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I am  currently one of only 127 attorneys to be certified by The Florida Bar as an Expert in Intellectual Property Law.  I am a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and I have been awarded the highest Attorney Peer Review Rating (AV) by Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability and ethics. 
I have extensive experience in counseling clients in all areas of intellectual property law transactions and business disputes, including serving as lead counsel in lawsuits involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, false advertising, internet domain name registrations, internet defamation and disclosure of trade secrets. Jim has represented clients in lawsuits and business negotiations involving "works of authorship" such as software, music, jewelry, fiction and nonfiction texts, videos, photographs, and sculptures.  I have also assisted clients with the protection and enforcement of a number of processes and devices, ranging from consumer products, construction devices, explosives detection, boatlifts, and exercise equipment to "mad cow" detection devices, to name just a few.  In addition to infringement cases, I handle disputes in a variety of business areas, including allegations of theft of trade secrets such as customer lists and technical know-how, breach of non-compete agreements, unfair competition, fraudulent business practices, disputes involving license agreements, and breach of contract.

My wife and have two lovely daughters.  I enjoy coaching my daughters' soccer teams and swimming, biking, and enjoying the Tampa Bay area with my family.


Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 85%
    17 years
  2. Contracts: 10%
    20 years
  3. Internet: 5%
    17 years



Hourly ($350-450/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sidney Wallis Kilgore

    I have known Jim Matulis for well over a decade. When I have a challenging intellectual property issue, Jim is one of those to whom I first turn for a professional opinion. I have had occasion to be opposite Jim in a trademark litigation matter, and found him to be a zealous advocate for his client, and at the same time, a gentleman in every respect. I have also had occasion to hire Jim as an expert witness in an intellectual property litigation matter, and his testimony helped achieve a favorable result for my client. Jim brings a voice of reason and modulation to any dispute, and would prove to be a superlative mediator in contested matters, especially those involving patent, trademark, and copyright cases.


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  • Mitchell Lloyd Feldman

    I endorse this lawyer. In this complex area of law of intellectual property, only one lawyer comes to mind: James Matulis.


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Contact info

Law Office of James Matulis
9806 Gretna Green Drive, Suite 100
Tampa, FL, 33626


FLMember in Good Standing199606/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in America - Intellectual PropertyBest Lawyers2011
Selected for Inclusion in SuperLawyers - Intellectual PropertySuperLawyers2011
Legal Elite - Intellectual PropertyFlorida Trend2011
Tampa's Top AttorneysNational Law Journal2011
Selected for Inclusion in SuperLawyers - Intellectual PropertySuperLawyers2010
Tampa Bay's Top AttorneysTampa Bay Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of James Matulis2014 - Present
OwnerMatulis Mediation2014 - Present
PartnerConwell Kirkpatrick. P.A.2009 - 2014
Shareholder / AssociateFowler White Boggs, P.A.1996 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association of Intellectual Property LawMember2001 - Present
Florida Bar - Intellectual Property Law CommitteeN/A2001 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationCo-Chair, Intellectual Property Section2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Patent litigation - Terrabrook of Apollo Beach, L.P. v. Carry Over, Inc. et al. -Confidential settlement
Trademark and Copyright Litigation - Planet Fitness v. YFConfidential settlement
Trade Secret / Non-compete litigation - Express Dental, LLC v. DentalMed, Inc. et al.Confidential settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lawyer MagazineAttack of the Trolls 2 - Rise of the False Patent Marking Troll2010
Lawyer Magazine"The Real Cost to Your Client to Register Copyright in Their Website2010
Inside the Minds Series of Books for C-level ProfessionalsA Step by-Step Look at the Patent Litigation Process2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A1995
Clemson UniversityChemical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SeminarCopyright Damages: or, How I Lost the Company to a Programmer, Photographer, Author,…”;2009