Thomas Dunlap

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Thomas Dunlap
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Location: Vienna, VA
Practice areas: Intellectual property, commercial and business law

Thomas Dunlap
Managing Partner

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC

“The firm started in a garage with a credit card, a leased photocopier and a couple of clients from the firm my partner and I had left,” says Thomas Dunlap. “We now have multiple offices — three in Virginia alone — and more than 30 lawyers handling complex cases. I like to believe that much of the success comes from mentoring others in more than just law, but also in client relations and business.” For the first few years of Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC’s operations, Dunlap and his partner alternated on active military deployments around the world. “My experience as [an] army officer and in officer-candidate school helped shape my personal ethos,” he says. “Officer-candidate school was an exercise in requiring not only personal strength without praise, but also in having others rely on your leadership. This and my subsequent experience as a platoon leader helped shape and inspire me.”

QUICK TIP: “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty.” – Theodor Roosevelt

“Tom has helped in many facets of our company, including successfully completing more than 20 trademarks for the brewery. He has been an intricate part in ensuring we are meeting all regulations that are critical to our continued success for funding and trademark protections. Tom and his team have been an invaluable resource. He has and will help us grow and succeed in the future by … paving [our] way to becoming a successful company.” – Matt Hagerman, President and CEO, Lost Rhino Brewing Company