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.
Product Liability - National, 2011-2016
Product Liability Litigation, 2014-2017
The Legal 500 United States
Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2009-2012, 2015
Colorado Super Lawyers
Personal Injury Defense: Products, 2012-2016
Business Litigation, 2010-2011
Product Litigation - Colorado, 2016
Commercial Litigation - Colorado, 2014-2015
Future Star - Colorado, 2011-2013
The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers, 2008-2016
The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 2016
Euromoney's Expert Guides - Litigation and Product Liability
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
Lawyers for Civil Justice
Denver Bar Association
Colorado Bar Association
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Drug and Medical Device Section