James Wootton is a nationally recognized expert in law and public policy. Wootton is currently chairman of the Partnership for America and president of the Access to Courts Initiative. Wootton is a former partner of Mayer Brown LLP where he led the “Better Way” project to develop an alternative compensation system for prescription drug injuries.
Wootton joined the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform in 1998 and was the Chamber’s lead negotiator of the Y2K Liability Act of 1999. Wootton also helped organize the coalition which advocated for the passage of the Class Action Fairness Act. As president of Safe Streets, Mr. Wootton was principal drafter and advocate for the truth-in-sentencing provisions of the 1994 Crime Bill. In the following three years 27 states adopted truth-in-sentencing laws.
As a political appointee in the Reagan Justice Department Wootton helped create numerous national programs including: the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime; National Court Appointed Special Advocates; National Child Safety Center; Child Safety Partnership; National Partnership to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program.
Thomas J. Graves
Tom Graves is the longtime Vice-President and General Counsel of the American Coatings Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, Mr. Graves runs a formal industry Amicus Program, which has entered briefs whose arguments pertaining to proper Daubert application, causation, and public nuisance elements have been cited by the Supreme Courts of Rhode Island and Mississippi, among other prominent tribunals, over the past decade, in public nuisance, product liability and class actions, and parens patriae toxic tort cases.
Graves has served on advisory boards, including the Washington Legal Foundation, and participated on federalism projects, including at the American Enterprise Institute, and has written on federalism issues pertaining to the U.S. Constitution and Federalist Papers. In 2003, he negotiated a unique agreement on behalf of the American Coatings Association signed by some 50 state and territorial attorneys general. A graduate of Stanford University in Economics and the University of Virginia Law School, he served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Republican Conference, concentrating on energy and environmental issues.
Charles J. Cooper
Charles J. Cooper is a founding member of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC. Named by The National Law Journal as one of the 10 best civil litigators in Washington, he has over 30 years of litigation experience in government and private practice, with appearances before every federal appellate court, including several before the United States Supreme Court.
Shortly after serving as law clerk to Justice William H. Rehnquist, Mr. Cooper joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 1981, and in 1985 was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel. Mr. Cooper also headed President Reagan’s interagency working group on federalism. Mr. Cooper reentered private practice in 1988; his litigation practice is national in scope and is concentrated in the areas of constitutional, commercial, civil rights, intellectual property, and health care litigation.
Alan P. Dye
Alan Dye has specialized in the representation of non-profit organizations since joining Webster, Chamberlain & Bean in 1975. His practice includes not only trade associations, but numerous think tanks, lobbying organizations, and political committees, with an emphasis on tax issues, charities, social welfare organizations, political and election law, and general corporate governance.
Mr. Dye is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Attorney Advisor to Judge Austin Hoyt, U.S. Tax Court, 1973-1975. Member: American Bar Association (Exempt Organizations Committee of the Taxation Section, 1977-, past Chairman, Subcommittee on Trade Associations); Federalist Society; American Society of Association Executives, past member of the Council of the ASAE Legal Section. Board of Directors: Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, 1985- , Chairman, 1994-1996; Capitol Hill Restoration Society, 1975-1979; American Franklin Friends Committee, 1991-1995; Lee Fendall House, 1992-2003, Chair, 1996-2000; Freedom House, 1996-; Barracks Row Main Street, 2000-, Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation, 2000-; Fund for the Endowment of the State Department Reception Rooms, 2008-; Chairman, Washington Non-Profit Legal & Tax Conference, 1997-. Who's Who in America