Need a straight shooting, direct attorney who can explain, guide and protect? Tom Dunlap.
Tom Dunlap is a founding partner at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig where he focuses on intellectual property disputes and transactions. Tom’s recent litigation and appellate activity includes two high profile jury verdicts for patent infringement for $12.6 million plus pending treble damages (representing global toy giant Zuru) and for contract/ civil fraud for $2.6 million (representing Blackwater founder Erik Prince) and five wins in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (patent-related).
Tom has authored and taught numerous classes for the last 20 years to attorneys, law students, and businesses, most recently these include; Copyright Clearance Issues (2018) (internal for AMC Networks), Intellectual Property Essentials (2018) (Virginia CLE), Intellectual Property Issues in Sports and Entertainment Law (2017)(NBI), Reasonable Royalties in Patent Damages (2017)(NBI), and Patent Damages: The Rise of the Footprint Approach (2016) and the revised editions (2013, 2015 and 2017) of the Virginia Lawyer’s Deskbook, Chapter 8 - Intellectual Property (Virginia CLE).
Tom holds a JD, MBA, and MS in biotechnology, and is a former Army officer (Armor and Cavalry), a former special prosecutor (Loudoun County), has served as co-chair of the ABA’s Copyright CLE subcommittee and is formerly a board member and the past president of the Loudoun County bar association. Tom is also a founder, patent-holder and former CEO and Chairman of Ceres Nanosciences Inc. whose Lyme disease diagnostic test received the FDA’s “Breakthrough Device” designation in July of 2018 (http://www.ceresnano.com/press-release-breakthrough) and which has completed more than $20 million in funding since its inception. As an instrument rated pilot, he also serves as a commissioner for the largest executive airport in Virginia (KJYO), the executive feeder airport for Dulles.
Most recently Tom was again named a SuperLawyer (2012-2014, 2016-2018) for intellectual property (top 5% in DC and Virginia). Thomas Dunlap named a 2016 Washington SmartCEO Centers of Influence Award Honoree. Tom has also been named a top Virginia lawyer (for litigation) The firm has for the fourth year in a row been named a “Best Law Firm in Virginia” by Virginia Living and the PCT Global Law 2016 and 2018 Intellectual Property Firm. Outside of his legal practice, Tom is a rescue diver, instrument pilot with high-performance and complex aircraft ratings, a member of MENSA, and participates in marathons and triathlons.
Education Narrative: I received a BA from Lafayette College (Dean’s List), a Juris Doctor from Washington & Lee University (Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity) an MS in Biotechnology & MBA from the University of Maryland (Magna Cum Laude).
Military Narrative: Until resigning in 2009, I was a Captain (Armor & Cavalry) in the Army National Guard, and a graduate of Army OCS having served in various US and overseas locations as a Recon Scout Platoon Leader, and Executive Officer (XO) (A Troop, 1-158th CAV (RECON)), and aide de camp to Division Commanding General, (Major General Wyman, 29th Infantry Division) and as the Commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 116th Infantry (116th BSTB) (includes the military police, NBC and Recon units for the Battalion).
Community: I serve as an airport commissioner for the Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO, 2008- present) and have served on the boards of the United Way RAC in the National Capital Area and the Loudoun Community Free Clinic. I presently serve as a Historic District Review Commissioner for Loudoun County, Virginia. I am an alumni representative for Lafayette College and have taught as an adjunct at Washington & Lee University (Intellectual Property) and presently serve on the Washington & Lee Entrepreneurship Advisory Executive Board.
