Meet The Team

Who is the
Connors & Brenke team?

We are a boutique law firm with locations in southwest and northern Virginia offering advisement for businesses, contracts, civil litigation, and intellectual property.  But we are more than that.

We are entrepreneurs just like you. We strive to support our families and our each other. We look forward to have you on our team.

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Andrew P. Connors
Managing Partner & Owner
As managing partner and practicing attorney, Andrew P. Connors vigorously protects his clients through years of legal expertise and knowledge.
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Rachel V. Brenke
Managing Partner & Owner
As managing partner and practicing attorney, Rachel V. Brenke proactively works to help clients strategically plan and prevent legal issues from occurring.
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Lauren Lehmuth
Client Relations Manager
Lauren is our Customer Relations Manager and comes to use with 13 years of customer service experience. She thrives on making sure our clients have a wonderful experience from their very first interaction with our firm. When she is not assisting our clients, Lauren spends her time with her husband, Chris and her 2 children, Kayla and Alex. She is a hockey mom and wife as well as a soccer mom. She is also passionate about health and fitness and enjoys working out daily and cooking.
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Beth Short
Lead Paralegal
Beth graduated from Virginia Tech in 2017 and has worked at Connors and Brenke since. After starting at the firm as a client relations manager, Beth transitioned into her current role as paralegal and now assists attorneys on client case work. Prior to joining the firm, Beth interned at international pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company and gained real-world experience in a fast-paced office setting which now serves her Connors and Brenke's fast-paced work environment. After moving in the fall of 2018, Beth began working remotely from the metro Atlanta area. On the weekends Beth can be found searching out the best coffee shops with her husband, Nate.
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Sydney Phillips
Of-Counsel Attorney
Sydney graduated from Liberty University School of Law in 2018 with her juris doctorate. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Washington and works remotely for Connors & Brenke from the Seattle area. Sydney’s concentration in law school was business law, where she took a number of classes including intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, business tax and business planning. She interned with the Lynchburg Commonwealth Attorney’s office during law school and worked as a research assistant for two of Liberty University School of Law’s professors. Sydney is originally from Canada, so she brings a unique international perspective to all the work she does. Feel free to talk to Sydney about her love of Canada, the Pacific Northwest, or a hot tea
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Caroline Fox
Of-Counsel Attorney
Caroline is a Virginia licensed attorney with experience in contracts, intellectual property and business associations. When not serving her clients, she travels and teaches continuing education courses to other lawyers or can be found snuggling her puppy dog.
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Ali Connors
Marketing Manager
As the marketing manager, Ali is in charge of all forward facing marketing activities and helps to ensure that small business owners can find us so they know where to come when they need us! Ali loves hanging out with her two young boys, shopping and japanese food.
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Office Locations
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College Degrees
For education and experience.
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Bar licenses
For credentials and education.
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Cups of coffee.
Drank while serving our clients
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Rachel V. Brenke
Managing Partner
As managing partner and practicing attorney, Rachel V. Brenke proactively works to help clients strategically plan and prevent legal issues from occurring.

Head of Transactions

Business & Intellectual Property

As head of the transactions department, Brenke has helped numerous business owners, online and brick-and-mortar, strategically plan and implement actions to prevent legal issues from arising.  Her “prevent versus clean up” attitude helps entrepreneurs invest, financially and legally, into proper protective actions.

As a well-known author, speaker and authority on legal subjects entrepreneur’s face, Brenke provides great value to clients in and outside of legal advisement.

Rachel resides in Fredericksburg, VA with her Army veteran husband, five kids and two rescue dogs.  She also owns a non-profit to help further legislative change.

J.D., Liberty University School of Law, 2012

M.A. in Human Services, Liberty University School of Law, 2012

M.B.A. in Marketing, Liberty University School of Law, 2009

B.A., Criminology and Criminal Justice, 2007

  • Regularly counsels business and individuals on intellectual property protection
  • Regularly drafts copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property licensing and transfer agreements
  • Has drafted, reviewed, and negotiated commercial leases
  • Regularly reviews, negotiates and drafts other contracts for business and individuals
  • Has formed many business entities and drafted corporate governance documents, including corporate bylaws and operating agreements for limited liability companies
  • Has assisted businesses with compliance with government regulations
  • Has counseled retail, restaurants, and other brick-and-mortar establishments concerning government compliance and general legal liability issues
  • Has counseled start ups and established technology companies on legal issues
  • Has drafted end user license agreements, privacy policies, and Digital Millennium Copyright policies for video games, websites, and other computer software
  • Has performed numerous patent searches and assisted licensed patent attorneys with patent prosecution
  • Virginia
  • Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Host of the #6 Apple Podcast – The Business Bites
  • Author of 7 published books
  • Internationally renowned and sought after speaker
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Andrew P. Connors
Managing Partner
As managing partner and practicing attorney, Andrew P. Connors vigorously protects his clients through years of legal expertise and knowledge.

