D. Noah Cheely Downs (Noah) is a graduate of University of Richmond School of Law where he focused his studies in the field of Criminal Law and 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 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 Secretary 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.