Jim Chester

Jim Chester

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Jim Chester



Jim Chester, Partner, 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. Jim has been named to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” list by D Magazine (2014); listed as a “Rising Star” (2008-09, 2011) and “Super Lawyer” (2013-17) by Texas Super Lawyer Magazine a Thomson Reuters service.  In 2015, Jim was featured on the cover of Attorney at Law Magazine as its “Attorney of the Month.” 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.  He is CEO and co-founder of VENUE (a co-working space for attorneys); OWL Suites (online office space platform, similar to Air BnB), and other business ventures.   He also invented a grilling spice blend sold at retail stores, and a salsa recipe that garnered 3rdPlace in the State of Texas in a 2015 competition. Jim lives in Heath, Texas with his wife, Beadie and their four children. He serves as president of his neighborhood HOA, and is a member of the finance council of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Rockwall.


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

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual property litigation

  • Anti-Counterfeiting & IP Portfolio Enforcement

  • Business and commercial litigation

  • Local counsel for IP and commercial litigation matters

  • Virtual IP Counsel and IP Strategy Counseling

  • Internet and eCommerce

  • Software and Copyrights


Professional Activities

  • 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, Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, 2000-2004

  • Member, State Bar of Texas

Admitted to Practice

  • State Bar of Texas, 1997

  • District of Columbia Bar, 2004 (inactive)

  • S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1998

  • S. Court of International Trade, 1998


  • Alumni Ambassador, College of Business, Texas A&M University – Commerce (2018)

  • “Attorney of the Month”, ATTORNEY AT LAW MAGAZINE, August 2015

  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation, 2010 – Present

  • “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” D Magazine, 2014

  • “Rising Stars Under 40,” by Law & Politics Magazine published in Texas Monthly and Texas Rising Stars Magazines, a Thomson Reuters service, 2008, 2009, 2011

  • “Super Lawyer,” by Law & Politics Magazine published in Texas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers Magazines, a Thomson Reuters service, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Featured, “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in International Law and Trade,” THE ASIAN LAWYER and FOCUS EUROPE magazines, Summer 2013

  • “AV® Preeminent” Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell®

  • Perfect 10.0 Rating on Avvo

  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2009 – Present

  • Featured, “2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Intellectual Property,” in the March 2013 issues of The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, and The National Law Journal

  • Member, Texas Bar College, 2008 – Present


  • “Legal Issues for SAVaGEs: Software, App & Video Game Law”, Texas Savages, Oct 2016

  • “Success & Happiness,” Texas Independent Lawyer Alliance, August 2016

  • “Export Controls on Technology,” State Bar of Texas Advanced IP Course, March 2014

  • “Most Bang for your Legal Bucks: Top ROI for Entrepreneurs”, East Dallas Chamber of Commerce, May 2014

  • “Protecting IP in International Transactions,” State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 2014

  • “IP Due Diligence in Investments and Acquisitions,” Dallas Assoc. of Young Lawyers, Feb. 2013

  • “Protecting IP in International Business,” State Bar of Texas, Paralegal Division, Virtual (online) Presentation, Jan. 2013

  • “Who is my Client?,” Dallas Assoc. of Young Lawyers, August 2012

  • “Going Global: An Overview of the Legal and Regulatory Implications of International Business” co-presenter, NTEC, June 2012

  • “The Intersection of Trade & IP: Can Gray Market Goods Still be Imported?”. ABA IP Roundtable (Dallas), 2011

  • “Financing Int’l Trade,” International Small Business Development Center, Ft. Worth, 2010

  • “Implementing an Effective FCPA Compliance Program,” Texas Minority Counsel Program Annual Conference, 2010

  • “Combating Counterfeits,” 47th Ann. IP Law Conf., Cntr. for Amer. & Int’l Law, 2009

  • “Protecting IP in International Trade, Texas Bar Assn Annual Mtg., 2009

  • “Basic of Intellectual Property Protection,” Collin County Bar Assn (Plano), 2009

  • “Domestic vs. Int’l Contracts,” Inst. Supply Chain Mgmt. (San Antonio), 2009

  • “Keys to Int’l Trade Compliance,” Inst. Supply Chain Mgmt. (Waco), 2008

  • “Export Controls and Technology,” DBA Computer Law Section, 2008

  • “Legal Aspect of Int’l Trade,” Ft. Worth Int’l. Center, 2008

  • “Financing Int’l Trade,” Ft. Worth Int’l. Center, 2008

  • “Keys to Int’l Trade Compliance” Inst. Supply Chain Mgmt. (Wichita, KS), 2008

  • “Overview of IP Law,” Professionals Roundtable of Dallas, 2007

  • “Overlap between IP and Trade Law,” DBA Computer Law Section, 2006

  • Editor-In-Chief, “SAVaGE Select” Software, App & Video Game Legal News, 2016-Present

  • “Going Global: A Primer for Technology Companies,” (w/ Sophilia Hsu) Currents: International Trade Law Journal, Winter 2013

  • “Protecting IP in International Markets,” Texas Bar Journal Vol 75, No, 7, July 2012

  • “IP Due Diligence in Mergers & Acquisitions,” (w/ Roxana Sullivan & Sita Desai) Dallas Bar Assoc. Headnotes, November 2010

  • Inside the Minds: Protecting IP Rights in International Business Transactions. 2011 ed. (West, Aspatore Books), 2011

  • “Don’t Trip Up Over TRIPS,” The Oath Magazine, September 2011

  • Co-author, “Proactive Approaches to the IP Licensing Process”, Intellectual Property Licensing Strategies, 2011 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Educating Clients, Drafting Licensing Agreements, and Resolving Disputes (Inside the Minds). (West, Aspatore Books), 2010

  • “The Hits Keep Coming: Survey of the Major CBP’s IP-Related Enforcement Actions in 2010” (CITBA Winter Journal), 2010

  • “Protecting Intellectual Property” eSide Supply Management, July/Aug 2009

  • “Protecting IP in International Trade,” Headnotes, July 2009

  • “PRO-IP to Target Counterfeiters,” Texas Lawyer, Feb 2, 2009

  • “Chester’s Practical Guide to Int’l Trade Regulation” Baylor Univ Law 2014 – 3rd Edition

  • “Comparing Int’l & Domestic Contracts,” eSide Supply Management, Fall 2008

  • “Convergence of IP and International Trade Law,” Natl. Law Jrnl., 2005

  • “Case Study: Potential Trademark Infringements” Jrnl. of Bus. & Econ. Res., 2005

  • “In the Zone: Creating Profits Thru Savings Using FTZs,” Texas Lawyer, July 4, 2005