James H. Jeffries

Mr. Jeffries represents clients in a variety of real estate and business matters, including real estate sale contract and lease negotiations and documentation, community improvement district formation, transportation development district formation, zoning and land use proceedings, planned developments, condominium creation, development agreement negotiations, business entity formation, drafting of corporate bylaws, resolutions, operating agreements and other corporate documents, and stock purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, promissory notes, guarantees, and security agreements, among others.

Mr. Jeffries also practices in the intellectual property practice area. His experience includes prosecuting patent and trademark applications for software, industrial processing, electrical devices and materials processing; performing patent searches and drafting patentability opinions regarding software, industrial processing and electrical devices; drafting, reviewing and negotiating software licensing agreements, website development agreements, intellectual property license agreements, website terms of use and asset purchase agreements; and drafting legal memoranda regarding intellectual property law matters including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, state franchise law and contract law.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Jeffries worked as a software development manager and senior database administrator for eight years. He was involved in designing and implementing many database and web-based software applications. He also performed research in fundamental physics as an undergraduate, and published the results in a peer-reviewed journal, Physical Review Letters. This research led to his selection as a finalist for the Apker Award, given by the American Physical Society for excellence in research by an undergraduate.

Court Memberships

  • Missouri
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • Order of the Woolsack
  • Saint Louis University Law Journal Staff, 2003
  • Apker Award Finalist, American Physical Society, 1996
  • Missouri Board of Higher Education “Bright Flight” Scholarship, 1992-1996
  • National Merit Finalist, 1992

Professional Affiliations

  • Executive Board Member of Ozark Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America, 2012
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Springfield-Greene County Library District, 2011-2014
  • Springfield Police/Fire Pension Fund Citizens Task Force member, 2009
  • Leadership Springfield, Class XXVI
  • City of Springfield Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee member, 2010-11
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Director, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Foundation
  • Springfield Chamber of Commerce Local Issues Public Policy Task Force


  • Author, Instability of Kinetic Roughening in Sputter Deposition of Platinum on Glass, Physical Review Letters, v. 76 no. 26, June 1996


  • Presenter, Practical Use of Trademarks, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Expert Edge Lunch and Learn, May 2017
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  • Springfield

    910 East St. Louis Street
    Suite 100
    Springfield, MO 65806-2523
F: 417.886.9126


Julie Chorice


Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005

Missouri State University, B.S., Physics, summa cum laude, 1996


  • Legal intern for the Honorable Catherine D. Perry, U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Missouri, 2003