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James J. McGuire

Thomas & LoCicero PL
Media and Intellectual Property Lawyer
James J. McGuire is a media and intellectual property lawyer, and commercial litigator, representing clients in state and federal court and before the American Arbitration Association. Jim's areas of focus include media and First Amendment law, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition. He has been recognized as a SuperLawyer ® and a Legal Elite lawyer, and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Jim also was selected as a member of Leadership Florida’s Class XXXI.

Jim has represented journalists, authors, television stations, website hosts, and a variety of other content providers in matters involving defamation, rights of privacy, and copyright. Jim also has litigated several key cases concerning media access to judicial records, including Media General Operations, Inc. v. State, 933 So.2d 1199 (Fla.2dDCA 2006), Sarasota Herald-Tribune v. State, 924 So. 2d 8 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005), and Media General Convergence, Inc. v. Chief Judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, 840 So. 2d 1008 (Fla. 2003). On behalf of the producers of the film The Perfect Storm, Jim was one of the lead attorneys in the Tyne v. Time-Warner Entertainment, Co., 901 So.2d 802 (Fla. 2005), in which the Florida Supreme Court affirmed the right of creative artists to comment on historical individuals without their consent. Jim has been frequently interviewed and quoted in television, newspaper, an on-line reports about free speech and media law matters.

Before entering private practice in 1994, Jim clerked for the Honorable Karen L. Henderson on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Jim is a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars. He is admitted to practice before the Florida Supreme Court, the North Carolina Supreme Court, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit, the D.C. Circuit, and the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

As a member of the Honors Program in English and American Literature, Jim received his bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1985. In 1988, he received his master's degree in English Literature from The Johns Hopkins University.

Jim earned his law degree, with high honors, in 1993 from the University of North Carolina, where he graduated first in his class. At the University of North Carolina he was an E.M.W. Cameron Scholar and won the West Publishing Company Book Award - for highest GPA - in each of his three years. Jim was a member and an Articles Editor of the University of North Carolina Law Review and is the author of Schad v. Arizona: Diminishing the Need for Verdict Specificity, 70 N.C.L. Rev. 936 (1992).

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