Jim Nichols is a founding partner of Nichols & Pratt. He is a member of the Firm's Investment Committee.
Jim has obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society. Jim is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations.
From 1986 until 2011, Jim was a director of Entergy Corporation. He was a director of the Foxboro Company from 1980 until 1990. Jim is a past Chair and Commissioner of Trust Funds for the Town of Weston and was Chair of the Town’s Finance Committee. In addition to serving as a Trustee of a number of private foundations, Jim is a Life Trustee of the Museum of Science in Boston and served the Museum as Treasurer and Chair of its Finance Committee. Jim was a past chair and member of the Investment Management Committee of the Monadnock Community Hospital.
Prior to co-founding Nichols & Pratt, Jim provided investment advice for the Trust Department for Goodwin Procter, and prior to that was a lawyer in the Boston law firm of Herrick & Smith.
Jim graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College, magna cum laude in Economics. Jim graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the winning Ames Moot Court Competition team in 1963.
Jim grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and has lived in Weston, Massachusetts since 1967. In recent years, Jim has focused his interest on global economic and investment issues and their application to the specific securities held by the firm’s Trustees. With a special interest in technological innovations, he has installed and is monitoring LED lighting and solar panels in his home, and owns a Chevrolet Volt (electric drive) car. After walking with his young family over the "4,000 footers" in New Hampshire, he continues to enjoy clearing trails and hiking in his family’s Southern New Hampshire woodlands.