Jim Chester, Managing Principal, is a technology and business attorney who represents innovation-based entrepreneurs, start-ups and privately-held companies of all sizes in a variety of industries regarding trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection, licensing & enforcement in the U.S. and abroad.
Jim’s unique background and practice experience make him an idea legal counsel for software, app and video game developers, publishers and distributors, as well as companies operating in the ecommerce, digital media and digital marketing industries. In addition, he assists companies in international business transactions and joint ventures.
Jim coordinates with foreign counsel on legal projects on legal projects on behalf of U.S. clients, and serves as legal advisor to foreign companies doing business with or in the U.S.
Jim also has significant experience and expertise handling domestic business matters, IP licensing and transfer, including entity formation, ecommerce, technology transactions, commercial real estate, asset and equity sales, and other legal issues commonly faced by his clients.
Jim graduated from Texas A&M University (Commerce) with High Honors (double-major in Economics & Political Science), received his law degree from South Texas College of Law, and his LL.M from the University of Houston Law Center.
Since 2001, Jim has been an adjunct professor of law at Baylor University School of Law teaching courses on International Trade Law and International Business Transactions. He also currently teaches Business Law for Accountants to graduate students at Texas A&M – Commerce.
Jim has published one legal textbook, Chester’s Guide to International Business Law, and is author or co-author of several chapters of legal compilation texts. In addition, he has written numerous articles published in law reviews and industry journals, and is a frequent speaker at legal and other industry events. Jim is also an entrepreneur.
- LL.M., International Economic Law, University of Houston School of Law, 2000
- J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1997
- B.S. Economics/Political Science, Texas A&M University- Commerce, 1994
- Founder/Chairman, DFW-STCL Alumni Network, 2008-Present
- Director, STCL Alumni Association, 2010-2012
- Chair, International Committee, State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section, 2013-2015
- Member, State Bar of Texas
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