Cortland Christopher Putbrese

Cortland Christopher Putbrese

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Cortland C. Putbrese manages the Richmond, Virginia office of DunlapWeaver, a mid-Atlantic law firm with offices spanning several states. Prior to joining DunlapWeaver, he practiced with a major international law firm. 

Mr. Putbrese has extensive experience representing and advising Fortune 500 companies in multimillion-dollar lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country. He is highly skilled in all aspects of the pretrial and trial stages of litigation. Mr. Putbrese has also represented various foreign corporations, including companies in Japan, Germany, and Hong Kong, and worked with counsel around the globe. In addition, he routinely counsels start-up companies and assists them with their business planning and legal needs.

His practice primarily focuses on complex commercial litigation, products liability, intellectual property, insurance coverage, employment, bankruptcy, and election law matters. He also represents clients in nationwide alcohol beverage control licensing and regulatory matters. 

In addition, Mr. Putbrese served as an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law for almost eight years, where he taught first-year students. He has 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.

Recently, the Governor of Virginia appointed Mr. Putbrese to the Board of Corrections, which oversees the Virginia Department of Corrections. In 2007, the Attorney General of Virginia selected him to serve as special counsel to represent the state in certain cases. The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner has also appointed Mr. Putbrese and his firm as the state’s special counsel for the purpose of collecting monies owed to employees. In addition, Mr. Putbrese is a member of the Republican Party of Virginia’s executive committee and serves as the statewide party’s general counsel.

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.