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David Ludwig

Litigation Attorney at Leesburg, VA

4.8   8 reviews

Licensed for 16 years

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

I am a partner at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC. My practice focuses primarily on civil litigation in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, internet / domain names, commercial transactions, government contracts, community associations, and bankruptcy law / creditor's rights, as well as trademark and copyright prosecution. I have represented local and national clients in federal and state court litigation matters, as well as in bankruptcy proceedings.


I have represented manufacturing companies in complex patent infringement matters, technology companies in trademark infringement matters, and copyright holders in infringement actions against the likes of Disney and ABC. In 2012, I made new law in Virginia by successfully arguing to the Virginia Supreme Court that a prevailing homeowner is entitled to recover attorneys' fees in a claim against a Homeowners Association that has violated the provisions of its own governing documents.


I attended law school at The George Washington University Law School where I graduated in the top third of my class.  At GW, I served as a student teacher of legal research and writing and an articles editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, and I currently work as an adjunct professor of scholarly writing working with law students on the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. I previously worked for a D.C. firm that specializes in litigation and legislative policy work in the areas of copyright and constitutional law.


I am admitted to practice in the following courts and jurisdictions:


District of Columbia



U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Tax Court

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Licensed for 16 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2017
Updated 06/13/2022
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/03/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 07/12/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 06/08/2022
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2006
Updated 10/01/2022

