In Memory of G. Hamilton “Ham” Loeb

In Memory of G. Hamilton “Ham” Loeb

It is with deep sorrow that we announce that G. Hamilton “Ham” Loeb, co-founder of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, died July 30, 2018, of a brain tumor, at the age of 67. Ham was a partner in the litigation practice of Paul Hastings where he helped establish the Washington, DC office and was part of the firm for 35 years. He was co-chair of the American Bar Association’s International Trade Committee, and in addition to co-founding WALA, he served as its president for seven years.

Ham graduated from the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, a member of the Judiciary Committee, and was admitted into the Raven Society. He graduated from Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He was a law clerk to Judge James Browning, chief judge of the 9th circuit court of appeals.

Ham is survived by his wife of 45 years, Bonnie; his two children, Max and Molly; a grandchild, Zachary; and a brother, Stuart Loeb of New Orleans. A memorial celebration of his life will be held September 23, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, MD.

At the request of the Loeb Family, WALA is honored to establish The G. Hamilton Loeb Memorial Endowment Fund. Distributions from the fund will be used to endow the G. Hamilton Loeb Award for Pro Bono Excellence recognizing outstanding pro bono leadership in the arts and legal services community.


Donations by check may be sent to:

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts

Attn: G. Hamilton Loeb Memorial Endowment Fund

1629 K Street, NW, Suite 300

Washington DC 20006

Electronic donations may be submitted through our online giving form. Please select the G. HAMILTON LOEB MEMORIAL GIFT slider to designate your gift.

For further information about the Fund and the G. Hamilton Loeb Award for Pro Bono Excellence, please contact WALA Executive Director John C. Good at or call (202) 289-4440 ext. 3.