Following graduation, Jim clerked for a year for Associate Justice John J. Spalding of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. He then was an associate corporate lawyer at Herrick & Smith before joining the Trust Department at Goodwin, Procter & Hoar in 1969.Meanwhile, after law school Harry spent more than four years at Goodwin, Procter & Hoar leaving in January 1968 to pursue the development of Waterford Springs, a vacation community in northeastern Vermont.
One of those employees was Leonard Patenaude, who became the third partner of the Firm in 1991. Over the next decade, the Firm added staff and moved to its present quarters at 50 Congress Street in the fall of 1988, increasing its footprint within the building as additional partners and staff have joined the Firm.
In 1992, Thomas E. Bator, previously with Palmer & Dodge, joined the Firm, to be followed by Richard K. Nichols, Jim’s son.
In 1998, Preston H. Saunders joined the Firm following his retirement as head of the Trust and Estates Department at Goodwin Procter.
Patricia D. Popov, a senior trust and estates attorney at Goodwin Procter, joined the Firm in 2000.
Also in 2000, John K. Herbert III and Kimberly H. Latifi left Northeast Investment Management to augment the Firm.
At the end of 2014, Preston H. Saunders retired as a partner.