Myers Bigel Strengthens Litigation Team with Veteran Intellectual Property Attorney Lance Lawson

RALEIGH, N.C.— Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel), the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, is proud to announce that well-known Charlotte intellectual property (IP) attorney Lance Lawson has joined its talented Litigation team. A licensed professional engineer, Lawson was drawn to Myers Bigel because of the firm’s culture and well-deserved excellent reputation in the IP community. He joins Myers Bigel litigation attorneys Lynne Borchers, Randy Ayers, Peter Siddoway and Anthony DeRosa.


“Our attorneys are well-versed in prosecution and litigation to enforce or defend patent, copyright, and trademarks in the face of increasing challenges brought on by continuing changes in the marketplace and government, such as the America Invents Act,” Myers Bigel Managing Partner David Purks said, adding, “Lance brings a strong knowledge base and diverse background that is going to help our clients immensely.”

Lawson’s focus at Myers Bigel will be concentrated on patent infringement and other IP litigation including trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, and trade secrets, as well as commercial disputes involving technology. He will also be applying his extensive experience in patent and trademark procurement and portfolio management including acquisition, maintenance, and licensing of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark assets, as well as staying at the forefront of important legal developments. 

“From a litigation standpoint, there are several relevant provisions of the American Invents Act that will impact our clients’ IP concerns and particularly patent litigation,” Lawson said, adding that other important issues impacting his guidance to clients include new procedures before the USPTO to challenge patents such as Inter-Partes Review, and currently-pending patent troll litigation.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has been very active the past two years with several important patent cases  the Court has taken for this term and the bar anticipates decisions by the end of June. Those decisions may significantly impact patent law and patent litigation,” he explained, adding, “We’ll be following those very closely.”

Lawson will be working in Charlotte and Raleigh, which will allow him to leverage his established contacts in the Queen City while also adding to the firm's deep experience in the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina. 

“Lance has a wealth of unique leadership experience to share with our Litigation team and our clients, from his time as a cadet at West Point to serving in Operations Desert Shield and Storm to chairing the Patent Law Committee for the IP Section of the North Carolina Bar Association,” Lynne Borchers, head of the firm’s Litigation team, said.

After receiving his B.S. in civil engineering, with honors, at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Lawson went on to earn an M.S. in environmental engineering from Stanford University and his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1996, where he was a member of the Notre Dame Law Review. Lance was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert D. Potter, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of North Carolina.  Lance is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as well as a number of U.S. District Courts throughout the country.

Myers Bigel is dedicated to providing clients with the fullest protection possible for their intellectual property issues, with attorneys well-versed in prosecution and litigation to enforce or defend patent, trademark, copyright and trademarks. Operating out of the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, Myers Bigel represents corporate and university clients located in the Carolinas, throughout the Southeast, across the United States, and in Europe and Asia.

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About Myers Bigel
Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel) is an intellectual property law firm combining patent law expertise with a stable continuity of counsel to produce quality patents that stand up to scrutiny. We are the largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina, continually ranked among the top national firms by well-respected legal media and industry organizations. Our knowledgeable, vibrant team of attorneys with degreed technical experience successfully acquires, protects, enforces and defends patent assets and intellectual property in a variety of fields including biotechnology, chemistry, electronics and computing, mechanical, and trademark practice groups, as well as in litigation. Headquartered in Raleigh in the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina, with clients spanning the globe, we remain active in symposia, seminars, and continuing education efforts to further best practices in intellectual property protection and enforcement. For more information on our high quality work visit www.myersbigel.com.