n today's fast paced business world, staying ahead of the competition requires an appreciation of the laws pertaining to the promotion and protection of your business.
Your understanding of the laws pertaining to your business can make the difference between you and your competitors sparring in the market or waging war in court. As important, though, in this climate in which business litigation seems inevitable, we draw on our litigation experience to provide practical, real world advice on the most essential elements of contracts, business torts and intellectual property issues to help make business litigation avoidable. Through careful planning and an appreciation of some simple guidelines for operating your business in a litigious society, you may be able to avoid litigation in many instances. Of course, when the dispute escalates, you can count on us to be there to help you reach the desired result based on your business needs, not ours. In 2006, after more than a decade of private practice with prominent Virginia law firms, James Creekmore opened The Creekmore Law Firm in the Roanoke Valley in Southwest Virginia. The firm's practice is balanced between Business Litigation and Business Counseling, with a heavy focus on Intellectual Property advice and litigation, including the extension and protection of trademarks, service marks, copyrights and patents, and all aspects of infringement litigation for each. Beyond intellectual property matters, the firm's Business Litigation practice encompasses matters involving business torts, contract disputes, theft of trade secrets and other instances of unfair competition, alleged breaches of noncompetition, nonsolicitation and nondisclosure agreements, and all aspects of alleged violations of their statutory and common law equivalents. The firm's Business Litigation practice entails prosecuting and defending litigation in all state and federal trial and appellate courts. The firm's Business Counseling practice consists of advising businesses of all sizes on the day-to-day aspects of their business operations, providing practical advice and solutions to overcome real world business dilemmas and problems in an attempt to avoid litigation when possible. Although headquartered at our newest location in the heart of downtown Blacksburg, Virginia, the firm's practice is not limited geographically. Due to the integration of all technology necessary for a fully mobile practice, the experience of its attorneys and staff in handling complex litigation and a competitive value-oriented fee structure, the firm enjoys a practice that reaches far beyond the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Virginia. With cases and client interests spanning the entirety of the United States, and clients as far as Alaska and Europe, the firm enjoys local counsel relationships across the country that enable a nationwide practice without additional office locations. Additionally, as a founding member of the XDL Group, The Creekmore Law Firm enjoys the support and resources of a dynamic team of intellectual property litigators to handle intellectual property matters of any size and complexity worldwide. The Creekmore Law Firm is proud to count among its clients well-established, publicly traded corporations, small business entities, start-ups and individuals alike.
318 North Main Street
Blacksburg VA 24060
Our firm have represented and defended clients suspected of or charged with misdemeanor and felony criminal violations in Montgomery County, Roanoke County, Pulaski County, and Radford City, in both general district and circuit court.
We have helped clients navigate their interaction with authorities from initial law enforcement contact through trial. When law enforcement investigates you or your business, we work hard to make sure that the investigation does not turn into a grand jury indictment or an official charge. When an indictment and charges are brought, we bring our knowledge of criminal law and constitutional protections to protect you and your business' interests. Criminal Motions Practice One of the most important parts of defending any criminal case is having an attorney who is experienced in motions practice. A motion is, at its most basic, a request by a party for either an action to occur or to request that an action not occurfor example, that certain evidence not be admitted. Motions are an essential part of the strategy involved in controlling the issues and achieving a balanced playing field for our clients. Presenting a motion to suppress evidence that was illegally obtained in violation of a defendant's constitutional rightsincluding from unlawful searches, seizures, and police questioningmay prevent the admission of evidence necessary to to convict. Of course, each case is fact-specific, and determining the appropriateness and viability of a possible motion requires a thorough review of your case to determine your rights by a trained attorney. Drafting and arguing motions are both part of a successful criminal motions practice, and our attorneys have experience with both. Letting us review your case to determine if a procedural motion or motion to suppress is appropriate gives us a better understanding of the likelihood of success of your case and other potential avenues for legal recourse that may exist. Criminal Appeals The law permits defendants in the Commonwealth of Virginia to appeal a criminal conviction, under certain circumstances. Such appropriate bases include when there are questions regarding the legal processes and procedures that took place during the original trial, and possibly during the sentencing process itself. The appellate process is very different from the original criminal trial, both procedurally and in substance. On appeal, the defendant is not permitted to present new evidence, witnesses or information about the crime for the judge or jury's consideration. In appellate practice, the parties each file a brief detailing their legal argument, and the court hears oral argument by your attorney about the specific defect in the lower court proceedings that serves as the basis of your appeal. Retaining a Virginia criminal appellate attorney who has special training and knowledge in the appellate process is essential to a successful appeal. Our attorneys have worked for judges at state appellate court, state trial court, and federal trial court, and this experience has provided them with the background to understand complex criminal issues. Our experienced attorneys can review your case to determine if you have a proper basis for appeal and help you navigate the appellate process. Learn more at our Appeals Page. Consulting with Trial Counsel If you are an attorney focusing your practice on trial work, and would like to consult with the attorneys of our Firm to complete a review of the case in preparation for appeal or refer such matters and coordinate with us to this end, we encourage you to contact us as we will be glad to assist with developing cases for appeal. Whether you seek guidance to better counsel your clients or are looking for a cost-effective solution for you and your clients, many trial lawyers contract with other firms who focus their practice at least, in part, on appellate cases for these very reasons. Appellate cases can take years to resolve, so it is essential to develop the case properly from the beginning. Our firm has the experience and skills to craft appropriate cases for appeal with the greatest chance for a successful outcome. Contact our team to learn more about our appellate practice and how we may be able to coordinate our services to serve your and your clients' needs.
-The Creekmore Law Firm PC, 2006 to Present
-Leclair Ryan PC, 2005 2006
-Woods Rogers PLC, 1995 2005
-The Honorable James C. Fox, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.C., 1993-1995
-College Of William & Mary, J.D., 1993
-William & Mary Law Review, Editorial Board
-University Of Virginia, B.A., 1990
-U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, 1996
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1997
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
-Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Member
-American Bar Association
* Intellectual Property Law Section
-Federal Bar Association
* Intellectual Property & Communications Law Section
-Defense Research Institute
* Commercial Litigation Committee
-Virginia State Bar
* Antitrust, Franchise & Trade Regulation Section, Past Chair
* Intellectual Property Section
* Litigation Section
-Virginia Bar Association
* Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law Section
-Roanoke Bar Association
-Montgomery-Radford Bar Association
West End Center for Youth, Inc. 1996 to present
* Past President, Board of Directors
The Square Society at Center in the Square, 1998-2002
* Past President
College Of William & Mary
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