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.
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.
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.
For insurers, financial pressure from frequency and severity of storms and increased global regulation. In general, demand for constant vigilance to steer around and manage general business risks.
New Hampshire Union Leader | August 18, 2019
In this story, Manchester Corporate partner Jim Hatem, whose clients include State Farm Insurance, shares his perspective on a bill vetoed by New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu that would have likely raised auto insurance premiums in New Hampshire by limiting the ability of insurers to control repair costs.
University of Virginia, J.D.
Boston College, B.S.
James was selected, through a peer-review survey, for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the fields of Government Relations Practice and Insurance Law. James has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2007.
James has been recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 and 2020 for Corporate/Commercial (New Hampshire).
Jim Hatem was recognized as the Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Manchester, NH, by The Best Lawyers in America® (2015). He is a member of the American, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Manchester Bar Associations. He is also the moderator of the Bow, New Hampshire, School District and a director of the Gunstock Ski Club. He is a former member of the Bow Rotary Club.