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Thomas M Dunlap

About me

My practice focuses on transactions and disputes in the patent, copyright, trademark entertainment & commercial law in Federal Courts across the country where I have handled case in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, Texas, New York, Florida, Minnesota, Delaware, Colorado, New Jersey, California and Rhode Island, as well as the Court of Claims, the Federal Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  For more information on cases I have handled please visit my website profile at

In addition to numerous seminars and serving as faculty for Virginia CLE on trademark, patent and copyright, I am the author for the last two editions of the Virginia Lawyers Deskbook, Chapter 8, Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights & Trade Secrets (Virginia CLE).   I have served as President of the Loudoun County Bar Association and have been selected as a Top Northern Virginia Lawyer (Northern Virginia Magazine), a Virginia and Washington DC SuperLawyer, Virginia Legal Elite and was named as one of the most Powerful Lawyers in Entertainment by the Hollywood Reporter (2010).

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.

I 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.

I was a Captain in the Army and a graduate of Army OCS having served as Recon Scout Platoon Leader, an aide de camp to a Commanding General and a company commander.

I am an avid sailor and owns a Cirrus SR-22 high performance airplane and hold a private instrument pilot rating with the complex & high performance endorsements. I serve as a commissioner for the Leesburg Airport (KJYO) and enjoy diving (rescue diver & Nitrox certified), and hold a US Army Humvee and M1 Tank drivers licenses, and am a former National Silver Medallist in full contact Burmese kickboxing, called Bando (2002). As founder and co-patent holder on  nano-particle technology, I also serve as the chiarman of the board of directors of Ceres Nanosciences, LLLP, a biotechnology company based in Manassas, Virginia. (


I 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. 


Languages spoken: French

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Practice areas


  1. Intellectual Property: 30%
    16 years, 200 cases
  2. Government Contracts: 25%
    16 years, 50 cases
  3. Aviation: 20%
    16 years, 200 cases
  4. Litigation: 15%
    16 years, 200 cases
  5. Entertainment: 10%
    16 years, 5 thousand cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • James W Pravel

    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

  • Chananel H Nakasaka

    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 Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig

8300 Boone Blvd
Suite 550
Vienna, VA, 22182

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig

1725 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Suite 1025
Washington, DC, 20006

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig

211 Church Street SE
Leesburg, VA, 20175-2715



DCActive 200105/24/2015
VAAuthorized to practice law199909/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
MemberWho's Who In American Law2011
SuperLawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Top 100 Power Lawyers in EntertainmentHollywood Reporter2010
SuperLawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2009
SuperLawyersLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerDunlap, Grubb & Weaver, PLLC2002 - Present
CEOCeres Nanosciences, Inc.2007 - 2011
Special ProsecutorLoudoun County2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Leesburg Executive AirportCommissioner2008 - Present
Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Membership CommitteeBoard Member2007 - Present
Loudoun Community Free ClinicVice Chair/ Board Member2005 - Present
Loudon County Bar AssociationPresident2004 - 2005
Airline Owners & Pilots AssociationPanel Attorney2004 - Present
Loudoun County Bar Association, BoardBoard Member2003 - 2006
American MENSAN/A1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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 CoThe 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”).
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Publication nameTitleDate
Electronic Signature In Law: Second EditionChapter 8: E-Sign & UETA - Electronic Signatures in the United States2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of MarylandN/AMBA2012
University of MarylandBiotechnologyMS - Master of Science2010
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Lafayette CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sports & Entertainment Law SymposiumCopyright Litigation in Film & Television Piracy2011
How-To: Intellectual PropertyHow-To: Intellectual Property2011
Washington & LeeIntellectual Property Basics2010
Loudoun SBDC Business ConferenceIntellectual Property for Small Business2010
VA CLE - Speaking ObjectionsSpeaking Objections2009
International Conference on Electronic EvidenceElectronic Evidence in US Federal Courts2008
National Notary Conference Los AngelesElectronic Signatures and Federal Law Esign and UETA2007