Jim Chester

Top rated Technology Transactions attorney in Dallas, Texas

Klemchuk PLLC
Jim Chester
Klemchuk PLLC

Practice Areas: Technology Transactions, Business & Corporate, Intellectual Property view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1997

Education: South Texas College of Law Houston

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2008 - 2009, 2011

Klemchuk PLLC

8150 N Central Expressway
10th Floor
Dallas, TX 75206 Phone: 214-367-6018 Email: Jim Chester Visit website


I’m a business attorney who solves problems for innovation-based clients.

I relish dynamic, entrepreneurial environments and live for the opportunity to work with these companies.

Like most attorneys, I began my career as an associate at a law firm. But my entrepreneurial spirit led me to start my own law firm and a number of business ventures.

My legal and business experience helps me truly understand the challenges facing growing companies and industry disruptors.

My clients rely on me to be their strategic legal counsel to provide the information and analysis necessary to make critical decisions.

My law practice focuses on technology and software, corporate and business law, intellectual property (IP), and international business. I work frequently with technology companies and small & mid-sized businesses.

Although my clients are businesses, I’m actually advising people -- the owners and management team. They can be overwhelmed with complex issues. Burdened by the psychological aspect of a decision. Torn by the personal capital invested in their business.

My clients come to me because I’m more than a technician, I’m a problem solver. I'm someone who's been in their shoes. Who understands what it means to be a business owner - with customers, investors, employees and families depending on them.

One matter that illustrates my approach and reminds me why I became an attorney involves a client who was facing a debilitating IP infringement lawsuit. Despite a weak legal position, by digging deep to understand the dynamics of the situation and using my unique skills and abilities, I was able to secure a successful outcome that saved the company and the jobs of the 30 employees.

Some lawyers are intimidated by the chaotic awesomeness of fast-growing, entrepreneurial businesses. But I could not imagine more fun or rewarding work.

It’s not just what I do, it’s who I am. If that’s the kind of legal partner you want, contact me: [email protected]

Practice areas

Technology Transactions, Business/Corporate, Intellectual Property, International, Mergers & Acquisitions

First Admitted: 1997, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.klemchuk.com/team/jim-chester

