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Banking on the future

With rising consumer expectations, interest rate fluctuations, powerful new technologies, burdensome regulations, and new players entering the industry, financial institutions are under pressure to transform. With Big Tech companies adding financial services products into their portfolios, lenders need to find new ways to compete for business.

In their quest to evolve, banks need a trusted partner. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig has the expertise, understanding of the banking industry, and legal acumen to help financial institutions advance on their transformational journey. Our law firm guides financial institutions through the full array of banking industry matters, from portfolio management and collection to regulatory investigations, enforcement, and disputes.

Our experience in the banking industry

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig uses its knowledge of the regulatory framework for banking to advise financial institutions, financial intermediaries, lenders, private equity firms, and others on a variety of financial transactions, including commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans, SBA loans, asset securitizations, asset-based loans, investment funds, equipment loans, lease financings, and debt financings. We also help clients with digital banking issues, including account aggregation, blockchain, data privacy, and electronic payments.

Our multidisciplinary team works with lenders and borrowers on loan workouts and other special asset matters. We defend corporate borrowers and lenders in litigation matters. We also represent clients in regulatory investigations and proceedings before the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Board, Federal Trade Commission, and Internal Revenue Service.

What we do

  • Represent lenders and borrowers in each phase of commercial loan transactions
  • Negotiate and restructure loans for creditors
  • Resolve creditor-side bankruptcy and collection issues
  • Assist banks in all types of underwriting of commercial transactions, including due diligence and title review
  • Advise banks on how to structure and deliver retail products and services
  • Guide executives, directors, and fiduciaries in the proper discharge of their duties to avoid claims of breach of fiduciary duty and mismanagement
  • Represent financial institutions in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies
  • Design and implement dividend reinvestment and stock option plans
  • Represent holding companies in mergers and acquisitions


Alex Butterman


Charles Cantine


Robert Deal


Cherylyn Harley LeBon


David Ludwig


Chris Marston



Néstor Cruz

Of Counsel

Craig Donais

Of Counsel

Ivan Pasarell-Jove

Of Counsel

Farzad Panjshiri


William (Calvin) Smith

Senior Counsel


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Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.