Do You Hear What I Hear? The Right of Prospective Parents to Use PGD to Intentionally Implant an Embryo Containing the Gene for Deafness, 19 WM. & MARY J. OF WOMEN & L. 1 (Fall 2012).

    Synopsis: This Comment discusses the legal rights associated with utilizing certain fertility treatments, namely, Preimplanatation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), to genetically “design” a baby. In particular, this Comment reviews the current state of the law in regard to the use of PGD by prospective parents to intentionally implant an embryo with a gene for deafness. These legal rights are explored in conjunction with a discussion of Deaf culture.

Sarah C. Aviles, Esq. concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, fiduciary representations, and civil litigation. As an estate planning attorney, Ms. Aviles advises clients on planning for family financial needs, probate avoidance, and incapacity. Ms. Aviles has prepared hundreds of estate plans, including trusts, wills, financial powers of attorney, advance medical directives, living wills, and documents of anatomical gift. Ms. Aviles utilizes estate tax planning, small business planning, and special needs planning, as necessary, to craft an estate plan for each client’s unique financial and personal circumstances. Ms. Aviles has represented many fiduciaries through the complex trust and estate administration process, from insolvent estates to multi-million dollar estates and trusts. Upon an individual’s death, Ms. Aviles advises trustees and executors on Federal and state estate and inheritance tax laws and post-death personal and fiduciary income tax requirements. Ms. Aviles has guided many trustees and executors through the process of properly settling a trust or estate and distributing diverse assets, such as business interests, real property, and retirement accounts. Ms. Aviles has represented executors from the initial steps of probating a will with the Court through the complicated probate process, handling correspondence and filings with the Commissioner of Accounts, beneficiaries and financial institutions. Ms. Aviles has also represented executors at hearings before the Commissioner of Accounts on beneficiary disputes. Ms. Aviles has represented prospective guardians and conservators of incapacitated adults and minors through the Court appointment and qualification process. Ms. Aviles concentrates half of her practice in civil litigation in the Federal and Circuit Courts. Ms. Aviles has represented many fiduciaries before the Virginia Circuit Courts in matters including probate-related proceedings, beneficiary disputes, augmented estate claim disputes, and will and trust contests. Ms. Aviles has also litigated cases in various areas of the law, such as business, employment, construction, adverse possession, and contract law. Ms. Aviles received her J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law in May 2013. While at the William & Mary School of Law, Ms. Aviles was a published member of the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, Editor-in-Chief of one of the law school newspapers, and worked in the William & Mary Elder Law Clinic.

  • Law School Attended
    • William & Mary School of Law, J.D., May 2013
  • College attended + degree
    • The College of William & Mary, B.A., English, May 2009

State Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

US District, Court of Appeals, or other court admissions

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, July 2014
  • Member, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, 2013 – Present Member
  • Virginia Association of Elder Law Attorneys, 2013 – Present Planning Committee Member
  • Virginia Association of Elder Law Attorneys, 2014 – Present Member
  • Fairfax Bar Association, 2016 – Present

Do You Hear What I Hear? The Right of Prospective Parents to Use PGD to Intentionally Implant an Embryo Containing the Gene for Deafness, 19 WM. & MARY J. OF WOMEN & L. 1 (Fall 2012).

Synopsis: This Comment discusses the legal rights associated with utilizing certain fertility treatments, namely, Preimplanatation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), to genetically “design” a baby. In particular, this Comment reviews the current state of the law in regard to the use of PGD by prospective parents to intentionally implant an embryo with a gene for deafness. These legal rights are explored in conjunction with a discussion of Deaf culture.


    • Divorce Child Custody Mediation: In Order to Form a More Perfect Dis-union?, Cleveland State Law Review: 2005.
  • Ben Barlow’s practice mainly focuses on litigation. Ben graduated from Bridgewater College in 1997 with a BA in History and Political Science. After graduating, Ben spent a year in AmeriCorps and then went on to do post graduate work in Psychology and Education at James Madison University. In 2004 Ben graduated from the University Of Richmond School Of Law, receiving the Family Law and Outstanding Oral Advocate graduation awards and being named to the Order of Barristers Honor Society. While in law school, Ben won the Carrico Moot Court Competition in addition to the Richmond Trial Advocacy Competition.
  • Ben began his litigation career as an Associate Attorney at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLLC where he worked as a litigation associate representing companies in civil and commercial litigation and securities litigation and arbitration matters as well as advising individuals and small businesses on business formation issues. While at WAW, Ben also established an excellent reputation for Pro Bono representation. In 2006, Ben moved to Maryland to work as an Attorney for the National Security Agency, advising agency managers on numerous personnel, policing, security-clearance, and federal agency interaction issues. Following his time with the Federal Government, Ben completed an internship at a prominent Maryland Transformative Mediation firm and then began working in a contract capacity for Washington D.C. and Baltimore area firms on matters ranging from complex litigation regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to major mergers and acquisitions.
  • JD, Law from the University of Richmond School of Law, 2004
  • BA in History and Political Sciences from Bridgewater College, 1997
  • Divorce Child Custody Mediation: In Order to Form a More Perfect Dis-union?, Cleveland State Law Review: 2005.

    • Medical Malpractice Law in Virginia, Chapter 1 (Statutes and Rules update), Virginia CLE (2006)
    • Medical Malpractice Case Study, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Spring Section Series, May 12, 2006, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Ellis’ practice is focused on civil litigation, including complex construction disputes, and employment law, as well as security clearance review and government contractor suspension and debarment. He is an experienced trial lawyer having tried well over 100 cases, and is co-chair of the firm’s litigation group. Immediately prior to joining Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, Ellis was in private litigation practice in Washington, D.C. He has litigated a variety of complex matters in the state and federal courts of Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia; including commercial disputes, contract disputes, non-compete disputes, employment disputes, trade secrets cases, construction cases, medical malpractice cases and professional architectural and engineering malpractice cases.
  • From 2001 – 2005 Ellis served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Ellis 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, he 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 his service as a military prosecutor, Ellis served as a military defense attorney at Fort Benning, Georgia. While a member of the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Ellis 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). Given his military experience, Ellis also specializes in military defense (courts-martial and administrative separations), security clearance defense, government debarment defense and government contract disputes.
  • Ellis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from West Virginia University in 1996. He was also initiated into the University’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1999. During law school Ellis was selected to represent Washington and Lee University as a member of its Jessup International Moot Court Team.
  • Ellis was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia and was raised in Pendleton County, West Virginia. He was president of his high school student body and was captain of his high school basketball and baseball teams. In his free time he enjoys running and playing basketball.
  • J.D. Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • B.A., Psychology West Virginia University
  • Honor Graduate, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School at the University of Virginia
  • Medical Malpractice Law in Virginia, Chapter 1 (Statutes and Rules update), Virginia CLE (2006)
  • Medical Malpractice Case Study, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Spring Section Series, May 12, 2006, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
  • American Bar Association|Virginia Bar Association
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (2005-06)
  • Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (x2), and Army Achievement Medal (x2), United States Army
  • Honor Graduate, 155th JAG Corps Officer Basic Course, United States Army
  • Phi Beta Kappa

    • Webinar Panel: Best Practices in Protecting Your Brand and The Fundamentals of Trademark Law: A 2017 Perspective (The Knowledge Group, June 21, 2017);
    • Webinar Panel: Tips for Effectively Searching the USPTO Database Using TESS – Part 2: Design Searching (State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section, Dec. 10, 2013);
    • Collaborative Article: “‘Trademark Bullying’ – Time To Get Some Clear Definitions” World Trademark Review, WTR_Issue 44 LR (August/September 2013);
    • “Has Bose Blown Away the Trademark Fraud Cancellation Crusade at the USPTO?” Intellectual Property Today, June 2010;
    • “Baseball’s Anti-trust Exemption and an Owner-Imposed Salary Cap: Can They Coexist?” 12 Entertainment and Sports Lawyer 3, Fall 1994 (American Bar Association).

