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W. Ryan Snow

Ryan is Managing Partner of the firm. He focuses on complex business disputes, construction law, government contracts, maritime law and cybersecurity. He also serves as local counsel in the Eastern District of Virginia in patent and other intellectual property cases. He was co-counsel in 2012 in one of the largest patent cases tried to jury verdict in the Norfolk Division.

Ryan’s experience includes state and federal jury trials, mediations, panel arbitrations, and appeals. In 2014, he was selected one of the Top 100 lawyers in Virginia by Virginia Super Lawyers. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a past Chair of the Construction & Public Contracts Law Section of the Virginia Bar Association. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America® and has been selected one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” in four categories.
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  • Represents business clients in complex contract cases, business conspiracy cases, business interference cases, intellectual property cases, technology disputes, commercial lease disputes, declaratory judgment actions, injunctions, mediations, arbitrations and others.
  • Represents construction clients, owners and sureties in contract negotiations, teaming agreements, installation and design defects, mechanic’s liens, payment and performance bond claims, change order disputes, differing site condition claims, indemnity actions and others.
  • Represents maritime clients and railroad interests in marine construction cases, cargo cases, limitation actions, vessel arrests, MARPOL investigations, riparian rights disputes, property disputes, preemption cases, FELA cases, ICCTA challenges and others.
  • Carter Machinery Co. v. Lakeshore Toltest Corp., CL14-6599, York Cir. Ct. (multi-faceted mechanic’s lien suit with associated Delaware bankruptcy case).
  • Oasis Brands, Inc. v. Green Innovations Ltd., 2:13-cv-529, E.D.Va. (trademark case involving challenge to jurisdiction in Virginia).
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line RR Co. v. South Norfolk Jordan Bridge, LLC, 2:13-cv-234, E.D.Va. (indemnity case arising out of bridge collapse).
  • Segin Systems, Inc. v. Stewart Title Guaranty Co., et al., 2:13-cv-190, E.D.Va., PTAB, Fed. Cir. (patent infringement case accusing account reconciliation software).
  • Virginia Innovation Sciences v. Samsung Electronics Co., et al., 2:12-cv-548, 2:13-cv-332, 2:14-cv-217, E.D.Va., PTAB, Fed. Cir. (series of patent infringement cases accusing mobile devices).
  • Carter Machinery Co. v. Martin Constr. Group, LLC, et al., CL-12-3703, Chest. Cir. Ct. (successor liability trial piercing shell company to reach LLCs).
  • St. Joe Company v. Norfolk Redev. & Housing Auth., 722 S.E.2d 622 (Va. 2012) (constructive trust case recouping funds seized by secured creditor).
  • I/P Engine, Inc. v. AOL, Inc., et al., 2:11-cv-512, E.D.Va. (patent infringement case accusing search engine advertising).
  • Norfolk 102, LLC v. Waterside Assoc., L.P., et al., CL-11-3414, Norf. Cir. Ct. (commercial lease case seeking multi-party injunction).
  • Misener Marine Constr., Inc. v. Norfolk Dredging Co., 594 F.3d 832 (11th Cir. 2010) (marine construction case based on mooring structure failure).
  • Mullins v. River Docks Corp., et al., 4:10-cv-138, E.D.Va. (warranty case arising out of remanufactured marine engines).
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line RR Co. v. Wilson, 667 S.E.2d 735 (Va. 2008) (FELA case asserting close clearance injury).
  • Presenter, “Making Sure You Get Paid: Legal Remedies for Problem Projects”, Hampton Roads Utility & Heavy Contractors Association (July 2015)
  • W. Snow, “Successfully Managing Government Contract Disputes: Key Considerations,” Litigation Strategies for Government Contracts, Aspatore Books (November 2012)
  • Co-Editor, “Law of Damages in Virginia”, Virginia CLE (January 2012)
  • Presenter, “Liability for Construction Defects and Failures”, Half Moon Seminars (February 2012)
  • Moderator/Presenter, “Intellectual Property Issues in Construction Law”, Virginia Bar Association (January 2012)
  • Moderator/Presenter, “Legislative Update”, Virginia Bar Association (July 2011)
  • Moderator/Presenter, “Business Litigation”, Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association (September 2007)
  • Moderator/Presenter, “Trial Advocacy”, Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association (October 2005)
  • Moderator/Presenter, “Deposition Tactics”, Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association (April 2004)
  • D. Schultz , W. Snow , “Injunction Practice In Virginia State and Federal Courts” (April 2003)
  • D. Schultz , W. Snow , “Recent Developments in Admissibility of Expert Witness Testimony” (February 2002)
News and Updates
Cyber Security and Business Resiliency
Posted on May 18, 2017
The WannaCry Ransomware Attack is the biggest coordinated cyberattack of its kind, impacting countless organizations and infecting hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 100 countries.  Once a computer......
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CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®
Posted on April 17, 2017
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that nine of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. ......
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Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. Attorneys Named to Virginia Business Magazine’s 2016 “Legal Elite”
Posted on November 30, 2016
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is proud to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized by Virginia Business Magazine among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” for 2016. Steven L. Brinker......
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Seven Crenshaw, Ware & Martin PLC Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers® in America
Posted on August 15, 2016
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is pleased to announce that seven of its lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Delphine G. Carnes Project Finance Law Public Finance......
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W. Ryan Snow to Serve as Vice Chair of Norfolk Botanical Garden
Posted on July 26, 2016
Norfolk Botanical Garden announced that Ryan Snow will serve as Vice Chair of the Norfolk Botanical Garden Board of Trustees.  Ryan has served on the board since 2012 and has......
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Court quashes arbitration of claims that were outside arbitration agreement
Posted on July 21, 2016
Arbitration clauses in contracts are enforceable, but if a contract allows only certain claims to be arbitrated, then the party desiring arbitration has to prove that it has such......
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CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®
Posted on April 7, 2016
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that ten of its lawyers were included in the 2016 list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars.  According to Virginia......
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Ryan Snow named a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America
Posted on February 3, 2016
CWM attorney Ryan Snow has been named a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a national honor society of appellate and trial lawyers dedicated to superior advocacy and ethical......
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EDVA Judge dismisses case against parent company after finding parent was not “Alter Ego” of Virginia subsidiary
Posted on January 28, 2016
Piercing corporate structures remains tough in Virginia, even if only to show jurisdiction. In a discrimination case brought by an employee of a Virginia-based subsidiary against his employer, its controlling......
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Virginia Federal court allows jury in trademark case even where demand came 5 months too late
Posted on January 28, 2016
In a Lanham Act case involving pharmaceutical products, Judge Conrad of the Western District of Virginia granted plaintiff’s motion for a jury trial, even though it was made only four......
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