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Jim Chester

Intellectual property Attorney at Dallas, TX

4.9   9 reviews

About Jim

Learn Jim’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Contracts and agreements
    13%
    sales agreements, development agreements, licenses, distribution agreements, joint ventures, and more.

    25 years

  2. Intellectual property
    13%
    Trademark & copyright protection, registration & enforcement, licensing, trade secrets, technology transfer, asset purchase, oppositions, cease and desist, brand development, advertising agreements, e-commerce, portfoliio sales/acquisitions, due diligence

    25 years

  3. Business
    12%
    Corporation, limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, non-profit, Subchapter S Corporation, Assumed Name, LLP, LP, Inc., LLC, Entity Formation, Annual Meetings, Technology companies. Joint ventures, development agreements, work for hire, software agreements, distribution agreements, asset purchase/sale agreements, technology transactions, web agreements; start-up, merger, asset purchase, and acquisition/sale of technology companies

    25 years

  4. Trademark application
    11%
    USPTO and international trademark registrations, application, prosecution, renewals, responses to office actions, appeals, oppositions, and cancellations.

    25 years

  5. Internet
    10%
    ecommerce, including web terms of use, terms of service, privacy policies, DMCA policies, etc.

    25 years

  6. International law
    8%
    Import, export and trade regulations; international business transactions and agreements, international finance

    25 years

  7. Trademark infringement
    7%
    defend allegations or infringement, pursue action against trademark infringement

    25 years

  8. Corporate and incorporation
    5%
    formation of corporations, corporate governance, annual meetings, etc.

    25 years

  9. Limited liability company (LLC)
    5%
    LLC formation and management

    25 years

  10. Licensing
    4%
    licensing brands and copyrighted works.

    25 years

  11. Mergers and acquisitions
    4%
    purchase and sale of assets and equity interests

    25 years

  12. Venture capital
    4%
    due diligence and transaction agreements for asset and equity purchases and sales

    25 years

  13. Copyright infringement
    2%
    defend allegations or infringement, pursue action against copyright infringement

  14. Copyright application
    1%
    registration of copyrighted works with the US Copyright Office

    25 years

  15. Partnership
    1%

    25 years

I am a business & innovation lawyer, and I help people and solve problems for a living.

My law firm provides core legal representation to innovation and intellectual property-based companies operating interstate, internationally, and/or on the web.

I am an experienced business attorney with 20 years spent advising Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, and mid-sized companies in a variety of industries regarding:

  • Technology transactions
  • Business formation and transactions 
  • Trademark, copyright, trade secret and other intellectual property protection,  licensing & enforcement
  • Software, app & video game development
  • Digital marketing and media
  • International business transactions, agreements and joint ventures, including import/export and other international trade regulations  

Innovative companies need innovative legal counsel.

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Licensed for 25 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1997
Updated 10/23/2022
State DC
Status Resigned
Acquired 2004
Updated 06/08/2022

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

Contact Jim

Klemchuk LLP
8150 N. Central Expressway
10th Floor
Dallas, TX, 75206

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Jeremy | April 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
Efficient and knowledgeable. Mr. Chester shepherded my product through the USPTO process to completion. He always took my calls and patiently answered my questions. I will definitely use him again.
Posted by David | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Solid Advocate
Jim provides excellent contracts with particular insights given to protecting various forms of intellectual property that provide indirect value to the actual "deal at hand." Quick response times and a balanced approach to maintain a position on solid ground both short and long-term.
Posted by Geoff | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jim is excellent
The thing about Jim is that he's very knowledge of course but also very easy to reach and quick to respond. I've always felt like Jim was really and truly interested in resolving whatever issues we've had to discuss which is just great.
Posted by Charlie | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Proactive and creative
Jim's helped us from routine patents all the way to more complex legal defense. In each case, he and his firm were responsive, proactive and creative in finding solutions.
Posted by JR | August 5, 2014
very helpful
Mr. Chester was very prompt in every aspect. He is knowledgeable, and pleasant to speak with. He helped me figure out some legal aspects of my book and screenplay. I feel more confident, protected and less vulnerable. Thank you.
Posted by Bob | January 24, 2014
Top Notch Intellectual Property Lawyer!
Naively I pursued the introduction of both a book and app into the marketplace without the help of an intellectual property attorney. Thankfully Jim came to my rescue and helped me understand the potential liabilities I was facing, as well as securing the trademarks and copyrights necessary. All of his efforts have been sharp, insightful, very timely, and extremely helpful! I'm so glad I was referred to Jim Chester!
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Posted by Julia | January 22, 2014
Excellent Attorney
Jim is a pleasure to work with. He has spent a lot of time educating us on legal documents and making recommendations based on our individual needs. When we leave meeting with Jim we feel like we have a full understanding of the scope of work he will be doing for us.
Posted by Paula | August 27, 2008
Consultant and small business owner
Jim handled a trademark submission and formation of an LLC. He was responsive to my needs and did an excellent job of getting everything handled.
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Intellectual Property Dispute
Attorney Jim Chester assisted us with an Intellectual Property Dispute. He provided guidance of the issues that we faced including the strengths and weaknesses of our case. He gave counsel and wrote letters to the Attorney representing the other party. He was professional and responsive to our requests. After several months we were able to reach a Coexistence Agreement with the other party and avoided having to litigate the case. I found him very knowledgeable of Intellectual Property Law and would highly recommend him to a prospective client.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Klemchuk LLP
  • 2018 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Texas A&M University, Commerce
  • 2017 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Baylor University School of Law
  • 2001 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Chester PLLC
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Partner
  • Klemchuk, LLP
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Shareholder
  • Cowles & Thompson, A Professional Corporation
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Managing Partner
  • Chester PLLC
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Braumiller & Rodriguez, LLC
  • 1998 - 2003
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Education