Alex has been representing a diverse group of foreign and domestic businesses in a variety of industries and commercial sectors since 1995 while working in several intellectual property boutique law firms and consulting with the in-house trademark group of a multi-national hospitality industry company. Alex counsels businesses at all stages of development, assessing and searching the availability of marks; establishing, enforcing and maintaining trademark and service mark rights; resolving intellectual property disputes; handling internet domain name IP issues, anti-counterfeiting matters, copyright prosecution, IP licensing and transactional matters, and intellectual property research and due diligence investigations. Alex’s practice covers all facets of trademark prosecution and practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and virtually every trademark office around the world with the help of an extensive network of foreign associates.

As an Attorney Advisor in Law Office 106 of the USPTO trademark examining operations for three years, Alex examined thousands of trademark applications in the fields of cosmetics, toiletries and cleaning preparations, publications and office supplies, toys and sporting goods, and service mark applications for all types of services and defended registration refusals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Professionally, Alex has been an active member of the International Trademark Association, participating in four of its committees for the past six consecutive committee terms (twelve years) as well as on the trademark committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

Additionally, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, is an avid baseball fan and takes pleasure in watching football, traveling, skiing and playing golf, tennis and other recreational sports.

    • Intellectual Property
    • Trademarks
    • Copyrights
    • Anti-counterfeiting
    • Unfair Competition
  • Juris Doctor, St. John’s University School of Law
  • B.A., Psychology, Lehigh University
  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) –
    • Emerging Issues Committee (2018-2019 committee term)
    • Enforcement Committee (2014-2015 and 2016-2017 committee terms); Task Force Leader in 2016-17 term
    • Law Firm Membership Committee (2010-2011 and 2012-2013 committee terms)
    • Information Resources Committee (2006-2007 and 2008-2009 committee terms)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) –
    • Trademark-Relations with the USPTO Committee (2015- )
    • Trademark Committee (2012- )
  • Loudoun County Bar Association (2017- )
  • Webinar Panel: Best Practices in Protecting Your Brand and The Fundamentals of Trademark Law: A 2017 Perspective (The Knowledge Group, June 21, 2017);
  • Webinar Panel: Tips for Effectively Searching the USPTO Database Using TESS – Part 2: Design Searching (State Bar of California Intellectual Property Law Section, Dec. 10, 2013);
  • Collaborative Article: “‘Trademark Bullying’ – Time To Get Some Clear Definitions” World Trademark Review, WTR_Issue 44 LR (August/September 2013);
  • “Has Bose Blown Away the Trademark Fraud Cancellation Crusade at the USPTO?” Intellectual Property Today, June 2010;
  • “Baseball’s Anti-trust Exemption and an Owner-Imposed Salary Cap: Can They Coexist?” 12 Entertainment and Sports Lawyer 3, Fall 1994 (American Bar Association).

    • Scott has spoken to professional groups throughout North America and has published his first book: How to Get and Keep Your First Job (Hint: You Can Begin in High School). In addition, Scott has also written articles and been quoted in more than 20 national and international publications and has served as an editor for examinations and text books for the Life Office management Association and authored by well-established industry professionals.
  • Scott J. Cipinko is an attorney with more than 30 years of national and international experience in contract, corporate, regulatory insurance and financial services law. He is located in George and is of counsel to Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC. Previously Scott served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Consumer Credit Industry Association (CCIA), Executive Director of the Life Insurers Council, Life Insurance Finance Association and Executive Vice President of the National Alliance of Life Companies. He also served as a director and staff liaison to the CCIA PAC Board.
  • Corporate and Consumer Practice: Scott’s practice has focused on corporate work including insurance companies, insurance agencies, premium finance lenders and other entities involved in insurance and related industries in regulatory, compliance, corporate and legal issues. As an additional service to his clients, Scott works on lobbying issues on behalf of his nationwide and international client base. Scott advises insurer business units on complex legal issues, including compliance with the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act), Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Regulation Z, Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts and Practices (UDAAP). Scott drafted pleadings, including amicus curiae briefs for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
  • Regulatory and Legislative Representation: Scott established and operated the state and federal government relations work for five national organizations. He built coalitions to work with national trade associations, recruit grassroots volunteers and become a nationally recognized spokesman for each of the industry segments represented. Scott delivered key testimony before state regulators and legislators and played a key role in the defeat of regressive legislation and regulations recently proposed in 9 states and by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Reserve Board that would have impaired the ability of consumers to secure insurance policies. He was the primary author of the Statement of Best Practices for the Life Insurance Premium Finance Industry and the Statement of Best Practices for the Financial Services Industry.
  • Scott has held significant conversations and established programs to work with the members of Congress and their staff as well as the staff of federal and state regulatory agencies, including introductions to and work with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Insurance Office, the Consumer Financial Protection, Bureau (CFPB), Federal Reserve, Federal Trade Commission and the Office of Management and Budget. Scott commissioned a study on consumer acceptance of credit-related products which was adopted by the Federal Reserve as an official study.
  • Government Service: While in law school Scott worked as a law clerk for the Illinois Attorney General, Workers’ Compensation Division and authored opinions regarding coverage of state employees and assisted in case management, including coverage analysis and suggesting reserving levels. One opinion regarding 24 hour Workers’ Compensation coverage of transferring State Police patrolmen was adopted as official Illinois policy. Scott served as Associate General Counsel of the Illinois Office of the Special Deputy Receiver where he represented the State in the liquidation and rehabilitation of commercial and consumer Property & Casualty, Life and Surplus Lines insurers. Scott also served as a Special Market Conduct Examiner for the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation in connection with travel and county of origin compliance.
  • Insurance Expertise: Prior to law school, Scott worked as an insurance producer. The insurance sales background formed a foundation upon which his career was built and has shaped his approach to explaining the role and value of the insurance business to policymakers from the perspective of their constituencies. Scott started his law career as an Insurance Consultant, specializing in coverage and loss analysis determination. He is also co-founder of MSC and Associates, Inc., an insurance agency licensed in Georgia and Illinois.
  • Scott lives in Marietta, Georgia with his Wife, Karen and Son, Adam.
  • J.D. Chicago-Kent College of Law 1987
  • B.A. in Political Science, DePaul University 1982
  • Associate of Insurance Regulatory Compliance (AIRC) from Life Office Management Association (LOMA)
  • Scott has spoken to professional groups throughout North America and has published his first book: How to Get and Keep Your First Job (Hint: You Can Begin in High School). In addition, Scott has also written articles and been quoted in more than 20 national and international publications and has served as an editor for examinations and text books for the Life Office management Association and authored by well-established industry professionals.

