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James Murray Slater

Trademark application Attorney at Miami, FL

5.0   16 reviews
  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 4 years
    Washington - WA 5 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 7 years
    Florida - FL 9 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2020
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2019
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2017
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2014
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    I assist clients in cases involving police misconduct and mistreatment in prison and jails. I have successfully litigated claims involving wrongful death in prison, deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, excessive force, and other issues.

  2. Copyright infringement
    I defend and prosecute copyright infringement cases in federal court. I have extensive experience representing clients in cases involving software and content torrenting, software licensing, art, photography, and publishing.

  3. Libel and slander
    I assist clients with defamation claims, particularly those involving anonymous online speech. I have defended libel and slander cases involving radio broadcasts, news articles, blogs, documentaries, and social media posts.

  4. Trademark application
    I assist clients in all stages of trademark registration, from clearance to registration. I also assist clients with office actions before the USPTO and opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

  5. Trademark infringement
    I routinely assist clients in defending and prosecuting trademark infringement actions in federal court.

James Slater is a trademark, copyright, defamation, and civil rights lawyer licensed to practice law in Florida, Colorado, Washington, the District of Columbia, and several federal district and appellate courts. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).

James is a dual U.S. and U.K. national with strong Florida roots. He and his wife, children, and dogs split their time between Miami, Tallahassee, and hiking trails across North America.

Before law practice, James spent several years working in Russia in the administration of a U.S. State Department program and as a Russian interpreter and translator. He also completed the selective National Security Education Program’s Russian Overseas Flagship program in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

Prior to opening his own firm, James practiced at several boutique firms specializing in intellectual property and media law. He also co-directed a homeless legal advocacy project at Legal Services of Greater Miami and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Chris M. McAliley of the Southern District of Florida.

James currently serves on the board of directors of Yiddish Farm, a nonprofit educational farm in upstate New York, and previously served on the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. James is a Florida Chapter Chair of the Copyright Society of the USA and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Florida Bar Media and Communications Law Committee.

James is fluent in Russian, proficient in Spanish and Polish, and is slowly working his way through Yiddish and Turkish lessons in Duolingo. In addition to learning languages in his spare time, James enjoys hiking, gardening, making really bad music, and having fun with his family.

