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James Norman Willi

Trusts Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   17 reviews

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    20%
    My law practice focuses on estate planning, wills, living trusts, firearms trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, probate and estate administration, trust administration, special needs trusts, disability planning, Medicaid applications and qualification,

    25 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    My law practice focuses on estate planning, wills, living trusts, firearms trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, probate and estate administration, trust administration, special needs trusts, disability planning, Medicaid applications and qualification, long-term care planning, elder law, Medicaid crisis planning, charitable planning, estate tax planning, business and corporate planning, business succession and sales, and asset protection.

    25 years, 5,000 cases

  3. Probate
    20%
    My law practice focuses on estate planning, wills, living trusts, firearms trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, probate and estate administration, trust administration, special needs trusts, disability planning, Medicaid applications and qualification,

    25 years, 100 cases

  4. Trusts
    20%
    My law practice focuses on estate planning, wills, living trusts, firearms trusts, gun trusts, NFA trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, probate and estate administration, trust administration, special needs trusts, disability planning, Medicaid applications and qualification, long-term care planning, elder law, Medicaid crisis planning, charitable planning, estate tax planning, business and corporate planning, business succession and sales, and asset protection.

    25 years, 4,000 cases

  5. Wills and living wills
    20%
    My law practice focuses on estate planning, wills, living trusts, firearms trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, probate and estate administration, trust administration, special needs trusts, disability planning, Medicaid applications and qualification,

    25 years, 1,000 cases

Jim Willi focuses on estate planning, elder law, asset protection, and probate. Having been licensed to practice law since 1996, Mr. Willi has extensive experience in wills, trusts, and estates. He has represented clients at all levels of federal courts including District Courts, Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court, and at all levels of Texas courts.

Mr. Willi is licensed to practice law in Texas and Colorado, registered to practice law in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. Mr. Willi is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Austin Bar Association. He was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by his attorney peers in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Before practicing law, he was an electrical engineer from 1986 to 1996 involved in system operations and planning of electrical power distribution and transmission systems at Houston Lighting & Power Company. Mr. Willi has been a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas since 1990.  

Education

Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Houston Law Center (2005)

Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum Laude, South Texas College of Law (1995)

Master of Business Administration, University of Houston (1989)

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (1985)

 

Publications

James N. Willi, Proposal for a Uniform Federal Common Law of Attorney-Client Privilege for Communications with U.S. and Foreign Patent Practitioners, 13 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal 279 (Spring 2005)

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Licensed for 26 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 10/04/2022
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1996
Updated 10/23/2022

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

Contact James

Willi Law Firm, P.C.
5920 W. William Cannon Drive
Building 6, Suite 100
Austin, TX, 78749-1902

