James F. Egan established what is today Egan, Flanagan & Cohen in 1924, when he returned to his native City of Springfield after completion of his legal education at Harvard Law School and undergraduate education at the College of the Holy Cross. Mr. Egan's college education was interrupted when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War I. A graduate of the U.S. Navy's Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, Ensign Egan served his country at sea.
The practice established by Jim Egan began by serving mostly individuals in the greater Springfield area; however, based upon his reputation, it quickly grew to have a large client base of local businesses and families.
Active in the City of Springfield, Jim Egan held elected and appointed positions in the city government and appointed positions at the state and federal levels. He was a valued board member for years for some of the City's largest business and financial institutions. A strong supporter of charitable endeavors, he served as a Trustee to institutions such as the Springfield Library and Museums, Mercy Hospital, the College of Our Lady of the Elms, and Brightside for Families and Children.
Jim gained a statewide reputation for his trial skills, particularly in the areas of eminent domain and shareholder disputes. At the time they were awarded, his verdicts on eminent domain were frequently the largest amounts at that time in Western Massachusetts.
In the area of business disputes, several of his cases established new law. Some of those cases were included in law school casebooks, treatises on shareholder rights, and were the subject of a national symposium at Western New England University Law School in Springfield.
Jim lectured on eminent domain and shareholder rights for the Hampden County and Massachusetts Bar Associations, and also at Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, and Suffolk University law schools.
Jim had the great privilege of seeing three of his five children become lawyers. All three worked at his firm, and his daughter, Mary, and son, Jack, remain important contributors to the firm he established.