Cortland’s practice primarily focuses on complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, products liability, insurance coverage, employment, and political law matters. He also represents clients in nationwide alcohol beverage control licensing and regulatory matters.
Cortland 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, and he has represented various foreign corporations, including companies in Japan, Germany, Canada and China, 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. Prior to joining Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, Cortland practiced with a prominent international law firm.
Cortland 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 contributor to the U.S. State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law publication and the Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium. 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 Cortland to the Board of Corrections, which oversees the Virginia Department of Corrections and which promulgates regulations that govern the state prison and jail system. 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 Cortland and Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig as the state’s special counsel for the purpose of collecting monies owed to employees.