• Certified as an Expert in Intellectual Property by the Florida Bar since 2007
  • Selected by peers as the Tampa-area four-time Lawyer of the Year  in intellectual property law areas, including Intellectual Property Litigation (2016 & 2019) and Trademark Law (2013 & 2017) via The Best Lawyers in America® peer voting. 
  • Selected by peers in the specialty areas of Intellectual Property Law (2011-2019); Intellectual Property Litigation (2013-2019); Commercial Litigation (2015-2019); Trademark Law (2013-2019); and Copyright Law (2014, 2016-2019) via The Best Lawyers in America®  peer voting.
  • Selected to Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite for Intellectual Property, 2011.
  • Selected to Super Lawyers, featuring selected Intellectual Property Law attorneys from across the United States, for every year since 2010.
  • Selected to "Tampa's Best Lawyers® 2010" in the specialty of Intellectual Property Law.
  • Rated "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5" by Martindale Hubbell and  10.0 out of 10 by Avvo.com
  •  Certified by the Florida Bar as a mediator and authorized to serve in all Florida state and federal courts.

  • Vice-Chair, Florida Bar Intellectual Property Section, 2019-2020.
  • Co-Chair, Mediation and Arbitration Section, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2018-2019.
  • Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Section, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 2009-2011.
  • Committee Chair, 9th Annual Intellectual Property Law Symposium, Florida Bar Intellectual Property Committee, St. Petersburg Beach, FL, April, 2018.
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association: Patent Litigation Committee; Trademark Litigation Committee; Contributing Author to Case Summary Updates, 2005.
  • The Florida Bar: Business Law Section, Intellectual Property Committee, Computer & Technology Law Committee; Alternative Dispute Resolution Section; Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Section; General Practice Section; Trial Lawyers Section.


  • Presenter, Overview of Intellectual Property, Jim Moran Institute for Global Leadership, Florida State University, 2019
  • Presenter, Intellectual Property Law for Lawyers, North Tampa Bar Association, 2019
  • Author, Your Difficult Mediation Client...Help Me Help You!, Lawyer Magazine, January 2018
  • Co-Presenter, along with Magistrate Judge Paul Pizzo (MDFla), Mediating Intellectual Property Cases,  Hillsborough County Bar Association, October, 2017
  • Presenter, 2017 Trademark Law Year in Review - Florida Bar Intellectual Property Committee's 8th Annual IP Symposium, March 2017
  • Author, War in the Amazon Jungle, Lawyer Magazine, January 2017
  • Author, Turning Your Mediator into a Decisionmaker: Can't You Just Decide for Us?, January 2017
  • Presenter, Legitimate Business Interests in Noncompetition Agreements and Other Restrictive Covenants – What It Really Takes, Hillsborough County Bar Association - Intellectual Property Section CLE, May 2013
  • Hey Trademark License, Put on Some Clothes!...Or Else, Lawyer Magazine, May 2013
  • Quoted in Engineer Seeks $2 Million for BP Oil Spill Solutions,Tampa Bay Business Journal, April 2012
  • Author, Patent Reform: What Passage of the America Invents Act Means, Tampa Bay Business Journal, March 2012
  • Guest Columnist, Patent Reform Ideas Would Be Welcome in IP Heavy Bay Area Market, Tampa Bay Business Journal, August 2011
  • Author, Attack of the Trolls 2 - Rise of the False Patent Marking Troll, Lawyer Magazine (November 2010)
  • Featured, Law Certification Sends Clients a Signal: Expertise Practiced Here, Tampa Bay Business Journal, June 2010
  • Author, The Real Cost to Your Client to Register Copyright in Their Website, Lawyer Magazine (August 2009)
  • Presenter, Copyright Damages: or, How I Lost the Company to a Programmer, Photographer, Author,…; Association of Corporate Counsel Meeting, West-Central Florida Chapter, 2008
  • Quoted in Inside Counsel Magazine, June 2008 article, Workers Rights: Employees' Inventions May Lead to Patent Battles with Employers
  • Contributing Author, The Journal, Update on Commercial Litigation Case Law, The Florida Bar Association Business Law Section, 2008
  • Author, A Step by-Step Look at the Patent Litigation Process, Inside the Minds Series of Books for C-level Professionals, hardback published by Aspatore Books, 2007
  • Contributing Author, Annual Trademark Law Update, American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2005
  • Author, Pre-Grant Publications of Patent Applications, The Lawyer, 2003
  • Author, Intellectual Property Alert - New Domain Name Registration Opportunities Are Coming, The Lawyer, 2001
  • Author, Having Your Cake and Eating It Too, 16 Trial Advocate Quarterly Winter 1997 (Winner “Best Article 1996-1997” Award)


  • Florida State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan



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 Certified as an Expert in Intellectual Property by the Florida Bar since 2007
James M. Matulis
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