Educational Background:
  • B.S., Magna Cum Laude, Economics & Political Science, Texas A&M University, Commerce, 1994
  • LL.M - International Economic Law, University of Houston Law Center, 2000
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Baylor University Law School, Waco, Texas, 2000
  • Professor at SMU Cox School of Business, teaching business law and entrepreneurial law courses., 2019
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Licensed US Customs Broker, 2000
  • Certified Customs Specialist (CCS)
  • Alumni Ambassador, Texas A&M University - Commerce., Alumni Ambassador, Texas A&M University - Commerce, 2018
  • Selected to the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" list by D Magazine., Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2014
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, Member, Texas Bar College, 2004
  • A/V Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubble, 2010
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  •  Recent Speeches: “Keys to Int’l Trade Compliance,” Inst. Supply Chain Mgmt. (San Antonio) 2008. “Export Controls and Technology,” DBA Computer Law Section 2008. “Legal Aspect of Int’l Trade,” Ft. Worth Int’l. Center 2008. “Financing Int’l Trade,” Ft. Worth Int’l. Center 2008. “Keys to International Trade Compliance” Inst. Supply Chain Mgmt. (Wichita, KS) 2008 “Overview of IP Law,” PRO Dallas 2007. “Overlap between IP and Trade Law,” DBA Computer Law Section 2006. “Role of Attorneys in International Transactions,” Foreign Trade Inst. 2005. "Foreign-Trade Zones," Dallas Economists Club 2004. “Overview of U.S. Customs Law,” DBA Small Firm/Solo Section 2004. "Managing the Broker/Importer Relationship," NTCBFFA Conf. (Dallas) 2003. “Export Controls,” NAFTZ Conf. (Puerto Rico) 2000. “Legal Implications of Doing Business with the U.S.” U.S. Trade Mission (Taiwan) 1999. Recent Publications: “Chester’s Practical Guide to Trade Regulation”  (publication pending). “Protecting Intellectual Property” eSide Supply Management (Fall 2008). “Writing Int’l v. Domestic Contracts,” eSide Supply Management (Fall 2008). Editor-In-Chief, CHESTER’s World of Innovation & Trade Law (2003-present). “Convergence of IP and International Trade Law,” (Natl. Law Jrnl. 2005). “Case Study: Potential Trademark Infringements” (Jrnl. of Bus. & Econ. Res., 2005) ”In the Zone: Creating Profits Savings Using FTZs,” (Texas Lawyer, July 4, 2005). International Trade Law: A U.S. Perspective (Baylor Law School textbook 2003). Customs Broker Exam Review Manual (2002). Property Tax Implications for Subzones in Texas under the FTZ Act of 1934 (2000)., Presenter, Contractual Breach and COVID-19, Rossdale CLE, Technology, Retail, Manufacturing, Distributors, Software, Consumer, Services, 2020
  • Summary of the recently-enacted PRO-IP law and strategies for using the law to protect and enforce IP rights., Author, Businesses Can USe PRO-IP to Target Counterfeiters, Texas Lawyer, Business, Corporate Counsel, Inellectual Property, International, 2009
  • Article comparing the key distinctions between domestic and international sales contracts., Author, Apples to Manzanas: Comparing Domestinc and Intrnational Contracts for the Sale of Goods, eSide Supply Chain Management, Logistics, International Trade, 2009
  • Presentation regarding legal issues involved in financing international transactions., Speaker, Legal Issues in International Finance, TCC Small Business Development Center, Business, International, 2009
  • Speech concerning issues and strategies related to protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights in international business., Speaker/Presenter, Protecting IP in International Trade, Texas Bar Association - Annual Meeting, International Law Section, 2009
  • Speaker at 47th annual IP law conference., Speaker, Protecting IP in International Trade, Center for American & International Law, Intellectual Property, International, 2009
  • Co-presented speech on "Implementing an Effective FCPA Compliance Program," for TMCP annual symposium., Speaker, Implementing an Effective FCPA Compliance Program, Texas Bar Association, Texas Minority Counsel Program, 2010
  • “The Intersection of International Trade and Exhaustion of IP Rights: Can Gray Market Goods Still be Imported?”.The recent decision from the 9th Circuit in the Omega, S.A. v. Costco Wholesale Corp. case brings this issue to the forefront.  Roundtable discussion  explored whether manufacturers can protect their domestic markets and distribution channels by invoking protection under the U.S. Copyright or Patent Acts and whether retailers and purchasers of foreign goods can ensure that the merchandise acquired from secondary markets do not infringe a U.S. copyright or patent., Facilitator, The Intersection of International Trade and Exhaustion of IP Rights: Can Gray Market Goods Still be Imported?, American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Litigation Roundtable, 2011
  • As the economy slowly recovers, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is expected to increase. With the revival of M&A activity, many companies and their lawyers have become, or soon will be, immersed in “due diligence” investigations of assets and liabilities to assess the merits and risks of a given transaction.  These days, the most important group of assets of a target company is often its intellectual property (IP), which includes patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, domain names and other proprietary information and materials. As such, IP due diligence has become a vital component of a pre-M&A investigation., Co-Author, "IP Due Diligence in Mergers & Acquisitions", Dallas Bar Association - HEADNOTES, 2010
