James Hooper joined WTO at its inception and became its first elected partner in 1998.  Jim is a West Point and Michigan Law School graduate who has spent the past 20 years helping American businesses defend complex, scientifically and technically challenging lawsuits in more than 20 states.  He has tried, served as national counsel, and litigated numerous types of lawsuits, ranging from products liability to civil RICO and federal land use.  His work most often centers on high-profile, large-exposure, and expert-intensive cases involving challenges to the design, risk and safety profiles, and marketing of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, building materials, and similar products.  Jim's cases have resulted in significant and helpful judicial decisions in the areas of expert scientific evidence, product safety warnings, and medical causation.  

Jim was recently elected by his peers to serve as a member of the Pfizer Legal Alliance (PLA) Roundtable, a strategic planning and oversight group for 19 nationally renowned law firms that provide legal services to the world's largest pharmaceutical company.  He is listed in Colorado Super Lawyers, The Legal 500 United States, International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers, and Chambers USA.  His clients described him to Chambers USA as "very talented in the courtroom, thoughtful and creative."   

Jim leads WTO's associate evaluation and training committee, helping to develop the firm's next generation of national caliber trial lawyers.

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Chambers USA
   Product Liability - National, 2011-2013
Best Lawyers
    Product Liability Litigation, 2014-2015

The Legal 500 United States
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2009-2012
Colorado Super Lawyers
   
Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2012-2014
    Business Litigation, 2010-2011
Benchmark Litigation
    
Commercial Litigation - Colorado - 2014
    Future Star - Colorado, 2011-2013
The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers, 2008-2011
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Lawyers for Civil Justice
    Member
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
American Bar Association
    Litigation Section
Defense Research Institute
    Drug and Medical Device Section

Teaching Positions
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
    Adjunct Professor

Personal Interests
Skiing
Climbing
Backpacking
Coaching football
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Georgia (Inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Teaching PositionsUniversity of Denver Sturm College of Law
    Adjunct Professor
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Chambers USA
   Product Liability - National, 2011-2013
Best Lawyers
    Product Liability Litigation, 2014-2015

The Legal 500 United States
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2009-2012
Colorado Super Lawyers
   
Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2012-2014
    Business Litigation, 2010-2011
Benchmark Litigation
    
Commercial Litigation - Colorado - 2014
    Future Star - Colorado, 2011-2013
The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers, 2008-2011
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Lawyers for Civil Justice
    Member
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
American Bar Association
    Litigation Section
Defense Research Institute
    Drug and Medical Device Section
Government ServiceLaw Clerk to The Honorable J.L. Edmondson, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

United States Army
    Captain
Personal InterestsSkiing
Climbing
Backpacking
Coaching football
Articles/Presentations
  • Punitive Damages, presented at 27th Annual Conference of Colorado Defense Lawyers Association (Aug. 20, 2004)
  • Court-Appointed Experts, presented at The Network of Trial Law Firms (Mar. 14, 2002)
  • The Future of Preemption, presented at Defense Research Institute (May 3, 2001)
  • Daubert and Differential Diagnosis, presented at The Network of Trial Law Firms (Jan. 4, 2001)
  • Bright Lines, Dark Deeds: Counting Convictions Under the Armed Career Criminal Act, 89 Mich. L. Rev. 1951 (1991)
Education
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1992
    Michigan Law Review, Associate Editor and Executive Note Editor
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, B.S., Physics, 1984

Government ServiceLaw Clerk to The Honorable J.L. Edmondson, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

United States Army
    Captain

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Colorado
  • Georgia (Inactive)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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