Kaleo is the Greek word for “A Calling.”

Our calling is to redefine the way law is and should be practiced. With diverse backgrounds ranging from in-house counsel at publicly traded companies to partner at an AmLaw 200 law firm, our team is sophisticated, innovative, and perfectly suited to fulfill your business and legal needs. We have abandoned the billable hour and expensive overhead so that we can provide comprehensive business and legal services at a fraction of the cost.

We offer a  broad range of services to startups, large and small established businesses, and public and private entities.   We advise clients on the best way to manage legal risk while driving business growth and achieving exceptional business results.  Our work for public and private companies includes functioning as a virtual general counsel, serving as a fractional member of an in-house legal department, overseeing all legal operations (including hiring and managing outside counsel), and performing as an integral part of the executive team. We rely on strong interpersonal and communication skills, allowing us to build relationships that facilitate better results in communications between management, boards of directors, investors, and counter-parties. In addition to our areas of legal and business expertise, we also offer a skilled and experienced team of trial lawyers handling complex commercial, civil rights and toxic tort matters around the country.

Like our clients, we work smarter.  Having abandoned hourly rates, big law firm bureaucracies, and outsized overhead, we pass substantial savings on to our clients while efficiently fulfilling their legal and business needs.

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Our Team


Brian A. Wainger

Brian’s diverse experiences from nearly twenty-five years in the practicing law providing a unique background for his work as true general counsel.He began his career as An assistant attorney general and state prosecutor, before working in the commercial litigation department of McGuireWoods. He left McGuireWoods to serve as the General Counsel of a NASDAQ listed entertainment company, and started Kaleo Legal in 2008 to offer an innovative, lean approach to the practice of law in which the lines between lawyer and business consultant are intentionally blurred. Although Brian was named as a “Best Lawyer in America” in 2017 for commercial litigation, he spends most of his time handling corporate and commercial transactional work for our clients.

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Tina McRae

As an experienced attorney specializing in corporate and securities law, corporate governance and compliance, Tina has broad experience advising public and private company clients on a broad range of regulatory and transactional matters. After graduating from law school at the University of Virginia, Tina practiced as an in-house corporate and securities attorney at Norfolk Southern Corporation, a Fortune 400 NYSE company, until 2006. Tina then served as an adjunct professor of law at Regent University School of Law, until joining the predecessor of Kaleo Legal. Tina brings strong interpersonal and communication skills to every relationship, allowing her to facilitate better results in communications between management, boards of directors, investors and counterparties. She demonstrates an innate ability to quickly integrate into an organization and add immediate value.

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William R. Poynter

Billy Poynter focuses his practice on intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; software creation, development, and implementation; IP assessment, creation, and enforcement; and dispute resolution. After graduating from law school at UVA, Billy spent one year practicing at a large firm in Washington, DC, before clerking for The Honorable Alvin A. Schall, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Most recently, he served as the co-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation practice at Williams Mullen, and the vice-chair of the Intellectual Property Section. Throughout his practice, Billy has represented domestic and international companies of all sizes and types, including startups, mid-sized companies, and Fortune 500 companies, in various industry sectors such as software, retail, manufacturing, telecommunications, and transportation.

Billy is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers (2008-2014), and has been regularly named as Virginia Legal Elite for Intellectual Property by Virginia Business. He was ranked in Chambers USA in 2014 for Intellectual Property, and has been named to Best Lawyers for 2015.

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John Swingle

John Swingle focuses his practice on intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets; IP assessment, acquisition, licensing, and enforcement. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 2007, John spent three years in California as an associate in one of the country’s largest IP law firms. More recently, John worked as an associate in Williams Mullen’s Intellectual Property Section.

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Will Dickinson

Will Dickinson focuses his practice on building clients’ intellectual property portfolios, protecting their brands, negotiating software and technology licenses, and enforcing clients’ intellectual property rights. Will has broad experience with intellectual property matters, including copyright and trademark counseling and registration, licensing, litigation, due diligence, domain-name (UDRP) arbitration, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board matters. Throughout his career, Will has helped clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies with large trademark portfolios, to small and mid-sized business with important intellectual property assets, to state agencies with mission-critical IT systems.