    • The EU and Brexit: A View from America, Carr, Morris & Graeff Legal Update, August-September 2016
    • Coltec Industries, Inc. v. the U.S.: Changes Might Have Added Economic Substance, Journal of Taxation of Investments, Fall 2006
    • Factor Analysis in NLRB Cases: A Proposal, 40 Labor Law Journal 654 (1989)
    • Abuse of Rights in Title VII Cases: The Emerging Doctrine, 67 American Bar Association Journal 1472 (1981)
    • Several other articles in various journals.
  • Néstor has more than 48 years of legal and management experience in the private and Federal sectors. During this time, he has worked in finance with a FORTUNE 500 chemical company, and in corporate law, taxation, international law, labor law, litigation, and estate planning. Currently, he spends most of his time on estate planning and taxation but can use his experience in other areas to assist clients with complex legal problems.
  • He is fluent in English and Spanish
  • Cornell University, J.D., 1970
  • Villanova University, B.A. in Science, 1966
  • Cornell University, M.B.A., 1969
  • The EU and Brexit: A View from America, Carr, Morris & Graeff Legal Update, August-September 2016
  • Coltec Industries, Inc. v. the U.S.: Changes Might Have Added Economic Substance, Journal of Taxation of Investments, Fall 2006
  • Factor Analysis in NLRB Cases: A Proposal, 40 Labor Law Journal 654 (1989)
  • Abuse of Rights in Title VII Cases: The Emerging Doctrine, 67 American Bar Association Journal 1472 (1981)
  • Several other articles in various journals.
  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Federal Senior Executive Service Award for Outstanding Performance
  • Trustee, Washington National Opera, 2000-2003

    • Little Known Accounts Save Lawyers Time, Trouble, 25 Ma. L. Wkly. 167 (1996) [9/30/1996, p. 11]
    • N.H. Department of Justice’s Transportation & Construction Bureau: Trains, Planes and Automobiles, 45 N.H. Bar J. 78 – 86 (2004)
    • New Hampshire environmental fines affect contractor performance, Craig S. Donais, Bruce J.
    • Marshall, 65 – 4 N.H. Hwys 21 (July/August 2005)
    • When OSHA arrives… 66 – 2 N.H. Hwys 21(March/April 2006)
  • Craig Donais is a Legal Zoom attorney licensed in New Hampshire. He practices in Business, Estate Planning, and Family & Personal law. Craig received a B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1992 and a J.D., cum laude, in Law from the Suffolk University Law School in 1996.
  • Craig chose to practice law to help individual and business clients achieve their desired outcomes. He has also learned that technical knowledge and competency is equally, if not more, important as understanding clients.
    • Business & Commercial
    • Civil Litigation
  • JD, Suffolk University Law School, Boston MA
  • BA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Little Known Accounts Save Lawyers Time, Trouble, 25 Ma. L. Wkly. 167 (1996) [9/30/1996, p. 11]
  • N.H. Department of Justice’s Transportation & Construction Bureau: Trains, Planes and Automobiles, 45 N.H. Bar J. 78 – 86 (2004)
  • New Hampshire environmental fines affect contractor performance, Craig S. Donais, Bruce J.
  • Marshall, 65 – 4 N.H. Hwys 21 (July/August 2005)
  • When OSHA arrives… 66 – 2 N.H. Hwys 21(March/April 2006)
  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Queen City Rotary Club
  • Manchester Historic Association Board of Directors
  • St. Mary’s Bank Supervisory Committee
  • Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America – Vice President
  • Boy Scouts of America, National Council – Committee member
  • Silver Antelope Award, Boy Scouts of America
  • 40 Under 40 Award, New Hampshire Union Leader
  • Presidential Call to Service Award
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International

  • Tom’s practice focuses on patent, trademark, trade secret, commercial, entertainment law, business and government contracts disputes, litigation and transactions. Tom has authored numerous books and appeared on national television and radio including Fox, Sundance TV, and NPR speaking a variety of subjects in his fields of practice. In addition to the state and Federal courts of DC, VA, and MD, 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 TC 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 Telebanrds 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).
  • Tom has been repeatedly named as both a Washington, D.C. and Virginia SuperLawyer (top 2.5%), maintains an AVVO “Superb” rating (10.0), “Top 12” (Northern Virginia Magazine), and Who’s Who in American Law, and has been named to various lists for litigation work such as the “Power 100” Hollywood Reporter) Lawyer in entertainment for his work with independent film studios including Voltage Productions (The Hurt Locker), Millennium Film (Expendables 2) and a host of others. He also works with film industry professionals in a variety of areas including copyright, licensing, distribution, contract, compliance, fund-raising, and clearance. Please see the bottom of this biography for selected cases.
  • In addition to legal work, Tom has been an associate producer and script editor (Assault on Wall Street by Uwe Boll) and directed stage plays and a public television program in New York. Tom has also been on the other side… and has recently appeared in a few national television commercials. Tom has taught numerous courses for both lawyers and laypersons including Online Defamation, Sports & Entertainment Law, and Mastering Sports, Entertainment, & Art Law (Rossdale CLE) and is the author of A Virginia Lawyer’s Deskbook, Chapter 8, Intellectual Property (Virginia CLE). Tom has a BA in English & Theater from Lafayette College, a JD from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He has served as a US Army Officer (Armor/ Cavalry) and is a licensed pilot, rescue diver, and avid sailor.
  • While in the Military, Tom Held the Following Positions: |1 -158th Cavalry (RECON) MDARNG, Platoon Leader, 2000 – 2005 | HQ 29th Infantry Division VAARNG, Aide de Camp to MG A.Wyman, Fort Belvoir, VA, 2006 – 2007 | HHC, 1-116th Infantry BSTB VAARNG, Company Commander, Fredericksburg, VA, 2007 – 2009
  • In addition to nine years as an Army officer (Cavalry), holding an instrument pilot’s license, an MBA and an MS in Biotechnology, Tom has served as a Special Prosecutor and has a background in finance from time spent in commercial banking at JP Morgan Chase and the Bank of New York in the Private Client Group. Tom is presently an Airport commissioner for KJYO (Executive Airport) a Dulles, feeder airport.
  • Some of Tom’s Past Positions Include: | Chemical Bank, NA (JP Morgan Chase) 1994-1995 | Bank of New York, Institutional Custodies, 1995-1996 | Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney, 1997 | Special Prosecutor, Loudoun County | Special Counsel (appointed by the Governor of Virginia) for Wage Claims | CEO, Ceres Nanosciences, Inc. 2007-2010 (part-time)
  • Tom served as Recon Scout Platoon Leader, and XO in a light cavalry unit, and served as the aide-de-camp to a Commanding General, and finally as a company commander of an infantry company. Tom also enjoys SCUBA diving (rescue & Nitrox certified) and is a former National Silver Medalist in full contact Burmese kickboxing. As a founder and co-patent holder of a biomedical nano-particle technology (US8382987 B2 and US20140045274 A1), Tom served as the interim CEO and now serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Ceres Nanosciences, Inc. (www.ceresnano.com) which is presently working on numerous government contracts (including multiple Phase 2 awards from DARPA), and the only definitive antigen test for Lyme disease. Tom has two children, and his spouse is a government contracts attorney in Northern Virginia.
  • 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 Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • 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. 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
  • American Bar Association, Co-Chair Copyright Litigation Committee, Commercial Litigation, (2009-2012)
  • Antitrust & Intellectual Property Sections
  • Attorney’s Arbitration Services, Arbitrator/ Mediator, Panel Member (2004 – 2012)
  • Standard & Poor’s Vista Research – Society for Industry Leaders, Expert Panel Member (2001 – present)
  • American Legion, Post 34 – Leesburg, Member (2002 – present)
  • Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, Post 1777 – Leesburg, VA
  • Virginia State Bar Association, Litigation, Business Law & Intellectual Property Law Section Member
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Section, Membership Committee (2006 – Present)
  • Loudoun County Bar Association, Past President (2004), Board Member (2003, 2005)
  • American MENSA (1998 – present) and Capitol M, Member (2001-present)
  • Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (Panel Attorney)
  • Rotary International (2004 – present)
  • Shenandoah University – NOVA Advisory Board (2002-2004)
  • LoudounCares Board Member (2005-2010)
  • Loudoun Community Free Clinic, Board Member (2003 – 2014)
  • Leesburg Executive Airport, Commissioner (2007 – present)
  • Free Mason, Olive Branch Lodge and 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Alexandria
  • Washington, D.C. Bar, Intellectual Property Section
  • 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.

