CWM attorneys are adept at high stakes business cases.  We recognize that business disputes can jeopardize a client’s profitability and reputation – sometimes permanently – so we work quickly with our clients to achieve successful outcomes, whether through negotiation, litigation, arbitration, mediation or other means. We are not afraid to take big cases to trial in the best interest of our clients.

Our work includes complex contract cases, technology disputes, business conspiracy cases, business interference claims, commercial litigation, injunctions, attachments, property disputes, shareholder disputes, corporate dissolutions, license disputes, confidentiality claims, non-compete claims and a host of other matters. We represent Fortune 500 companies, government entities, established firms, individuals and startup companies.

We also serve as co-counsel or local counsel in the Eastern District of Virginia, including for patent and other intellectual property cases. Our attorneys have substantial federal court experience, and were part of the successful trial team in 2012 in one of the largest patent cases tried to jury verdict in the Norfolk Division.

  • Breach of Contract Claims
  • Business Conspiracy Claims
  • Business Dissolution
  • Business Torts
  • Commercial Lease Disputes
  • Injunctions and Attachments
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property Cases
  • License Disputes
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Patent Cases
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Specific Performance
  • Temporary Restraining Orders
  • Trademark Cases
Honors and Awards
CWM attorneys selected for inclusion in Virginia Ssuper Lawyers in business litigation

June 2013 – CWM attorney Ryan Snow was selected to Virginia Super Lawyers and Amy Taipalus McClure was selected to Virginia Rising Stars in Business Litigation in the 2013 edition of Virginia Super Lawyers® magazine.

Representative Cases

CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE.  THEY DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT SIMILAR RESULTS IN FUTURE CASES.

Jury awards nearly $800,000 to CWM client

On February 19, 2014, a jury awarded nearly $800,000 to a client of CWM after a six-day trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. CWM attorney Jim Chapman represented MidAtlantic International against AGC Flat Glass in this commercial dispute. AGC had refused to make payment under the terms of a “take-or-pay” clause in their contract. AGC filed a counterclaim for approximately $900,000, claiming that the goods were defective. The Court dismissed AGC’s counterclaim at trial. The jury returned a verdict in favor of MidAtlantic for $797,360.08, the full amount owed under the contract.

CWM wins $537,000 judgment under successor liability theory

August 2013 – CWM attorneys Ryan Snow and David Hartnett won a $537,000 judgment after trial in Chesterfield Circuit Court against two companies in a case of successor liability. The defendant companies had acquired the assets of a construction company against which CWM already obtained judgment. Mr. Snow and Mr. Hartnett successfully proved that the purpose of the transactions was to hide the assets of the former company, making it judgment-proof, and continue the business under new names. The Court found the new companies a “mere continuation” of the old one and pierced corporate formalities to hold them liable for the debt.

Jury awards patent victory to I/P ENGINE in case against GOOGLE and others

November 2012 – A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in favor of I/P Engine in a patent infringement case against AOL, Google, IAC Search & Media, Gannett Company and Target Corporation. CWM attorneys Donald Schultz and Ryan Snow represented I/P Engine as co-counsel, teamed with lead attorneys from Dickstein Shapiro, LLP. The case related to infringement of two patents for relevance-filtering technology used in internet search engines to present higher quality advertisements. After a 12-day trial, the jury found the asserted claims both valid and infringed, and set a “running royalty” of 3.5 percent on future advertising revenues. The jury awarded I/P Engine damages from September 15, 2011 of $30,496,155 against all defendants.

Success attrial protects secured lien from avoidance in bankruptcy

April 2012 – CWM attorneys successfully prevented a plaintiff’s effort to strip a secured creditor’s lien from a property in bankruptcy. CWM represented the defendant in the adversary proceeding. The plaintiff filed suit to avoid the lien as being unsupported by equity, but at trial the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia disagreed after considering competing appraisals and expert witness testimony.

CWM wins in Virginia Supreme Court in constructive trust case

March 2012 – CWM attorneys Ryan Snow and Amy McClure succeeded in the Virginia Supreme Court in a business case arising out of a roof repair project. The case involved funds paid to an agent that were seized by the agent’s secured creditor before delivery to a contractor and architect. CWM represented the plaintiff who paid the funds and sued to recoup them under trust principles. The trial court granted judgment for plaintiff. On appeal, the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed in all respects, for the first time recognizing by name the “lowest intermediate balance rule” for tracing funds in a commingled account. Mr. Snow argued the appeal and Ms. McClure assisted on briefs. The case is reported at St. Joe Co. v. Norfolk Redevelopment & Housing Auth., 283 Va. 403, 722 S.E.2d 622 (2012).

Representative Clients

Business Owners and Managers

Technology Companies

Commercial Landlords and Tenants

Construction Companies

Developers

Banks, Lenders, and Financial Institutions

Government Entities

Government Contractors

Intellectual Property Owners

News and Updates
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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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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Disappointed that PTAB declined inter partes patent review? Tough, EDVA Judge rules
Posted on January 28, 2016
The Patent and Trademark Board’s decision on whether to grant inter partes review cannot be challenged in court. In Medtronic, Inc. v. Lee, 1:15-cv-946 (E.D. Va. Jan. 21, 2016), after......
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Court Orders Arbitration of Patent License Dispute
Posted on December 17, 2015
Virginia federal courts still err in favor of arbitration in business cases, even where parties take measures to avoid it. In University of Virginia Patent Foundation v. DynaVox, where......
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Jury Awards Nearly $800,000 to CWM Client
Posted on February 19, 2014
A jury awarded nearly $800,000 to a client of CWM after a six-day trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  James Chapman represented MidAtlantic International against......
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CWM wins $537,000 judgment under successor liability theory
Posted on August 1, 2013
CWM attorneys Ryan Snow and David Hartnett won a $537,000 judgment after trial in Chesterfield Circuit Court against two companies in a case of successor liability.  The defendant companies had......
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CWM announces eight lawyers selected for inclusion in 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars
Posted on May 1, 2013
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that eight of its lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists appearing in......
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Jury awards patent victory to I/P Engine in case against Google and others
Posted on November 1, 2012
A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled in favor of I/P Engine in a patent infringement case against AOL, Google, IAC Search &......
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CWM wins in Virginia Supreme Court in constructive trust case
Posted on March 1, 2012
CWM attorneys Ryan Snow and Amy McClure succeeded in the Virginia Supreme Court in a business case arising out of a roof repair project.  The case involved funds paid to......
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