  • Discussion of issued related to international IP protection and registration., Author, Don't Trip Up over TRIPS, The Oath Magazine, 2011
  • Discssusion of what companies should be aware of (possible pitfalls, legal issues, etc.) of starting their own eCommerce company, Author, eCommerce Law Mistakes/Pitfalls, 2011
  • “Protecting IP in International Markets,” Texas Bar Journal Vol 75, No, 7 (July 2012). “IP Due Diligence in Mergers & Acquisitions ,” (w/ Roxana Sullivan & Sita Desai) Dallas Bar Assoc. Headnotes (November 2010). Inside the Minds: Protecting IP Rights in International Business Transactions. 2011 ed. (West, Aspatore Books 2011)., Author (w/ Sophilia Hsu), Going Global: A Primer for Technology Companies, Currents: International Trade Law Journal, Law, International Business, 2013
  • Protecting IP in International Markets, Author, Protecting IP in International Markets, Texas Bar Journal Vol 75, No, 7, 2012
  • Author (w/ Roxana Sullivan & Sita Desai), IP Due Diligence in Mergers & Acquisitions, Dallas Bar Assoc. Headnotes, 2010
  • Author, Inside the Minds: Protecting IP Rights in International Business Transactions, West, Aspatore Books, 2011
White Papers:
  • Key elements and considerations for negotiating and developing a software reseller agreement., Checklist for Software Reseller Agreements, Technology, Software, 2020
  • Intellectual property due diligence investigations should be conducted by a party any time a merger, acquisition (“M&A”) or investment is being considered.  Intellectual property due diligence involves the gathering of information on the target party’s assets and liabilities, in order to assess the merits and risks of the transaction.  One of the most important assets of the target party may be its intellectual property.  These intellectual property assets could include patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, and domain names.   , Intellectual Property Due Diligence in Mergers & Acquisitions, Acquire, Acquisition, And Portfolio, Assets, Business, Buyer, Company, Copyright, Divest, Due Diligence, Intellectual Property Due Diligence, IP Due Diligence, M&A, Merger, Merger And Acquisition, Ntellectual Property, Patent, Seller, Target, Trade Dress, Trade Secret, Trademark, Transfer, 2012
  •   Conducting business in the modern global economy offers great rewards, but involves risks, as well. Although companies can take a number of precautions to limit their risks in international business transactions, the primary legal tool for such purposes is the international business transaction agreement or contract.  Examples of international business transaction agreements include:  international sales contracts, international distribution agreements, supply agreements, intellectual property licenses, franchise agreements, development agreements, investment agreements, letters of credit, joint venture agreements, and others, as well as hybrids and combinations of these agreements.       Keywords:  Dallas International Lawyer, international business, international sales, international contract, international business transaction, international business agreement, contract, sale, buy, sell, import, export, FCPA, ITAR, international transaction, agreement, supply, supplier, vendor, customer, foreign, venture, world, trade, globe, global.  , International Business Transactions, Agreement, Buy, Contract, Customer, Export, FCPA, Foreign, Global., Globe, Import, International, International Business, International Business Agreement, International Business Transaction, International Contract, International Sales, International Transaction, ITAR, Sale, Sell, Supplier, Supply, Trade, Vendor, Venture, World, 2012
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • SMU Cox Teach business law course to graduate students, 2022
  • Chair, Entrepreneur & Innovation Commitee, EDCC (Dallas), 2014
  • Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation, 2010
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2009
  • Chair, International Committee, IP Section - State Bar of Texas, 2013
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Heath City Council, 2022
  • Member, EDC/MBC, City of Heath, Texas, 2021
  • Member, Parks Board, City of Heath, Texas, 2018
  • HOA President, The Ridge of Heath, 2016
  • Board of Directors, South Texas College of Law Alumni Association, 2009
  • Board of Directors, Housing Crisis Center of Dallas, 2008
  • President, Lakewood Neighborhood Association, 2004
Industry Groups:
  • Distribution
  • Ecommerce
  • Emerging Companies
  • Export
  • Franchises
  • Healthcare
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Hospitality
  • Import
  • Manufacturing
  • Municipalities
  • Natural Resources And Alternative Fuels
  • Restaurants
  • Retail/Mass Merchandising
  • Start-Up
  • Technology
  • Textiles
  • Trading Companies

Office location for Jim Chester

8150 N Central Expressway
10th Floor
Dallas, TX 75206


12 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2008 - 2009, 2011

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