William R. Poynter

Position: Principal
Phone: 757.238.6383
Undergraduate Degree: Washington & Lee University
Law School: University of Virginia


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. Before 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.

Billy is listed in Virginia Super Lawyers, and has been regularly named as Virginia Legal Elite for Intellectual Property by Virginia Business. He has been ranked in Chambers USA since 2014 for Intellectual Property, has been named to Best Lawyers in America since 2015, and has an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Billy serves as the fractional general counsel for several software companies, and has a great deal of experience assisting software providers with their commercial needs, including drafting and negotiating licensing agreements, partner agreements, and services agreements of all kinds.  As an extension of the in-house department, Billy supports software sales teams in all aspects of their legal needs, and is an integral part of their achieving sales and revenue quotas on a quarterly and annual basis.

Billy maintains an active transactional practice focusing on other intellectual property issues as well, including:

  • Intellectual property evaluation and assessment, including freedom to operate, registrability, and infringement analyses,
  • Intellectual property portfolio creation and enforcement,
  • Trademark prosecution,
  • Patent, trademark, copyright, and software licensing,
  • Domain name disputes and UDRP proceedings,
  • Drafting and negotiating all types of commercial contracts, and
  • Corporate organization.

He assists small companies and startups with intellectual property analysis, creation, registration, and enforcement. He has extensive experience with drafting and negotiating commercial contracts of all kinds. And he has assisted in the acquisition and sale of technology companies for larger-scale clients, especially in the software industry.

Billy also maintains an active litigation practice, as lead and local counsel, in the federal courts of the Eastern District of Virginia. As a litigator, Billy has handled cases involving a variety of technologies, including software, business methods, telecommunications technology, mechanical devices, chemical compositions, and electrical technology. He has litigated cases around the country, including in popular patent litigation jurisdictions such as the Central and Northern Districts of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and the District of Delaware. Billy has particular experience litigating patent, intellectual property, and other cases in the Eastern District of Virginia, also known as the “Rocket Docket,” and he has handled cases in the Alexandria, Richmond, and Norfolk Divisions of the EDVA, as both lead and local counsel. In addition to his work defending clients against claims of patent infringement brought by non-practicing entities, Billy has substantial experience representing clients either bringing intellectual property claims against, or defending against intellectual property claims brought by, direct competitors, and the attendant considerations that direct competition brings to bear in those litigation matters. He is extremely well versed in addressing the e-discovery issues that accompany complex litigation.  Billy is a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.

Billy maintains membership in the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Division, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Federal Circuit Bar Association, in addition to sitting on the committee of the Law Practice Management Division of the Virginia Bar Association.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Norfolk Forum and is a member of the Greater Norfolk Corporation, and he spent ten years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Opera, including as a member of the Executive Committee.  In 2010, Inside Business named Billy to its list of the Hampton Roads “Top 40 Under 40.”

He earned his undergraduate degrees from Washington & Lee University in 1998, a bachelor of science in chemistry and a bachelor of arts in medieval and renaissance studies, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2002.

Years of Experience: 17

Past Work Experience: Hunton & Williams, Clerk – US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Williams Mullen

Professional Affiliations: ABA, VBA, VSB, DC Bar, FCBA, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, FBA

Awards & Honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell, Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, VA Legal Elite, VA Superlawyers, Top 40 Under 40, Inside Business Entrepreneurial Excellence

Bar Admissions: Virginia, District of Columbia