James D. Kerouac James D. Kerouac

James D. Kerouac


Meet Jim, real estate attorney, master communicator and Doberman-whisperer.

James D. Kerouac


603 665-8824 direct
603 623-8700 main
603 623-7775 facsimile

Jefferson Mill Building
670 North Commercial Street
Suite 108
PO Box 1120
Manchester, NH 03105-1120

Real Estate Practice Group

Commercial & Governmental Finance
  • Chambers USA 2024 – Real Estate Law (8 years ranked)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2024
    Banking and Finance Law
    Commercial Finance Law
    Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
    Corporate Governance Law
    Real Estate Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
    “Lawyer of the Year” – Banking and Finance Law (2024)
    “Lawyer of the Year” – Commercial Transactions / UCC Law (2023)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers 2024
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2009 – 2014)


Kerouac, James D


Here’s why you’ll enjoy working with him.

With more than twenty years of experience handling complex and multijurisdictional commercial real estate and commercial lending transactions, Jim leverages his deep understanding of real estate and finance to convey the facts clearly and get the deal done. Whether he is working with clients or opposing counsel, it’s Jim’s proven ability to communicate with clear, concise language while negotiating complex transactions that allows him to deliver practical solutions for clients and see them through the end.

Jim is a savvy lawyer who represents businesses, investors, developers, and financial institutions in a broad range of complex real estate and finance transactions. This includes transactions involving the acquisition, disposition, financing, and leasing of commercial real estate, sale-leaseback transactions, real estate joint ventures, and asset-based lending. Jim’s clients are involved in a wide variety of industries, such as affordable housing developers and investors, developers of medical office buildings, developers and operators of campgrounds, and financial institutions. He is also experienced in commercial loan workouts, restructuring and foreclosures.

Jim is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. He is recognized by Martindale-Hubble with an AV Preeminent® Peer Review. Jim has been highlighted by several publications as one of the top real estate lawyers in New Hampshire, including recognition in The Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Law and Commercial Transactions/UCC, ranking in Chambers USA© for Real Estate Law, and recognition in the Super Lawyers attorney rating service.

Jim enjoys finding ways to support and connect with his community. He served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce School of Law, where he taught a course on Business Transactions in the Daniel Webster Honors Program for several years. He is active in charitable and civic matters across New Hampshire, with a particular passion for supporting the state’s most vulnerable citizens. This includes his current service as a member of the board of directors for the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, and past roles serving on the boards of New Hampshire Legal Assistance and the Legal Assistance & Referral Center. Jim was appointed by the New Hampshire Supreme Court to serve on the Access to Justice Commission for several three year terms. He has also served on the boards of directors of the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, Intown Manchester, and the High Hopes Foundation. Jim is a proud graduate of Leadership New Hampshire’s Class of 2020.

When Jim isn’t working, he is…

Spending time with his family and training his dogs, Magic the Doberman and Luna the mutt.


JD, Boston University School of Law
BA, University of New Hampshire, cum laude
BS, University of New Hampshire, cum laude

Admitted to practice
State of New Hampshire
State of Maine
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
State of Rhode Island

Memberships and Recognitions

New Hampshire Bar Association
Rhode Island State Bar Association
Board of Directors, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
Fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys
Graduate, Leadership New Hampshire Class of 2020
Honorary Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation