Thomas James


About Thomas James

Thomas James (also known as Thomas B. James) is a private practice attorney at the Law Office of Tom James in Cokato, Minnesota. He provides copyright and trademark registration and representation services, in addition to business law and appeals. Tom James is admitted to practice in Minnesota, the 8th and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is also authorized to represent clients nationwide in the U.S. Copyright Office (copyright registration), the U.S. Trademark Office (trademark registration), the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board (TTAB), and the Copyright Claims Board (CCB). Thomas James is the author of the nationally syndicated blog, "The Cokato Copyright Attorney." He is also the author of several books and law review articles, including the seminal "E-Commerce Law" and most recently, "IP Law for Non-IP Attorneys." The founder of Echion CLE, attorney Thomas James is a continuing legal education instructor as well as an instructor on legal topics for the general public. Tom James is also a certified TESOL/TEYL/TBE instructor. Thomas James is a member of the American Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association, the Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association, the National Association for the Self-Employed, the Copyright Alliance and the Authors Alliance.


Work experience

CLE Instructor | 2021 - Present
Law Office of Thomas James
Attorney | 1995 - Present


Southwestern Law School
J.D., Law
Activities: Judicial internship. Honors: Honor student; Top student award in Constitutional Law
University of California - Berkeley
B.A., Philosophy
Honors: Magna cum laude


Business Law Institute
Attendee | Sep 2, 2020
Continuing legal education course - information and updates on developments in business law
Midwest Intellectual Property Institute
Attendee | Sep 26, 2019
Annual continuing legal education conference providing information and updates on developments in copyright, trademark and other intellectual property laws.
Midwest Legal Conference on Privacy and Data Security
Attendee | Feb 13, 2020
continuing legal education courses on privacy and data security.


Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura | 2001
The award was presented to Cokato, Minnesota attorney Thomas James in recognition of many hours of quality pro bono legal services he provided to indigent clients. Thomas James has also received a certificate of appreciation from the Hennepin County District Court Judges. In law school, he receive



ITTT | Sep 1, 2022
TESOL, the certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages is awarded upon completion of a 120-hour TEFL/TESOL course.
ITTT | Sep 1, 2022
The CTBE (Certificate in Teaching Business English) is a specialized TESOL certificate that is earned after satisfactory completion of a 50-hour TBE course.
Teacher of English to Young Learners
ITTT | Nov 1, 2022
Certification to teach English as a second language to children (young learners).


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