James A. McLaughlin, Policy Director

Jim McLaughlin is a native of Virginia who has been consulting and practicing law in the private land conservation area since the 1990’s. Jim has significant expertise in land conservation, real estate, and tax law and has extensively researched the public policy of land conservation and the valuation of conservation easements.

Jim completed his undergraduate work at Washington and Lee University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1990. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Utah State Bar. Jim also holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He is the coauthor, with James H. Boykin, Ph.D., of “Addressing Enhancement in Conservation Easement Appraisals,” which appeared in The Appraisal Journal, Volume LXXIV, Number 3: Summer 2006. The publication won the Armstrong/Kahn Award for most outstanding article published in the journal in 2006.

Jim has helped his family protect almost 1,500 acres of land on and adjacent to Jump Mountain in Rockbridge County with donated conservation easements. Jim currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and spends part of each year in Virginia.


James A. McLaughlin
James A. McLaughlinPolicy Director