Charles Monterio, Jr. focuses his practice primarily on patent litigation (both plaintiff and defendant). Charles has litigated complex patent litigation cases from pre-suit investigations through multiple trials and appeals, including three trial wins in the past five years. He also has extensive experience in patent-related strategic counseling and post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. His practice has embraced a wide range of technologies, including manufacturing processes, medical devices, electronic devices, and computer software.

He has patent litigation experience related to all phases of a case, including formulating case strategy, managing discovery, taking and defending depositions, preparing and opposing motions, and working with industry experts. He has also argued numerous hearings before district courts, including Markman hearings and conducted trials. Additionally, Charles has experience in patent portfolio counseling and prosecution, concentrating in the fields of biotechnology, chemical and mechanical, electrical, and design and plant patents.

Prior to joining private legal practice, he was a judicial intern with the Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he handled issues such as the Federal Death Penalty Act, the Federal Torts Claims Act, and civil procedure questions in connection with motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and other dispositive motions. He also served on a U.S. Senate Committee for two years conducting legal policy studies on IP and biotechnology. On Capitol Hill, he was involved in the development and presentation of new biotechnology concepts and facilities as well as a study of the current framework of biotechnology research and funding. Charles also worked in the State of Iowa’s Office of the Governor, where he supported former Governor Thomas J. Vilsack. While in law school, he was a member of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.


• 2014–2015, “Rising Star” in Washington, D.C., listed by Super Lawyers

• 2013, "Plaintiffs' Hot List," listed in The National Law Journal Plaintiffs

• 2013, listed in Lawyers of Color Hot List


Charles was selected as a 2013 Fellow for the Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (“LCLD”), which is a program for leaders who have distinguished themselves within their corporation or law firm and have a career history that reflects strong performance and leadership skills. He is also a member of the Just the Beginning Foundation, and part of the leadership team of the DuPont Minority Corporate Counsel Network.

Charles is active in the Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund and the Alfred Street Baptist Church. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

ADMISSIONS: Virginia, 2005; District of Columbia, 2005; U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2008

MEMBERSHIPS: American Intellectual Property Law Association; Virginia Bar Association

EDUCATION: Drake University Law School (JD, 2004); University of Miami (BS, 2001)

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