Brian C. Riopelle


Practice Area: IP & IP Litigation

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    “Brian understands and focuses on what's best for our business.”
    “Brian's good judgment means he can anticipate what's coming and avoid slowdowns and other issues.”


    "o Responsiveness: always return client’s communications the same day. o Honesty: always tell the client what it needs to hear, not what you think it wants to hear. o Resourcefulness: if your first idea doesn’t solve the client’s problem, consider other ways to solve the problem."

    – Brian C. Riopelle


    Brian, former chair of the firm’s IP Litigation/Patents Department and member of the Technology Oversight Committee, is recognized as one of the leading intellectual property litigators in the nation.

    Brian is repeatedly included in The Best Lawyers in America for intellectual property and was named 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” in Litigation – Patent (Richmond). He has been listed in Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for intellectual property since 2004, and has been described by clients in that publication as a “top-notch litigator” and as a lawyer who “can find a solution when others cannot.” In 2015, The American Lawyer awarded a case on which Brian was lead trial lawyer, “Global Dispute of the Year: U.S. Litigation.” In March 2012, Benchmark Litigation recognized Brian as the Virginia Litigator of the Year. The American Lawyer selected him as its Litigator in the Spotlight in its November 2011 issue, and he was named Litigator of the Week in the September 16, 2011 issue of Am Law Litigation Daily.

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