James Slater is a civil rights, speech, and intellectual property lawyer licensed to practice law in Florida, Washington, Colorado, the District of Columbia, and several federal district and appellate courts. James routinely defends people against copyright trolls and censorial bullies. His busy civil rights practice is primarily focused on holding government actors accountable for police misconduct and inhumane and unlawful treatment of prisoners and detainees.
James is a dual U.S. and U.K. national with strong Florida roots. He and his wife, children, and dogs split their time between Tallahassee, Miami, and hiking trails across North America.
Before law practice, James completed a Master’s degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures and planned to become a Russian literature professor. He left academia to work in Russia in the administration of a U.S. State Department program and as a Russian interpreter and translator. He also completed the selective National Security Education Program’s Russian Overseas Flagship in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
Prior to opening his own firm, James practiced at several boutique firms specializing in intellectual property and media law. He also co-directed a homeless legal advocacy project at Legal Services of Greater Miami and served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Chris M. McAliley of the Southern District of Florida.
He is a member of the National Police Accountability Project. Previously, James served on the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and as a Florida Chapter Chair of the Copyright Society of the USA. James was recently featured in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America for commercial litigation.
James is fluent in Russian, proficient in Spanish and Polish, and is slowly working his way through Yiddish and Turkish lessons on Duolingo. In addition to learning languages in his spare time, James enjoys hiking, gardening, making really bad music, and storytelling with his kids.
J.D., cum laude, University of Miami, 2014
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
B.A., University of Florida, 2007
District of Columbia, 2017
U.S.D.C., Southern District of Florida
U.S.D.C., Middle District of Florida
U.S.D.C., Northern District of Florida
U.S.D.C., District of Columbia
U.S.D.C., District of Colorado
U.S.D.C., Western District of Washington
U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Texas
U.S.C.A., Federal Circuit
U.S.C.A., Eleventh Circuit