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James F RingJames F. Ring is a trial attorney and a co-founding partner of Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP, where he serves as an advisor for clients involved in formal legal proceedings, crisis management, contractual negotiations and events involving a substantial risk of litigation. Jim is also the Chief Executive Officer of Fair Outcomes, Inc. (, a company founded by a small group of game theorists, computer scientists, and practicing attorneys for the purpose of providing parties involved in litigation or difficult negotiations with access to online bargaining mechanisms that can be used to regulate and resolve conflict.

Jim assists our clients in dealings with adversaries, co-venturers and governmental authorities. He has a substantial amount of experience in securing emergency relief for clients with problems relating to contract performance, business interruption, catastrophic incidents, violations of fiduciary obligations, and complex fraud.  Jim’s courtroom experience includes serving as lead trial counsel in a variety of highly contested, multi-million dollar business cases.

Over the course of his career Jim has devoted substantial attention to solving problems involving shareholder, partnership and employment matters, contractual formation and interpretation, restraints of trade, unfair business practices, professional misconduct, intellectual property, tax controversies, and maritime commerce. He has civil litigation experience at the pre-trial, trial and appellate levels and criminal jury trial experience.

Jim began working in the Boston legal community in 1978, starting out as a private investigator for civil law firms and working full time as an investigator while attending Suffolk University Law School, from which he graduated cum laude in 1983. He was honored with a one year appointment as a law clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, allowing him to work directly with the Judges of the state’s highest trial court on complex civil and major felony trials taking place throughout the Commonwealth. Upon the conclusion of his clerkship, in 1984, he joined the law firm of Bingham Dana & Gould (now known as Bingham McCutchen LLP) as an associate in that firm’s litigation area, where he began his long-term relationship with John Chu, who was then working in that firm’s business area. Jim left Bingham to develop his own business litigation practice in 1989, but he continued to provide assistance to John and John’s clients in the ensuing years, ultimately forming the present firm with John in February of 1995.

Jim is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and is admitted to practice before all Massachusetts State Courts, the United States District Court of the District of Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. In addition to his other work, he has served as a speaker to groups of economists, judges, educators, technologists, lawyers and students on strategic issues relating to the management of conflict and crisis and the application of technology to the law.