Prior to attending law school, Mr. Looper attended graduate school in pharmacology and medical school. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Looper began a general litigation practice in Dalton, Georgia. In 1999, Mr. Looper relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where he joined the law firm of Hall Booth Smith, P.C. and began to focus his practice on medical issues. In 2006, Mr. Looper relocated to Hall Booth Smith’s Nashville office where he serves as the office’s co-managing partner. He is currently licensed in Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
James Looper’s practice is centered on medical-related issues, complex litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and health care. Mr. Looper has had numerous jury trials in multiple states.
In addition to being an experienced litigator, Mr. Looper understands and appreciates alternative dispute resolution. As a Rule 31 certified mediator in Tennessee, Mr. Looper is available to help you resolve your case outside the court room.
Mr. Looper routinely speaks at a number of continuing education programs and is involved in several professional organizations. In addition, Mr. Looper is actively involved in the community serving on the board of the Wang foundation for Sight Relief and the board of the Hospital Hospitality House, including two terms as Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Looper currently serves as the assistant chair of the firm’s medical malpractice practice group. He has received numerous awards including being listed as one of the leaders in Tennessee health care. Every year since 2012, Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare has named Mr. Looper to the list of key decision makers in Nashville’s healthcare industry. Mr. Looper is also peer review rated AV with Martin Hubbell.
Mr. Looper has a background in medicine and focuses his practices on the defense of health care professionals and entities in professional liability suites. He zealously represents his clients in all phases in the litigation process, including pre-trial motions, alternative dispute resolution, trial, and appeal. Mr. Looper handles cases ranging from dental malpractice to birth trauma. In addition, Mr. Looper leads a team of experienced litigators who handle prison health issues, incluidng malpractice and 1983 compliance.
Mercer University School of Law: JD, 1996
Medical University of South Carolina, College of Medicine: 1990-1992
University of South Carolina Graduate School in Pharmacology: 1988-1990
Furman University: BS in Biology, 1987/BA in History, 1988
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee
United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility
Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia
Defense Research Institute
Tennessee Hospital Association
Nashville Claims Association
American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
ALM and Martindale Hubbell, Tennessee Top Rated Lawyers in Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice, 2012
ALM and Martindale Hubbell, The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazine, Top Rated Lawyers of Healthcare Law, 2013
Mr. Looper has numerous publications and presentations. He has published in legal and medical sources and has presented to insurance, legal, and medical groups.