W. Ryan Snow

Ryan handles high-stakes litigation with a focus on complex business disputes. He also serves as local counsel in the Eastern District of Virginia in patent and other intellectual property cases. He was managing partner from 2012 until 2020.

Ryan’s experience includes state and federal jury trials, mediations, panel arbitrations, and appeals. His cases involve business conspiracies, antitrust claims, IP litigation, technology disputes, indemnity claims, injunctions, franchise disputes, and construction and government contract claims, among others. Ryan successfully argued one of the seminal constructive trust cases in the Virginia Supreme Court and was co-counsel in one of the largest patent cases tried to jury verdict in Norfolk federal court.

Ryan is listed in Best Lawyers in America® and has been selected a Virginia Legal Elite in four categories. He is on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association, a past Chair of the Construction & Public Contracts Law Section, a member of the IP Section of the Virginia State Bar, and a former President of the I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court.

Representative Experience
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Articles and Presentations
  • Represents business clients in complex contract cases, business conspiracy cases, business interference cases, intellectual property cases, technology disputes, commercial lease disputes, antitrust actions, 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 government contractors in contract drafting, business structures, teaming agreements, protests, change orders, equitable adjustments, litigation, appeals, cybersecurity 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.


  • Landfill Gas Holdings, LLC v. Cube MAS Holdings, LLC, AAA Case No. 02-18-0001-9169. (Panel arbitration involving sale of multiple landfill gas energy projects).
  • Appeal of Norfolk Dredging Co., ASBCA No. 61071 (equitable adjustment case in Board of Contract Appeals involving USACE dredging project).
  • JTH Tax, Inc. d/b/a Liberty Tax v. Aime Consulting, LLC, et al., 2:16-cv-279, E.D.Va. (franchise case resulting in $2.7 million verdict after 3-day trial; affirmed in part and reversed in part on appeal) (Morgan, J.).
  • 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) (Jackson, J.).
  • 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) (Jackson, J.).
  • 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) (Jackson, J.).
  • 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 involving mobile devices) (Davis, J.).
  • 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) (Jackson, J.).
  • 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) (Smith, J.).
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line RR Co. v. Wilson, 667 S.E.2d 735 (Va. 2008) (FELA case asserting close clearance injury).
  • W. Snow, D Hartnett, “Traps for the Unwary: Limit Contract Risk and Protecting Your Right to Payment”, HRUHCA (September 2019)
  • Hackers and Why They Hack – and Why You Need to Know”, For the Defense, Defense Research Institute (October 2018)
  • 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
Virginia Business Announces 22nd Anniversary “Legal Elite”
Posted on December 7, 2021
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Two CWM Attorneys named "Lawyer of the Year"
Posted on October 8, 2021
Donald Schultz (left) and Ryan Snow (right) We are pleased to announce that two of our lawyers, Donald C. Schultz and W. Ryan Snow, received the "Lawyer of the Year" distinction…...
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Eight Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® in America List
Posted on August 19, 2021
Norfolk, VA, — Crenshaw, Ware & Martin P.L.C. is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers has recognized four of the Firm’s attorneys as “Best Lawyers in America”, two as “Lawyer of…...
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CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®
Posted on May 11, 2021
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that eight of its lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. …...
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Virginia Business Announces 21st Anniversary “Legal Elite”
Posted on December 30, 2020
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Virginia Business Announces 20th Anniversary “Legal Elite”
Posted on December 3, 2019
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5 Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. lawyers named to 2020 Best Lawyers® list
Posted on August 15, 2019
Norfolk, VA, August 15, 2019 -- Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that 5 lawyers have been included in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it…...
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Ryan Snow Elected to Serve as President of I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court
Posted on August 7, 2019
Ryan Snow, Managing Partner of Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C., has been elected President of the I’Anson-Hoffman American Inn of Court for 2019-2020. The I’Anson-Hoffman Inn is one of the…...
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CWM Attorneys Recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers®
Posted on May 2, 2019
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that the following lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 list of Virginia Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars. Through…...
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Hackers and Why They Hack – and Why You Need to Know
Posted on October 16, 2018
The terms "cybersecurity" and "hacking" have become ubiquitous.  Every few weeks, we hear of another major business that became the latest victim of a hacker.   Published in For the Defense, Defense Research…...
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