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James T. Hetz Bio


Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Wrongful Death, Real Estate Law, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Guardianships, Contracts, Bankruptcy Law


The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property (1997)

St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL
Juris Doctor (J.D.) (May 1996)

Woodbury University, Burbank, CA
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) (Finance) (2000)

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) (1990)


Mr. Hetz has a diverse legal background in the areas of state and federal civil and criminal law. He has previously worked in the law firm of United States Senator Mel Martinez where he gained experience in serious personal injury cases such as medical malpractice, wrongful death, auto accidents, and premises liability. He has also worked in a major toxic tort insurance defense firm in Chicago, Illinois where he worked on mass tort cases involving nationwide asbestos litigation claims. In Los Angeles, his legal experience included handling cases against Mexicana Airlines, Bally's Health Club, UPS, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Inglewood, the City of La Habra, the City of Orange, the Russian Republic of Tajikistan, suits involving the notorious "Angel of Death" cases, the Sunset Strip's Key Club, Wells Fargo Bank, Macy's, Coach USA, and 7-Eleven. Additionally, while in Los Angeles, he worked for one of the largest independent feature film companies where he worked on film production and distribution matters.

He has also had the privilege of working as a State Prosecutor for Orange and Osceola Counties where he represented the people of the great State of Florida and victims of crime. While there, he was promoted as sole attorney for the Orange/Osceola County Court Appellate Division, where he handled more than Sixty-Five state of Florida appeals, Petitions for Writs of Certiorari and Prohibition to the Circuit Court and the Fifth District Court of Appeals and the Florida Supreme Court, Petitions for Criminal Record Expungement and Sealing, and Motions for Post-Conviction Relief.

In the realm of Entertainment Law, he has negotiated an option contract on a client's screenplay with Los Angeles film company Sodium Entertainment and Hollywood film and television actor Joel David Moore and also negotiated a four album recording and distribution deal for the artist MADPO aka Queeno with DM Records/Ichiban Records. The deal resulted in the release of Madpo's song "What U Drankin' On" on the compilation CD "Bootleg Crunk" and "Club Crunk" which spent four weeks on the Billboard charts. He has also developed private placement memoranda for independent film producers to raise financing for their respective film projects.

He is admitted to practice in all state courts of Florida as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.


Most recently, he has taught at the Barkley School of Law as an associate professor of law teaching courses in Entertainment and Sports Law, Criminal Law, Remedies, and Legislative Law and Statutory Interpretation and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Barry University School of Law teaching courses in Copyright Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Entertainment Law.


Married father of four wonderful children. A twenty six year resident of Central Florida and graduate of West Orange High School in Winter Garden.
Avid Drummer and Deputy Black Belt and Training Instructor in Tae Kwon Do at Grandmaster Y.K. Kim's Martial Arts World


Member of Florida Bar
Orange County Bar Association
Florida Bar Entertainment and Sports Law Section
Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)(eligible)

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