Brian A. Wainger
Brian’s diverse experiences from nearly twenty-five years in the practicing law providing a unique background for his work as a 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 lawyer also becomes a valued business consultant. Although Brian has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2017 for commercial litigation, he spends most of his time handling corporate and commercial transactional work for our clients on a fractional in-house counsel basis.
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 wide 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 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. She serves as a fractional General Counsel for a number of clients in the sports and entertainment, consumer products, government contracting, and technology industries.
William R. Poynter
Billy Poynter focuses his practice on intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, and all aspects of software creation, development, and implementation, in addition to dispute resolution of both IP and general business disputes. 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. Prior to joining Kaleo Legal, 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. He currently serves as fractional General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel for a number of software and technology companies, in addition to providing other clients with in-house counsel services, on a fractional basis.
John Swingle focuses his practice on intellectual property law, including patent prosecution in particular, and he serves as fractional in-house patent counsel for a Fortune 500 company. 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 boutique law firms. More recently, John worked as an associate in Williams Mullen’s Intellectual Property Section. John is well versed in all aspects of IP evaluation, acquisition, licensing, and enforcement.
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. Will serves as fractional in-house counsel for a number of software and technology companies, in addition to alcoholic beverage clients and consumer products companies.
Shep is not your traditional litigator. He is a true trial lawyer with more than 25 years of experience trying and winning large and small cases before juries in Hampton Roads and around the country. For the last 10 years, Shep has served as national coordinating counsel for an American automobile manufacturer, managing the scientific defense of thousands of asbestos-related claims. He currently serves as Daubert/Frye counsel in asbestos litigation and as lead trial counsel throughout the country, obtaining numerous defense verdicts, including in Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina and Arkansas.
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.
Ryan V. P. Dougherty
Ryan focuses his practice on state and federal court litigation in Virginia and the District of Columbia, having developed his practice at two American Law 100 law firms. At Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC, Ryan defended a company against class action claims relating to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Additionally, he maintained an active pro bono practice at A&P, which included co-drafting an amicus curiae brief to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the American Bar Association. As an attorney in McGuireWoods’ commercial litigation section, Ryan represented clients in a wide variety of industries – from Fortune 100 financial institutions to local entrepreneurs – at all levels of the Virginia state and federal court system. For each of his cases, Ryan focuses on developing an assertive and effective litigation strategy consistent with each client’s business goals.