    Electronic Evidence in Torrent Copyright Cases, Digital Evidence and

    Electronic Signature Review, Pario Communications, Bedfordshire, UK (2011) (pp.171-178) (co-author with Thomas M. Dunlap)

Nick specializes in intellectual property, brand and reputation protection, entertainment, and complex business litigation matters. He has handled matters for clients throughout the country and was selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in the 2009 and 2015 editions of Southern California Super Lawyers and 2012 Virginia Super Lawyers.

Nick earned a B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government from American University in Washington, DC where he was a Presidential Scholarship recipient, a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, and a Colonial Athletic Association Scholar Athlete with the nationally ranked Division I varsity soccer team. Nick earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he served as the Chief Research Editor on the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review and garnered a First Honors Award in his Title IX Seminar course.

Some of his previous significant experience includes:

  • Prevailed in Cook County Circuit Court defamation and false light case resulting in six-figure jury verdict (Ladao v. Faits, No. 2016 L 004625)
  • Assisted trial team in obtaining a $140 million jury verdict for Hulk Hogan (Bollea v. Clem, et al., Pinellas County Circuit Court Case No. 12012447-CI-011)
  • Second-chaired multi-day federal jury trial resulting in a favorable defense verdict for a legendary television writer (Goodness Films LLC, et al. v. TV One LLC, et al., C.D. Cal. Case No.: 2:12-cv-08688-GW)
  • Awarded Rule 11 sanctions in securing dismissal of corporate defendant related to promotional campaign of former Beach Boys artist Brian Wilson in British newspaper (Mike Love v. The Mail on Sunday, et al., C.D. Cal. Case No. CV05-7798 ABC (PJWx))

Loyola Law School – Los Angeles, CA

American University – Washington, DC

States: California; District of Columbia; Virginia; Illinois

Federal: C.D. Cal.; N.D. Cal.; Ninth Circuit; D. D.C.; E.D. Va.; W.D. Va.; N.D. Ill.

American Bar Association – Copyright Litigation: Finding Anonymous Copyright Infringers (March 2012)

Beverly Hills Bar Association – Film and TV Producers: How to Squeeze the Lemon; Additional income to be collected by producers and copyright owners (June 2009)

Los Angeles Copyright Society – The Music Download Class Action Suits (December 2006)

Electronic Evidence in Torrent Copyright Cases, Digital Evidence and

Electronic Signature Review, Pario Communications, Bedfordshire, UK (2011) (pp.171-178) (co-author with Thomas M. Dunlap)