Head of Litigation

Civil & Intellectual Property

As a litigator, he has represented clients in all state trial courts in Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the Court of Appeals of Virginia, including the full Court of Appeals sitting en banc, and the Supreme Court of Virginia. He has handled cases involving all kinds of intellectual property matters, including trademark, trade secret, patent, and copyright suits or potential suits. His business counseling practice focuses on business formation, intellectual property protection, intellectual property licensing, and contract drafting, including technology-related contract and licensing agreements.

As a former software developer and business consultant on government contracts, Mr. Connors understands the particular needs of technology-related businesses.

Andrew resides in Blacksburg, VA with his wife and two sons.

J.D., Liberty University School of Law, 2010

  • Managing Editor of Student Works, Liberty University Law Review, 2009-2010
  • Best Advocate, 4th Place, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Washington, D.C. Region, 2010
  • Finalist, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Washington, D.C. Region
  • Champion & Best Brief, Liberty Law 2L/3L Moot Court Tournament (the “Liberty Cup”), 2009
  • Moot Court Board, 2008-2010
  • CALI Award winner for top grade in Environmental Law, 2010
  • Founder & President of Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society, 2009-2010
  • Vice President, Federalist Society Student Chapter, 2008-2009

B.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Virginia (School of Engineering and Applied Science), 2005

  • Regularly counsels business and individuals on intellectual property protection
  • Regularly drafts copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property licensing and transfer agreements
  • Has drafted, reviewed, and negotiated commercial leases
  • Regularly reviews, negotiates and drafts other contracts for business and individuals
  • Has formed many business entities and drafted corporate governance documents, including corporate bylaws and operating agreements for limited liability companies
  • Has assisted businesses with compliance with government regulations
  • Has counseled retail, restaurants, and other brick-and-mortar establishments concerning government compliance and general legal liability issues
  • Has counseled start ups and established technology companies on legal issues
  • Has drafted end user license agreements, privacy policies, and Digital Millennium Copyright policies for video games, websites, and other computer software
  • Has performed numerous patent searches and assisted licensed patent attorneys with patent prosecution
  • Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Star 2013 – 2018
  • Current Vice President (for Montgomery County) of the Montgomery-Radford Bar Association
  • Former law clerk at Court of Appeals of Virginia to Judge William G. Petty
  • Current adjunct professor of law at Liberty University School of Law teaching Intellectual Property
  • Spotlight: WSLS10 News – The Importance of Trademarks
  • Perfect 10.0 “Superb” rating on AVVO
  • Experienced civil litigator representing clients in IP, business, contract, and other civil disputes
  • Has briefed and argued multiple cases before Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Former member of Liberty University Law Review Editorial Board

 

  • JTM Consulting, LLC et al. v. Fiba Tech Industries, Inc., No. 7:2017-cv-00210 (W.D.Va., Pending)

Represent plaintiff in federal declaratory judgment action raising issues of trademark validity, trademark infringement, and trademark dilution.

  • Unimex Corp. v. Mendelson’s LLC, et al., No. CL00107895-00 (Loudoun Cnty. Cir. Ct., Pending)

Represent plaintiff in sale of goods transaction alleging breach of contract and fraud.

  • Broadcast Music, Inc., et al. v. TSK Investments, LLC et al., No. 7:16-cv-00529-GEC (W.Va., Closed)

Defense of business establishment accused of copyright infringement for alleged unauthorized performance of popular music.

  • Garner v. Rising Tide Media Group, LLC, No. 7:16-cv-00583-GEC (W.D.Va., closed Apr. 4, 2017)

Represented plaintiff in federal suit alleging copyright infringement of photograph included in mailer allegedly produced by defendant.

  • Garner v. The Printing Express, Inc., No. 7:16-cv-00387 (W.D.Va., closed Mar. 13, 2017)

Represented plaintiff in federal suit alleging copyright infringement of photograph included in mass produced mailer.

  • Garner v. The Republican Party of Virginia, Inc., No. 7:15-cv-00410 (W.D.Va., closed April 13, 2016)

Represented plaintiff in federal suit alleging copyright infringement of photograph included in mass produced mailer.  Included substantial briefing on fair use and publication under United States Copyright Act.

  • Garner v. Higgins, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16761, 7:14-cv-00461-GEC (W.D.Va. Feb. 11, 2015)

Represented plaintiff in copyright infringement of photograph by blogger in online opinion article.  Prevailed in written opinion on Defendant’s motion for summary judgment based on fair use.

  • Automation Creations, Inc. v. 8 Rivers Capital, LLC et al., No. 7:14-cv-00063 (W.D.Va., closed May 19, 2014)

Represented Plaintiff in suit removed to federal court alleging claims for breach of contract of software development contract.

  • Kepa, Inc. v. Va. Dept. of Health, 62 Va. App. 614, 751 S.E.2d. 671 (2013) (en banc), rev’d by 289 Va. 131, 766 S.E.2d 884 (2015)

Represented hookah lounge in challenge to Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act as applied to it.  Obtained rare en banc review by Court of Appeals of Virginia and won en banc.  Subsequently reversed on further appeal by attorney general to Supreme Court of Virginia.