James T. Pitts

Jim Pitts has been a member of KS Strategies since its inception.  He is an attorney who started practicing law as a small town practitioner in Arkansas in 1973.  He is a native of Hot Springs, Arkansas.


In 1978, he left private practice to join the administration of the newly elected governor of Arkansas and his childhood friend, Bill Clinton.  He served as chief counsel and then later commissioner (acting) for the Arkansas Securities Department. When Clinton was defeated in 1980, Pitts left Arkansas and came to Washington DC where he served as in a senior career position at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”), U.S. Treasury Department.  While at the OCC, he received an award as a Legis Fellow and was assigned to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Consumer and Monetary Affairs during its hearings into financial institutions modernization and reform.  Pitts was later detailed by the Treasury Department to the District of Columbia government to assist it in establishing its first bank regulatory scheme.  He served as the first general counsel to the D.C. Office of Banking and Financial Institutions.


Since leaving government service in 1986, Pitts has been a partner in two different international law firms and was one of the founding members of Squire Sanders Public Advocacy, LLC, the Federal lobbying/government relations arm of what was then Squire, Sanders and Dempsey. His practice has included the full range of government relations type activities including the representation of the U.S. Virgin Islands to get its Federal Transit Administration designation changed by Congress to increase the amount of Federal transit funds available to the Virgin Island’s government; the government of the Philippines to increase the influence of the Philippines in Washington; and the government of Ecuador to assist in recovering funds stolen by Ecuadorian nationals who moved to the U.S. Pitts has also represented private sector interests before congress and the regulatory agencies most notably in the banking and transportation fields.


Pitts has a BA degree from Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas; a JD from the University of Arkansas; and an LLM from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.