Charles Lee Thomason

Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Contact Information:

(614) 247-4656 Drinko 255R


Curriculum Vitae Bibliography

  • B.A., University of Kentucky, English
  • J.D., University of Kentucky

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Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Law
  • Clinical Education
  • Small Business Finance

Professor Lee Thomason is an associate clinical professor of law who led the launch of the Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in January 2012. Thomason mentors third-year students who work with startup and early-stage companies through the clinic.

A registered patent attorney, Professor Thomason previously taught the Intellectual Property Transactions and Patent Law courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

After admission to the bar, Professor Thomason clerked for a federal district judge. Then, he was associate and partner in firms in New Jersey, and he was the managing partner of an intellectual property boutique firm with offices in New Jersey, Kentucky, Texas, and Silicon Valley. More recently, he was of counsel at Frost Brown Todd, and in-house IP counsel for a NASDAQ-traded company.

Professor Thomason is admitted to practice before six U.S. Courts of Appeals and has been lead counsel in numerous federal district courts litigating environmental, patent, IP, and other complex commercial suits. He is credentialed in commercial mediation by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London, and is peer-rated Preeminent 5.0 by Martindale.

Professor Thomason has an academic interest in the public interest aspects of the granting and interpretation of patents as well as trademarks, and his article in the June 2016 issue of The Federal Circuit Bar Journal addresses statutory standing to seek Lanham Act remedies from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board after the Lexmark decision of the Supreme Court.

In April 2016, Professor Thomason delivered a talk at the Amerika Haus in Vienna, Austria, on decision criteria for angel investors, during his semester at the Management Center Innsbruck on a Fulbright grant studying the subject. He discussed the prospects of new business ideas from both the perspective of entrepreneurs pitching their ideas as well as from the viewpoint of angel investors. To learn more about the lecture, visit the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria website here.

He also recently published a piece with The Ohio State University’s Buckeye Voices, a blog created to share great stories from senior leaders, alumni, faculty, students, and staff across the university, on the Moritz College of Law’s Entrepreneurial Business Law Clinic and its impact on both the entrepreneurial community and the students who participate in the program. To read the whole story, click here.