J. F. (Jim) Chester
Chester Siekierski LLP
My personal and professional goals are identical: solve problems and help people. And I'm fortunate enough to get to both in my law practice.
I advise 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 US and abroad, and I regularly represent clients before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the US Library of Congress (Copyright Office).
In addition, I assist companies in international business transactions and joint ventures. To date, I have advised clients on business deals involving almost 100 countries. I also coordinate with foreign counsel on legal projects around the world on behalf of U.S. clients, and serve as legal advisor to foreign companies doing business with or in the U.S.
I also have significant experience and expertise handling domestic business matters, including entity formations, transactions, acquisitions, and other legal issues commonly faced by my clients.
My international practice also involves advising clients regarding international trade regulations, including compliance and enforcement issues involving Customs/import and export laws, ITAR, and the FCPA. I have represented numerous clients before US Customs & Border Protection, US Department of Commerce, US Department of Defense Trade Controls, the Office of Foreign Asset Controls, the US International Trade Administration, and other state, federal and foreign governing bodies and agencies. In addition to being admitted to practice law in Texas and Washington, DC., I am a licensed US Customs Broker.
In addition to my work at the firm, I am an adjunct professor of law at Baylor University Law School, teaching courses on International Trade Law and International Business Transactions. I also previously served as an adjunct professor of Business Law at the University of Dallas.
International Business Transactions
Import / Export & International Trade
Intellectual Property Protection & Enforcement
eCommerce & Internet Business
Business Formation & Transactions
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 (2008, 2009, 2011).
"Super Lawyer," by Law & Politics Magazine published in TExas Monthly and Texas Super Lawyers Magazines (2013, 2014).
Features, "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.
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 - 2013).
Alumni Ambassador Award, Texas A&M University, Commerce (1998).
Founder/Director, DARN Lawyers Network, (2004-Present)
Founder/Chairman, DFW-STCL Alumni Network, (2008-2011, 2014-)
Director, South Texas College of Law Alumni Association (2010-2012)
Chair, International Committee, State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Section.(2013-Present)
Member, Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas (2000-2004)
Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, Dallas Bar Association
"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 Business," State Bar of Texas, paralegal Division, Virtual (online) Presentation(Jan. 2013)
"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.
"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
"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).
Editor, Trade & Innovation Law Blog (2010-Present).
"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 Edcuation 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/August 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 2008)
"Comparing Int'l & Domestic Contracts," eSide Supply Management
Editor-In-Chief, Trade & Innovation Law Update (2003-Present)
"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)
Director, Dallas Housing Crisis Center (2008-2011)
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE:
Director, STCL Alumni Association, (2009-2012)
President, Lakewood Neighborhood Association (2005-2006)
Advisor, Global Business Program, University of Dallas (2004-2006)
Advisor, Foreign Trade Institute, University of Texas at Dallas (2005-2006)
State of Texas, 1997
District of Columbia Bar, 2004
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1998
U.S. Court of International Trade, 1998
Prior to founding CHESTER pllc, I was an equity partner in an IP boutique law firm in Dallas, was a shareholder in a mid-sized downtown Dallas law firm, and worked in-house at a major multinational energy company.
Following football (Pro, college & fantasy), politics and world events, minor league baseball, DIY projects around my home in Lakewood, tennis, and sailing. I also enjoy spending as much time as I can with my wife and four children.
Graduate Tax Program, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law (No degree)
LL.M., International Economic Law, University of Houston School of Law
J.D., South Texas College of Law (Law Journal, Varsity Mock trial)
B.S., Economics/Political Science (Double major), magna cum laude, Texas A&M University, Commerce