    • Intellectual Property and Advertising, Brewery and Distillery Law in Virginia (NBI CLE)
    • Virginia Lawyer’s Deskbook, Chapter 8: Patents, Copyright & Trademark (Virginia CLE 2017)
    • Creditors Defenses During Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy from Start to Finish (NBI CLE)
    • Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law, The Basics of Chapter 13 (NBI CLE)
    • Business Contracts A to Z, Bankruptcy’s Effect on Contracts (NBI CLE)
    • BetaLaw blog
    • Government Contract us blog
    • Shooting the Messenger: ISP Liability for Contributory Copyright Infringement, B.C. Intell. Prop. & Tech. F. 110701 (2006)
  • David’s practice focuses on civil litigation in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, internet / domain names, commercial transactions, government contracts, community associations, and bankruptcy law / creditors’ rights, as well as trademark and copyright prosecution, and corporate and small business law. He is co-chair of the firm’s litigation group, supervising several lawyers, and he has served as an attorney for local and national clients in federal and state court litigation and arbitration matters, as well as in bankruptcy proceedings, TTAB disputes (trademark Notice of Opposition and trademark Petition to Cancel proceedings), domain name disputes (ACPA, UDRP, and URS proceedings), government contract bid protests and Tucker Act litigation, and numerous other forums and proceedings.
  • David Ludwig has 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, David 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.
  • David attended law school at The George Washington University Law School where he served as a student teacher of legal research and writing and an articles editor for the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Quarterly Journal. Prior to joining the firm, David worked for a boutique D.C. firm that specialized in litigation and legislative policy work in the areas of copyright and constitutional law.
  • Currently, in addition to his work with the firm, David also serves on the Board of Directors of Every Citizen Has Opportunities, Inc., a non-profit that provides comprehensive, individualized employment, vocational training, and community integration opportunities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. David is a LegalZoom “Advantage” Attorney who provides LegalZoom.com visitors with insightful answers to their business-related legal questions and concerns. David is also an adjunct professor of scholarly writing at The George Washington University Law School, working with intellectual property law students that are writing scholarly articles for publication, he sits on the editorial Board of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal, and he regularly speaks and conducts seminars on internet, trademark, intellectual property, litigation, and creditors’ rights issues.
  • J.D. Law, The George Washington University Law School
  • M.A. Religious Studies, Naropa University
  • B.A. Philosophy, Sonoma State University
  • Intellectual Property and Advertising, Brewery and Distillery Law in Virginia (NBI CLE)
  • Virginia Lawyer’s Deskbook, Chapter 8: Patents, Copyright & Trademark (Virginia CLE 2017)
  • Creditors Defenses During Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy from Start to Finish (NBI CLE)
  • Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law, The Basics of Chapter 13 (NBI CLE)
  • Business Contracts A to Z, Bankruptcy’s Effect on Contracts (NBI CLE)
  • BetaLaw blog
  • Government Contract us blog
  • Shooting the Messenger: ISP Liability for Contributory Copyright Infringement, B.C. Intell. Prop. & Tech. F. 110701 (2006)
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Georgia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals – Federal Circuit, District of Columbia Circuit, Fourth Circuit, and Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts – Eastern District of Virginia, Western District of Virginia, District of Maryland, District of Columbia, District of Colorado, Eastern District of Texas, Middle District of Georgia Northern District of Georgia, and District of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts – Eastern District of Virginia, Western District of Virginia, District of Maryland, District of Columbia, Middle District of Georgia, Northern District of Georgia, and District of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association
  • Loudoun County Bar Association
  • Prince William County Bar Association
  • Every Citizen Has Opportunities, Inc. (ECHO), Board Member
  • Community Associations Institute
  • Mensa
  • Adjunct Professor of Scholarly Writing, American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, The George Washington University Law School (2008-present)
  • The Value of a Trademark Portfolio (Money for Lunch)
  • Creditors Defenses During Bankruptcy, Consumer Bankruptcy from Start to Finish (NBI CLE)
  • Next Step: Copyright Infringement – Strategies. Recourses. Resolutions. (American Photographic Artists of Washington, D.C.)
  • Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Law, The Basics of Chapter 13 (NBI CLE)
  • Business Contracts A to Z, Bankruptcy’s Effect on Contracts (NBI CLE)
  • Sweeping Changes to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (Knowledge Group)
  • Intellectual Property and Advertising, Brewery and Distillery Law in Virginia (NBI CLE)
  • Nothing “Soft” About It: Modernizing Copyright & Trademark Practice for the Digital Era (AIPLA)
  • AV® Preeminent – Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings
  • Avvo 10.0 “Superb” – Top Litigation Attorney
  • Virginia’s 2012 Legal Elite (Bankruptcy / Creditors’ Rights)
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • America’s Top Lawyers – American Law Society
  • Chaikin v. XID Technologies, Inc., Case No. 12-282 (E.D. Va. 2013): Defended a Singapore based technology company that develops facial recognition software that was accused, by a former employee, of taking an invalid assignment of a former employee’s interest in the patent applications registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Successfully secured an early dismissal of the lawsuit upon jurisdictional grounds.
  • Oracle America, Inc. v. Service Key LLC, et al., Case No. 12-790 (N.D. Cal. 2013): Defended an information technology government contractor that was accused, by Oracle, of copyright infringement and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act relating to downloads of firmware upgrades and software patches from Oracle in service of governmental clients.
  • Manchester Oaks Homeowners Ass’n v. Batt, 284 Va. 409, 732 S.E.2d 690 (2012): Successfully challenged an HOA’s discriminatory parking policy that was enacted in violation of the provisions HOA’s governing documents, resulting in Judgment in favor of clients of in the amount of $223,303.70. On appeal, made new law in support of aggrieved homeowners by successfully arguing that the Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act allows aggrieved homeowners to recover their attorneys’ fees in such cases.
  • Continental Transfert Technique Ltd. v. The Federal Government of Nigeria, Case No. 11-7103 (D. D.C. 2010-2013; D.C. Cir. 2013): Defended the Federal Government of Nigeria in international collections dispute brought by a logistics company related to a disputed government contract seeking damages of $423,184,115.29.
  • Hayes v. Withers Broadcasting Company, Case No. 12-740 (D. D.C. 2012): Defended a large communications company in trademark infringement action alleging infringement of a mark related to an internet radio website by a prominent West Virginia radio station, successfully securing an early dismissal of the lawsuit upon jurisdictional grounds.
  • Titan Atlas Manufacturing, Inc. v. Sisk, Case No. 1:11cv00012 (W.D. Va. 2010-2012): Defended patent infringement claims against Titan Atlas Manufacturing, Inc. involving technology licensed from Entwicklungs und Verwertungs Gesellschaft M.B.H., for a prefabricated construction panel used to construct mine ventilation overcasts. Defended patent infringement claims seeking damages of $2,440,018.
  • In re: World Airways, Inc., Government Accountability Office (GAO) Case B-402674 (2010): Bid protest on behalf of incumbent contractor World Airways, Inc. on the award of five contracts for $485 million under a request for proposals (RFP), issued by the United States Transportation Command, Department of Defense, for air cargo transportation services of five fixed-price indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ) contracts, for a base period of one year with one one-year option for international commercial air cargo transportation services within the United States Central Command CENTCOM).
  • United States ex rel. Benjamin Carter v. Halliburton Co., et al., Case No. 12-1011 (E.D. Va. 2009-2014; 4th Cir. 2013): Prosecuted Qui Tamwhistleblower claims (False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. § 3729) of Carter alleging fraudulent billing of the United States for services provided to the military forces serving in Iraq in Federal Court.
  • Main Street Softworks v. Moneta Corp., Case No. 10-45 (E.D. Va. 2010): Prosecuted trademark infringement and cybersquatting claims against competing credit card processing company. Obtained favorable settlement for client.
  • DTS Construction v. Dulles Electric Corp., Case No. 07-12589 (E.D. Va. Bankr. 2009): Defended electrical supply company against preferential transfer avoidance action brought by bankruptcy trustee.
  • Air China Limited v. airchina.com, Case No. 07-1089 (E.D. Va. 2008): Defended domain name owner against international airline in multinational cybersquatting suit related to the airchina.com domain name.

