Boston, MA. James E. Vallee has been appointed leader of Nixon Peabody’s Government Relations and Public Policy practice. A partner in the firm’s Boston office, Jim brings a combination of corporate and finance law, and state and federal leadership experience to Nixon Peabody’s clients.
“In the current environment of rapidly evolving talk of legislative and regulatory change, as practice group leader, Jim will continue our tradition of staying ahead of what’s happening and help our clients turn challenges into opportunities,” said Andrew I. Glincher, Nixon Peabody CEO and managing partner.
With 20 years of experience as a corporate and finance lawyer and a Massachusetts legislator and leader, Jim provides strategic counsel on complex legal, regulatory and compliance matters. He helps clients shape their goals and agenda so they are well-positioned under existing and emerging state and federal laws and regulations. “Many of our clients have business dealings with governmental agencies, and the relationships we have with these agencies gives our clients an advantage,” said Jim Vallee. “Simply put, we know how government works.”
While serving as a Massachusetts legislator for 18 years, Jim worked on a full range of state legislative initiatives, experience that he leverages for clients across a number of practice areas. During his time at the Massachusetts State House, Jim served as majority leader, as a member of the Committee on Ways and Means and served as house chairman of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.
Jim also draws on more than 20 years of military experience. He currently serves as an Army colonel and the staff judge advocate of the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Jim is the recipient of several U.S. Army awards, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. The National Conference of State Legislatures awarded Jim the Medal of Civic Honor for his efforts to combat global terrorism through Operation Enduring Freedom while serving in the legislature.