James R. Duby, Jr. is an attorney and founder of the Duby Law Firm with its office in East Lansing Michigan. His primary areas of expertise are intellectual property law, including, trademark, copyright, trade secret, internet and international intellectual property law, domain name disputes, promotion marketing law, corporate law, business formations and transactions, and secured transactions.

Mr. Duby received his B.S. in Business Administration Cum Laude from Youngstown State University in 1985. Thereafter he attended the University of Akron School of Law, where he received his law degree, Cum Laude, in 1989. Prior to and during law school, Mr. Duby worked as a Budget and Cost Accountant for the Western Reserve Care System and as a summer intern in the tax department of Ernst & Young’s Cleveland, Ohio office.


Mr. Duby is a frequent guest speaker at seminars on topics such as copyright, trade name and trademark protection, trade secrets, and corporate and tax law.


Articles by James R. Duby, Jr.:


  • “Legal Documents to Alleviate Concerns," (Cosozo Health Alliance, LLC Newsletter)
  • “Impact of Intellectual Property Laws on Part-time Faculty,” [National Education Association (“NEA”), Office of Higher Education [Brochure]
  • “Copyright Law and Distance Education,” [NEA Leadership Manual for Association Leaders in Higher Education Units and Bargaining Technology Issues in Higher Education, NEA Higher Education Contract Analysis System (HECAS)
  • “Changes To Michigan Laws Give Flexibility to Small Business,” (Lansing Community College Small Business Development Center Newsletter)
  • “Trademark Rights and the Internet,” (Ingham County Bar Association Briefs)
  • “Trade Name, Trademark Protection Vital,” (Grand Rapids Business Journal)
  • “Trade Name and Trademark Protection,” (Lansing Business Monthly)

Presentations given by Mr. Duby:


  • “Cyberlaw Basics”, sponsored by the Cyberlaw Section of the Ingham County Bar Association
  • “Intellectual Property Rights, Distance Learning and the Internet:, co-sponsored by the NEA and the National Organization of Lawyers for Educational Associations
  • “Intellectual Property Law – It’s Not Child’s Play”, co-sponsored by the Lansing Advertising Club
  • Guest speaker on the Chris Holman WJIM radio talk show to discuss recent developments in copyright law
  • “Copyright Law – Its Effects on Technology”, sponsored by Michigan Institute for Educational Management
  • “Copyright Law – Its Effects on Public Schools”, sponsored by Oakland Schools
  • “Intellectual Property Rights and Public Schools", sponsored by Grosse Ile Township Schools
  • “Copyright Basics”, sponsored by the Michigan Library Consortium, Lansing Community College, and Rally of Writers
  • “Online Service Providers & the Digital Millennium Copyright Act” sponsored by the Michigan Library Consortium
  • “Intellectual Property Rights, Copyright Law and The Internet” sponsored by the Detroit Associated Libraries Region of Cooperation and the Michigan Education Association (“MEA”)
  • “Intellectual Property Rights and Higher Education”  sponsored by the MEA
  • “Intellectual Property Rights and Distance Education”  sponsored by the MEA
  • “Legal Issues Related To Websites,” respective sessions sponsored by the MEA, UTCC-WEAC, Sound Engineering, CyberLaw Section of the Ingham County Bar and Saginaw Valley State University
  • “Copyright in the Digital Age: Libraries’ Net Asset: Providing Access to the Internet,” sponsored by the Library of Michigan
  • “Concerns for a New Business and Comparing Forms of Business Entities”, sponsored by the Lansing Community College Small Business Development and Technology Center
  • “Legal Aspects of Starting A New Business,” sponsored by the Michigan Economic Developers Association and the Lansing Community Micro Enterprise Fund
  • “Director Liability Issues Related to the Health Care Field”, sponsored by the Michigan Hospital Association
  • “TIAA/CREF Retirement Planning”, sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union, and Greater Lansing Estate Planning Council.

Mr. Dubyís professional affiliations include:


  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the State Bar of Michigan
  • The Intellectual Property, Computer Law, International Law Sections of the State of Michigan Bar and American Bar Association.








Mr. Duby is a volunteer counselor for Lansing Community Collegeís Small Business Development and Technology Center. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Lansing Art Gallery and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lansing Advertising Club, as a Team Captain for the Capital Area United Way, a member of State Bar of Michiganís Membership Services Committee, Promotion Marketing Association, International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Association. Mr. Duby is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.