Vienna, Virginia Business and Intellectual Property Lawyers
Other Offices: Washington, DC West Palm Beach, FL Atlanta, GA
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Law Firm OverviewDunlap Bennett & Ludwig is a multi-faceted law firm serving clients nationwide with office locations spread out throughout the country. The firm was founded by U.S. Army officers with over 200 years of combined experience and expertise in a wide variety of industries and sciences.
The team of highly skilled attorneys at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig has handled a wide variety of cases involving corporate/finance law, intellectual property laws, and government contracts. The firm has a great deal of experience handling government contracts as well as compliance to federal guidelines in other industries, such as aviation. Additionally, the firm also has a great deal of experience in the field of entertainment law, with a focus on the film industry, and two of the firm’s partners have even been credited as associate producers to a major motion picture.
No matter what your legal needs may be, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig is here to help. The firm’s experience in so many different fields gives them the ability to handle all types of cases at any level of complexity with ease. The firm’s reputation and track record is well established amongst colleagues and clients, and their discipline and integrity are a testament to the values of the armed services.
Year this Office was Established: 1999
Languages: French, Spanish, English
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Career College Representation; Bid Protest; Termination & Compliance with Acts; Local Counsel & Pro Hac Vice; Will Contest; Accreditation; Domain Law; Domain Sale; Condominium Law; Business Tort; Escrow Service; Land Development; Lanham Act Claim; Lead Counsel; Leasing; Lift Stay Proceeding; Mechanics Lien; Private School Representation; Private Placement; TTAB Proceeding; Vocational School Representation.
Areas of Law Description
Our practice includes:
- Intellectual Property
We help our clients obtain and register the patents, trademarks, copyrights and licenses that protect their products, services and brand identities. We manage intellectual property portfolios and provide deep discount trademark monitoring services to our clients so they can protect their brand and keep the value of the particular mark.
Copyright is a form of legal protection for written works including computer software, music and recordings, dramatic works, choreographic works, photographs, paintings, graphics, sculptures, audio video works, and architectural works. Generally any creative work that can be seen, heard or touched (either directly or with the aid of a machine) is protected by copyright laws.
Our firm has extensive preparing and prosecuting patent applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Our prosecution group consist of a number of “Of Counsel” attorneys who are experts in various technical fields, and their collective experience includes successfully prosecuting patents in all areas of technology—including the electronic, chemical, biotechnology and mechanical arts—for all manner of clients, from Fortune 500 corporations to start-ups.
A “trademark” is any word, slogan, phrase, logo (see some of our clients' Representative Marks) or a combination of those items that is used to identify the products of one company from the products of other companies. Trademarks represent branding efforts by a company and they are an incredibly important business asset because they enable businesses to promote the reputation of their products.
- Corporate and Finance
We partner with individuals and the businesses they run to help service all of their corporate and transactional legal needs on a local, national and international scale. Knowing that each business and each situation is different, we tailor our approach to your company's unique needs. Our status as a boutique law firm allows us to partner with and service our clients in this manner.
DunlapWeaver PLLC has a robust Franchise & Distribution practice, representing the business, real estate and intellectual property needs of franchisors and franchisees in many industries. Franchising, for both franchisors and franchisees, can be one of the most efficient and effective ways to achieve the American dream.
* Business Law
A “business attorney" or "business lawyer" generally refers to a lawyer who represents business entities of all types including corporations, LLCs, general partnerships, limited partnerships, sole proprietorships, associations, organizations and joint ventures.
* Venture Capital
Our firm is located in the Washington, DC Metro area, the leading location for start-up companies and business seeking capital in an unstable economy, where venture capital and the government converge. Our attorneys have experience working with venture capital firms, angels and private investors across the United States and overseas.
* Mergers & Acquisitions
From helping to grow and preserve your assets to achieving your business and financial goals, DunlapWeaver PLLC partners with you through every step of a merger or acquisition. Our lawyers assist businesses locally and across the nation in buying, selling or combining different corporate structures to maximize business potential, market share and wealth.
Our firm offers its clients the many benefits of a highly focused, small-sized business litigation firm, but with all of the important advantages of top national law firm experience. The result for our clients is intense, sophisticated, high-quality legal representation, provided in a cost-effective manner.
* Mediation and Arbitration
Lawyers at the law firm of DunlapWeaver PLLC are advocates of a variety of alternative dispute resolution methods. As a law firm committed to keeping legal costs reasonable, we have found that alternative dispute resolution (ADR) may, under the circumstances, be a much less expensive way to solve problems and resolve business disputes.
- Labor and Employment Law
At the Washington, D.C., area law offices of DunlapWeaver PLLC, we represent employers who want to make the best choices for their business. We help them avoid the courtroom by creating the right legal protections and mitigating the negative effects of any employment law action.
