Jim Hacker is a 1981 graduate of Hamilton College and a 1984 graduate of Albany Law School. He is a member of the Hamilton College Board of Trustees and is The Chair of the Albany Law Board of Trustees.
He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The College is comprised of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and membership is by invitation only. He is also an elected fellow of the International College of Trial Lawyers whose membership is limited to 500 US trial lawyers and membership is by invitation only.
Locally, he is the Past President of the Albany County Bar Association, Past President of the Albany County Bar Foundation and Past President of the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association who honored him their Annual “Daniel H. Mahoney” Award in 2016.
He currently serves as a Regional Vice President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Academy and on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society for Northeastern New York.
Mr. Hacker holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” and “Super Lawyer” in both the fields of personal injury and commercial litigation. He has previously been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in both categories. He has lectured extensively for the New York State Bar Association, the Albany County Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers Academy and the Capital District Trial Lawyers.
He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and has been appointed as a United States District Court Mediator. He has mediated and arbitrated over 750 cases in the last 15 years.
Mr. Hacker has tried over 100 cases to verdict and divides his practice between the areas of commercial litigation and plaintiff’s personal injury.