Vinson & Elkins LLP

James L Loftis

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James heads V&E's International Dispute Resolution practice, and focuses on arbitration and litigation of international commercial and investor-state disputes, and matters involving public international law and treaties. He acts both as counsel and arbitrator. His practice includes disputes involving all aspects of energy, construction, and infrastructure development; under investment laws and treaties; and involving disputed boundaries, particularly matters involving resource development. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Texas, a Vice President of the LCIA Court of Arbitration and a U.S. delegate to the ICC Commission on Arbitration.


Associate and Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP – 1990 – 1997; 2000 – 2020 (Houston, Moscow, and London);

Senior Legal Officer, United Nations Compensation Commission, Geneva, Switzerland 1997 – 2000;

Adjunct Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law – 2009 – 2020

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Texas; Bars of the United States Fifth and Federal Circuits; all federal district courts in Texas (attorney, admitted to practice);

Senior Courts of England & Wales (solicitor);

Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre (Practioner)