Reviews

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Posted by Chris | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Service
I had Jim do my NFA Gun Trust and my family Trust. The NFA Trust was all done online and via email from Hawaii. Zero problems with that process. It was so easy to get done I had him to put together a family Trust. Very easy to work with and excellent service.
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Texas Gun Trust
Jim made it very easy to set up my trust. He spent close to an hour on the phone with me answering all my questions and explaining every aspect of the trust and how it works. I never felt as though he was trying to rush to get me off the phone. I had my trust set up in a day. I would recommend Jim to anyone wanting to set up a gun trust.
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Posted by Alex | March 3, 2017
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Friendly and savvy trust lawyer
I chose Jim to draft my trust and he did a great job. I've come back for questions multiple times and he always answers and is eager to help. I love that he is involved in the community which he services and it's been a pleasant opportunity to see him at some of the same events I've attended. If you need a trust, I highly recommend Jim.
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Posted by Robert | March 2, 2017
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will and gun trust
Jim did my will and gun trust. It was not cheap but it was painless. Most was done over the phone and the miracle of the internet. He thought i was crazy but he did the will the way i wanted. Very thorough. A good guy (not that kind of lawyer), and i would recommend.
Posted by JIMMY | March 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
TRSUT AND WILL SET UP
Excellent trust and will work, did exactly what i asked of him and in a timely manner. Me and my customers have used Mr. Willi with confidence. He knows his job.
Posted by Raymond | March 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Top Nothch Attorney
Mr. Willi evaluated my previous Trust and Will Documents generated in California, determined my requirements as a resident of Texas, and generated the entire Trust and Will document set suitable for my situation given all my new circumstances and needs. Mr. Willi is a consummate professional and easy person with whom to work. His staff is accommodating and supportive. I would use his services anytime in the future as needed.
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Posted by Matthew | March 1, 2017
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Clear, concise, and cost effective.
Mr Willi was professional without being condescending in his communications. He provided information above and beyond what was expected for a simple legal matter and educated me as to the nuances of the issue. His fee was reasonable and appropriate to the time involved and he made sure I feel comfortable contacting him in the future if I have any other questions.
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2017
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The most expedient service you'll find, and super friendly!
After searching carefully for the type of Trust to meet my needs, I found Jim's website on the topic. He's invested a tremendous amount of time to teach someone everything they need to know, before asking for a cent on his well constructed site. Because of his passion on the topic and superb attention to detail in his profession, I decided to contact him via his website. He responded the morning of the next business day! I could tell he really is passionate about what he does. I enjoyed visiting with him, and made up my mind that he was the guy for the job. He worked around my busy schedule and took a call on my way home from work, after hours to get it done. When I sat down that night, I was shocked to find the completed work in my inbox. I notarized them the next day, and presto, I was up and running!! If you are considering the assistance of a professional on anything to do with trusts, estates, various types of wills, I know you'll have a great experience. Alex P. North Texas
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Posted by Justin | March 1, 2017
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He's the real deal.
I give out Jim's number or web site to people almost everyday. He wrote my NFA trust and I really like how simple the process was, and how easy it's been for me to use it.
Posted by Joey | March 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional!!!
I hired Jim to write a trust for me and I could not be happier. His support before, during, and after the process were second to none! Thanks Jim!!!
Posted by Joseph | February 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very thorough and knowledgeable
I had considered the generic NFA Trust package from Silencerco. It was less expensive and provided standardized forms. I choose Mr. Willi because he provided one-on-one consultation and a well prepared NFA Trust package that included better inclusions than the standard forms others offered. He offered very thorough explanations, was quick to respond to questions and actually answered his phone. Very knowledgeable because he practices what he "preaches". You get what you pay for and I highly recommend his services.
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Posted by DDD | April 1, 2010
Thank Goodness There Are Some Great Attorneys - One Of Them Is James N. Willi
Jim Willi joined our legal team towards the end of a case before the Texas Third Court of Appeals. While not directly involved in the Appeals case, he became an important part of two other issues requiring legal counsel that resulted from the case before the Third Court of Appeals. Jim Willi was able view and analyze these issues with a fresh perspective and suggested numerous ways to better present our positions. He and his law partner, Tracy Willi, are the reasons why we have one of the issues resolved by settlement agreement and the other well on its way to being heard. The Willi Law Firm has saved us time and money because of their attention to details, their professionalism and because everything they have done has been in the best interests of their clients. We recommend Jim Willi and the Willi Law Firm!
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Posted by K.D. | March 25, 2010
Professional Rapid Response with Friendly Charm
It's not everyday you have to contact a lawyer, and it can feel unpleasant when you do. Mr. Willi took the fear out of it with his disarming warmth and restored my confidence with his timely response and real-world experience.
Posted by Roberto | February 2, 2010
Best lawyer in town!
Jim is extremely knowledgeable and knows how the system works. He has been instrumental in clarifying some issues I have had; most importantly, he works fast and effectively. If you require a team of professional, ethical, and responsive lawyers I would strongly recommend Jim and his team.
Posted by Alan | January 28, 2010
I heartily endorse this attorney
A knowledgeable but practical attorney. I found him to be in touch with the world and his advice and handling my problem excellent.
Posted by Tuyet | December 3, 2009
Legal Review - James N. Willi
I was extremely satisfied with the legal advice Mr. Willi provided and the level of due diligence exercised in my case. I would not hesitate to recommend him or his firm to others.
Posted by Doug | November 23, 2009
Good advice that went beyond just legal advice
I resigned from a job and things quickly got ugly with my former employer, and Jim provided sound advice on my rights and made me feel better about the situation. There was definitely a sense of relief after talking with Jim.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Willi Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • McKool Smith, P.C.
  • 2004 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Willi Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Dewey Ballantine
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Brobeck Phleger & Harrison
  • 2000 - 2002
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Education

  • University of Houston
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2005
  • South Texas College of Law
  • J.D. (cum laude)
  • 1995
  • University of Houston
  • M.B.A
  • 1989
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S.E.E
  • 1985
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Legal Cases

  • Innovative Automation LLC v. Audio and Video Labs, Inc. d/b/a Disc Makers et al.
  • Case dimissed
  • Patent Group LLC v. McCullough Corporation d/b/a Microframe Corporation
  • Case dismissed with prejudice after settlement.
  • Patent Group LLC v. ET Industries, Inc.
  • Case dismissed with prejudice after settlement.
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Associations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Austin Power Squadron
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Boy Scouts of America, Capitol Area Council
  • Assistant Scoutmaster
  • 2003 - Present
  • Austin Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Austin Power Squadron
  • Legal Officer
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Austin Toastmasters
  • Vice President of Education
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Austin Toastmasters
  • Treasurer
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Marquis Whos' Who in America
  • Marquis Whos' Who in America
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal
  • Proposal for a Uniform Federal Common Law of Attorney-Client Privilege for Communications with U.S. and Foreign Patent Practitioners
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • TSRA 2017 Annual Meeting
  • NFA Gun Trusts 101
  • 2017
  • Austin Business Network Monthly Meeting
  • Basics of Intellectual Property Law for Busy Professionals
  • 2012
  • Austin Professional Chapter Meeting
  • Basics of Intellectual Property
  • 2011
  • Austin Toastmasters
  • 12 Simple Steps to an Estate Plan
  • 2010
  • Patent Litigation CLE
  • Federal Circuit Update
  • 2003
  • Patent Litigation CLE
  • Laches and Equitable Estoppel
  • 2003
  • Patent Litigation CLE
  • Federal Circuit Update
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Patent infringement Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Jim boasts superb analytical skills, as well as deep and extensive education and experience in IP litigation. He combines these attributes with sound, mature judgment to provide great value to those with whom he works and to his clients."
Appeals Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In working with Jim, I have learned that he is extremely competent and very detail oriented. He will always do the best job possible for this client whether in appeals or patent litigation."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Excellent work ethic and fine person."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Jim will take the time to learn about you and your case, putting your interests first. He is honest and ethical above reproach, and I would not hesitate to hire Jim to represent me should I ever find myself in need of an attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking good, solid representation."