3783 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123
William handles criminal defense, domestic relations, civil litigation, trademark protection, intellectual property matters, and internet and unfair competition disputes. He advises startups on entity structure, formation, governance and financing, including business and commercial document preparation.
William especially loves to work with clients to create a branding strategy and a strong portfolio of trademarks that adds value to their businesses. William helps businesses protect, enforce, and monetize their intellectual property assets. William practices before the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board. He prevents the importation of counterfeit goods by registering trademarks with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He has recovered domain names from cybersquatters. He advises on licensing, purchasing, transfers and commercialization of IP.
William started his career as a Patent Examiner where he was an expert on three-dimensional computer graphics and graphical user interfaces. He then joined and a patent boutique to do patent clearance searches. Next, he worked at two other large law firms obtaining trademark registrations and sending demand letters for trademark and copyright infringements. William founded Lehner Law LLC in 2020 because traditional law firms are inefficient and he wanted a free hand to innovate.
William lives in Grove City with his wife and daughter.
Successful dismissed several complaints against out of state businesses for lack of personal jurisdiction, including TCPA and breach of contract claims.
Protected a major toy manufacturer’s famous trademark on a doll by helping to shut down pornography websites that traded off of the doll’s likeness.
Worked for a major car manufacturer to prevent the importation of counterfeit airbags by registering trademarks with the US. Customs and Border Protection.
Helped a major retailer to rebrand generic trademarks to look as similar as possible to premium brands.
William interned for the Whitehall City Attorney’s Office where he helped prosecutors at the Mayor’s Court.
Capital University Law School, Juris Doctor, 2019
- Honors: Treasurer, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies
- Honors: AAJ Mock Trial Advocacy Competition
- Honors: Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition
- Honors: General Litigation Clinic
James Madison University, BS in Computer Science, 2003
Ohio Supreme Court
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
ARAG® Network Attorney
Federal Circuit Bar Association, PTAB and TTAB Committee, 2018-present
International Trademark Association
Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Ohio State Bar Association, Corporation Law Committee; Small Firms Section
Fairfield County Bar Association
Licking County Bar Association
Madison County Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association, Criminal Law Committee
Columbus Young Professional Club
Fall 2021 Cohort, Columbus Impact Academy
Volunteer Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Columbus
LEGAL SERVICES INCLUDE:
- Federal offenses
- DUI and OVI cases
- Drug and Alcohol- Related Offenses
- Drug possession
- Drug trafficking
- Probation violations
- Domestic Complaints
- Criminal complaints
- Juvenile Criminal Defense
- Representation of parents and children in Abuse Neglect and Dependency actions
- Representation of parents in child support contempt
- Juvenile Protection Orders
- Legal Separation
- Child Custody
- Step-parent Adoption
- Emergency Custody
- Restraining Orders
- Grandparents’ Rights and Visitation
- Commercial Leases
- Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
- Breach of Contract
- Non-compete Agreements
- Termination of Contract
- DMCA Takedown
- UDRP Complaint
- Trademark Infringement
- Trademark Opposition and Cancelation
- Advise on tax structure of various entity types
- Draft Articles of Incorporation or bylaws
- Commercial Leases
- Trademark Searching
- Trademark Application
- Copyright Registration
- Intellectual Property licensing
- Mergers & Acquisition
- Business dissolution and winding down