James R. Loughman

James R. Loughman

Senior Associate
Location:
North Adams, Massachusetts
Phone:
413-346-5305
802-681-4687
800-365-9913
Fax:
413-663-7970
Email:

I spend about half of my time on litigation and appeals, resolving disputes after they have already arisen. The rest of my time is devoted to Medicaid and estate planning, helping clients minimize future problems for themselves and their loved ones. I am privileged to work in a firm where I can split my time between such widely different practice areas. The variety keeps things interesting, and gives me a fresh perspective on how the law works. I work out of both the North Adams, Massachusetts and Bennington, Vermont offices.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Defense Litigation and Appellate Practice
  • Civil Plaintiff Litigation and Appellate Practice
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate (Estate) Litigation
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships
  • Non-Profit Organizations

Litigation Percentage

  • 30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1995
  • U.S. District Court District of Vermont, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • Vermont, 2014

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1991
  • Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Major: Political Science

Published Works

  • Insurance Policy Construction, Mass. Defense Lawyers Association Issue Update, Vol.8 No.1, 1998
  • When Will an Insured's Disappearance Justify Denying Coverage?, Mass. Defense Lawyers Association Issue Update, Vol.8 No.1, 1998

Classes/Seminars

  • Elder Law Education Program, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2005 - Present
  • After the Mass Health Application is Approved, MA Chapter of NAELA, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member, 1992 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, 2002 - Present
  • Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member, 2002 - Present
  • Berkshire County (MA) Bar Association, Member, 1992 - Present
  • Estate Planning Counsel of Berkshire County, Member, 2005 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Adams Free Library Board of Trustees, 1998 - Present
  • Adams Historical Society, Executive Board , 1997 - Present
  • Adams Outdoors for Youth, 2013 - Present
  • Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Board of Directors, 2007 - Present
  • Trout Unlimited, Hoosuck Chapter, Executive Board, 1993 - 2010
  • St. Michael’s Society #359 of the P.R.C.U.A., Executive Board, 2003 - 2009
  • Western New England University School of Law, Moot Court Judge, 2005 - 2009
  • Berkshire Bar Association, Scholarship Committee, 1993 - 1995