    • “Patent Venue Primer for 2019: The Patent Venue Landscape after TC Heartland,” Presenter, Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association, 2019
    • Best’s Insurance Law Digest, Reviser, A.M. Best, 2018-present
    • Advanced Winery and Vineyard Law (Continuing Legal Education course), Presenter and Author: “Complex State and Federal Licensing and Permitting Issues,” Business Institute, 2016
    • “2014 Virginia Election Law Training: Update Regarding Legislative and Regulatory Changes” (Continuing Legal Education course), Presenter, 2014
    • “Promised Wages: Strategies that Work in Wage Collection,” Panelist, National Association of Governmental Labor Officials Annual Conference (Baltimore, Maryland), 2012
    • “Collection of Unpaid Wages under Virginia’s Payment of Wage Act,” Guest Commentator, Central Virginia Legal Aid Radio Show, WRIR 97.3 FM, 2012
    • Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium, Contributing Editor, Aspen Law & Business, 2000 edition
    • Virginia State Bar Environmental Law News, Co-Author: “Virginia’s Title V Operating Permit Program,” 1998
    • Washington and Lee Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal, Articles Editor, 1997-98
  • 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. Prior to joining Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, Cortland practiced with a prominent international law firm.
  • 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.
  • Cortland was appointed and served as a substitute judge for the City of Richmond General District Court (13th Judicial District of Virginia). He also 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 a chapter in the National Business Institute’s Advanced Winery and Vineyard Law course book, and he has contributed to both the A.M. Best Insurance Law Digest and the Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium. His observations on national and Virginia politics have also 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.
  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • University of Virginia, B.A., High Distinction, 1995
  • “Patent Venue Primer for 2019: The Patent Venue Landscape after TC Heartland,” Presenter, Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association, 2019
  • Best’s Insurance Law Digest, Reviser, A.M. Best, 2018-present
  • Advanced Winery and Vineyard Law (Continuing Legal Education course), Presenter and Author: “Complex State and Federal Licensing and Permitting Issues,” Business Institute, 2016
  • “2014 Virginia Election Law Training: Update Regarding Legislative and Regulatory Changes” (Continuing Legal Education course), Presenter, 2014
  • “Promised Wages: Strategies that Work in Wage Collection,” Panelist, National Association of Governmental Labor Officials Annual Conference (Baltimore, Maryland), 2012
  • “Collection of Unpaid Wages under Virginia’s Payment of Wage Act,” Guest Commentator, Central Virginia Legal Aid Radio Show, WRIR 97.3 FM, 2012
  • Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium, Contributing Editor, Aspen Law & Business, 2000 edition
  • Virginia State Bar Environmental Law News, Co-Author: “Virginia’s Title V Operating Permit Program,” 1998
  • Washington and Lee Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal, Articles Editor, 1997-98
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of West Virginia
  • Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court, Executive Committee (2009-13), Member (2007-present)
  • National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys, Member (2014-2017)
  • OPUS Performing Arts Society, Inc., General Counsel (2007-08)
  • Washington and Lee Alumni Association of Richmond, Chapter Advisory Board Member (2014-2016), Co-President (2007-08), Vice President (2007), Secretary (2005-07), Treasurer (2004-05)
  • The James Monroe Memorial Foundation, Development and Fundraising Committee (2006-08)
  • Defense Research Institute, Member (2001-05)
  • West Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyers Executive Committee, Elected Delegate (1999-2000)
  • Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, Selected for Leadership Charleston (2000)
  • Kanawha County Bar Association, Member (1999-2000)
  • Substitute Judge, City of Richmond General District Court (13th Judicial District of Virginia), 2018-19.
  • Rated “Superb” (10.0 out of 10.0) by Avvo (the highest level for this lawyer rating service)
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law, Marquis Who’s Who, 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who, 2016
  • University of Richmond School of Law, Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Lawyering Skills Program, 2005-13
  • Virginia Department of Corrections, Board of Corrections Member (Appointed by the Governor of Virginia), 2013-14
  • Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, Special Counsel (Appointed by the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry), 2012-13
  • Capitol Square Preservation Council, Member-at-Large (Appointed by the Governor of Virginia), 2011-14
  • Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Special Counsel (Appointed by the Attorney General of Virginia), 2007-08
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Tucker Inn, President (1997-98)
  • SwimWays Corp. v. ZURU, Inc., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia: Successfully defended an international toy company based in Asia that was named as a defendant in a multimillion-dollar patent infringement lawsuit. Drafted and filed a motion for summary judgment. Following a lengthy oral argument, the court entered summary judgment in the client’s favor, declared the plaintiff’s patent invalid in a 71-page opinion, and dismissed the case with prejudice. The judge also denied the plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment.
  • Income Tax School, Inc. v. Lopez, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia: Represented defendants in a copyright infringement case and successfully secured an early dismissal of the lawsuit upon jurisdictional grounds.
  • Ferguson v. Republican Party of Virginia, Inc., Campbell County Circuit Court, Virginia: Represented a major statewide political party that was named as a defendant in a lawsuit involving complex constitutional law issues. The action arose out of an internal party dispute. Moved to dismiss the case on behalf of the defendant, and after a lengthy hearing, the court agreed with the statewide political party and entered a rare dismissal with prejudice of the entire lawsuit. In so doing, the judge noted that courts should not wade into internal political party disputes, particularly where, as here, the dispute centered on the party’s fundamental First Amendment association right. The action was never appealed.
  • In the Matter of Rave Cinemas, LLC, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board: Successfully defended the nation’s fifth largest cinema circuit against charges brought by the enforcement division of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The ABC alleged the client violated certain state alcoholic beverage control laws. Tried and won the case before an ABC administrative law judge. After the judge dismissed all charges against the client, the ABC Board upheld the judge’s decision.
  • Hinkle v. ABB Process Analytics, Inc., U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia: Represented a corporate defendant in an ERISA class action lawsuit. Moved to dismiss the case on the grounds that plaintiffs had failed to exhaust their administrative remedies. The court granted the motion and dismissed the case.
  • Maricco v. Meco Corp., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan: Served as national counsel for a prominent step stool and grill manufacturer. Handled this manufacturer’s defense in a complex products liability action pending in a Michigan federal district court. Conducted significant fact and expert discovery. Argued a motion for summary judgment and an accompanying motion in limine to exclude plaintiff’s expert’s testimony. The court granted the summary judgment motion and dismissed the case with prejudice. The court also granted in part the manufacturer’s motion to exclude plaintiff’s expert.
  • Fluor Corporation v. American International Specialty Lines Insurance Co., U.S. District Court, Central District of California: Successfully represented an international insurance company named as a defendant in a complex coverage action filed by an insured. The case arose out of the alleged failure of a gold mine processing facility constructed by the insured in the Andes Mountains of Chile. After the mine processing facility prevailed in an arbitration against the insured, the insured, which was represented by one of the largest law firms in the world, filed suit against the carrier, seeking coverage and claiming tens of millions of dollars in damages. The insured also alleged claims for bad faith and punitive damages in the coverage action. Handled significant international discovery matters in defending the client, retained and worked with foreign counsel in multiple countries, engaged in extensive motion practice, and successfully compelled the insured and the mine owner to produce hundreds of thousands of relevant documents located in Chile and Canada. After drafting and filing multiple summary judgment motions based on the insurer’s coverage defenses, the case settled favorably for the client.
  • State of West Virginia ex rel. One-Gateway Assocs., LLC v. Hon. Gary L. Johnson, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia: Represented a company that sought a writ of prohibition in the West Virginia supreme court to prohibit the enforcement of a state court’s order granting injunctive relief to a landowner. The supreme court granted the writ of prohibition, finding the state court erred as a matter of law in granting injunctive relief.

