James B. Lake

Primary Practices

  • Media Law
  • Trademark & Copyright
  • Business Litigation
  • Newsgathering / Access


  • BA, Washington and Lee University, 1990
  • JD, Washington and Lee University, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Middle District Florida
  • Southern District Florida
  • Northern District Florida
  • 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • AV Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • Florida Legal Elite

Jim’s practice focuses on media law, intellectual property, and business litigation. He represents clients in state and federal courts and before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and he frequently renders advice on newsgathering, defamation, trademark and copyright matters. His clients include media, financial, retail, chemical and staffing companies and well-known authors. 

Jim has litigated trademark and copyright cases, trademark opposition proceedings, reporter’s privilege disputes, demands for access to public records and meetings, domain-name proceedings and commercial disputes. Jim regularly serves as local counsel for businesses sued or pursuing claims in the Middle District of Florida.

Jim graduated from Washington and Lee University with honors in journalism and then worked as a reporter for the Tampa Tribune.  He later graduated with honors from the Washington and Lee University School of Law.  Jim and his family are active members of Hyde Park Methodist Church.  He is an adjunct professor at the Stetson University College of Law.

  • MoistTech Corp. v. Sensortech Systems, Inc., 2015 WL 3952341 (M.D. Fla. 2015). Convinced court to transfer Lanham Act case to California.
  • DOK Solution LLC v. FKA Distributing Co., 2015 WL 4459182 (M.D. Fla. 2015). Local counsel in patent infringement action.
  • Bond & Co. Jewelers, Inc. v. Texas Int'l Property Associates, Claim No. FA0703000937650 (Nat'l Arb. Forum April 30, 2007) (http://www.adrforum.com/domaindecisions/937650.htm). Obtained order compelling transfer of domain name.
  • Tribune Co. Holdings, Inc. v. Times Pub. Co., 2006 WL 680804 (M.D. Fla. 2006). Obtained preliminary injunction halting adoption of infringing trademark.
  • Memorial Hospital-West Volusia, Inc. v. News-Journal Corp., 729 So. 2d 373 (Fla. 1999). Represented consortium of media companies as amici curiae seeking access to meetings and records of corporations operating public hospitals.
  • Kidwell v. State, 730 So. 2d 670 (Fla. 1998). Convinced Florida Supreme Court that common law journalist’s privilege protects non-confidential information.