Jim Boness

Jim Boness

I pride myself on personal service and collaboration with my Clients.
  • Business Law, Trademarks, Intellectual Property ...
  • Oregon
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I earned my law degree from Southern Illinois University in 2002, and have 2 decades of experience practicing law. For the first 14 years, I practiced criminal law, growing a very successful solo-attorney practice and gaining extensive courtroom and trial experience. However, as I grew as an attorney, I realized that my interests drew me to a different type of practice. This is where the idea for INTELLEQUITY® was born.

Based on this new interest, I took a few advanced law courses in intellectual property at John Marshall University Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Upon relocating to Portland, Oregon in 2017, I earned my MBA at Portland State University to better help me to understand and assist my clients’ with their business needs.

My recent experience includes trademark, copyright and other intellectual property-related services, business formation and business law. I am licensed to practice in state and federal court in Oregon as well as federal court in the Northern District of Illinois.

Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation, Franchising, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Trademark Litigation, Trademark Registration
Intellectual Property
Entertainment & Sports Law
Communications & Internet Law
Internet Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon State Bar
ID Number: 140617
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
- Current
Started INTELLEQUITY in 2016, and have been providing personal, comprehensive and easy to understand business and intellectual property advice and services to all Oregonians. Areas of concentration include business formation, trademark registration, contracts, copyright and business law.
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Operated a single-attorney criminal law practice in Joliet, IL for 12 years. Experience in pre-trial litigation, hearings and trials, discovery and Client satisfaction.
Portland State University
MBA (2020) | Business
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The John Marshall Law School
Advanced law classes in intellectual property
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Southern Illinois University School of Law
J.D. (2002) | Law
Honors: Max and Irene D'el Era Academic Scholarship Richard E. Richman Ethics Scholarship
Activities: President of SIU Sports Law Society (2000 - 2002)
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Max and Irene D'el Era Academic Scholarship
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Professional Associations
Oregon State Bar  # 140617
- Current
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Illinois State Bar  # 6278820
Activities: Criminal and Business Law Attorney
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Speaking Engagements
How to obtain an immigrant and non-immigrant visa, Lagos, Nigeria
First American Immigration Consultation Services
1 day seminar providing immigration information to Nigerian citizens who wished to come to the United States.
Licensed A&P Mechanic
Websites & Blogs
INTELLEQUITY Legal Services, LLC Website
Legal Answers
15 Questions Answered
Q. I need a legally binding contract that allows me to get my eggs from the chickens that I give away to someone
A: You can definitely create a contract. Although, if you are giving all the money from the sale of the eggs to the other party who gave you the eggs, I am not quite sure the purpose of the relationship.

In any event, my office handles contract matters and we can customize what you need. Please feel free to contact me so we can talk a little about what your goals and needs are and I can provide a quote to craft whatever contract meets your circumstances.
Q. Can a store be liable if an employee consents to watching a customer's belongings and the items are stolen?
A: If the store was negligent for failing to properly train and supervise its' employees, or not implementing adequate policies to secure the customer's belongings, that store could face liability. Generally, the store will be liable if the employee's actions were within the scope of their employment, the store failed to properly train or supervise the employee, or the store did not take reasonable care to keep the premises safe for customers.

Having said that, there is usually not a clear answer to the question of a store's liability for an employee agreeing to watch a customer's belongings and the items being stolen. Especially considering the fact that the hypothetical company posted a sign indicating as such. This could lead to a finding that the employee was not acting within the scope of his/her employment, which might negate liability on the part of the company.

Unless the property was extremely valuable, this may not be a matter worth pursuing in court, as it may cost the hypothetical customer much more to bring to court then it would to replace the item and there will be no guarantees of recovery.

As always, this is not to be construed as legal advice, only general information. Please seek the help of a qualified and licensed attorney that can review the specific facts and circumstances of your situation.
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Q. Anyone able to offer some unbiased direction for someone having to self represent in Oregon?
A: Sorry to hear of your plight. The litigation process can be confusing, long, time consuming and expensive, especially if you do not have an attorney. My first advice is try to find an attorney. If the amount you can lose is the same or more than the cost of an attorney you will be better off, this would be your best option. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may attempt to call the Oregon State Bar or maybe even a University near you who may have attorneys or students that might be willing and qualified to provide free or low cost services. This first option is your best, because it seems the other side has an attorney and you will be outmatched when it comes to law and procedure.

If you cannot afford an attorney, just make sure you have all the document you need to defend yourself. Keep them in chronological order and try to keep track of them in a spreadsheet. Research Oregon law as it pertains to your situation (going through the complaint is a good start when trying to understand what law will be relevant) and try and understand what parts of the law apply to your situation. Match up how any proof you have can help defend against any element of the Plaintiff's case. As a simple example, if the other side is claiming breach of contract for non-payment, gather any receipts showing payment. If the other side is claiming fraud, gather any documents/evidence (text messages, emails etc.) that tend to show that all information was provided to the Plaintiff before the contract was signed or that the Plaintiff had knowledge of certain facts that he claims he did not have.

Here is a link to the Oregon Uniform Trial Court Rules. https://www.courts.oregon.gov/programs/utcr/pages/currentrules.aspx This might help you get a little more familiar with Court procedures. Be mindful though that there are also local special rules depending on where the litigation is being conducted.

Finally, ask the clerk of the court questions. While they cannot provide legal advice, they may be able to help you navigate the filing of documents and/or otherwise respond to any pleadings in the case. Hope this information helps and best of luck!
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