Attorney - James E.  Looper, Jr


James E. Looper, Jr
HBS Nashville Office

P: 615-313-9911
F: 615-313-8008
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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. In addition to being licensed in a number of states, Mr. Looper handles complex litigation as specialized trial counsel across the country.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. In 2012 - Present, 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.

Practice Areas

Aging Services

Mr. Looper has tried health care cases in multiple states, including long term care cases. He has obtained successful results for his clients in jury trials, motion practice, and alternative dispute resolution. Thanks to his medical background, Mr. Looper has a unique understanding of the challenges faced by long term care facilities and their employees.  This allows him to work more closely with these professionals for the best possible outcome.

Alternative Dispute Resolution/Arbitration

Mr. Looper offers general mediation services. He is certified as a Rule 31 mediator in Tennessee. His practice has included experience in a multitude of mediation settings as an advocate and as a mediator. He offers alternatives to litigation in an environment which facilitates effective compromise and decision making empowerment as a neutral. Clients can look forward to being fully engaged and involved in resolving their own disputes and matters using a cost-efficient alternative to litigation. 

Correctional Health Care

Mr. Looper's medical background along with his work in all of the firm's health care related practice groups, serves him well in the unique role of correctional health care representation. Mr. Looper has an excellent understanding of the professional negligence interplay with the constitutional issues presented by §1983. He has successfully defended all varieties of correctional health care cases, both in motion practice and trial.


Mr. Looper's medical and transactional experience comes together in his successful representation of dental practices. Mr. Looper's expertise in providing sound legal advice in the day to day legal matters encountered in a dental practice are well recognized. Matters involving patient consent forms, lease agreements, independent contractor arrangements, landlord tenant issues, as well as all health care related issues encountered in dental practice including liability issues and claims of professional negligence.

Health Care

Mr. Looper is from a medical background and represents health care clients on numerous aspects of their business. In addition to his involvement in the litigation of various medical legal issues, Mr. Looper advises his clients on issues ranging from HIPAA to EMTALA. In additions, Mr. Looper has represented and continues to represent his clients in the areas of peer review, privileging, credentialing, state board investigations, and other licensing-related issues. Mr. Looper also assists on hospital ethics committees and mental health commitment issues.

Products Liability

Mr. Looper has defended a wide spectrum of manufacturers in products liability actions including cases involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He also handles catastrophic exposure matters and FDA reporting and investigations.

Professional Negligence / Medical Malpractice

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


Georgia 1996
Tennessee 2006
Kentucky 2014
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

ALM and Martindale Hubbell, The National Law Journal, Elite Lawyer of The South, 2017


Mr. Looper has numerous publications and presentations. He has published in legal and medical sources and has presented to insurance, legal, and medical groups.   
Lorman Distinguished Faculty Member