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Shep Wainger

Shep is not your traditional litigator. He is a true trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience trying and winning big cases before juries in Hampton Roads and around the country.

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Shauna Barnes

Shauna Barnes provides trusted counsel to companies, with a particular emphasis on highly-regulated industries facing tough choices in the marketplace. She has a decade of experience giving legal advice, serving most recently as General Counsel for Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. In that capacity, Shauna helped launch a distillery, introduce cans to market, and navigate over a dozen strategic distribution partnership changes. She also has extensive experience counseling executive and management teams on legal, compliance and regulatory risks surrounding day-to-day operations, strategic planning, international expansion, product rollouts, and major promotions and marketing campaigns.

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  • Corporate Law
  • Securities Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Venture Capital Transactions
  • Startups
  • Employee and Executive
  • Compensation
  • Business Organization
  • Corporate Governance and
  • Compliance
  • Private Equity
  • Intellectual Property
  • Entertainment Law
  • Technology and Software
  •  Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Municipal and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Insurance


On November 1, 2018, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®  announced the release of the “Best Law Firms” rankings for 2019 Kaleo Legal was recognized for Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Intellectual Property in Norfolk, Tier 2, as well as for Corporate Law in Richmond, Tier 3.

Firms included in the 2019 Edition of “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

Previous distinctions include Chambers USA 2017 ranking Tina Bingham as a Recognized Practitioner for Corporate/M&A Law in Southern Virginia, and Billy Poynter in Band 2 for Intellectual Property Law in Southern Virginia. The Chambers USA Guide states: “The ‘very responsive and extremely knowledgeable’ William Poynter of Kaleo Legal continues to impress market observers. He is particularly noted for his strength in patent litigation.”

Additionally, U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017 ranked Kaleo Legal for Litigation – Intellectual Property, Tier 2 Norfolk. Previously, Billy Poynter made the list for 2017 for both Litigation – Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets. Brian Wainger and Shep Wainger both made the list of for the 2017 and 2018 Commercial Litigation.


Our Story

Brian Wainger started the predecessor to Kaleo Legal in 2008, having just left the general counsel position at a public NASDAQ company. As general counsel, he recognized that the billable hour system does not create perfect alignment between the client’s goals and outside counsel’s incentives. So Brian began providing GC services on a flat fee, monthly retainer basis to his client. Tina Bingham joined him soon after in 2009, when she returned to Norfolk Southern, where she had previously spent her career as a full-time in house lawyer. Tina specializes in public securities and private equity law, in addition to general corporate law. Billy joined them in 2014, after spending most of his career as lead counsel on large-scale intellectual property litigation around the country. He was attracted to the idea of redefining the relationship between client and counsel, on a basis other than billable hours, something Tina and Brian had already perfected over the past several years. Together, we have built a practice that consists of primarily two types of alternative fee arrangements: (1) a fractional general counsel practice, on a fixed monthly retainer, and (2) flat-fee, per-project arrangements for niche areas of expertise.

We aim to become part of our clients’ executive and management teams, providing not just legal services but business consulting as well. John Swingle joined us in 2015, specializing in intellectual property law, and bringing a patent prosecution specialty to the firm. And Will Dickinson joined our Richmond office in the fall of 2017, continuing to provide Intellectual Property and litigation services to our clients. Together, the five of us cover most of the legal services our clients need, when the occasional project arises that calls for outside expertise we partner with a short list of firms with whom we have very strong relationships to get the work done for our clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

Because we have a strict policy at Kaleo of working with very little overhead, we are able to keep our fees extremely low compared with larger law firms who have similar expertise and resumes. We have no full time secretaries, paralegals, or associates. When we need to, we have relationships with staffing firms and part-time temps, whom we rely upon to ramp up for specific projects. Otherwise, we have a largely virtual practice, and each of us maintains offices at several of our clients. It is our ability to minimize costs that differentiates us from most other firms, and provides us with the flexibility to enter into any number of financial arrangements with our clients.