Boston Harbor Angels
James F. Coffey
Jim Coffey is a partner in Nutter's Business Department and a member of its Emerging Companies/High Technology and Workout, Restructuring and Bankruptcy practice groups. He has particular expertise representing companies in critical phases of transition. From start-ups or early stage development companies seeking angel funding to fully mature businesses seeking an exit strategy, Jim provides strategic counsel, contacts and expertise to help clear the path to success.
Jim's depth of experience in working with fragile business entities covers a wide spectrum. Whether in a formative stage of development with many opportunities to succeed or fail, or at the end of its lifecycle, in a state of decline or extreme distress, Jim assists clients in achieving their goals.
Jim represents emerging companies in several business sectors and enjoys working with talented entrepreneurs who have the determination and will to succeed. His early stage development clients include companies in social networking, carbon credit technology, alternative energy, information technology, e-commerce, life sciences, consumer products and other sectors and technologies. His corporate practice focuses on transactional, and general business matters for both public and private companies, including partnerships and strategic alliances; M&A transactions; and venture capital and angel financing. Jim represents many technology-based businesses in the full range of their business matters, bringing to bear his experience with both large and small companies. Jim is an active member of the Boston Harbor Angels (BHA), one of New England's most active angel investment groups, and was recently appointed to serve as Nutter's liaison to the BHA.
On the restructuring side, Jim has over twenty years of turnaround experience, and has served as lead counsel in numerous bankruptcy reorganizations, workouts, assignments for the benefit of creditors, distressed asset sales, and complex corporate restructurings. Jim advises on distressed M&A transactions representing acquiring and target companies and provides counsel on corporate governance issues. Having represented many entities in Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings throughout the country, Jim has served in a variety of roles including: lead debtor's counsel, counsel to the trustee, creditors' committee counsel, and on behalf of secured and unsecured creditors.
A former candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate, Jim was appointed by former Governor Mitt Romney to the Massachusetts Public Education Nominating Council. He has also served as general counsel to the Massachusetts Republican Party.
Jim is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Northeast Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, and has served on the Massachusetts Advisory Board of the New England Legal Foundation. He is an active member of the Boston Bar Association (BBA), having served as co-chair of the BBA's Solo & Small Law Firm Section, and the BBA's Business Law Section Pro Bono Committee. Jim is also a member of the American, Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bar Associations.
Jim has authored numerous legal publications for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). Additionally, he frequently lectures for MCLE as well as the National Business Institute and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He serves as an adjunct professor of law at the New England School of Law and is a member of the President's Council at Providence College.