Maureen James grew up wearing out the question, “why?” Her parents always knew that her quiet curiosity, veracious reading, and observant nature would benefit her, but they didn’t know where it would take her. When she left for college in Boston, a far cry from the comforts of her small Western Mass community, Maureen was still unsure herself. During college, the complexities and diversity of a large university sitting in a very large metropolitan city provided daily lessons on communication, negotiation, and how to avoid a parking ticket.
Those lessons helped confirm for Maureen that law school would be her next step. While working full time during the day and attending law school at night, Maureen managed to also grow her family to include her husband and son. She began her career practicing insurance defense for a small firm near Boston. Although she loved her firm, after seven years and the addition of a daughter, it was time for a move closer to family and a return to Western Mass.
Since returning to the Pioneer Valley, Maureen has worked in a local school system and volunteered in programs focusing on the needs of persons with disabilities and the elderly. This work has provided Maureen with a detailed understanding of the difficult scenarios employers face when defending claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful terminations and allegations of violations of FMLA.
“When our clients have problems, there is no one-size fits all band aid. Our clients need specialized solutions to fit their business and my goal is to help them find the most efficient way to address issues that have arisen, and to give them the information to prevent problems in the future.”
As the mother of two active children, Maureen can often be found in her downtime braving the elements on soccer fields throughout the area.
- United States District Court, Massachusetts
- Member, Hampden County Bar Association
- J.D., Suffolk University Law School, 2007
- B.A., English, Boston University, 2002
- B.A., Political Science, Boston University, 2002
Professional Activities/Community Involvement
- Town of Wilbraham, Commission on Disability
- Volunteer, Baystate Medical Center
- Baystate Health Foundation Board of Trustees