    • “What a Steal: Virginia Insurance-Contract Law and Uninsured Theft Losses,” THE CLAIMSMAN (Winter 2012)
    • “Caveat Vendor: Automobile Dealerships and the Defense of Federal Consumer Protection Litigation under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act” (Co-Author with Robert Tayloe Ross), 14 J. CIV. LITIG. 123 (2002)
    • “The Expansion of the English Jewish Community in the Rein of King Stephen, “25 ALBION 2, 177-192, (1993)
  • Kevin’s practice focuses on intellectual property law, including patent and trademark prosecution. He has extensive experience in patent law, having filed and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications.
  • Kevin has experience prosecuting patents in a wide variety of technologies, such as mechanical, electrical, biotech and chemical arts. In particular, Kevin has experience working with therapeutic and diagnostic pharmaceuticals, medical and dental implants, agricultural aeroponic systems, lasers and optical scanning devices, chemical filters, fuel cells and various software inventions.
  • Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Christopher Newport University. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from University of New Hampshire School of Law. At the University of New Hampshire, Kevin was awarded a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property by completing a rigorous curriculum involving patent, trademark and copyright law.
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D.
  • Christopher Newport University, B.S. Biology, Chemistry Minor
  • “What a Steal: Virginia Insurance-Contract Law and Uninsured Theft Losses,” THE CLAIMSMAN (Winter 2012)
  • “Caveat Vendor: Automobile Dealerships and the Defense of Federal Consumer Protection Litigation under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act” (Co-Author with Robert Tayloe Ross), 14 J. CIV. LITIG. 123 (2002)
  • “The Expansion of the English Jewish Community in the Rein of King Stephen, “25 ALBION 2, 177-192, (1993)
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property
  • Virginia
  • USPTO
  • American Bar Association Member, 2011-Present
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association Member, 2011-Present
  • International Trademark Association Member, 2011-Present
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property
  • Pa. Nat’l Mut. Cas. Ins. Co. v. Roberts, 668 F.3d 106 (4th Cir.), cert. denied, __ U.S. __, 133 S. Ct. 191 (2012)
  • Branham v. Dolgencorp, Inc., No. 6:09cv37, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 74816 (W.D. Va. Aug. 24, 2009)
  • Royal Indem. Co. v. Tyco Fire Prods., LP, 281 Va. 157, 704 S.E.2d 91 (2011)
  • RLI Ins.Co. v. Conseco, Inc., 1:04cv310, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49384 (S.D. Ind. Jul. 6, 2007), aff’d, 543 F.3d 384 (7th Cir. 2008)

Erick Robinson previously served as Director of Patents for Qualcomm in Asia, where he managed a broad range of IP issues ranging from patent drafting, prosecution, licensing, and litigation, to regulatory, policy, and antitrust matters.  He also managed open source issues for Qualcomm Atheros and created, implemented, and enforced open source protocols.  Before Qualcomm, Erick managed patent and open source matters for Red Hat.

Mr. Robinson is an experienced U.S. patent attorney and trial lawyer with a technical background in computer science and physics, as well as biotechnology.  He is a trusted authority on patent and antitrust law in China and has been selected as one of the Leading 300 IP Strategists Worldwide by IAM for the past two years.  The author of the influential ChinaPatentBlog.com as well as numerous articles on Chinese patent litigation, Mr. Robinson is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Intellectual Asset Management, and other publications on Chinese patent and antitrust issues.

Erick began his legal career at a Wall Street law firm negotiating and drafting technology agreements and then moved to Texas, where he managed and tried patent cases for top U.S. law firms Weil Gotshal and McKool Smith. During his time in Texas, he managed bet-the-business patent cases on both the plaintiff and defendant side for Fortune 100 companies to sole inventors.

    • International Trademarks/Patents
    • Intellectual Property Litigation
    • Government & Regulatory Affairs

     

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), The University of Texas School of Law
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Field Of StudyMBA and Masters in Business Analytics, Indiana University – Kelley School of Business
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Pomona College

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS


  • Kevin Streit has practiced in the litigation arena for the last sixteen years, and for most of that time he has focused on representing insurance companies in disputes over first-party and third-party insurance coverage. Kevin has handled matters not only throughout Virginia, but also in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Tennessee, Indiana, and Texas. He is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in Virginia, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
  • In addition to representing insurance companies in coverage disputes, Kevin has defended clients in professional malpractice actions, consumer protection actions, and personal injury actions.
  • A Virginia native, Kevin returned to the Commonwealth to pursue a career in law after studying medieval history at the graduate level in Canada and in Seattle, Washington. As well as maintaining his passionate love of history, Kevin is also an avid hunter and outdoorsman – hobbies which he tries to pursue when he is not busy representing his clients, volunteering in various ministries at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish in Richmond, or spending time with his wife, son, and their dog, Pacquiao. For the record, Kevin does not have a cat named Mayweather.
  • William & Mary School of Law, College of William & Mary, Juris Doctor, 1999
  • College of William & Mary, Bachelor of Arts in History, 1989; minor in Anthropology
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, W.D. Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, E.D. Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, S.D. Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • AV Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbel
  • Master of the Bench, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., American Inn of Court – Richmond, VA (charter member, 2003 – present)
  • Champion, Bushrod Washington Moot Court Tournament, 1997
  • National Moot Court Competition, 1999|Student Note Editor, William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, 1998-1999, Associate Editor, 1996-1998
  • Goodwin Memorial Scholarship Recipient, 1996-1998
  • Power Prize Recipient for best graduate historical articles in 1991 and 1992, consecutively, in the Department of History at the University of Washington
  • Phi Alpha Theta (history honor society), 1988-1989

Holding the Bag:  An Insurer’s Rights against an Independent Agent under Virginia Law.” Winter 2017 volume of the Claimsman.

“What a Steal: Virginia Insurance-Contract Law and Uninsured Theft Losses,” THE CLAIMSMAN (Winter 2012)

“Caveat Vendor: Automobile Dealerships and the Defense of Federal Consumer Protection Litigation under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act,” 14 J. CIV. LITIG. 123 (2002)


    • Trusts: Explained and Illustrated, published in 2017
    • How To Give Through Estate Planning, published in 2017

Tom has been practicing since 1996 and is located in the Tulsa office of Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig. Over the years, Tom has handled hundreds of cases for clients in state and federal court. Tom is licensed in the state of Oklahoma as well as the Northern,

Westen and Eastern districts of the US District Courts in Oklahoma. In addition, Tom focuses heavily on estate planning and legal issues that tie in with estate planning such as probates, guardianships, trust actions and disputes invoving life insurance, pensions, 401ks and IRAs. Tom is the author of “Trusts: Explained and Illustrated”, which can be used by anyone to better understand how trusts work and how they can be used in a variety of family situations. He has also written a book entitled “Giving Through Estate Planning”, which is used by charities and other non profits along with their own materials to help their sponsors and others consider how they give to the organizations they love.

  • University of Tulsa 1996, J.D.
  • University of Oklahoma 1991, BBA
  • Trusts: Explained and Illustrated, published in 2017
  • How To Give Through Estate Planning, published in 2017
  • Oklahoma
  • Northern, Eastern and Western US Districts
  • Oklahoma Bar Association and American Bar Association
  • Regularly conducts Estate Planning seminars at the firm’s offices as well as on behalf of financial advisors, insurance agents, non profits and others.
  • Regularly donates free estate planning legal services to numerous non profit organizations to assist in their fund raising efforts.

