Cortland C. Putbrese manages the Richmond, Virginia office of DunlapWeaver, a mid-Atlantic law firm with offices spanning several states. He has extensive experience representing and advising Fortune 500 companies in multimillion-dollar lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Putbrese also counsels start-up companies and assists them with their business planning and legal needs.
His practice primarily focuses on commercial litigation, bankruptcy, products liability, intellectual property, insurance coverage, wage and hour litigation, election law, and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission compliance matters. He also represents clients in nationwide alcohol beverage control licensing and regulatory matters.
In addition to practicing law, Mr. Putbrese is an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, where he teaches first-year students. Mr. Putbrese has also authored various publications, including serving as a contributing editor for the Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium. POLITICO, a national political journalism organization, has selected Mr. Putbrese to serve as one of its contributors. His observations on national and Virginia politics have appeared in the Daily Telegraph (London, England), Aamulehti (Finland), Washington Examiner, and Richmond Times-Dispatch newspapers.
In 2007, Governor (then Attorney General) Bob McDonnell appointed Mr. Putbrese as special counsel to representVirginiain certain cases. Subsequently, in 2008, John McCain’s presidential campaign asked Mr. Putbrese to serve as litigation counsel with respect to matters involving the election. Most recently, the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner appointed Mr. Putbrese and his firm as the state’s sole special counsel for the purpose of collecting monies owed to employees.
Mr. Putbrese received his Juris Doctor from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he served as an editor for the Washington and Lee Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal. He also graduated with high distinction from the University of Virginia, where he received his undergraduate degree. Mr. Putbrese is admitted to practice in both Virginia and West Virginia.