Thomas Dunlap

Phone: 703-777-7319

Fax: 855-226-8791


Office: Leesburg, London, Puerto Rico, Toronto, Vienna

Practice Areas
  • Business & Commercial
  • Entertainment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation and Disputes
  • Trade Secrets Commercial & Business
  • Trademark
Awards and Honors
  • NOVA Top 10 Lawyers, Northern Virginia Magazine
  • Top 100 Power Lawyers in Entertainment, Hollywood Reporter (2010)
  • Virginia SuperLawyer, 2008 – 2009, (Rising Star), 2011-2022 (SuperLawyer)
  • Washington, D.C. SuperLawyer 2013 – 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rated
  • Who’s Who in American Law
  • Virginia Legal & Business Elite 2012, 2013, 2016
  • AVVO 10.0
  • Leaders in the Law 2018

Thomas Dunlap


Tom’s practice focuses on patent, trademark, trade secret, commercial, entertainment law, business, government contracts disputes, litigation, and transactions. Tom has authored numerous books and appeared on national television and radio, including Fox, Sundance T.V., and NPR, speaking on various subjects in his fields of practice. In addition to the state and federal courts of D.C., VA, and M.D., he is a member of the Federal Courts in Puerto Rico, Colorado, and Texas, as well as the Court of Federal Claims, the Federal Circuit, where he has recently argued and won three appellate matters, the Veteran’s Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court, where he was lead counsel on a False Claims Act case (See United States ex rel. Carter v. Halliburton Co.) and in the T.C. Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC (U.S. May 22, 2017) (No. 16-341) case involving jurisdiction in patent infringement cases. Other recent litigation victories where Tom served as lead trial counsel include a $12,317,500 verdict in Zuru v Telebrands et al. (EDTX 2017) (patent infringement) and a $2,600,000 verdict in DPX Gear v Prince et al. (Loudoun Circuit Court 2017) (breach of contract & fraud).

  • J.D. Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • Summer Program, Tulane University School of Law with Antonin Scalia, Crete, Greece
  • B.A. English/ Theater, Lafayette College
  • Summer Program, Boston University, Semester at Sea, Woods Hole, MA
  • M.S. Biotechnology, University of Maryland
  • M.B.A. University of Maryland
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Veteran’s Appeals
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. District Court District of Texas (Eastern District)
  • U.S. District Court District of Texas (Western District)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • Led trial team (lead counsel) in multi-week jury trial obtaining $12 million verdicts for willful patent infringement in Federal Court.
  • Led trial team (lead counsel) in week-long unjust enrichment, fraud, conversion, and breach of contract case, where, despite the client starting as a defendant in the case, we obtained a $2.6 million verdict in favor of our client.
  • Successfully briefed and argued three cases in 2017 and 2018 before the United States Federal Circuit in oral argument.
  • Served as lead counsel for the amicus brief to United States Supreme Court in the TC Heartland decision.
  • Obtained multi-million dollar value preliminary injunctions in three patent infringement cases.
  • Successful multi-million dollar landmark multi-jurisdictional copyright infringement litigation for films such as The Hurt Locker, The Expendables 2, and The Gray Man. (D FL, EDVA, SDNY, WD VA, DDC)
  • Successful patent infringement defense of robotic fish, invalidating patent of opposing party on summary judgment (EDVA).
  • Led successful patent infringement case (settlement) on behalf of technology manufacturer for hostage rescue phone technology.
  • Negotiated sale of EMR system from the University of North Carolina to a private buyer, including registration of copyrights and protection for related intellectual property.
  • Negotiated multiple sales of scripts, life rights, and film distribution agreements for independent film companies.
  • Advised large multi-national government defense contractor with respect to employment, contracts, procurement, joint ventures, and related matters, including arbitration and litigation dispute resolution.
  • General intellectual property counsel and advice to the National Institutes for Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning intellectual property strategy.
  • General counsel services to national text marketing provider for Fortune 100 retailers concerning contracts, regulatory matters, and IT service contracts.
  • Advised satellite launch service provider on corporate documents, structure, drafting and advice on client service contracts and state and Federal compliance matters.
  • General counsel and advisor to regional wireless ISP on client and service contracts negotiated cell tower leases and related issues.
  • Advised large global toy retailers on corporate registration issues, branding, and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
  • Outside general counsel to artificial intelligence software / SaaS company on various IP and corporate issues.
  • Counsel to large multi-state IT service provider regarding compliance, contracts, and corporate structure.
  • Counsel to cyber security company for all aspects of business, including b to B contracts, government contracts, corporate stock, phantom stock plan, and sale of company post-venture round.
  • Attorney for regional biotechnology company through Series A round, providing contracts, intellectual property, and employment advice.
  • Counsel to national blockchain fintech services company for initial contracts, shareholder documents, and corporate structure, advisor on Series A round.
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