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Laura Lynette Dunn

Civil rights Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 7 years
    Maryland - MD 9 years
    Virginia - VA Licensed
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2016
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed
    State VA
    Acquired N/A
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Laura

Learn Laura’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Civil rights
    Title IX

  2. Litigation
    Campus sexual assault

  3. Education
    Disability rights

Laura L. Dunn, Esq. is a nationally recognized victim-turned-victims’ rights attorney whose work has been featured by HBO Vice, National Law Journal, Rolling Stone Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, and TIME Magazine, among many others. 

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Laura L. Dunn, Esq.
1717 K Street NW
Suite 900
Washington, DC, 20006

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Posted by Becca | August 23, 2020
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Diligent & Survivor-Focused Attorney
I could not be more pleased with the work that Laura Dunn did in my case. She was dedicated, responsive, and attentive to not only the details of my case but to who I was as a person and survivor. She diligently addressed every single one of my concerns and questions, making sure that I was educated and comfortable at every step. Laura’s survivor-focused and professional approach ensured that I secured justice in my case and received the closure that I needed. I am positive that without Laura’s expertise and support, I would not have made it through such a daunting and difficult process. I highly recommend Ms. Dunn to all survivors seeking justice!
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2019
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Laura was hired to represent me in a case at the end of this last year. She did an excellent job with email and phone communication due to my location on the west coast. I believe that Laura is very understanding and respectful of individuals who have been through personal injury and as a result have had setbacks to their education. I am extremely grateful to have had Laura as my attorney through this difficult time and would highly recommend her to those who are in need of her service.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2019
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Amazing representation
Laura was a perfect lawyer to help me through this case. She is fantastic representation for survivors— helping me through the tough moments and guiding me to get closure through the whole process. Very thankful for her!
Posted by Katie | March 1, 2019
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Strong representation for survivors
Laura represented me in my education case. I challenged a major university and needed to be taken seriously. Universities take Laura Dunn seriously. She did not back down despite numerous attempts by the university to quash the case. Her perseverance earned me the accommodations and compensation I needed to move forward after a difficult time in my life. Laura's attention to detail ensured that the university followed through on their promises. Elements of my settlement could fallen through the cracks but Laura stayed on top of my case. She responded promptly to my follow up concerns and made sure my needs were addressed in a timely manner. Laura has the compassion to represent survivors and toughness to challenge the institutions that threaten our healing.
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Posted by Katie | February 4, 2016
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Exceptional Attorney
Laura is a highly knowledgeable and committed attorney who has fought tirelessly in my pursuit of justice. The campus and legal systems can become overwhelming but Laura has provided exceptional guidance, preparing me every step of the way. I highly recommend Laura, without reservation, to any survivor seeking justice.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2016
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Laura championed my privacy rights as a survivor & victim of campus assault
I'm truly satisfied that I worked with Laura Dunn & her associate. They helped successfully resolve ongoing retaliation for reporting sexual assault at my college to rectify the situation. I was treated with sensitivity and care. All strategies and legal arguments were strong and effective to their cause in helping me to assert my Title IX right to not face retaliation for reporting assault. They also helped to protect my rights to privacy in a lawsuit by a "men's rights advocate" which sought un-redacted reports of sexual assault & adjudication hearings from my alma mater for the past decade. SurvJustice helped put to rest some lasting thorny legal issues which exacerbated my PTSD as a college student and alumna. Three cheers for Laura & everyone at SurvJustice!
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Posted by Hannah | February 1, 2016
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Ms. Dunn has helped me in many ways over the last year and a half. She has fought for my rights and helped me overcome things that I felt were insurmountable. She opened up a new world for me and I would be lost without her! She cares immensely about her clients and puts countless hours into her work. I know that with her by my side, I can get through anything.
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Posted by anonymous | February 1, 2016
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Laura stands out above the rest. She is patient, comforting, a strong leader, kind and everything you would want someone standing on your side to be. She took over everything and handled the case in a quick manner all while keeping me informed and involved in the process. I can't speak highly enough of Laura and her ability to represent women and men in some of the most difficult times of their lives.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 200-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • L.L. Dunn Law Firm
  • 2019 - Present
  • Seminar Lecturer
  • University Of Maryland School Of Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • D.C. Managing Counsel
  • The Fierberg National Law Group
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Bar Prep Course - Teaching Assistant
  • University Of Maryland School Of Law
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Executive Director
  • SurvJustice
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Paul W. Grimm
  • U.S. District Court For The District Of Maryland
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Law Clerk for Chairman Patrick Leahy
  • U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Environmental Law Research Assistant
  • University Of Maryland School Of Law
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Founder
  • SurvJustice
  • 2010 - 2020
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  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Jane Doe v. Old Dominion University, 289 F.Supp.3d 744 (E.D. Va. 2018)
  • Settled


