James D. Williams

James D. Williams

Immigration & Intellectual Property Attorney - Tingen, PLLC
  • Intellectual Property, Trademarks, Entertainment & Sports Law ...
  • Eastern District of Virginia, Virginia
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I focus my practice on intellectual property law, immigration, and business.

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.

Since I began work with Tingen Law, PLLC, I have taken on more immigration matters. Here are some of the services I offer: asylum and removal proceedings, permanent residency petitions, fiance/spousal petitions, employment-based visas (H visas, PERM visas), O/P visas for athletes and qualifying people, Victims of qualifying crimes (U visas).

Practice Areas
Intellectual Property
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Entertainment & Sports Law
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Immigration Law
Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Work Visas
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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 Law, PLLC
- Current
Tingen & Williams, PLLC
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
Activities: Assisting artists and arts organizations in Virginia by providing legal information and connecting them to attorneys.
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Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
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Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
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Speaking Engagements
That's Probably Not Legal... or is it? A Lawyer AMA!, MAGFest, Silver Springs, MD
Lawyer AMA discussing copyright, trademark, and other legal areas related to the gaming industry.
Immigration Law in the Gaming Industry, PAX East, Boston, MA
James & Jacob Tingen discussed visa options for players and others in the gaming industry, such as O/P visas and employment-based visas.
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. https://www.tutorial-stage.com/
Websites & Blogs
Firm Page
Legal Answers
20 Questions Answered
Q. Can the arrears that I owe in child support be forgiven by my child, who is now 20 and self sufficient?
A: Child support can come from either a court order or through the Division of Child Support Enforcement. If it's not through one of these channels but by maybe an oral or mutual agreement of the parents, then you'll generally have more flexibility. If your child support comes from the court order or DCSE, then it gets much more complicated. The child's input ultimately is irrelevant, and if the other parent disagrees with your arrangement and you still have arrears grow further, then you could get in more trouble.

I would reach out to an attorney to go over your specific circumstances to see what would be recommended.

As a slight side note, I noticed that you're located in Oklahoma and put the location in Virginia. You'll also want to make sure that you speak with an attorney in the state where the child support order/arrangement originated in the event there are state specific laws that may change the advice. ... Read More
Q. Received my LLB in the UK and plan on doing an LLM over here before the Bar. Do you think that law firms would hire me?
A: If you want to practice law, then you're going to have to pass a bar exam. There are very few states that allow people who have only taken an LLM (and not a juris doctor "JD") program to sit for the bar exam. Virginia does not allow LLM students to sit for the bar exam here.

LLM Guide has some decent information here: https://llm-guide.com/articles/using-the-llm-to-take-the-american-bar-exam#:~:text=Of%20those%20thirty%20states%2C%20five,at%20an%20American%20school.

Once you are eligible and pass the bar exam, it will just come down to experience in an area. The biggest hurdle is passing the bar exam, though.
Q. Is it legal to screenshot a Getty Images image I have embedded into my website from that website and then post it?
A: Getty Images is not someone to mess around with. They are incredibly active in copyright infringement suits.

If they give you an embed feature, then they absolutely have terms and conditions on how the license works for that. I can practically guarantee, though will not without actually reading the terms and conditions, that taking a screenshot and sharing it is outside the terms and conditions of the license.

Copyright law is heavily dependent on licensing and proper authorizations, so if you can do that, then you should. Otherwise, you'll always run the risk of copyright infringement, even if you aren't using the work commercially.
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Contact & Map
Tingen Law, PLLC
1503 Santa Rosa Road
Suite 120
Richmond, VA 23229
Telephone: (804) 477-1720
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed