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James D. Williams

James D. Williams

IP and Family Law Attorney - Tingen & Williams, PLLC
  • Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Entertainment & Sports Law ...
  • Eastern District of Virginia, Virginia
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I focus my practice on intellectual property law and family law.

I graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law and was accepted to the Virginia Bar in 2019. I earned the Intellectual Property Certificate as well as the Auzville Jackson Jr. award for excellence in intellectual property.

I am excited to assist artists, business owners, and content creators with their contract, trademark, and copyright concerns.

I've expanded my practice to include assisting clients in family law matters, estate planning, and business law. Whether the case is contested or non-contested, I am committed to helping his clients pursue the best possible outcome.

Regardless of whether I'm consulting a content creator or a spouse, I will develop a creative solution to best suit the client’s needs.

Practice Areas
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademarks
  • Entertainment & Sports Law
  • Business Law
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
Video Chat and Conferencing
  • Skype
  • GoToMeeting
  • WebEx
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Eastern District of Virginia
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Virginia State Bar
ID Number: 95064
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Tingen & Williams, PLLC
- Current
Family Law cases such as divorce and custody, special immigrant juvenile status, contracts drafting and review, trademark and copyright law
Document Review/Contract Attorney
Hitaffer & Hitaffer, PLLC
Assisted supervising attorney with patent and trademark prosecution
Legal Intern
Virginia Poverty Law Center
Conducted legal and non-legal research for family law issues, Drafted legal memoranda
University of Richmond School of Law
J.D. (2019) | Intellectual Property
Honors: Auzville Jackson Jr. Award, Intellectual Property Certificate, Order of Barristers, Pro Bono Certificate
Activities: Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Journal of Law & Technology, Law Peer Sexual Misconduct Advisor, Student Intellectual Property Law Association, Trial Advocacy Board
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University of Tennessee - Knoxville
B.A. (2015) | Political Science, Philosophy, Business Administration
Activities: Visual Arts Committee, American Mock Trial Association, Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court
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Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar  # 95064
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Lawyers for the Arts
- Current
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Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
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Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Tutorial Stage , Online
Tutorial Stage is a panel series for entry-level game developers, artists, and content creators generally. I spoke on "Getting Paid" regarding contractual issues artists may face and intellectual property. I also provided resources about contract terms and general legal implications of fan art.
Websites & Blogs
Firm Page
Legal Answers
12 Questions Answered

Q. Can ex get an order in state of VA prohibiting fiancé to move in?
A: The agreement appears to just say that you and the ex are living as you two, specifically, are not married to one another. It's not requiring that you live unmarried, most likely, and if it is, then it's probably invalid. If there is a custody order from the court where the Guardian Ad Litem did a home visit and met your fiancé and thought there may be a concern for the children, then that would be the only time a court order would have any effect on whether your partner could live with you, and it would be specifically in relation to the custody of your children. It doesn't sound like that was part of the case, so I'm assuming there was just a misunderstanding on the language.
Q. does any museum own copyright of artwork created by an artist who died in 1910? the museum owns the artwork.
A: The National Gallery actually has a dedicated list of works in the public domain. Generally speaking works older than 1934 are likely in the public domain at this point.
Q. How could I go about purchasing this design and copyright?
A: Greetings. There are two options that basically stem from the root of asking the person who owns the right for permission to use it. (1) Ask for a license. Basically you just would tell them what you plan on doing and see if they will allow you to do it. You may have to pay them for those rights. (2) Ask for an assignment of rights. This is the same idea as (1) except you would personally own the copyright for the content. This could just be an assignment of the right to reproduce or to distribute the copyrighted content, so you want to make sure you have those terms in a writing and clarified. Either way, you're going to want a signed writing by the owner. Make sure they have all of the rights and there aren't other people who own rights in the content. A copyright attorney that has experience with contracts can clarify the issues to make sure you are doing what's necessary.
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Tingen & Williams, PLLC
1801 Bayberry Court, Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23226
Telephone: (804) 477-1720
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