LootsLaw PC

 Formerly The Law Offices of James M. Loots

​James M. Loots

James Loots, Founding Member, LootsLaw PC
Although Jim Loots has stepped back from the day-to-day practice of law, he remains committed to ensuring the clients and attorneys affiliated with LootsLaw PC are provided the highest quality of personalized service and attention in their legal needs.

James M. Loots is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and now lives and works on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  He received his undergraduate degree in Journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  After spending a year working as a Vista Volunteer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he attended the University of Michigan Law School, where he served on the editorial board of the Michigan Law Review.  He graduated cum laude in 1984, after which he moved to Washington, D.C.   His professional work has earned him the highest possible “A-V” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory, as well as listings in “Who’s Who in American Law” and “Who’s Who in America.”

Jim enjoyed a successful career of 40 years as a recognized and respected advocate of the interests of associations, small business and individuals, particularly on employment law issues.  His civic involvement includes preparing commentary concerning proposed legislation and regulations affecting employers on a local, regional, or national basis.  Jim has been featured and quoted on emerging legal issues on CNN, Fox News, the Washington Times, Mode Magazine, and the syndicated Nation’s Business Today.  He also authored a recurring column on legal employment issues in Restaurant Digest.  He often presents seminars and lectures on current topics in small business and employment law at meetings of trade associations such as the National Beer Wholesalers Association, the Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, and the International Franchise Association.

Jim is a current member of the Board of Directors for the Capitol Hill Community Foundation and the past chair of the D.C. Commission on Human Rights, and was selected in 1984 as the D.C. Bar’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Washington Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals, and the Public Affairs Committee of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.  He is a Trustee of the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church. He is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management. A former adjunct instructor of law at the American University Washington College of Law, he has published numerous articles on the law in both the professional and popular press.  He was elected to two consecutive terms as District of Columbia Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for Ward Six, ANC6B03.

Jim is admitted to practice in numerous trial and appellate federal courts (including the United States Supreme Court, United States Tax Court and the Court of Federal Claims), as well as in the courts of the District of Columbia and Maryland. Through his affiliation with Human Outsources LLC, he has authored and presented numerous staff and leadership trainings, Continuing Legal Education programs, and presentations for local and national associations.  He is also a trained and experienced arbitrator and mediator, and is certified by the EEOC as a qualified discrimination claim investigator.


B.S. Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism (1980).
J.D. cum laude Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor Michigan (1984); Editorial Board Michigan Law Review.

Court Admissions:

District of Columbia Bar (District of Columbia Superior Court and District of Columbia Court of Appeals)
Maryland State Bar (Maryland District Courts, Maryland Circuit Courts, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, Maryland Court of Appeals)
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland
United States Tax Court
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Honors and Awards:

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Attorney
D.C. Bar “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year”

Current and Former Community Involvement:

Past Chair, District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights
Board of Directors, Capitol Hill Community Foundation

Board of Directors, Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals

Board of Directors, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Past Executive Committee and Board Member emeritus, Washington Legal Counsel for the Elderly
Trustee, Capitol Hill United Methodist Church
Member, Shakespeare Theatre Lawyers Committee
Member, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
Member, Washington Performing Arts Lawyers Committee

Serving Small Business and Individuals Since 1984