Christopher (Chris) R. Butler


Christopher R. Butler focuses his practice on intellectual property and business law matters. With a background in law and business administration, Chris uses the intersection of the two disciplines to effectively guide clients through the intricacies of intellectual property matters as well as their effect on larger business decisions. This includes drafting patent and trademark clearance opinions; preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark, and copyright applications; managing intellectual property portfolios; drafting and negotiating licensing and technology transfer agreements; representing clients in patent, trademark, and copyright litigation matters; and advising clients on data privacy issues.

Chris earned his MBA in 2016, which is reflective of his passion for intellectual property issues and their impact on corporate matters. Chris brings unique insights to his clients on how intellectual property assets influence brand awareness and identity, affect financial and purchasing decisions, and further shape the organizational strategy of a business.

He works closely with his clients to develop comprehensive intellectual property portfolios consisting of multiple layers of protection, which may include utility and/or design patents, federal and/or state trademark registrations, copyright registrations, and trade secret protection. Through thoughtful consideration of the needs and goals of each specific client, Chris creates a personalized protection plan for each client’s portfolio, with an eye toward furthering each individual client’s specific business goals.

Professional History

  • Associate, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, 2015-present; Intellectual Property Law Clerk, 2013-15; Legal Intern, 2009-13



The University of Akron College of Business Administration, MBA, 2016


The University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 2015


Miami University, B.A., Chemistry, 2012

Community Involvement

United Way Young Leaders, United Way of Greater Cleveland, Cabinet Member, 2017-present; Hahn Loeser Corporate Chapter, Co-Chair, 2016-present


We Run This City, Volunteer, Registration and Half Marathon Pacer, 2017-present; Advisory Board Member, 2017-present


Toastmasters International, Mid-Day Toastmasters Club No. 1790, President, 2018-present


The Refugee Response, Student Mentor, 2018-present


Junior Achievement, BlitzDay, 2017

Bar Admissions

State of Ohio, 2015


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2016


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2016


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2014

Awards & Distinctions

CALI Award for Valuation of Firms & IP, May 2015


Competent Leader Award: Toastmasters International, June 2017