We wanted to build a law firm that is not only good at what it does but also reflects a commitment to helping clients turn big ideas into realities. So we founded Innovista Law.

Leaving ‘BigLaw’ gave us the freedom to create a practice grounded in nationally recognized legal experience, but energized by inventive thinking. Combining innovation with vista, Innovista’s attorneys help telecom providers, technology companies, and social entrepreneurs turn their creativity into long-term business success.

We’re innovative problem-solvers with a passion for helping clients reach their full potential. In the courtroom or as an advisor behind the scenes, our attorneys work collaboratively with clients across the country to navigate unique legal challenges and achieve their goals.

We recently extended the services that we offer our clients to cover a range of practice areas through our strategic alliance with Woods Rogers PLC. The firm’s legal professionals share our passion for fostering unique relationships with innovative clients. Get to know a few of these exceptional attorneys by reviewing their bios. Learn more about these complementary services. >>


The Team

DAVID CARTER, Member
A founding member of Innovista Law, David Carter has extensive experience with telecommunications and commercial litigation, including disputes involving contract or tariff breach, torts, employment, and consumer protection claims.
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MARTIN CUNNIFF, Member
Member of Innovista Law, Martin Cunniff has over twenty-five years of litigation experience including serving as chair of commercial litigation for the largest litigation firm in the world.  Much of his experience has been as lead counsel in high exposure cases involving complex procedural mechanisms such as class actions.
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ERNESTO MENDIETA, Foreign Legal Consultant
Ernesto Mendieta has five years of telecommunications and corporate law experience working as a Senior Associate for a top telecommunications law firm in Mexico City.  He completed his LL.M. at Georgetown University, with an emphasis on U.S. and International Communications Law.
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JOHN NELSON, Associate
John Nelson joined Innovista Law in September 2017 after completing his J.D.  cum laude at the William & Mary School of Law and served as Senior Notes Editor on the William & Mary Law Review.  John's practice has an emphasis on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. 
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Representative Woods Rogers Attorneys

NEIL BIRKHOFF, Tax and Estate Planning

JOHN BYRUM, Administrative and Regulatory

VICTOR CARDWELL, Labor and Employment

NATHAN EVANS, Patent

MICHAEL HERTZ, Trademark, IP licensing

NICOLE INGLE, Real Estate Transactions

FOURD KEMPER, Mergers and Acquisitions, Venture Capital Financing, Securities, IP Licensing

ALTON KNIGHTON, Tax Exempt Organizations and Financing

DAN SUMMERLIN, Administrative and Regulatory


Join us

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