James B. Lampke

Attorney Profile

Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in Needham, MA

LampkeLaw LLC
 | 687 Highland Ave, Needham, MA 02494
Phone: 781-749-9922
Fax: 781-749-9923
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • State, Local & Municipal (50%),
  • Real Estate: Consumer (10%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%),
  • Administrative Law (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    James B. Lampke is an attorney with the Law Offices of Lampke & Lampke in Hingham, Massachusetts. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout the state, including the Greater Boston metro region, the South Shore and all the surrounding areas. Mr. Lampke has a wealth of experience and knowledge in many different legal areas, and he focuses his practice primarily on assisting those entities and individuals who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    ·        Municipal/government law

    ·        Administrative hearings

    ·        Internal affairs investigations

    ·        Real estate

    ·        Zoning and land use

    ·        Civil law

    ·        General litigation

    ·        Wills, trusts, and probate

    ·        Business matters

    ·        Dispute resolution

    ·        Mediation and arbitration

    A 1973 graduate of The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in public affairs, Mr. Lampke attended New England Law | Boston, where he obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1976. While at New England Law, he was also on the Law Review. Along with practicing before all state courts in Massachusetts, Mr. Lampke is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Mr. Lampke is also one of a small selected group of North American attorneys designated after an examination process as a Local Government Fellow under the auspices of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA).  Mr. Lampke is a trained Internal Affairs Investigator in workplace discrimination and hostile workplace environment matters and often serves as an Independent Hearing Officer in personnel and other matters. He is able to utilize and transfer his skills in local government law to non-governmental legal matters.  He has also written extensively and conducted numerous lectures and seminars across the state on a variety of legal topics, earning his reputation as an often sought out attorney for general and unique legal matters.

    Mr. Lampke’s professionalism has been recognized by his peers.  He has received the President's Award from the City Solicitors & Town Counsel Association (now the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, Inc.) and the Public Service Award from the Massachusetts Bar Association. In addition, the International Municipal Lawyers Association has awarded him the Distinguished Public Service Award, the State Chair National Award and the Charles Rhyne Lifetime Achievement in Municipal Law Award.

    As evidence of his professionalism Mr. Lampke is highly active in the legal community. He is a member of the, the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (of which he serves as Executive Director),  the International Municipal Lawyers Association (of which he serves as State Chair), the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Plymouth County Bar Association. He has served as chairman for the public law council and municipal law committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association.   Mr. Lampke is also a frequent attendee, speaker and organizer of legal seminars.

    The longtime Town Counsel for the Town of Hull, Mr. Lampke serves and has served as Special Counsel, Agency Counsel, Independent Hearing Officer, Internal Affairs Investigator and in other capacities for numerous municipalities, governmental entities and other entities throughout the state.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%State, Local & Municipal
    • 10%Real Estate
    • 10%Land Use/Zoning
    • 10%General Litigation
    • 10%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 10%Administrative Law
    Focus Areas



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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2020

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    About James Lampke

    Admitted: 1977, Massachusetts

    Professional Webpage: https://www.lampkelaw.com/About/James-B-Lampke.shtml


    • Municipal Law Award, Charles Rhyne Lifetime Achievement, International Municipal Lawyers Association, 2013
    • President’s Award, City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, 1996
    • State Chair National Award, International Municipal Lawyers Association, 2011
    • Distinguished Public Service Award, International Municipal Lawyers Association, 2005
    • Public Service Award, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2003
    • Local Government Fellow, International Municipal Lawyers Association, 2000 - 2020
    • One of Under Eighty-Five Municipal Attorneys

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Special Counsel, International Municipal Lawyers Association
    • Longtime Member, International Municipal Lawyers Association, Program Planning Committee
    • Executive Director/Secretary, Treasurer State Chair, CSTC
    • Committee Member, International Municipal Lawyers Association, Vision 2020
    • Longtime Member, Fellows Program Committee, International Municipal Lawyers Association
    • State Chair, International Municipal Lawyers Association, 2001 - Present
    • Past Member and Past Chairman, Massachusetts Bar Association, Public Law Council
    • Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, The Municipal Exchange, Board of Editors
    • Executive Director/Secretary, Treasurer, Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association
    • Plymouth County Bar Association
    • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
    • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association, Public Law Section
    • Past Chairman, Massachusetts Bar Association, Municipal Law Committee
    • Massachusetts Bar Association
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
    • First Circuit Court of Appeals

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Co-Coordinator and Chapter Author, Massachusetts Municipal Association, The Selectmen’s Handbook, 2014
    • Editor, MuniLaw Cases
    • Co-Author, Lexis-Nexis, Massachusetts Administrative Law and Practice, Open Meeting Law, 2014
    • Speaker, Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association
    • Co-Chair, Speaker, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association Annual Municipal Law Conference
    • Lecturer/Consultant, Various Emergency Management and Public Health Agencies, Emergency Management Legal Issues and Intermunicipal Relations
    • Co-Leader, Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions, Annual Training Program on the Open Meeting Law and the Conflict of Interest Law
    • Co-Leader, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Public Safety, Periodic Programs on how to Conduct Administrative Hearings for Fire and Building Officials and Municipal Hearing Officers
    • Co-Editor and Author, Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Municipal Law Handbook, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2015

    Educational Background:

    • New England Law | Boston (formerly New England School of Law) Law review, 1976
    • George Washington University, School of Public and International Affairs, Washington, D.C., Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs, 1973, 1973
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    Office Location for James B. Lampke

    687 Highland Ave
    Needham, MA 02494

    Phone: 781-749-9922

    Fax: 781-749-9923

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    Last Updated: 5/15/2020

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