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Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    3 years
  2. Election Campaigns & Political Law: 20%
    0 years
  3. Insurance: 15%
    3 years
  4. Bankruptcy & Debt: 5%
    0 years

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Mark Richard Colombell

    I have had the pleasure of serving on an Executive Committee for a bar organization with Cortland. Cortland's professionalism and civility towards others is what every attorney should strive for.


    Mark Colombell Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer. I’ve worked on various matters with Cortland, and he is a highly capable attorney.


    Mary Beaghler Intellectual Property Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig

2307 East Broad Street
Suite 301
Richmond, VA, 23223


VAAuthorized to practice law200111/29/2012
WVAuthorized to practice law199808/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Law Firm in Northern Virginia (Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig)Virginia Living magazine2014
SemifinalistABA Negotiation Competition, Washington & Lee University School of Law1996
Graduated with High DistinctionUniversity of Virginia1995
Dean's ListUniversity of Virginia1995
Distinguished Majors ProgramUniversity of Virginia1995
Dean's ListUniversity of Virginia1994
Department of Government Certificate of RecognitionUniversity of Virginia1994
Dean's ListUniversity of Virginia1993
Intermediate HonorsUniversity of Virginia1993
Dean's ListUniversity of Virginia1992
Dean's ListUniversity of Virginia1991
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerDunlap Bennett & Ludwig2012 - Present
Adjunct Associate Professor of LawUniversity of Richmond School of Law2005 - Present
AssociateMcGuireWoods2000 - 2005
AssociateJackson Kelly1998 - 2000
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Washington and Lee Alumni Association of RichmondChapter Advisory Board Member2014 - Present
National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing AttorneysSustaining Member2014 - Present
Republican Party of VirginiaGeneral Counsel2013 - 2014
Virginia Board of CorrectionsMember (Appointed by the Governor of Virginia)2013 - 2014
Capitol Square Preservation CouncilMember-at-Large (Appointed by the Governor of Virginia)2011 - 2014
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of CourtMember-at-Large, Executive Committee2009 - 2013
Washington and Lee Alumni Association of RichmondCo-President2007 - 2008
Virginia State BarMember2001 - Present
West Virginia State BarDelegate (Elected), Young Lawyers Executive Committee1999 - 2000
West Virginia State BarMember1998 - Present
Phi Delta Phi, Washington & Lee University School of LawPresident1997 - 1998
WUVA, Inc.President1991 - 1995
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Income Tax School, Inc. v. LopezThe federal court granted the defendants' motion, dismissed the action, and transferred it to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Workman v. United Artists Theatre Circuit, Inc.The federal court granted summary judgment on plaintiffs' future loss of income claim.
In the Matter of Rave Cinemas, LLCThe administrative law judge dismissed the charges against the licensee, and the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board upheld the judge's decision.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig Law BlogDunlap Bennett & Ludwig Brings Big Win for the Republican Party of Virginia2014
POLITICOContributor, “The Arena”2012
Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium (Aspen Law & Business)Contributing Editor2000
Virginia State Bar Environmental Law NewsVirginia’s Title V Operating Permit Program1998
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington & Lee University School of LawLawJ.D.1998
University of VirginiaGovernmentB.A., Graduated with High Distinction1995
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2014 Virginia Election Law Training: Update Regarding Legislative and Regulatory Changes2014 Virginia Election Law Training: Update Regarding Legislative and Regulatory Changes2014
National Association of Governmental Labor Officials Annual ConferencePromised Wages: Strategies that Work in Wage Collection2012
Central Virginia Legal Aid Radio ShowCollection of Unpaid Wages under Virginia's Payment of Wage Act2012