Donald Lecher, Butzel Long Photo

Donald J. "Jay" Lecher has focused his legal practice on counseling and representing clients exclusively in Intellectual Property Law matters for more than two decades, primarily concentrating in Patent and Trademark Law. His clients benefit from his experience as a former US Patent Examiner and advanced development engineer for Delphi and General Motors. Jay specializes in IP portfolio development and management, technology licensing, and US trademarks. His clients include individuals and entities in the automotive, aerospace and defense sectors, and a variety of other industries.


Donald J. "Jay" Lecher is Of Counsel practicing in Butzel's Washington D.C. office. He graduated from Regent University School of Law (J.D.) and GMI Engineering & Management Institute (B.S.M.E., Automotive Engineering). Mr. Lecher has over twenty years’ experience counseling clients in preparing and prosecuting U.S., PCT and foreign patent applications. His proficiencies include mechanical, electrical, software and business method patent preparation and prosecution, IP infringement and validity studies, licensing, IP litigation support, trademark prosecution, and IP portfolio management.

Mr. Lecher was a U.S. Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office after law school and built his legal experience thereafter in boutique IP and large general practice firms. His expertise lies in development strategy and management of client patent portfolios. Before attending law school, he was an Advanced Development Engineer in engine management control systems for General Motors Delphi division, Flint, Michigan.

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Regent University School of Law, J.D.

GMI Engineering & Management Institute, B.S.M.E., Automotive Engineering



  • Registered Attorney, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Bar admissions to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia

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