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Victim Rights Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Women
  • The Daily Record
  • 2019
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Attorneys
  • 2019
  • Fellow
  • TED
  • 2018
  • CAFE 100
  • Preet Bharara
  • 2018
  • Special Courage Award
  • DOJ
  • 2017
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award
  • AAUW
  • 2017
  • Global Fellow
  • Echoing Green
  • 2015
  • Rose Zetzer Fellow
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 2014
  • Order of the Barrister
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 2014
  • William P. Cunningham Award
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 2014
  • Champion of Excellence
  • University of Maryland
  • 2014
  • Leadership Scholar
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • 2011
  • Recognition of Excellence
  • Educational Testing Service
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • Wisconsin Department of Justice
  • Best Practices in Addressing Campus Sexual Assault
  • 2017
  • Statewide Law Enforcement Training on Violence Against Women
  • Campus Sexual Assault Training
  • 2017
  • Mitigating Campus Sexual Assault in a Changing Political Climate
  • Campus Sexual Assault Panel
  • 2017
  • Fall Policy Conference
  • Title IX Panel
  • 2017
  • Arkansas State Bar Association
  • Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault
  • 2017
  • Webinar
  • Representing College Students in Campus Hearings on Sexual Violence
  • 2016
  • Annual Victim Rights Conference
  • Breaching the Ivory Tower: Effective Legal Advocacy within Campus Hearings
  • 2016
  • A Victim Legal Assistance Network Training
  • Effective Representation of Victims of Campus Violence
  • 2016
  • One in Five: The Law, Policy, and Politics of Campus Sexual Assault
  • Guest Lecture
  • 2015
  • Institute of Politics
  • Strengthening Title IX: Campus Safety, Accountability & Transparency
  • 2015
  • Breaking the Silence: Addressing Sexual Assault on Campus
  • Next Steps for Campus Sexual Violence Activism
  • 2015
  • 61st Biennial Convention
  • Campus Safety: Addressing Sexual Violence
  • 2015
  • 33rd Annual Conference on Crime Victim’s Issues
  • Keynote
  • 2015
  • Sexual Assault Summit
  • Voices Panel
  • 2014
  • Converge! Re-Imaging the Movement to End Gender Violence
  • Campus Sexual Violence Activism
  • 2014
  • College & University Police & Investigators Conference
  • Campus SaVE Act Update
  • 2014
  • Annual Campus Adjudicator Training
  • Addressing Campus Sexual Assault
  • 2014
  • 10th Annual Young Feminist Leadership Conference
  • The Fight Against Campus Sexual Assault
  • 2014
  • Campus Sexual Assault Conference
  • Keynote
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Sexual harassment Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Laura Dunn is an excellent litigator and constitutional lawyer who has done path-breaking work in the field of sexual harassment law. She has helped victims across the nation achieve favorable resolutions of complex and sensitive cases and has changed the landscape of law in the field of Title IX litigation. She is a first-rate attorney. Highly recommend."
Civil rights Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"Laura Dunn is an exceptional advocate for her clients. As a founding board member of SurvJustice, I saw every day how much of her time, energy, and talents she would devote to getting justice in a case."
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Washington Civil rights Lawyer Laura Lynette Dunn
Laura Lynette Dunn
Civil rights Attorney
Washington, DC
Licensed for 9 years