Stephen E. Noona

Member • Chair of Litigation • Co-Chair of Intellectual Property
Office: Norfolk


As head of the Litigation Section and the Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, Stephen has spent over 30 years trying complex commercial cases in federal and state courts. Known for his hard work, Stephen has a long and successful record as a trial lawyer who focuses his trial practice on intellectual property law cases in the Federal Courts across the nation. As a former President of the Virginia State Bar’s Intellectual Property Law Section and the local Federal Bar Association, he is particularly well known for his knowledge and ability to navigate the complexities of the Eastern District’s “rocket docket” and has appeared in over 100 patent cases in all four of the District’s Divisions. Based on his trial experience and professionalism, Stephen has been inducted as a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers.

Representative Matters

  • Represented client in four week jury trial case for the infringement of a series of patents covering video on demand and interactive services
  • Co-counsel for major internet provider accused of infringing three complex patents in three and a half week jury trial in Norfolk Division
  • Represented major internet provider in multi-week jury trial accused of infringing multiple patents in Norfolk Division
  • Defended international manufacturer of outboard motors in three week patent infringement jury trial in Alexandria Division
  • Represented major nonprofit tissue transplant organization in three week patent jury trial
  • Represented high tech security company in two week patent jury trial
  • Represented international media entity in copyright infringement claim within the Fourth Circuit in the Norfolk Division
  • Represented client in wrongful termination counterclaim filed against and for a national distributor of delicatessen meats in trademark action filed in the Norfolk Division
  • Defended national grain supplier in trademark infringement and publicity matter in Richmond Division
  • Represented claim for preliminary injunction for trademark and trade dress infringement brought against a Hong Kong entity in a week long bench trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Defended client in a two week patent infringement jury trial in the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Recognition & Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American College of Trial Lawyers; Virginia State Committee, Board Member
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation; 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2002–2021
  • Norfolk Litigation – Patent “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021
  • Norfolk Litigation – Intellectual Property Law “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2012, 2015, 2017–2019
  • Virginia Super Lawyers; (listed in top 10, top 50, and top 100 lawyers overall), Intellectual Property Litigation, Law & Politics, 2006–2020
  • Virginia Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition; Law & Politics, 2009-2010
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Intellectual Property, Virginia Business Magazine, 2004–2019
  • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017-2020
  • America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers USA, Litigation and Intellectual Property, 2005–2014, 2016-2020
  • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell


  • Virginia State Bar; Past President, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Virginia Bar Association; Past Member, Governing Board, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • Federal Bar Association; Tidewater Chapter, Past President
  • Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Member
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Virginia Professionalism Course; Past Presenter
  • Virginia Professionalism in Law Schools; Past Presenter
  • I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court; Executive Committee, Past President
  • Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Porsche Club of America, First Settler’s Region (25-year member)


  • United States Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals for the Federal and Fourth Circuits
  • Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • Virginia Supreme Court


  • University of Virginia; B.A., high distinction, 1982
  • University of Virginia School of Law; J.D., 1985

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