James H. Hahn

Senior Counsel



Jim advises regulated and unregulated businesses in connection with their general corporate matters, corporate finance and structuring, stock and asset acquisition and sale transactions, business financings, and private placements. Jim provides counsel on regulatory and licensing concerns, compliance matters, general contract matters, employment relationships, franchising and licensing of intellectual property, and integration of business ownership and succession planning.

He advises clients regarding shareholder agreements, insurance arrangements, business valuations, deferred compensation, retirement benefits and related issues. His clients include financial institutions, credit unions, hospitals, and privately-held manufacturers, distribution companies and service organizations, including medical device manufacturers and independent power producers.

Jim is a frequent speaker on topics related to regulation of financial institutions and their mortgage banking subsidiaries, and structuring business organizations.

Practice Areas

Banking & Financial

Commercial Finance

Corporate & Business

Intellectual Property

Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt



Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude

Brown University, A.B.

Bar Memberships

Rhode Island


U.S. District Court, Rhode Island

U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
    • Immediate Past Chair, Business Organizations Committee
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association
    • Director and Secretary
  • Mortgage Bankers Association of America
    • Legal Issues Committee


  • Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council
    • Trustee
  • In-Sight
    • Director and Chairman
  • Brown Club of Rhode Island
    • Trustee and past President

Representative Transactions

  • Advised a Rhode Island hospital regarding its affiliation with a hospital system, including negotiation of terms of affiliation agreement, putting in place retention agreements for key executives, obtaining early termination notice under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and pursuing other regulatory approvals.
  • Represented Rhode Island cooperative bank in connection with its conversion and sale to a bank holding company.
  • Advised Rhode Island credit union in multiple acquisition transactions, including mergers and branch acquisitions.
  • Advised Rhode Island credit union in multi-million dollar outsourcing agreement for account processing and related services.
  • Advised multiple Massachusetts and Rhode Island insurance agencies in connection with sale transactions, including equity rollovers.
  • Represented purchaser of 160 unit convenience store and gasoline station chain in four New England States.
  • Structured senior and subordinated debt financings in numerous transactions.
  • Advised sellers in connection with stock sale of multimillion dollar advertising specialty business.
  • Represented majority sellers in sale of stock, including sale of interests held by ESOP.
  • Advised sellers of two privately-held home heating and distribution businesses.
  • Represented clients concerning contracts and commercial transactions including leasing, licensing and regulatory compliance relating to federal and state statutes.
  • Organized SPEs and related financing transactions.


  • Chambers USA – Consistently ranked as leading attorney in Corporate/Commercial Law
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America in the area of Corporate Law
  • Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year – Providence, Rhode Island Corporate Law (2013)
  • AV® Preeminent Rated from Martindale-Hubbell, highest possible rating on both legal ability and ethics based upon the confidential opinion of peers and judges
  • Consistently recognized in Super Lawyers in Rhode Island

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