Cozen O’Connor: Gale, James A.

James A. Gale

Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Litigation


(305) 358-1991

(305) 720-2192

James A. Gale focuses his practice in the area of intellectual property counseling and litigation. He is a registered patent attorney with over 33 years of experience and Martindale AV Preeminent© rated, Board Certified in Intellectual Property by the Florida Bar, an AAA Arbitrator and the former inaugural chair of the IP Board Certification Committee. Jim has represented clients in hundreds of cases involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, covenants not to compete, theft of trade secrets and internet disputes. He has appeared in over 400 federal cases in more than 48 Federal District and Circuit Courts, as well as handled hundreds of injunctions in over 35 different states around the nation.

Jim's work and work ethics have always told a lot about his character. In 1989 his story was featured in The American Lawyer. An accomplished intellectual property litigator, Jim’s client list includes national and international high-technology manufacturers, as well as traditional brick-and-mortar clients. He has served as appointed intellectual property counsel for insurance carriers and was recently awarded the title of Patent Law Lawyer of the Year in Miami for 2016, 2017, and 2018 by Best Lawyers in America®. Jim was also appointed to the 11th Circuit Jury Instruction Panel to assist in drafting jury instructions for the recently enacted Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. Jim is also an adjunct professor of trade secret and non-compete law at the University of Miami School of Law, and also was an adjunct professor of patent and trade secret law at Florida International School of Law.



126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Six Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2018 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

September 29, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that six of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most highly regarded peer review publications in the legal profession.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Cozen O'Connor Intellectual Property Attorneys Featured in IP Stars 2017

May 26, 2017

Six Cozen O'Connor Intellectual Property attorneys were featured in IP Stars 2017.

Fed. Circ. Highlights Peril of Using ‘Common Sense’ at PTAB

August 15, 2016

James Gale discusses a recent Federal Circuit decision that faults the Patent Trial and Appeal Board for using the expression “common sense” in patent law.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Finalizes Addition of Intellectual Property Lawyers from Nationally Recognized IP Powerhouse, Feldman Gale, P.A.

June 27, 2016

The addition continues the firm’s growth in South Florida and California and brings substantial intellectual property strength in areas such as patent procurement, opinion work, and patent litigation in both federal courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, trademark procurement and litigation, non-compete litigation, information technology law, trade secrets, copyrights and business litigation.


Recent Trends in Trademark Protection, 2016 Edition

July 05, 2016

James Gale, co-chair, and Susan Latham, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Intellectual Property department, co-wrote a chapter in Recent Trends in Trademark Protection, 2016 edition titled, Best Practices for Evaluating Trademark Applications.

Events & Seminars

Upcoming Events

Assessing and Calculating Trade Secret Damages in 2020: Tools, Techniques and Best Practices

May 05, 2020 - Webinar

Jim Gale will be presenting a webinar on trade secret damages.

Past Events

Bench & Bar Conference 2019

March 01, 2019 - Miami, FL

Patent & Trade Secret Bootcamp

March 01, 2019 - Coral Gables, FL

AIPLA 2018 Annual Meeting

October 25, 2018 - Washington D.C.

2018 Hot Labor and Employment Law Topics

October 23, 2018 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Legends of the Board Room

October 19, 2018 - Miami, FL

9th Annual IP Symposium

April 12, 2018 - St. Pete Beach, FL

2017 Labor and Employment Law Update - Chicago

October 05, 2017 - Chicago, IL

8th Annual IP Symposium

March 30, 2017 - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Inaugural Corporate Counsel Summit

February 24, 2017 - Coral Gables, FL


  • University of Florida School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • University of Florida, B.S., 1980

Awards & Honors

AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers In America®, Patent Law Lawyer of the Year – Miami, 2018

Best Lawyers In America®, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Patent Law, 2006 to 2019

United States Lawyer Rankings, Top 10 Intellectual Property Lawyers in the United States, 2006 to Present

Member, The Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Florida Super Lawyers®, Top Attorneys in Florida, Intellectual Property Law, 2006 to Present

South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers and Law Firms in South Florida, 2003 to Present

Top 100 Florida Super Lawyers®, 2008

Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, Top Lawyers in Florida, Intellectual Property

Top Attorneys In Florida, The Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Magazine and Orlando Life, 2014

International Intellectual Property Award, Acquisition International Magazine, 2014

Leaders in Law Award in Intellectual Property Rights, South Florida Business & Wealth, 2015

Marquis Who’s Who in America, 68th Edition to Present Edition

The International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers, 2008 to Present

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2009

Board Certified as a Specialist in Intellectual Property Law as Accredited by the Florida Bar, 2007 to Present

Appointed to the 11th Circuit Defend Trade Secret Jury Instruction Panel

Leaders in Intellectual Property & Patent Law, Business Leaders & Professionals Magazine, 2017

  • Florida
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court -- Colorado

Chair, Inaugural Committee for Intellectual Property Law Certification, The Florida Bar, 2007 to 2010

Former Chairman, Intellectual Property Committee, The Florida Bar, 2003 to 2005

Board member, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization & Education Committee, 2010 to Present

Member, American Chemical Society, 2015

Member, Preliminary Relief Subcommittee of the Enforcement Committee, INTA, 2001 to 2012

Member, Trade Secret Committee, AIPLA

Co-Chair Litigation Subcommittee of the AIPLA Trade Secrets Committee, 2018 to Present