Doug is an engineer, registered patent attorney, and enjoys counseling portfolio companies, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Investment Banking firms on intellectual property strategies, due diligence and portfolio management.  Doug works on both the buy and sell side of M&A transactions.  Doug has successfully prosecuted and defended over 100 different Intellectual Property suits in numerous federal and state courts, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals Federal Circuit. His cases have covered patent, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition, domain name, non-compete, license agreement and copyright infringement claims. He has prosecuted 100’s of patent applications on numerous consumer and industrial products for middle market companies and routinely conducts brand clearances and prosecutes trademark and copyright applications to help clients protect their Intellectual Property positions.

Prior to entering the law profession, Doug worked at Navistar International as an engineer in the heavy-duty truck body design department. He also clerked in Whirlpool Corporation’s patent department while attending law school at Valparaiso University. W...

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  • Associations
    • Association of Corporate Growth, past president 2014/2015, past Judge M&A awards, current board member, Chair of ACG Cares
    • Michigan Venture Capital Association, Internship Committee member
    • Michigan Manufacturers Association
    • Michigan Angel Fund
    • Humble Design supporter – non-profit moving people from homelessness to a home
    • Michigan Optimist Club, past president, current member
    • Kensington Community Church member, mission trips
  • Awards
    • Best Lawyers in America – Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Patent Law  (2018 – 2024)
    • Leading Lawyers – Copyright & Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Law, Patent Law, Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law  (2019 – 2022)
    • DBusiness – Top Lawyers Recognition (2021, 2023)
    • Super Lawyers (Michigan) (2020)





Douglas LaLone


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United States Patent and Trademark Office

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

United Stated D.C. Eastern District of Michigan

United States D.C. Western District of Michigan

State Bar of Michigan

U.S. Supreme Court


Valparaiso School of Law, J.D., 1991

Purdue University, BSMET, 1986

Prior Law Firm Experience

Harness, Dickey & Pierce PLLC

Fishman Stewart, PLLC

Warn, Hoffman, Miller and LaLone PLC

Practice Areas