James M. Roper


Phone: 614.221.2121
Direct Line: 614.221.2121
Fax: 614.365.9516
Email: jroper@isaacwiles.com


Amy Hoover

about James M. Roper

Jim is a Senior Partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. A steady and stable litigator with an intense focus on details, Jim has been lead counsel in over 600 civil cases and 40 jury trials at last count. Jim has also argued numerous cases on appeal and in the Ohio Supreme Court.

Jim also works with clients and insurers regarding risk analysis, liability and damage assessment, future loss prevention, and early accident investigation.

He has built a diverse litigation practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants, in cases ranging from motor vehicle accidents to claims involving product liability, premises liability, and professional negligence. Jim has won defense verdicts in catastrophic injury cases as well as claims for wrongful death.

In representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases, Jim has successfully negotiated a number of million-dollar settlements, and has won a $12 million jury verdict, the single largest verdict in the State of Ohio for a medical claim.



education & admissions


Capital University Law School, J.D., 1987
Mount Union College, B.S., 1981

Bar & Court Admissions

Ohio, 1987
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1989
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1993
U.S. Supreme Court, 1995

articles & presentations


Smith v. Van Gorkom: A Narrow Interpretation of the Business Judgment Rule, 15 Cap. U.L. Rev. 725 (1985-1986)


Speaker, American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Seminars

professional & community activities


Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association


Trustee, Perry Township, 2002-present
Past President, Worthington Hills Civic Association


AV – Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2009, 2011-2016
Avvo—Superb Rating (Highest Possible Rating)
The Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Golden Gavel Award, 2018