    • Expanding the Internet of Things: Four Key Legal Issues (and Why They Matter) (2016)
    • Positioning Your Tech Startup for a Successful Acquisition: Five Key Steps (2016)
    • Whistleblower Protections for Contractors Supporting the Intelligence Community (2016)
    • Government Contractor Alert: Does Your Company Have an Effective Insider Threat Program? (2015)
  • David Verhey’s practice concentrates on counseling and representation of clients with business interests in national security, information technology, cybersecurity, and government contracts. He helps companies and institutions manage risk, comply with government regulations, and resolve disputes and investigations. He also assists clients with due diligence and corporate organization, including operating and buy-sell agreements. David is a frequent conference speaker and an author of articles on security and technology, including big data, the internet of things, insider threat mitigation, and privacy policy. He is also the founder and principal of SDS Advisors LLC, a technology consulting firm. He is cleared TS/SCI.
  • David’s legal career has spanned almost twenty years including stints in private practice and government service. He formerly served as a Senior Advisor and Counsel in the Department of Defense, where he supported IT development, cybersecurity, classified contracts, and counter-terrorism programs.
  • Prior to joining the Department of Defense, he was a partner in a national law firm, a senior executive at the Interior Department, and counsel to the California Governor. David began his career as a trial and appellate attorney in the California Department of Justice, where he successfully handled federal and state litigation involving criminal databases, major state procurements, and constitutional issues.
  • J.D., University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Expanding the Internet of Things: Four Key Legal Issues (and Why They Matter) (2016)
  • Positioning Your Tech Startup for a Successful Acquisition: Five Key Steps (2016)
  • Whistleblower Protections for Contractors Supporting the Intelligence Community (2016)
  • Government Contractor Alert: Does Your Company Have an Effective Insider Threat Program? (2015)
  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • Big Data and the Internet of Things: Legal and Policy Issues, AIE Symposium on Big Data and Predictive Analytics for Intelligence and Defense (2016)
  • Hyper-connectivity and Big Data: Key Legal Issues for the IC, United States Government (2016)
  • Cyber Open Source Methods and Operations: Legal and Policy Issues, Department of Defense (2015 & 2016)
  • Cyber Advanced Support Operations, White Canvas Group (2016)
  • Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things, University of Maryland (2016)|Managing the Risks of Insider Threat, University of Virginia & AFCEA (2015)

    • System of Reward and Remuneration for Service Inventors and Implementation Thereof (coauthor) – China Patents and Trademarks – January, 2011
    • Research on the Protection System of Plant Varieties in China: Comparison between Patent Law and Special Law – Innovation of Science and Technology & Intellectual Property – March, 2011
    • Aspects Deserved Attention for Patent Filing Regarding Invention-Creations Made in China – lexology.com – December, 2013
    • Patentee’s Burden of Proof in Infringement Case Involving Patented Process for Obtaining New Product 3M Company v. Zhejing Daoming Investment Co., Ltd. –“China Patent Case Review 2014” by Beijing East IP Ltd – December, 2014.
    • Some Thoughts on Conflicting Applications as Patent Infringement Defense – China Invention & Patent – Feburary, 2015.
    • Rules and Practice about Claims Construction under the Chinese Patent Law(coauthor) – Patent Agency – March, 2015.
    • The Jurisdiction on Patent Infringement Case of Court at the Place of Receipt of Goods Purchased via Internet (coauthor) –zhichanli.com – May, 2015.
    • The examination of trademark related with geographic name under the new Trademark Law – China Trademark – August, 2015.
    • Hot Debate over Patent Jurisdiction (coauthor) – Patent Agency– March, 2016
    • Some Issues regarding the Drug Patent Linkage under the Chinese Patent Law (coauthor) – Patent Agency–Issue 4, 2017

Xiaolin is a senior associate in the patent practice at DBL Beijing Team.

Xiaolin was majoring in Horticulture when obtaining B. Ag. from China Agricultural University in 2008. She obtained J.M. degree from the Law School of Peking University with speciality in Intellectual Property Law in 2011. In the same year, Xiaolin joined Beijing Eas tIP Law Firm.

From 2011 to November 2018, Xiaolin worked as a trademark attorney and assisted various foreign entities including Fortune 500 MNCs with legal matters of trademark, domain name and copyright. After December, 2013, Ms. Wang worked as a patent attorney and began to assist the clients with patent prosecution and litigation matters.

With her wide IP practice experience, Xiaolin can provide professional and comprehensive opinions regarding prosecution and enforcement of IP rights in view of different needs of clients. Xiaolin has also authored many articles related to IP protection in China.

    • Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
    • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • J.M in Intellectual Property Law, Peking University
  • B.Ag in Horticulture, China Agriculture University
  • China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA)
  • Patent Re-examination Board under CNIPA
  • IP Specialist Courts/ People’s Courts
  • Presenting for Las Vegas Sands Corp. (plaintiff) in trademark administrative litigation, Beijing First Intermediate Court.
  • Presenting for the American Petroleum Institute (API) (plaintiff) in copyright infringement and unfair competition litigation, Beijing First Intermediate People’s Court and Beijing High People’s Court.
  • Presenting for Beijing Dong Yi Shi Guang Ltd. (defendant) in Copyright infringement litigation, Beijing Chao Yang District People’s Court and Beijing IP Court.
  • Assisting DSM IP ASSETS B.V. (plaintiff) in patent prosecution litigation , Beijing IP Court.
  • Assisting for Autoliv Development AB (plaintiff) in patent infringement litigation, Beijing IP Court.
  • System of Reward and Remuneration for Service Inventors and Implementation Thereof (coauthor) – China Patents and Trademarks – January, 2011
  • Research on the Protection System of Plant Varieties in China: Comparison between Patent Law and Special Law – Innovation of Science and Technology & Intellectual Property – March, 2011
  • Aspects Deserved Attention for Patent Filing Regarding Invention-Creations Made in China – lexology.com – December, 2013
  • Patentee’s Burden of Proof in Infringement Case Involving Patented Process for Obtaining New Product 3M Company v. Zhejing Daoming Investment Co., Ltd. –“China Patent Case Review 2014” by Beijing East IP Ltd – December, 2014.
  • Some Thoughts on Conflicting Applications as Patent Infringement Defense – China Invention & Patent – Feburary, 2015.
  • Rules and Practice about Claims Construction under the Chinese Patent Law(coauthor) – Patent Agency – March, 2015.
  • The Jurisdiction on Patent Infringement Case of Court at the Place of Receipt of Goods Purchased via Internet (coauthor) –zhichanli.com – May, 2015.
  • The examination of trademark related with geographic name under the new Trademark Law – China Trademark – August, 2015.
  • Hot Debate over Patent Jurisdiction (coauthor) – Patent Agency– March, 2016
  • Some Issues regarding the Drug Patent Linkage under the Chinese Patent Law (coauthor) – Patent Agency–Issue 4, 2017

    • Protecting Pharmaceutical Trade Secrets Under the New Regulatory Sharing Program, 41 AIPLA Q.J. 737 (2014)
    • Best’s Insurance Law Digest, Contributor, A.M. Best Company, 2017 edition
  • Mary Witzel is an associate attorney at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC.  She specializes in litigation and intellectual property law. She is licensed to practice in Virginia.
  • Mary attended the George Washington University Law School, where she served as executive articles editor on the student editorial board of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, wrote a note on trade secrets, was awarded Best Overall Competitor in the Judge Albert H. Grenadier International Law Moot Court Competition, and was a member of the GW Law Moot Court Board. Prior to joining the firm, Mary worked for a boutique Richmond law firm that specialized in trademark law.
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D. 2014
  • George Wythe University, BA 2010 cum laude
  • Protecting Pharmaceutical Trade Secrets Under the New Regulatory Sharing Program, 41 AIPLA Q.J. 737 (2014)
  • Best’s Insurance Law Digest, Contributor, A.M. Best Company, 2017 edition