James G. Cook

A founding member of Cook Little, Jim Cook is a business lawyer who is known for his interest in technology companies and other entrepreneurial businesses.

Jim advises clients on issues ranging from business start-ups, to financing and growth, to a sale or other exit. Examples include choice and formation of business entities, buy-sell and other ownership agreements, angel, venture capital, private equity and corporate investments, debt and royalty-based financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, in-bound and out-bound technology licensing agreements, equity-based and other incentive compensation plans, sales and distribution agreements, executive employment agreements and other commercial and contractual arrangements.

Jim is active in the community, including numerous positions in professional, technology, and non-profit organizations.

Honors and Distinctions:


  • AV Peer Review Rated

Chambers USA:

  • Band 1 for Corporate/Commercial

Best Lawyers of America:

  • Corporate Law (2010 “Lawyer of the Year” in Manchester)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law (2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Manchester)
  • Copyright Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2021 “Lawyer of the Year” in Manchester)
  • Technology Law
  • Trademark Law

Super Lawyers:

  • Business/Corporate
  • Technology Transactions
  • Securities & Corporate Finance
  • Intellectual Property


University of Michigan (JD)

University of Iowa (BA; math/computer science)

Professional Affiliations:

Admitted to New Hampshire Bar

American Bar Association

New Hampshire Bar Association


Non-Profit Organizations:

New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium (Director since 2018; Chair of Executive Committee since 2020)

Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire (Member; Advisory Board Member 2009-2018)

New Hampshire High Technology Council (Director 1991-2013; former President)

Leadership New Hampshire (Director 2000-2006; Secretary 2002-2006)

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Manchester Regional Advisory Board (Director 2000-2006; Chair 2005-2006)

Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire (Director 2000-2006; Secretary 2003-2006)

Cook Little & Sheehan Phinney

Cook Little is pleased to announce that we have joined the business law firm, Sheehan Phinney.