James Slater

James M. Slater

Phone: (305)928-2429

James joined Shullman Fugate in August 2020. His practice is centered on intellectual property, defamation, access-to-information, and data privacy and security law.

James assists clients on matters concerning software and brand development and protection, intellectual property licensing, trademark clearance and prosecution, entertainment, art, and publishing. He also provides counsel on data privacy and security matters and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). James is also an experienced litigator. He often represents individuals and entities in intellectual property, commercial, access-to-information, and internet- and speech-related disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, James practiced at an intellectual property boutique in Miami. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Chris M. McAliley of the Southern District of Florida, practiced at a commercial litigation boutique, and co-directed a homeless advocacy project at Legal Services of Greater Miami.

James brings a robust international experience to the firm. He is a dual U.S. and U.K. national with fluency in Russian and proficiency in several other languages. Before law practice, James spent several years working in Russia in the administration of a U.S. State Department program and as an interpreter and translator. He also completed the selective National Security Education Program's Russian Overseas Flagship program in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

James maintains an active pro bono practice representing nonprofit organizations and creatives. James serves on the board of directors of Yiddish Farm, a nonprofit educational farm in upstate New York, and he previously served on the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. James is also a Florida Chapter Chair of the Copyright Society of the USA and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.



  •  J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 2014
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
  • B.A., University of Florida, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • Washington
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade

Speaking and Media

  • Moderator, “Eleventh Circuit Roundup,” Copyright Society of the USA (November 2020)
  • Panelist, “Hot Issues in Data Privacy,” ABA Conference of the Forum on Communications Law (February 2021)

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