  • University of Houston Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2000
  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Texas A&M University, Commerce
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • ecommerce company acquisition
  • closed

Associations

  • GREATER EAST DALLAS CHAMBER
  • Director & Chair, Entrepreneur & Innovation Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow
  • 2009 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Metroplex Technology Business Council
  • Member, Innovation Team
  • 2012 - 2014
  • International Trademark Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2013
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2012
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • Regulatory Committee
  • 2004 - 2012
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2013
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Alumni Ambassador
  • Texas A&M University
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Attorney of the Month
  • Attorney at Law Magazine
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas
  • D Magazine
  • 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Fellow
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
  • 2010
  • Texas Rising Star
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2009
  • Texas Rising Star
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2006
  • Best Paper Award
  • CLUTE Institute
  • 2005
  • Alumni Ambassador
  • Texas A & M University
  • 2000
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2000
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Publications

  • Chester's Guide to International Trade Regulation
  • Chester's Guide to International Trade Regulation
  • 2008
  • HR Quarterly
  • The Accidental Exporter: Examining the Deemed Export Rule
  • 2006
  • Texas Lawyer
  • Creating Profits thru Savings using Foreign-Trade Zones
  • 2005
  • National Law Journal
  • CAtching the 'Tweeners: Overlapping Issues between IP and International Trade
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • International Trade Finance
  • Legal Issues involved in International trade finance
  • 2008
  • Exports Controls and Technology
  • Export Controls and Technology
  • 2008
  • Legal Issues in International Trade
  • Legal Issues in International Trade
  • 2008
  • Monthly Section Meeting
  • Practicing Law in a Flat World: A Discussion of Common International Legal Issues
  • 2007
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Importing into the US: Procedures; Pitfalls, and Possibilities
  • 2006
  • Annual Conference
  • International Trade Issues in Tech Transfers
  • 2006
  • Trade Mission to Taiwan
  • Doing Business with the U.S
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (7)
Business Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is a smart, honest, and warm person. What sets him apart is his depth of experience and drive. Jim doesn't just practice law. He actually teaches at a well-known law school. Jim doesn't just counsel entrepreneurs. He is an entrepreneur himself, outside of the legal context. I've observed Jim in more than one leadership role. He takes the initiative, motivates and listens to his team members, and he gets the job done. I strongly endorse Jim."
Business Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Chester is incredibly creative and indeed a successful entrepreneur in his own right. His ability to merge vision, business pragmatism and cost effective expert legal services is truly unique in our community."
Internet Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jim provides great advice to tech companies of all sizes and understands the specific issues they may face in all stages of business."
Business Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jim, I have had the privilege to know and work with him on several things over the years, and am honored to count him as a friend. Jim is a tireless businessman, and a leader in his community, church, and a dedicated family man. Jim is an asset to any business/startup/IP minded group looking for solid legal footing in an unsure world."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is hard-charger with the smarts to get it done. I've had the pleasure of seeing his organizational skills and his work ethic, and both are off the charts. Highly recommended."
Antitrust and trade law Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jim is one of those very few attorneys who has been widely recognized for his excellence. He is the first person I would call with a trade law question both because of his skill in that area and because of his unassuming manner. He has a knack for breaking down very complex legal issues into something that anyone can understand. His successful career speaks for itself."
Trademark application Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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