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Slater Legal PLLC
333 SE 2nd Ave
Suite 2000
Miami, FL, 33131
Slater Legal PLLC
113 South Monroe Street
First Floor
Tallahassee, FL, 32301
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Posted by Matt | April 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
A lawyer that goes above and beyond
James is a lawyer who truly cares about the problems you are facing and is determined to help you find solutions. His communication was excellent and was always available for questions. His pricing was very fair, and I will not hesitate to contact James with any future legal matters.
Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and effective
James was very helpful and was able to come to a satisfactory resolution to my ISP subpoena issue
Posted by Nancy | September 28, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable, helpful, and kind.
James was incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and helpful when I contacted him on behalf of a family member in prison having issues with getting medication. He helped me understand the legal issues involved, pointed me towards additional resources, and also offered to look into it (and has since contacted my family member to get more information). Saying that I'm grateful for his help is really an understatement (thank you again, James!) and I wouldn't hesitate to contact him again for other issues or recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2022
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Great Lawyer
James is a great lawyer and a nice and understanding person. He did a great job and I got what I wanted, and even better than expected.
Posted by Tony | July 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer, total professional , highly recommended
I worked with James to resolve a copyright infringement case with Brickell IP, with a successful outcome . Not only did James keep me in informed every step of the way , but his total handle of the case and positive attitude which ended with a great outcome leads me to highly recommend him to anyone . Iam an international customer and can only speak absolute praise for James . Thank you again James for helping myself and my business 5 star all the way
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Posted by Andi | June 20, 2022
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Awesome experience with James
We are very pleased that we chose James as our attorney. Although we are from abroad, James made everything very easy with his straightforward and unconventional manner, which was not possible with other lawyers. He was able to solve our legal problem to our complete satisfaction. We especially appreciated his way of communicating on different channels . He responds very quickly, even outside of business hours. James is an absolutely recommendable lawyer.
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Posted by Javaris | May 6, 2022
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One of the Best lawyers
James slater is a very good outstanding lawyer that do care bout other people problem and I know for sure he will help and protect you against the world.
Posted by Jonathan | May 4, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Business owner
James gave me a thoughtful and clear rundown on strategy regarding the trademark application i was considering. He made it super clear what a smart course of action for me was. And none of his advice was about getting business. Just real world (but experienced) advice. Thank you very much!
Posted by Elizer | March 5, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A decent Lawyer
Janes was sooo incredibly helpful and sympathetic . We all have heard bad things about lawyers but we don’t here much about lawyers like James, he was simply amazing. He was easy to reach , and he explain things in a way that anyone would understand. He was knowledgeable and patient . Really really was a pleasure to have him as my lawyer .
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Posted by Lisa | January 7, 2022
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Thank you, James!
I am beyond grateful for your help. Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much I appreciate the amazing legal work you did on my behalf.
Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough, responsive, and forward thinking
When I received notice from my ISP regarding a court order in Florida, I was baffled and scared that my life savings would go to a predatory firm. James walked me through my options and managed to reach a settlement that worked for me and my limited resources. I'm not happy about settling with a predatory firm, but I am satisfied with the low amount we reached. James was methodical and real with me the whole way through. Thanks.
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Posted by Petro | November 4, 2021
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I Highly Recommend James M. Slater!
James contacted me promptly after I wrote to him. Actions were promptly planned, which led to a quick solution to my case regarding the trademark that filed a lawsuit against us. Proved himself to be an excellent negotiator and agreed on excellent conditions. He found time on the weekend to tackle our case! I recommend!
Posted by Alex | October 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable and helpful
James gave me great branding advice. He is very knowledgeable on trademark issues.
Posted by Janice | August 17, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Janice Greenwood; Sphinx Moth Press, LLC
Slater Legal helped me find the best possible solution for registering my trademark. Mr. Slater performed a thorough trademark search, helping me identify potential issues with my logo and explaining what I needed to do to make my mark unique. When I was ready to apply for my trademark, Mr. Slater took care of the complex details of the application (and the application is indeed complex!), explaining in plain English what I could expect in the coming weeks and months. I can’t stress enough how important it is for a new business to pay attention to these details, especially when it comes to branding and company name, aspects so intrinsic to doing business. Mr. Slater guided me over every hurdle and tackled every detail.
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Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Effective and Efficient
Helped me deal with some thorny data and copyright problems. Didn't waste my time or money and got me the results I needed to grow my business.
Posted by Carlos Lopez | July 28, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and Resourceful!
I was recommended to him when setting up my LLC and business, and since then, James has become someone I turn to for general business advice. James has gone above and beyond with all my contracting needs. I've lucked out, and his help has been tremendous.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Slater Legal PLLC
  • 2021 - Present
  • Associate
  • Shullman Fugate PLLC
  • 2020 - 2021
  • Associate
  • Lalchandani Simon PL
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • United States Courts
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Staff Attorney
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Associate
  • Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, PA
  • 2014 - 2016
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  • University of Miami School of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • MA - Masters
  • 2009
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007


  • Florida Bar, Media and Communications Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
  • Co-chair
  • 2020 - Present
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Director
  • 2014 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • Russian

Honors and Awards

  • Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship
  • United States Department of Education
  • 2008


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Chess as a Key to Solving Vladimir Nabokov's Korol', dama, valet
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Basic Skills Continuing Legal Education Course
  • Basics of Copyright Litigation
  • 2022
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Communications Law
  • Hot Topics in Data Privacy
  • 2021
  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A.
  • Eleventh Circuit Roundup
  • 2020
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (16)
Endorse James
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"James and I litigated on opposite sides of the V. in Miami medical malpractice cases. He is a consummate professional. I endorse this lawyer."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a highly respected and knowledgable attorney. He is our go-to attorney for all things copyright infringement. Highly recommend!"
Litigation Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Slater is an intellectual powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with. We attended law school together and collaborated on academic projects both on campus and internationally in Leipzig, Germany. Mr. Slater possess a level of maturity and intelligence far superior to lawyers of his tenure. He is also a tremendously compassionate and hardworking attorney and I highly recommend him."
Miami Trademark application Lawyer James Murray Slater
James Murray Slater
Trademark application Attorney
Miami, FL
Licensed for 9 years
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