James E. Griffith

Of Counsel

Service Specialties

  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Licensing
  • Litigation and Litigation Support
  • Client Counseling Services

For over 20 years, clients have turned to Jim for strategic brand protection guidance and counsel. Jim manages all aspects of domestic and foreign brand selection and protection, including the creation, development, expansion, and management of trademark portfolios, creative brand enforcement strategies, licensing of brand assets, and advertising. Jim has conducted and reviewed countless searches and investigations for trademarks, prepared availability and registrability opinions, and prosecuted and managed hundreds of trademark applications and registrations throughout the world. Jim also handles disputes involving trademark ownership and infringement, often involving internationally famous trademarks, in federal courts throughout the United States and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the US Patent and Trademark Office. Additionally, Jim counsels clients on all types of copyright matters, including issues relating to copyright registration, licensing and assignments of copyrights, and navigating copyright disputes. Jim represents clients concerning copyright issues in a wide variety of media and industries, including fine art, music, motion pictures, radio and television, publishing, and computer software. Jim also advises clients on issues related to social media, internet terms of use, privacy policies, GDPR compliance, and other related issues.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Western District of Wisconsin
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Central District of Illinois
  • District of Colorado
  • Federal Circuit
  • Seventh Circuit


  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Regional Chair Mid-West Region
  • International Trademark Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Sections, Member
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Attorney Volunteer
  • Lawyers Club of Chicago, Member


  • Juris Doctor (with Honors), University of Chicago Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Public Policy Studies (summa cum laude), Duke University

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