D. Noah Cheely Downs (Noah) is a graduate of University of Richmond School of Law where he focused his studies in the field of Intellectual Property Law, obtaining the University of Richmond’s Intellectual Property Certificate. He completed two undergraduate degrees at Virginia Tech (Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts), graduating in 2012 Magna Cum Laude.
Noah has focused his legal practice on providing professional service with a friendly face. With a background in intellectual property protection and business law, Noah has successfully supported his clients to achieve their goals in the video game and entertainment industries. He has served on various legal panels at national conferences such as MAGFest and PAX South, and has appeared as a guest on business and legal talkshows on Twitch.Tv and iTunes Podcasts.
In Noah’s local practice, he enjoys serving a diverse set of clients. As an experienced trial attorney, he represents plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation, as well as defendants in criminal matters. His non-litigation work includes strategic corporate planning, estate planning (wills, trusts, and estate documents), personal injury, domestic relations and family law matters. He especially enjoys assisting local startups and helping businesses with intellectual property protection and enforcement.
Noah began his legal career in 2013 in Brunswick County, Virginia, working as a legal intern for the Brunswick County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Returning to the same office in 2014, he successfully prosecuted numerous cases under the supervision of the Commonwealth Attorney in both General District and Circuit Court. In the spring of 2015, he served as a paralegal in the Commonwealth Attorney’s office while he finished law school. He took the Virginia Bar in July 2015, and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in October. He worked as an intellectual property associate at a Richmond-based boutique law firm before joining McDonald, Sutton, & DuVal. Outside of his legal work, Noah serves as Past President of the Board at Firehouse Theatre, and as the Richmond Shakespeare Festival Manager every summer at Agecroft Hall. He enjoys attending and performing in local theatre productions.