Stephen E. Noona

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


    As head of the Litigation Section and the Intellectual Property Law Practice Group, Stephen has spent over 35 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 125 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
    • Represented cybersecurity company in multi-week patent jury trial
    • Defended local peanut company in antitrust litigation
    • Co-counsel for major internet provider accused of infringing three complex patents in three and a half week jury trial in Norfolk Division
    • Represented cybersecurity company in patent jury trial against competitor and separate six-week bench trial on ZOOM against major components manufacturer
    • Defended major pharmaceutical company in Multi-District Antitrust Litigation
    • Represented major internet provider in multi-week jury trial accused of infringing multiple patents in Norfolk Division
    • Represented major boat engine manufacturer in defending patent infringement claim
    • Defended international manufacturer of outboard motors in three week patent infringement jury trial in Alexandria Division
    • Represented National Healthcare company in patent claim against competitor
    • 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
    • Represented international grocery store chain in defending against trademark infringement claims
    • Defended national grain supplier in trademark infringement and publicity matter in Richmond Division
    • Represented major pharmaceutical company in patent infringement and antitrust cases
    • 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
    • Represented major patent portfolio owner in patent claims against computer manufacturers

    Recognition & Honors

    • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ, 2017-2024
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2002–2024
    • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2015, 2019-2023
    • Virginia’s Legal Elite; Virginia Business Magazine, 2004–2023
    • Go To Lawyer – Intellectual Property Law; Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2022
    • America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers USA, Litigation and Intellectual Property, 2005–2014, 2016-2023
    • Norfolk Litigation – Patent “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021, 2024
    • Virginia Super Lawyers; (listed in top 10, top 50, and top 100 lawyers overall), Intellectual Property Litigation, Law & Politics, 2006–2021
    • Norfolk Litigation – Antitrust “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2020
    • Norfolk Litigation – Intellectual Property Law “Lawyer of the Year”; Best Lawyers in America, 2012, 2015, 2017-2019, 2024
    • Virginia Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition; Law & Politics, 2009-2010
    • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation; 2014
    • AV® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • American College of Trial Lawyers; Virginia State Committee, Board Member


    • 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)

    Court Admissions

    • 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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