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I joined Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s litigation practice group in 2009.  Immediately prior to joining Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig I was in private litigation practice in Washington, DC.  I have litigated a variety of complex matters in the state and federal courts of Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia including commercial disputes, employment disputes, trade secrets cases, construction cases, medical malpractice cases and professional architectural and engineering malpractice cases. 


From 2001 – 2005 I served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  I was recognized as Honor Graduate of the 155th Officer Basic Course of United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School located at the University of Virginia.  Subsequently, I served as a military prosecutor at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and also as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division.  After concluding my service as a military prosecutor, I served as a military defense attorney at Fort Benning, Georgia.  While a member of the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, I was lead trial counsel in numerous courts-martial tried before military judges and juries at various military installations including Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Fort Benning, Georgia, Fort Rucker, Alabama, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from West Virginia University in 1996.  I was also initiated into the University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter.  I earned my Juris Doctor degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1999. During law school I was selected to represent Washington and Lee University as a member of its Jessup International Moot Court Team.


I am admitted to the State and Federal Courts of Virginia, the District of Columbia, and West Virginia. I am also admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 65%
    17 years
  2. White Collar Crime: 10%
    10 years
  3. Military Law: 10%
    15 years
  4. Wrongful Termination: 5%
    17 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Hourly ($350-475/hour)

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  • David Ludwig

    I've worked with Ellis on numerous cases, from small settlement negotiations to complex multimillion dollar corporate lawsuits. As a former member of the elite Judge Advocate General's Corps, as well as a former federal prosecutor, he exhibits strength and professionalism when dealing with opposing counsel, while maintaining a resoluteness and calm under pressure that his clients find reassuring. Although his background and security clearance make Ellis uniquely positioned to represent individuals and companies facing a government contracting suspension or debarment, a security clearance revocation, or a white collar criminal investigation, he is also experienced in general commercial and contracting disputes, employment and non-competition disputes, and complex construction disputes. However, despite this breadth of expertise, he manages to approach every client and every client matter--regardless of how large or small--with his full an undivided attention. Highly recommended.


    David Ludwig Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I endorse this lawyer. I have worked on various matters with Ellis, and he is an effective and highly capable attorney.


    Mary Beaghler Intellectual property Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, PLLC

211 Church Street
Leesburg, VA, 20175


VAAuthorized to practice law200503/31/2016
DCActive 200207/10/2016
WVAuthorized to practice law199908/13/2016
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 (DunlapWeaver PLLC)Virginia Living Magazine2014
Meritorious Service MedalUnited States Army2005
Army Commendation MedalUnited States Army2004
Army Achievement MedalUnited States Army2002
Honor Graduate, 155th JAG Corps OBCUnited States Army2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyDunlapWeaver2009 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Association of Defense AttorneysMember2005 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chaikin v. XID Technologies, Inc., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1:12-cv-00282-LMB-TCBDismissal in favor of client upon jurisdictional grounds
Batt v. Manchester Oaks Homeowners Association, Inc., Virginia Supreme Court, Record No. 111949Judgment for the Plaintiffs of $188,840.69 in costs and attorneys’ fees under Virginia Code § 55-515(A)
Anderson v. Legrand et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1:11-cv-01169 LMB-JFAMotion to Dismiss granted in favor of client
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Publication nameTitleDate
militarydischarge blogUpgrading Your Military Discharge After Adverse Action2012
Virginia CLEMedical Malpractice Law in Virginia, Chapter 1 (Statutes and Rules update), Virginia CLE (2006)2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Spring Section SeriesMedical Malpractice Case Study, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Spring Section Series, May 12, 2006, Charlottesville, Virginia2006