Jim is a litigation partner in TLo’s Tampa office. His advice and advocacy protects clients in business litigation matters and in defamation, First Amendment, and intellectual property disputes, particularly trademark and copyright cases. Jim has represented and advised clients in a wide range of industries, including television, newspapers, motion pictures, aviation systems, nutritional supplements, office equipment, and website design. Jim has successfully litigated – or arbitrated – cases involving defamation, invasion of privacy, tortious interference, trademark infringement, false advertising and other Lanham Act violations, unfair trade practices, antitrust violations, and breach of contract. Jim is also an experienced and accomplished appellate advocate.
There are two keys to serving our clients. The first is thinking proactively to help clients avoid problems whenever possible. The second is thinking creatively to solve problems when they arise.
In 2018, Best Lawyers in America named Jim as "Lawyer of the Year in Trademark Law" for the Tampa Bay area. Jim was also selected as a member of Leadership Florida, Class XXXI.
Before entering private practice, Jim was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Karen LeCraft Henderson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He graduated first in his class from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he won the West Publishing Company Book Award for highest GPA each of his three years.