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 Martindale Hubbell.

Practice Areas

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.


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