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Fostering the growth of budding businesses

As more states legalize cannabis, license businesses, and regulate products, murky legal issues remain. Businesses must determine how to navigate the questions that arise in the space between federal prohibition under the Controlled Substances Act and state legalization. These questions concern how cannabis businesses interact with the government, other companies, their customers, and stakeholders.

The cannabis team at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig has been on the forefront of this uncharted and rapidly developing area of the law, as it helps clients navigate the thorny legal issues in the cannabis industry. Sound legal representation requires law firms to understand and appreciate not only existing laws and regulations but also to anticipate what the future holds. Our law firm blends its legal and operational expertise to help clients in the cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD) industries address emerging concerns and plan for what’s next.

Our experience in the cannabis industry

Having been one of the first law firms to represent cannabis clients in Virginia, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig is uniquely qualified and experienced to represent cannabis and hemp cultivators, extractors, processors, dispensaries, retailers, licensees, and investors. We help cannabis businesses with transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions and securities, but we also work with them on licensing, intellectual property issues, compliance, and litigation.

Our multidisciplinary team helps businesses understand the emerging complexities of the cannabis industry, including complicated rules and regulations that stem from federal prohibition. We show them how to address challenges involving the Controlled Substance Act, Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, and Bank Secrecy Act.

What we do

  • Counsel clients on pending and new legislation
  • Apply for cultivation, production, and retail licenses
  • Evaluate the risks of doing business in the cannabis industry
  • Obtain financing for licensed producers and other industry clients
  • Represent producers and suppliers in mergers and acquisitions
  • Advise investors on opportunities from private and public securities offerings and equity investments
  • Offer advice regarding the production and trade of cannabis, CBD products, and hemp
  • Represent producers, processors, and retailers in real estate acquisitions and zoning and construction matters

Our Team


Alex Butterman


S. Claire Gibson


Bernard Goodman


Dubs Herschlip


David Ludwig


Cortland Putbrese



Anna Kinney

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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.