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James L. Messenger


(617) 902-0098
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21 Custom House Street
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02110


J.D., cum laude, Suffolk University Law School, 1985

B.A., Sociology, summa cum laude, Boston University, 1978


Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell

James L. Messenger is a Partner in the Boston office of Gordon & Rees. Mr. Messenger focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation in areas such as intellectual property, business transactions, shareholder disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and environmental and bankruptcy matters. He regularly acts as lead outside counsel to energy and utility companies on infrastructure projects.

Mr. Messenger has obtained successful outcomes for complex litigation clients at every stage of the trial process, including case-ending motions to dismiss, summary judgments, trials and appeals 


U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


New England Legal Foundation, Former Board of Directors
Boston Chapter of the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights: Board Member
Cooperating Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
Boston Law Journal: Former Editor
Massachusetts Bar Association
Boston Bar Association
American Bar Association

Community Involvement

Norfolk County Children’s Advocacy Center: Board Member