06.11.2021 | News

Founding Partner John Hackett Announces Retirement

Please join us in extending best wishes to John Hackett, who is retiring from the Firm this summer. 

John was a founding Partner of the Firm who inspired staff with his hard work and dedication to clients and colleagues, while demonstrating kindness and goodwill.  We wish him well in his deserved retirement.  Below is a letter from John.

Colleagues and Friends,

With conflicting emotions, I am letting you know that I will be stepping back from the practice of law and retiring from Hackett Feinberg PC over the course of the next few months. It has been almost 25 years since I and a handful of colleagues established the firm with the longest name in the Boston phone book, but I had known and worked with many of you for well over a decade before then.  And for ten years before that I had met and worked with a number of you in the commercial banking industry.  By any measure, spending the better part of five decades in one industry is a long time and, perhaps inspired in part by our continuing pandemic, I have concluded that it’s time to begin another chapter.

The banking business has morphed more during the past fifty years than in the previous couple of centuries. There have been economic expansions, disintermediation and liquidity crises, banking crises, housing bubbles, tech bubbles and various previously unimaginable permutations of the business cycle. As businessmen and lawyers we have adapted to each circumstance, learned from each and have moved on to find ways to service our respective customers and clients. Thanks to your trust and friendship, our small Boston firm has grown into a “less small” firm with more than 25 lawyers and some wonderful paralegal and administrative people who will continue to serve you and the banking and financial industry as well as our growing base of corporate clients. Our firm continues to pride itself on providing timely, thoughtful and pragmatic counsel to its clients at fair rates.

I will hopefully have the opportunity to meet with many of you personally over the next little while to catch up, to introduce some of my colleagues whom you may not know and to express my gratitude to you for your trust, counsel and friendship in person. To the extent I do not have that opportunity, please accept my sincere thank you for your business, your trust and your friendship over these last five decades.  It has truly been a pleasure to work with each of you. 


John L. Hackett

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