Personal: I am SCUBA certified as a Rescue diver (with O2 and Nitrox) and have completed the PADI Archeology Diver program through the Maritime Archeological Historical Society (www.mahsnet.org), with whom I dive to assist with the recovery and preservation of historic artifacts as well as deep diver, cave diver and a variety of other PADI certifications. I have held a Humvee and M1 Tank drivers licenses and I am a former National Silver Medalist in full contact Burmese kickboxing, called Bando (2002). As an original founder and co-patent holder/ inventor on certain diagnostic and research nano-particle technology, I served as the CEO of Ceres Nanosciences, Inc. (2007-2010), a biotechnology company based in Manassas, Virginia, and served as the Chairman of their Board of Directors until 2017 when the company completed its $9 million Series A round (www.ceresnano.com). I have completed numerous marathons and the Vineman Ironman 70.3 Triathlon. I am an avid sailor having crewed for months on the RV Westward (2203-masted staysail schooner) as part of a joint research effort by Boston University and NOAA. I am also an experienced pilot and own a Cirrus SR-22 airplane (high performance and complex instrument pilot ratings). I live with my wife and two children in Loudoun County.
Other Memberships include Rotary International, American MENSA, Freemasons: Olive Branch 114, Scottish Rite Freemasons – Alexandria (32nd), and AOPA.
|VA||Authorized to Practice Law||1999||10/05/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|SuperLawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2011|
|Member||Who's Who In American Law||2011|
|Top 100 Power Lawyers in Entertainment||Hollywood Reporter||2010|
|SuperLawyers||Law & Politics Magazine||2009|
|SuperLawyers||Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|Managing Partner||Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, PLLC||2002 - Present|
|CEO||Ceres Nanosciences, Inc.||2007 - 2011|
|Special Prosecutor||Loudoun County||2005 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Leesburg Executive Airport||Commissioner||2008 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section, Membership Committee||Board Member||2007 - Present|
|Airline Owners & Pilots Association||Panel Attorney||2004 - Present|
|American MENSA||N/A||1998 - Present|
|Loudoun Community Free Clinic||Vice Chair/ Board Member||2005 - 2014|
|Loudon County Bar Association||President||2004 - 2005|
|Loudoun County Bar Association, Board||Board Member||2003 - 2006|
|Electronic Signature In Law: Second Edition||Chapter 8: E-Sign & UETA - Electronic Signatures in the United States||2007|
|University of Maryland||MBA||2012|
|University of Maryland||Master of Science||2010|
|Washington and Lee University School of Law||Juris Doctor||1999|
|Lafayette College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|How-To: Intellectual Property||How-To: Intellectual Property||2011|
|Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium||Copyright Litigation in Film & Television Piracy||2011|
|Loudoun SBDC Business Conference||Intellectual Property for Small Business||2010|
|Washington & Lee||Intellectual Property Basics||2010|
|VA CLE - Speaking Objections||Speaking Objections||2009|
|International Conference on Electronic Evidence||Electronic Evidence in US Federal Courts||2008|
|National Notary Conference Los Angeles||Electronic Signatures and Federal Law Esign and UETA||2007|
|Swimways Corp. v. Zuru, Inc., No. 2:13CV334, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 98092 (E.D. Va. July 18, 2014)||Judge Davis of the Norfolk Division of the EDVA found, as a matter of law, that a patent was either anticipated or rendered obvious by the prior art. Summary judgement for the Defendant (our client) Zuru, LLC invalidating the patent.|
|United States ex rel Carter v. Halliburton Co||The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a qui tam action that the district court held was barred by the statute of limitations and the first-to-file bar under the False Claims Act (“FCA”).|
|In re: World Airways, Inc., Government Accountability Office (GAO) Case B-402674||Bid protest for $485 million under Department of Defense for air cargo transportation services of fixed-price ID/IQ air cargo transportation services within CENTCOM.|
|Buffalo Wings, Factory, Inc. v. Charbroil Grill of Wordlgate, Inc.||Obtained judgment & $81,000 in sanctions and fees|
|MIZ Engineering, Ltd. v. Avganim, et al., Case No. 2:2005cv00722 (E.D. Va. 2005-2007)||Dismissal of anti-trust counterclaims under Sherman Act, created new precedential decision concnering attempted monopoly under Sherman Act in the 4th Circuit.|
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