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


4.8 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Annette | June 25, 2013
Exceptionally skillful attorney!
My husband and I recently had the good fortune of being represented by David Ludwig. He handled our case with honesty and integrity, and proved to be extremely knowledgeable, competent and expeditious. He settled our case out of court, and we were very impressed with his negotiation skills. He has a kind and gentle manner while exuding confidence which automatically creates trust, and garners respect from the opposing counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2011
Great attorney!
David is a wonderful, principled attorney who provides a tremendous amount of value while remaining affordable. I truly enjoyed working with him. I would highly recommend him to anyone! His firm is very good and I will use them again.
Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Ever!!!!
David is an amazing and honest lawyer. He is comprehensive, strategic, always one step ahead, and a strong opponent. When you hire him to manage your case, you have hired a legal advocate who care, who will keep you informed, who will fight for you, and be the respected voice you need. My experience with David has been excellent. It has been a pleasure meeting him and working with him on an HOA case. I highly recommend him if you are looking for an excellent lawyer for your case, whether it’s simple or complicated.
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Posted by Patrick | October 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Smart, Dedicated Counselor
David diligently pursued justice for me. He made my case his own, and finally succeeded overwhelmingly. Along the way, David successfully argued my case before both the Virginia Supreme Court, and the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. David’s Court briefs were always well researched, and clearly written. His briefs were always well argued and convincing. Additionally, his courtroom demeanor was always professional, confident, and reassuring. Multiple Judges commended David for his through preparation. I enthusiastically endorse David for all legal challenges.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2014
Consultation gem!
By the time I was referred to David, I had received a good deal of conflicting advice on the same relatively simple business matter. Although not intimidated by the legal process, I was thoroughly at a loss for how to proceed. David very quickly made sense of the problem, carefully explained possible solutions, and was receptive to my many follow up questions. Because of his efficiency, I don't expect to have an extended relationship, but the fact that he was simultaneously approachable, knowledgeable, and reassuring will definitely bring me back if the need arises. I am grateful that with his help, I feel very much in control of the next steps for my business.
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Posted by Elaine | June 26, 2013
Inspires Trust
I am a 74 year old woman who has never been sued before. Needless to say, I was terrified when I received notice that I was involved in a lawsuit. I didn't know what do do, and fortunately for me, a friend recommended David Ludwig. From my very first conversation with David, my fears were allayed. I could tell by the way he answered all of my questions that he really cared, and was extremely knowledgeable and capable. I felt that I was in good hands. The lawsuit was settled expeditiously, and because of his skills at negotiating, everything worked out better than I expected.
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Posted by Pat | November 15, 2012
David is a good attorney.
David's best attributes are honesty, frankness, and patience. We had a steep hill to climb via-a-vis my case and he was careful to discuss the pitfalls and risks at the outset. Everything was done in a timely, professional manner and he seemed to have the respect of the opposing attorneys and worked with them to my benefit. He successfully steered the case over the first major hurtle but we couldn't make it over the last but it was not his fault. A decent, honest fellow. I recommend him highly.The firm's reception is pleasant also and always made me comfortable before my meetings with David.
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He was very nice and responded timely
I sent him a message concerning a matter and he responded very quickly to me within 24 hours.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 450-575 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor of Scholarly Writing
  • The George Washington University Law School
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate
  • Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Associate
  • Meyer, Klipper & Mohr, PLLC
  • 2006 - 2007
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  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Naropa University
  • MA
  • 2001
  • California State University, Sonoma State University
  • BA
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Swimways Corp. et al. v. Zuru, Inc., , Case No. 13-334 (E.D. Va. 2014)
  • Summary Judgment Invalidating Patent
  • United States ex rel. Benjamin Carter v. Halliburton Co., et al., Case No. 12-1011 (E.D. Va. 2009-2014; 4th Cir. 2013)
  • Dougherty v. Atlantic Airways, LLC, Case No. 13-447 (M.D. Pa. 2013)
  • Successfully secured an early dismissal of the lawsuit upon jurisdictional and substantive grounds.
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  • International Trademark Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • ECHO Works
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top 10% of attorneys in the United States
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2016
  • AV® Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
  • 2015
  • Best Law Firm in Northern Virginia
  • Virginia Living magazine
  • 2014
  • Virginia's 2012 Legal Elite (Bankruptcy / Creditors' Rights)
  • Virginia Business magazine
  • 2012
  • Dean's Fellow
  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • N/A
  • Merit Scholar
  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • N/A
  • Thurgood Marshall Scholar
  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • N/A
  • Writing Fellow
  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • N/A
  • Honorable Mention in Moot Court Competition
  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • N/A
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  • Consumer Bankruptcy From Start to Finish
  • Creditors' Defenses During Bankruptcy
  • 2014
  • Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law
  • The Basics of Chapter 13
  • 2013
  • Business Contracts A to Z
  • Bankruptcy's Effect on Contracts
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law
  • The Basics of Chapter 13
  • 2013
  • Business Contracts A to Z
  • Bankruptcy's Effect on Contracts
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (8)
Intellectual property Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"David Ludwig has one of the sharpest legal minds I have had the pleasure of encountering. He is an absolute master of intellectual property law, and a seasoned litigator."
Intellectual property Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an extremely knowledgeable and dedicated lawyer whose expertise and attention to detail set him apart, particularly in the areas of intellectual property and civil litigation. I had the privilege of working for David years ago and fully endorse him as an attorney. He is truly focused on producing favorable results for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David Ludwig is exceedingly knowledgeable in many areas of law and is an experienced litigator. David always makes himself available to clients and helps them reach a resolution in a skilled and timely manner. I recommend this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've had the pleasure of working with David and have seen firsthand his expertise in numerous areas of the law, including litigation and bankruptcy. If you have a legal issue, I would strongly recommend David."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I highly endorse and recommend David Ludwig. He is an extremely talented attorney who has successfully represented both creditors and debtors in complex bankruptcy matters. If confronted with a difficult legal issue, David has the skills and experience to find a solution to the matter."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David has a brilliant legal mind. He is skilled with both the procedure and substance of his practice areas. Additionally, he is hardworking and calm under pressure. For these reasons, I endorse him."
Intellectual property Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. David possess a wealth of knowledge on a wide variety of legal subjects. He is a tireless worker who always ensures his clients receive the best representation possible. He is a model attorney."
Copyright infringement Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"David handled a complex case involving ABC News and a registered copyright in an expert and exemplary fashion. David is diligent, ethical and pays attention to details that other lawyers miss resulting in powerful and crushing results for clients."
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Intellectual property
Corporate and incorporation