Attorney Harrington attended New England Law | Boston. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he was captain of the wrestling team in 1993. His primary areas of practice include Real Estate Law, Land Use, Real Estate Development and Condominium law, Estate Planning and Estate Administration. Attorney Harrington handles hundreds of real estate transactions each year and routinely represents developers and landowners in connection with permitting and zoning matters.
Jim is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Greater Lowell Bar Association, Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Merrimack Valley Conveyancers Association. Jim grew up in Chelmsford and now lives in Tyngsborough with his wife, their two children and their dog, Truman. Active in youth sports, in 2004, Jim served as one of the primary founders of the Tyngsborough Youth Wrestling Program – a program which he is proud to say has grown to include more than one hundred kids and a host of parents, coaches and volunteers. Jim also helped found the Massachusetts Youth Wrestling Association in 2009, on which he served as state chair.
In addition to coaching, Jim regularly performs pro bono work for local youth sports organizations and other charitable interests. On his free time, Jim enjoys fly fishing.
Attorney Harrington graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1970, where he was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Equity. He is also a 1963 graduate of Northeastern University. Attorney Harrington was in private practice in Chelmsford, MA from 1970 until semi-retiring in 2005.
In addition to providing oversight to the associate attorneys in his firm, the Law Office of James M. Harrington, his own case load had focused on real estate conveyancing, residential and commercial land development, zoning, condominium law and other land use and lending issues. He served as Town Counsel of the Town of Chelmsford from 1977 to 1995, and continued as Sewer Counsel until 2005. He is best known for his vast experience in all aspects of municipal law, zoning and land use, representing builders and developers throughout the Merrimack Valley for decades.
Attorney Harrington is consulted regularly in connection with municipal, zoning and land use matters.
Lisa Perry began working as a legal assistant for Attorney Jim Harrington Sr., in 1987, while she was still a student at the Greater Lowell Technical High School. Initially hired through the school’s co-op program as a part-time receptionist/secretary, Lisa continued working part-time, and then full-time, while continuing her education at Middlesex Community College where she earned her Associates Degree. In her 20 years working as a legal assistant/paralegal with Attorney Harrington, Sr., Lisa provided expert support in all areas of municipal law, probate and divorce law, personal injury law, and eventually developed a strong concentration in real estate law.
For many years running, first with Attorney Harrington, Sr., and then with Attorney Harrington, Jr., Lisa has been responsible for the administration of a high volume real estate practice. She has encountered just about every conceivable problem that a real estate closing can present. Lisa has administered the conveyancing practice through multiple market fluctuations, including real estate “boom” periods as well as those difficult periods when the housing market and lending industries are in great distress.
Having processed literally thousands of residential and commercial closings, Lisa’s experience is an invaluable service to the firm’s diverse real estate clients, which include many buyers, sellers, brokers, lenders and developers. Together with Jim, Lisa champions the firm’s policy of doing everything we can to not only make the closing happen, but make it as smooth as possible for the many parties involved. Lisa is also heavily involved in the firm’s estate planning practice.
Truman spends a couple of days in the office every week. If he finds the energy to pick himself off the nice cold floor in front of the refrigerator, he just might come out front to say hello. Truman is a well trained and extremely gentle Newfoundland.
Truman's specialty is entertaining realtors, buyers, sellers, attorneys and other visitors during real estate closings.
Outside of the office, Truman acts as a therapy dog, making regular weekly visits to various facilities.