- Real Estate
Our attorneys have extraordinary experience representing clients engaged in every facet of buying, selling, developing, operating, leasing, capitalizing and financing real estate for operators, investors and consumers. Our real estate litigation attorneys serve clients who are facing threatened or actual litigation concerning real estate or zoning matters, or who need to enforce their rights in a real estate dispute.
- Aviation Law
Tom Dunlap serves as a panel attorney for AOPA (the only one located in the immediate Dulles Airport area). He is a licensed instrument pilot and flies a Cirrus SR-22 from KJYO, where he serves as an Airport Commissioner. The firm’s aviation litigation practice includes air crash, aviation tort and aviation products liability defense and aviation-related commercial trial work.
Our bankruptcy practice is as old as the firm itself. Thomas Dunlap and Daniel Grubb were practicing bankruptcy law before they started the firm. We combine our experience in bankruptcy with our other areas of expertise in corporate law and asset protection to provide competent, comprehensive representation to our clients.
- Career College Representation
We can help a wide variety of schools obtain a license to operate in almost any state in the country where licensure is required, including: flight schools; truck driving schools; cooking schools; computer and technology schools; modeling and acting schools; massage therapy schools; cosmetology schools; and auto repair schools and many more.
- Estate Planning
Our law firm helps individuals and companies grow and protect their assets. For our lawyers, effective estate planning is one more tool to help our clients succeed. Our attorneys meet with clients to help them create asset protection plans that really work for individuals and businesses in the form of wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and advance medical directives.
- Military Justice
Our firm specializes in representing members of all branches of the United States military facing criminal and adverse administrative actions. All of our military attorneys served for years in the United States Army, and Dan Grubb continues to serve as a Major in the United States Army Reserve.
- Civil & Criminal Litigation
From business disputes between contractors, former employees, vendors or with the government, when these matters end up in court a company’s entire business is affected and can be at risk. It is times like these when DunlapWeaver PLLC provides experienced, assertive and efficient legal counsel from years of litigating in trials before judges and juries, appeals, arbitrations, mediations and administrative proceedings for both individuals and businesses all over the country to achieve predictable and sought after outcomes for its clients.
- Qui Tam and False Claims Act
The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733, imposes civil liability for false or fraudulent claims for payment to the United States government, including fraud involving any federally funded contact or program, with the exception of tax fraud.
- Product Liability Litigation
At DunlapWeaver PLLC, we have attorneys that specialize in representing corporate clients in complex product liability matters. We strive to vigorously represent manufacturers in the most cost-effective manner possible. As a boutique AV Rated firm with lawyers from top twenty schools and pedigree resumes, who left behind mega-firms—firms that have continually raised their hourly rates in recent years—we provide our clients with large firm expertise and service at economical rates.
Mr. Ellis Bennett
Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Business and Industry, Employment, Intellectual Property
Mr. Thomas M. Dunlap
Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Asbestos Mesothelioma, Aviation Law, Banking Law, Business Law
Mr. David Ludwig
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Bankruptcy, Business Litigation
Mr. Cortland C. Putbrese
Bankruptcy, Intellectual Property, Litigation
Ms. Mary Beaghler
Copyright, Intellectual Property, Trademark
Ms. Christina Heischmidt
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Bankruptcy, Business Litigation
Mr. Daniel Hofherr
Business and Industry, Real Estate
Mr. Kevin Repper
Intellectual Property, Patents, Trademark
- American Bar Association
- Virginia State Bar Association
- Maryland State Bar Association
- Washington DC Bar Association
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The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) extended and made permanent (i.e., until Congress changes its mind) a number of key estate tax provisions. This includes a $5 million ($5.25 including inflation) estate tax exemption and portability of a deceased spouse’s exemption to the surviving spouse. The result of this means that married couples can shelter up to $10.5 million of their estate from federal taxes.Read Article
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Health Care Provider Liability under the False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. § 3729 et seq.) - A recent decision by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals details circumstances under which health care providers may be held liable under the False Claims Act (“FCA”), 31 U.S.C. § 3729, et seq., for alleged fraud committed under Part C of the U.S. Medicare program. By Cliff Holmes, Esq. Attorney for Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver PLLC (Washington, DC)Read Article
Independent film financing and tax credits are linked and play a huge role in making a successful film. Understanding where these credits are and how to obtain them is vital. Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, experienced entertainment lawyers can help with this. This article lists the credits available in the United States by jurisdiction.Read Article
Filing a Bid Protest or otherwise disputing the award of a government contract is a tricky and expensive legal tangle that can become expensive and instantly unsuccessful for the uninitiated. This article covers the main points in filing and questions any company should ask itself before filing a bid protest.Read Article
If you are starting a new business and trying to determine which form of entity to create, we can help you make the right choice. It is impossible to make an informed decision without understanding the basic characteristics of the various kinds of business organizations established and recognized by state and Federal laws.Read Article
Trademark and copyright are interlinked issues which many businesses find difficult to differentiate, but there are some very important differences. For starters, a copyright belongs to the person who created the work, while a trademark belongs to the entity that creates and markets a product or service.Read Article
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