James M. Matulis

Top rated alternative dispute resolution attorney in Tampa, Florida

Matulis Mediation | Arbitration
James M. Matulis
Matulis Mediation | Arbitration

Practice Areas: Alternative dispute resolution, Business litigation, Civil litigation; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1996

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023

Matulis Mediation | Arbitration

10906 Sheldon Rd
Tampa, FL 33626 Visit website


A partner at the Tampa, Florida, law firm Matulis Mediation | Arbitration, James M. Matulis is a skilled intellectual property (IP) and business law attorney serving clients since 1996. With a rich background in the area, he provides end-to-end solutions to address his clients’ business law and IP concerns. 

As the name of his firm suggests, Mr. Matulis is a certified state and federal court mediator and arbitrator and is well-versed in resolving matters that involve contract disputes, noncompete agreements, patent and trademark infringements, copyrights, unfair competition, business dissolutions, internet defamation, restrictive covenants as well as those related to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). 

Board-certified as a specialist in IP law by The Florida Bar, Mr. Matulis is rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell for his professional excellence. More than five times, he was selected as the Lawyer of the Year in various IP areas by The Best Lawyers in America. Furthermore, he was named to the Florida Trend magazine's Legal Elite list as well as Tampa Magazine’s Top Lawyers list. He has a “Superb” rating on Avvo.

A graduate of Clemson University, Mr. Matulis graduated among the top in his class with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1989. Later in 1995, he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence with honors from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. During his time at the law school, he served as the senior executive editor of Florida Law Review and the president of the Environmental Law Society.

A registered patent attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Matulis is licensed to practice in all the state courts of Florida, the ​U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Middle, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Florida.

Mr. Matulis is honored with several leadership positions in legal organizations. He is the executive council member of The Florida Bar Business Law Section and the former chair of its Intellectual Property Law Committee. He is the co-chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s IP and Mediation and Arbitration Sections and a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He has presented on IP law topics at multiple conferences and seminars and has also authored a number of articles. 

AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Alternative dispute resolution, Business litigation, Civil litigation: plaintiff, Franchise/dealership, Intellectual property, Intellectual property litigation

Focus areas

Arbitration, Mediation, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual property law

  • 50% Alternative dispute resolution
  • 10% Business litigation
  • 10% Civil litigation: plaintiff
  • 10% Franchise/dealership
  • 10% Intellectual property
  • 10% Intellectual property litigation

First Admitted: 1996, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.matulislaw.com/jim-matulis2.html

  • Selected to "The Best Lawyers in America® " in the specialty areas of Intellectual Property Law (2011, 2012, and 2013); Litigation - Intellectual Property (2013, 2014 and 2015); Trademark (2013, 2014 and 2015); and Copyright Law (2014); and Commercial Litigation (2015)
  • Selected to Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite for Intellectual Property, 2011.
  • Selected by Best Lawyers in America® as "Lawyer of the Year" in Trademark Law for the Tampa Bay Area (2013)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Trustee - Carrollwood Day School (2013-present)
Educational Background:
  • Clemson University, B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1989
  • University of Florida, J.D. (with Honors), 1995
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Florida Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1995
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Registered Patent Attorney, 2000
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2022
  • Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law - Florida Bar, 2007
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Quoted in "Engineer Seeks $2 Million for BP Oil Spill Solutions," Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2012
  • Author, "The Real Cost to Your Client to Register Copyright in Their Website," , Lawyer Magazine , 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, "Workers Rights: Employees’ Inventions May Lead to Patent Battles with Employers", Inside Counsel Magazine
  • 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", Trial Advocate Quarterly , (Winner “Best Article 1996-1997” Award), 1997
  • Author, Attack of the Trolls 2 – Rise of the False Patent Marking Troll, The Lawyer, 2010
  • Patent Reform: What Passage of America Invents Act Means, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 2012
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Florida Bar Intellectual Property Committee, Chair, 2021
  • Florida Bar Business Law Section Executive Committee, 2022
  • Florida Bar IP Committee Chair
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2014
  • Co-Chair of the Hillsborough County Bar Association Intellectual Property Committee,, 2009
Industry Groups:
  • patents copyrights trademarks cease and desist letters

Office location for James M. Matulis

10906 Sheldon Rd
Tampa, FL 33626

Phone: 813-771-0173


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023

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