Practice Areas

Professional Background

Professional Vision

James B. Sheils, a resident of Dennis, concentrates his practice in the area of commercial finance. He is a graduate of Boston College Law School (1975) where he received the Presidential Service Award and was the recipient of the John F. Cremens Award for legal services work. Mr. Sheils also attended The College of the Holy Cross, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and cum laude honors (1972). He has been awarded by the Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley – John Auchter Award (2012) – and has been recognized as a leader in the law by selection to the Super Lawyers List (2015–2019), The Best Lawyers in America© list (2015–2020) and a Boston Globe Top Rated Lawyer. He was also Town Moderator for the Town of East Longmeadow for many years.


  • Boston College Law School, J. D., 1975; recipient, John F. Cremens Award
  • College of the Holy Cross, A. B., cum laude, 1972


Bar Associations

  • 1975, Massachusetts
  • 1977, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • 1983, U.S. Supreme Court

Admitted to Practice

  • Massachusetts

Honors and Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Boston Globe, Top Rated Lawyers
  • Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley John Auchter Award, 2012
  • America's Most Honored Lawyers, 2020

Community Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors (Chairman 1988–1994), Goodwill Industries of the Pioneer Valley, Inc., 1977–2018
  • Member, Board of Directors, Massachusetts Moderators Association, 2005–2010
  • Town moderator, Town of East Longmeadow, MA, 2004–2016
  • Member, Massachusetts Advisory Council, U.S. Small Business Administration, 1985–1987
  • Member, 1983–1987, and Chairman, 1984–1987, East Longmeadow Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Director, Smaller Business Association of New England, 1983–1985

News & Speaking Engagements