Patrick D. Lane


Pat’s career began at Dinsmore as a trial lawyer.  From 1980 through 1994, he tried many cases to verdict ranging from plane crashes, chemical leaks, and severe workplace injuries to breach of contract, business valuation, antitrust, and tax.  He gained balanced experience by trying cases for plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts coast-to-coast.  He also challenged and defended judgments on appeal, arguing in the Ohio Supreme Court and federal appellate courts.

In 1995, Pat left Dinsmore to head Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) litigation group.  At P&G, he gained invaluable experience with intellectual property disputes – patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and false advertising – and with legal systems throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America.  Pat honed the skills to craft successful resolutions by focusing on the 97 percent of disputes that are settled versus the 3 percent that are tried.

In 2008, Pat returned to Dinsmore to focus on ADR.  In his metamorphosis from trial lawyer to problem solver, he learned three important things.

  1. You can discern the 97 percent from the 3 percent.
  2. Seemingly unsolvable disputes can be resolved.  The solution to each unique problem takes creativity and perseverance. 
  3. Early resolution is a sign of strength.  For the 97 percent, the only question is when they are resolved.  Savvy clients prefer quicker resolution to time-consuming, expensive litigation settled on the courthouse steps.


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law  (J.D., 1980)
  • University of Virginia  (B.A., 1977)
    • Economics

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio


  • National Patent Board, co-founder and president
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, visiting professor
  • Northern Kentucky University, adjunct professor
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Instructor in Decision Analysis


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Best Lawyers© 
    • Commercial, Intellectual Property, Patent and Product Liability Litigation
  • Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial