J. F. (Jim) Chester
I am a technology and business attorney who solves legal challenges for innovation-based entrepreneurs and dynamic companies.
At my core, I’m an entrepreneur. I just happen to fulfill my entrepreneurialism as an attorney who loves working with businesses, especially innovative technology companies.
These companies create amazing products and services. However, the owners may lack the experience or dedicated resources to adequately resolve legal issues. Crucially, they may not realize how strategic legal structure, advice and risk comprehension will eliminate future issues and accelerate growth.
I’m a partner with a business-infused legal mind who likes to solve problems. Who thrives amid the “chaotic awesomeness” of a growing company. Who provides rational confidence to the business owner so informed decisions can be made to allow the business to boldly move forward.
My experience spans more than twenty years of business law (business formation, governance, business & technology transactions), intellectual property (IP) registration and enforcement, licensing agreements, ecommerce, international business transactions, import/export regulatory compliance and trade agreements.
I am also a recognized authority in assisting client who are buying and selling technology businesses, global technology transactions, and providing strategic legal counsel for innovators and industry disruptors.
Since 2001, I have served as an adjunct professor of law at Baylor Law School Law, the University of Dallas, and Texas A&M – Commerce. Starting in 2019, I began teaching Entrepreneurial Law at SMU’s Cox School of Business. I have also published one legal textbook: “Chester’s Guide to International Business Law” and am author or co-author of numerous articles and chapters published in several industry books.
Like my clients, I am also an entrepreneur. I am founder or co-founder of multiple companies, including current ventures: ENGAGE (a co-working space for attorneys), CASES, LLC (providing registered agent services), and OWL Suites (online office space platform similar to Air BnB). I also invented a grilling spice blend sold online (www.penderys.com) and at retail stores, and a salsa recipe that garnered 3rdPlace in the State of Texas.
- Internet and eCommerce
- Software and Copyrights
- Corporate & Commercial
- Technology & Data
- International Business
- 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
- 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
- “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 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
Admitted To Practice
- 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
- LL.M., International Economic Law, University of Houston School of Law, 2000
- J.D., South Texas College of Law (Law Journal, Varsity Mock trial), 1997
- B.S., Economics/Political Science (Double major), magna cum laude, Texas A&M University, Commerce, 1994