Burr & Forman

Lance A. Lawson, P.E.

Lance A. Lawson, P.E. Headshot
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Notre Dame Law School (1996)
  • M.S., Stanford University (1993)
  • B.S., with honors, United States Military Academy at West Point (1984)

North Carolina

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of North Carolina

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Advisory Committee on Local Patent Rules (2015-2019)
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Advisory Committee on Local Civil Rules (2015-2019)
  • Carolina Patent Trademark and Copyright Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Owner's Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Patent Law Committee, Chair (2011-2013); Rapid Response (2016); IP Legislative Committee, Co-Chair (2013-2016); IP Litigation Committee, Co-Chair (2013-2016); Intellectual Property Law Section, Council Member (2011-2016); Member (2011-2019)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 Intellectual Property Newsletter (2017)
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Advisory Committee on Local Patent Rules, Chair (2010-2011)
  • 2019 Citizen Lawyers Award, North Carolina Bar
  • Best Lawyers in America (2011-2021)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Intellectual Property Litigation (2012-2017)
  • Federal Circuit Annual Review, Aspen Publishers, Managing Editor (2004-2011)
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Law Review
  • West Point Society of the Carolinas, Board Member (2002-2015)
  • Lead counsel for an international manufacturer of specialized pipeline repair couplings in successfully enforcing patent portfolio in the U.S. in patent infringement. The litigation resulted in complete victory in claim construction and defendants waiving attorney-client privilege regarding opinions of counsel and willful infringement.

  • Lead counsel for an international pharmaceutical and medical device company asserting U.S. patent portfolio related to the aesthetics industry. The litigation resulted in complete victory in claim construction and venue.

  • As co-lead counsel, obtained preliminary injunction in District Court for an international company and patent owner regarding technology for separation layers for lithium batteries used in mobile devices and electric vehicles.

  • As co-lead counsel, represented a U.S. manufacturer of occluding medical devices for heart conditions against patent infringement claims by a large, international medical device company. After two trials, successfully represented client leading to merger with leading U.S. manufacturer of medical devices.

  • Represented an international manufacturer and developer of mobile phones and mobile networks in asserting worldwide patent portfolio. Representation ultimately led to a successful settlement with the world's largest manufacturer of mobile phones.

  • Managing Editor for eight years for leading legal text, Federal Circuit Patent Case Summaries. Published by Aspen publishers, the text included detailed analysis of each precedential, patent-related opinion issued by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Charlotte Office Managing Partner
| Charlotte, NC Raleigh, NC

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Commercial / Corporate Litigation Intellectual Property

Lance serves as the Managing Partner of the firm's Charlotte office, and is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property practice group. A licensed Professional Engineer, Lance focuses his practice on patent infringement and other intellectual property litigation including trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, and trade secrets, as well as commercial disputes involving technology.

Lance also has extensive experience in strategic planning concerning patent and trademark procurement and portfolio management, including acquisition, maintenance, and licensing of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark assets. He has represented companies in more than 50 intellectual property disputes before the International Trade Commission, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and in U.S. district courts in more than 25 states. Lance has served as lead counsel in a number of these intellectual property disputes.

Before entering private practice, Lance was a federal law clerk for the Honorable Robert D. Potter of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. In addition, he was the Chairman of the committee that promulgated the first set of Local Patent Rules for the Western District of North Carolina in 2010-2011 and currently is on a committee revising the Local Patent Rules for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Also, after serving as the Managing Editor and co-author for a weekly patent law update and Federal Circuit Annual Review for over eight years, Lance currently serves on the Intellectual Property Editorial Advisory Board for Law360s nationally-published IP newsletter.

Lance has leveraged his experience as a licensed professional engineer to advise clients in intellectual property disputes in diverse technologies, including:

  • medical devices
  • oil & water coupling devices
  • injectable dermal filler implants
  • breathable film & nonwoven fabrics
  • mobile phones
  • cervical cancer screening systems
  • handheld scanners
  • light-emitting diodes (LEDs)
  • computer software & hard disk drives
  • mechanical discharge constriction devices
  • spread spectrum chip technology
  • athletic & comfort footwear

Over the past three decades, Lance has developed a robust IP practice. Prior to pursuing law, Lance served nine years on active duty as a civil engineer officer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, including three years as chief of engineering and design in a construction unit, and one year commanding a construction unit in both Iraq and Saudi Arabia during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Lance served as an attorney at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves, while performing duties as the general counsel to several military units in the Southeast.

Lance serves as a college liaison counselor to high school students interested in attending a service academy.