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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.