planning, leasing, disputes, acquisitions and divestitures. For one client, this involved the purchase, leasing and ultimate sale of an office tower. Recently, I assisted a homeowner’s insurer expand into automobile insurance through the acquisition of two automobile insurance carriers.

Insurance regulatory

I’ve been actively representing insurance companies for over 30 years, handling the insurance regulatory issues for clients in our other offices throughout the country. Most recently, I provided the insurance experience to the health care providers that successfully blocked the taking of $110 million from a medical malpractice joint underwriting association and forced a distribution of it all to them.


I’ve been lobbying before the New Hampshire Legislature since 1991 on behalf of insurance companies, trade associations and related parties on issues ranging from insurance regulation, taxes and financial regulation to tort reform and genetic testing.

Contact & Links


  • 900 Elm Street
    Manchester, NH 03101-2031


  • Boston College, BS
  • University of Virginia, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • New Hampshire, New Hampshire Bar Association


  • American, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Manchester Bar Associations - member

Nixon Peabody LLP
Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

181 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Insurance Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Insurance Law, Manchester (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Insurance Law
  • Government Relations Practice

Special Focus

  • Government Affairs
  • Government Relations
  • Lobbying
  • Regulatory

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