Noelle M. James


804.697.4103 (p)
804.697.6103 (f)

Professional Affiliations

Virginia State Bar
• Intellectual Property Section
• Business Law Section
• Young Lawyers Conference Bench-Bar Dinner Committee, 2011-2012

Virginia Bar Association
• Member, Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law Section Council, 2013-2015
• Business Law Section
• Young Lawyers Division

The Bar Association of the City of Richmond
• Business Law Section
• CLE Committee, 2011-2013

Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association

Noelle M. James is an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property, Business Organizations and Corporations, and Municipal Governance and Public Sector practice groups. She concentrates her practice on intellectual property matters including trademark protection, maintenance and monitoring; copyright and software licensing; and portfolio management. In addition, Ms. James regularly assists private and public clients, including local governments, on a variety of general business matters.

Representative Matters

  • Work with clients to develop effective and cost-efficient trademark protection strategies.
  • File and prosecute federal trademark applications with the USPTO, and obtain international protection directly through Madrid Protocol filings with WIPO.
  • Assist clients in branding decisions and trademark selection through search report analysis.
  • Represent clients in trademark infringement matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in opposition and cancellation proceedings, and negotiating trademark settlement, licensing and co-existence agreements.
  • Draft website and application terms of service and privacy policies.
  • Negotiate technology-related transactions, such as proprietary software licenses; end-user licensing (EULAs); and software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and reseller agreements.
  • Prepare and file copyright registration applications, and advise clients on fair use and copyright ownership matters.
  • Represent public and private entities in general business matters.
  • Assist in the formation, on-going operation, merger, sale and acquisition of various types of business entities, and provide contract review and enforcement and rights advice.

Select Publications

  • Jonathan M. Joseph and Noelle M. James, "Security Breach Notification Laws in Virginia," Christian & Barton Update, July 2011
  • E. Ford Stephens and Noelle M. James, "Coverage Within the Ivy Walls: Select Insurance Issues Involving College Students," For The Defense, May 2009

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property
Business Organizations and Corporations
Municipal Governance


Regent University School of Law, J.D., 2006
Cum Laude
Moot Court Board Associate
Student Bar Association President

Centre College, B.A., International Studies and Government, 2003
Cum Laude
Dean's List
Phi Beta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa
Women's Basketball Team


• Virginia
• Kentucky
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
• U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
• U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia


• Hon. Leroy R. Hassell Sr., Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Virginia, 2006-2008


Virginia Rising Stars
• Business/Corporate, 2013-2018