My practice focuses on complex entertainment law matters, civil litigation, mediation and arbitration in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark & commercial law. I have represented local, national and international clients in a variety of complex litigation, including copyright disputes in the United Kingdom and multi-jurisdictional federal patent infringement and invalidity claims.
Tom has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Virginia where he successfully argued the application of the intra-corporate immunity doctrine as it relates to conspiracy claims. In addition to numerous seminars, including as faculty for Virginia CLE on electronic evidence in civil litigation, serving as President of the Loudoun Bar Association and writing technical treatises,Tom was selected as one of twelve Top Northern Virginia Lawyers for his litigation experience in the 2006 June/ July edition of Northern Virginia Magazine, and in 2008 and 2009 as a Virginia Super Lawyer in the area of Commercial Litigation (top 2.5% by peer selection). Tom was named as one of the most Powerful Lawyers in Entertainment by the Hollywood Reporter in 2010 and is lead counsel in the #2 Entertainment ase of 2010 (Hurt Locker v. Doe).
Tom has served as a Special Prosecutor and has a background in banking and finance from time spent in commercial banking at JP Morgan Chase and the Bank of New York.
Tom grew up in Middleburg and Great Falls, Virginia, attending high school at the International School of Geneva in Switzerland, where he learned to speak French fluently. He graduated from Lafayette College where he was a member of the varsity fencing team and rugby team. Following college Tom spent time in New York, New York working in both retail and commercial banking for Chase Manhattan, (now JP Morgan Chase) and the Bank of New York.
He attended law school at Washington & Lee University where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity (Vice Magistrar), and where he continued to play rugby. Tom worked for a Northern Virginia firm, where he eventually became a partner. In 2001 Dan Grubb and Tom formed Dunlap & Grubb. Tom is presently enrolled at the University of Maryland where he will receive a dual degree MS Biotechnology/ MBA.
Until May of 2009, Tom was a Captain in the Virginia Army National Guard, and a graduate of Army OCS. He has served as Recon Scout Platoon Leader, and XO for A Troop, 1-158th CAV(RECON), and served as the aide de camp to the Commanding General, 29th Infantry Division and as the Commander of HHC, 116th BSTB Infantry, with whom he spent some time in Kosovo.
Tom is an avid sailor and owns a Cirrus SR-22 high performance airplane, for which he holds a private instrument pilot rating with the complex & high performance endorsements. He serves a an commissioner for the Leesburg Airport (KJYO). Tom also enjoys diving (rescue diver & Nitrox certified), and holds a US Army Humvee and M1 Tank drivers licenses, and is a former National Silver Medallist in full contact Burmese kickboxing, called Bando (2002). As an original founder and co-patent holder on certain nano-particle technology, Tom serves as the part-time interim CEO of Ceres Nanosciences, LLLP, a biotechnology company based in Manassas, Virginia.
Languages Spoken: French
Licensed since 1999
Hourly ($350-495/hour), Contingent (25-45%), Fixed (Sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Tom is a sharp, assertive litigator who can be depended upon to pursue the client's goals diligently, accurately and efficiently. He has the ability to get right to the relevant issues on a wide range of subject areas. It is always a pleasure to work with Tom on patent cases and I would highly recommend him to represent you or your company on any complex and/or challenging civil litigation matters
James Pravel Patent Application Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Mr. Dunlap is an outstanding attorney whom I had the privilege of working with years ago. He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced particularly in intellectual property law. I completely agree that he is truly a rare find.
Chananel Nakasaka Employment & Labor Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|VA||Authorized to practice law||1999||03/11/2014|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Member||Who's Who In American Law||2011|
|SuperLawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2011|
|Top 100 Power Lawyers in Entertainment||Hollywood Reporter||2010|
|SuperLawyers||Law & Politics Magazine||2009|
|SuperLawyers||Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|CEO||Ceres Nanosciences, Inc.||2007 - 2011|
|Special Prosecutor||Loudoun County||2005 - 2005|
|Managing Partner||Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, PLLC||2002 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Leesburg Executive Airport||Commissioner||2008 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Membership Committee||Board Member||2007 - Present|
|Loudoun Community Free Clinic||Vice Chair/ Board Member||2005 - Present|
|Loudon County Bar Association||President||2004 - 2005|
|Airline Owners & Pilots Association||Panel Attorney||2004 - Present|
|Loudoun County Bar Association, Board||Board Member||2003 - 2006|
|American MENSA||N/A||1998 - Present|
|Buffalo Wings, Factory, Inc. v. Charbroil Grill of Wordlgate, Inc.||Obtained judgment & $81,000 in sanctions and fees|
|Swimways Corp. v. Zuru, Inc., No. 2:13CV334, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98092 (E.D. Va. July 18, 2014)||Judge Davis of the Norfolk Division of the EDVA found, as a matter of law, that a patent was either anticipated or rendered obvious by the prior art. Summary judgement for the Defendant (our client) Zuru, LLC invalidating the patent.|
|United States ex rel Carter v. Halliburton Co||The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a qui tam action that the district court held was barred by the statute of limitations and the first-to-file bar under the False Claims Act (“FCA”).|
|University of Maryland||N/A||MBA||2012|
|University of Maryland||Biotechnology||Master of Science||2010|
|Washington and Lee University School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||1999|
|Lafayette College||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium||Copyright Litigation in Film & Television Piracy||2011|
|How-To: Intellectual Property||How-To: Intellectual Property||2011|
|Washington & Lee||Intellectual Property Basics||2010|
|Loudoun SBDC Business Conference||Intellectual Property for Small Business||2010|
|VA CLE - Speaking Objections||Speaking Objections||2009|
|International Conference on Electronic Evidence||Electronic Evidence in US Federal Courts||2008|
|National Notary Conference Los Angeles||Electronic Signatures and Federal Law Esign and UETA||2007|