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Tom James


A magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at  Berkeley, and Southwestern University, Tom James has received numerous  awards and honors for his service to the community and his commitment to  improving the administration of justice. These include, among others,  certificates of commendation from a former governor of the State of  Minnesota and from the Hennepin County District Court Judges and Court  Administrator's Office. As a law student, he was a recipient of the  prestigious American Jurisprudence Award for achievement in the study of  the legal profession, along with Top Student awards in constitutional  law and several other subject areas. He also gained experience through  his participation in a judicial externship program in the busy Los  Angeles County Superior Court, honing his legal research and writing  skills by preparing draft judicial opinions and legal memoranda. After  moving to Minnesota, he worked for the Hennepin County District Court  for five years before entering private practice in 1995.

Mr. James is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in  Minnesota; the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; and the Court of Appeals  for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., and also represents  clients in Trademark Trials and Appeals Board proceedings. He is a  long-time member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Hennepin  County Bar Association.

He has a broad range of experience in a variety of fields, including  appeals, family law, probate, employment law, defamation, civil  litigation, criminal and juvenile defense, business start-ups,  non-profits, copyright, trademark, and First Amendment cases. Notable  appellate court victories include Ellshoff v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (establishing depression as a medical illness coming within the coverage of the Family Medical Leave Act); and Kinley v. Peck  (vindicating the First Amendment right of noncustodial parents to  practice religion in the presence of their children.) In addition, he  has written amicus curiae briefs on behalf of such diverse  non-profit organizations as RKIDS (Remember Kids In Divorce  Settlements), CPR (Center for Parental Responsibility) and the  Arab-American Anti-Defamation League. He has ghostwritten winning  appellate briefs and legal memoranda for pro se litigants, as well.

Currently, he practices primarily in the areas of appellate advocacy and intellectual property (trademarks and copyrights).