James Donnelly Jr.


Jim Donnelly is a member of the litigation department at Mirick O’Connell, whose practice focuses on civil litigation and business disputes with an emphasis on business torts, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate governance, unfair competition and intellectual property litigation. He advises clients on risk avoidance and dispute resolution and serves as a mediator for business disputes. He also counsels clients on corporate governance in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Jim has over fifty years of experience in trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts. He is admitted in several other jurisdictions, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third and Seventh Circuits in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, respectively; as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts and the Northern District of Ohio; and the U.S. Tax Court. He is an experienced negotiator and has served as a court-appointed master and mediator in complex business disputes. 

Jim has been named a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Boston magazine and Law & Politics every year since 2009. Jim has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 in the fields of Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; and Litigation – Intellectual Property. Jim was also named the Best Lawyers® Worcester Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in 2022. 

Jim holds leadership positions as an officer and trustee in cultural and education organizations including the Worcester Art Museum. In 2014, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette recognized Jim’s service as president of the Higgins Armory Museum with the Vision 2014 Cultural Enrichment Award.

Worcester, MA
United States

Elected to AAS
April 1991