Derek Andrew DeBrosse is a licensed Ohio state attorney with a practice focusing on a wide range of matters regarding firearms, from gun rights restoration, NFA issues and gun trusts, to FFL representation. Derek has represented individual, corporate, and grass-roots organizational firearm clients in both Federal and State courts. Derek began his law practice immediately after law school in 2008 when he graduated from Regent University School of Law; Derek also holds a B.A. from The Ohio State University.
Before entering into law school Derek served a combat tour of duty with the 1487th Transportation Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Derek has received various military accolades to include the Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal. Mr. DeBrosse is licensed to practice in all Ohio State and Federal Courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals, U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
Mr. DeBrosse is a NRA Benefactor Life Member and repeated speaker at the Annual NRA Meeting of Members Law Seminar, NRA Golden Eagle Member, NRA and USCCA Firearms Instructor, GLOCK Advanced Armorer, Smith & Wesson M&P Armorer, O.P.O.T.A. Duty Knife Instructor, Defensive Edge Certified Armorer in Precision Rifle/AR15/M4/M16/LEO Shotgun, and member of various other pro Second Amendment organizations. In his free time Derek enjoys tactical gun and firearms training, backpacking, scuba diving, white water rafting and anything outdoor related.
Professionally Derek also serves on the Advisory Board for the United States Concealed Carry Association, as General Counsel of Ohioans for Concealed Carry, Special Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Village of Hartford, Ohio, and as an Adjunct Professor at Capital University.
Education: Ohio State University, B.A. 2005 Regent University School of Law, J.D. 2008
Licensed Jurisdictions: Ohio
J. Clayton Cheshire
Clay Cheshire represents firearms, ammunition, and explosives companies every single day, throughout the United States and internationally. Clay Cheshire is one of the most experienced, skilled Firearms Industry corporate and regulatory compliance lawyers in the United States.
Clay is known by clients and colleagues for his distinctly “Southern” style: A considerate, courteous disposition combined with a pragmatic and “no-nonsense, results-oriented” approach. Whether he is working with clients to structure a business or transaction, or advising them in a high-stakes dispute, his focus always remains on identifying the best solutions and finding a practical and cost-effective way to achieve them. Clay has close relationships with a cadre of expert consultants who can advise clients (and him) on the most highly-technical, high-stakes, issues affecting Firearms Industry members. He helps clients build and maintain the strongest business imaginable, so it will remain viable for the long-term and have the highest value to its owners.
Prior to launching his own practice in 2010, Clay practiced for a decade at some of the larger law firms in the Southeast, representing Industry businesses, large and small, some nationally.
Clay’s inspiration is his family. His favorite thing in the world is playing with his three year-old daughter. Everything else pales in comparison.
Clay has a law degree from the University of Georgia, and an undergraduate degree from LSU.
Education: Louisiana State University, B.G.S. 1997 University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. 2001
Licensed Jurisdictions: Georgia & Kentucky
Michael Truman serves as of counsel to Cheshire DeBrosse, P.C. in all aspects of the law firm’s practice. Michael is a strong believer in second amendment rights. He was introduced to guns and firearms at a young age by his dad and grandpa and has carried that passion into his adult life. He enjoys going to the range and trap shooting. He is also an active NRA Member.
Michael was born and raised in Dayton Ohio. He graduated from Archbishop Alter High School and attended Miami University to obtain his undergraduate degree in accounting, 2010 cum laude. After graduation he enrolled at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. In law school Michael served as a staff editor on the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution and was an active member of the Business Law Society. He also served as a research assistant to Professor Edward Foley and as a law clerk at the firm of Farlow & Associates. Michael earned his Juris Doctor in 2014 and began his career as an associate attorney in 2015.
Education: Miami University, B.A. 2010 Ohio State University, J.D. 2014
Licensed Jurisdictions: Ohio
Matthew Upton is a licensed Patent Attorney and Ohio Lawyer who serves as of counsel to Cheshire DeBrosse, P.C. Mr. Upton was born and raised in the hills of West Virginia working for his father’s construction company. After high school, Matthew attended West Virginia University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. In 2002, Matthew and his wife moved to Ohio where he attended Capital University Law School. During his time at Capital Law School, Matthew served as a teaching assistant for Contracts and Legal Writing, and was a member of the editorial board for the Capital University Law Review. In 2005, Matthew graduated Magna Cum Laude from Capital Law School.
As a patent attorney, Matthew has had the opportunity to assist both large corporations and individual inventors in obtaining protection for their intellectual property. During his career, Matthew has had the opportunity to both draft and prosecute patents for weapon-training devices for the military and a number of inventions related to guns and firearms.
Matthew’s practice not only includes patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets, but also business formation and counseling. Matthew’s experience working with both large and small businesses, as well as his experience as a small business owner in the construction industry allows him to have an insider’s perspective on many of the issues facing businesses today.
When not fighting for the rights of his clients, Matthew can be found enjoying time with his family and is heavily involved in his church and the surrounding community. Matthew also enjoys scuba diving, gun target shooting, and college athletics. Matthew is also a card carrying member of the NRA.
Licensed Jurisdictions: Ohio
William (“Bill”) Pegg has twenty years of experience providing intellectual property counsel to domestic and foreign corporations, premier educational institutions, start-up companies and individual inventors.
Bill’s practice includes preparing and prosecuting design and utility patent applications, building and managing intellectual property portfolios, providing client counseling, and developing non-infringement, invalidity and clearance opinions. Bill’s practice also includes transactional work, such as merger and acquisition due diligence evaluations, licensing, and contracts.
Bill’s practice encompasses a variety of technology areas including firearms, biomedical implants, medical devices, diagnostic devices, smart textiles, robotics, performance garments, drones, autonomous vehicles, electrical technologies, imaging devices, automotive systems, autonomous vehicles, instrumentation, control systems, industrial processes, manufacturing processes, composite materials, microfluidic devices, lenses, fiber optics, modeling and simulation systems, coin processing systems, software, telecommunications, solid-state devices, semiconductor processing and various other mechanical and electro-mechanical disciplines.
Before pursuing his law degree, Bill was a mechanical engineer and inspector for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC), where he performed inspections at numerous nuclear power plants to assess regulatory compliance of power plant systems, containment structures and systems, safety-related motor-operated valves, pumps, instrumentation systems and electrical power systems. Bill analyzed inspection findings to determine root cause(s) of identified deficiencies and provided recommendations for corrective actions and regulatory enforcement actions, if warranted.
Licensed Jurisdictions: Illinois
Adam Barney was born and raised in Findlay, Ohio. After high school, Adam graduated Cum Laude from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. In 2006, Adam received his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. During Law School, Adam had the privilege to serve as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge James L. Graham, a senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
After law school Adam’s legal practice expanded into a variety of areas giving him a wealth of knowledge and experience across the legal spectrum. Today Adam focuses a large part of his practice on export control matters for the firearms and defense articles industries. Particularly Adam handles matters involving the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”), Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”), and U.S. Munitions List. Adam represents clients in commodity jurisdiction determinations and appeals, legal opinions regarding ITAR and EAR, and a variety of other matters regarding export controls.
In his free time, Adam enjoys target shooting, traveling, attending Ohio State Buckeyes and Columbus Blue Jackets games, attending concerts, and is an avid movie buff.
Education: Kent State University B.A., 2003 Capital University Law School, J.D. 2006
Licensed jurisdictions: Ohio