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Defending and protecting your reputation

Everyone is familiar with defamation cases against individuals, when someone is the victim of a harmful false statement. In the business world, business defamation is actually common among and between competitors. And today, false and defaming statements on the internet about a business — either express or implicit — are rampant, given the ease of publishing a blog, social media post, rating submission, or forum comment. Defamatory statements can severely and negatively impact a business’s reputation.

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig’s defamation lawyers defend clients in defamation lawsuits, negotiate favorable settlement agreements, and protect their business interests. Our law firm also represents businesses that have been the target of defamatory statements.

Our experience in defamation cases

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig has extensive experience in litigating and resolving defamation disputes. We have represented alleged perpetrators and victims of libel and slander in a wide variety of contexts and industries, including professional and personal services and telecommunications.

Our clients benefit from our defamation lawyers’ experience at each stage of the problem-solving and dispute resolution process, from initial case evaluation and counseling to settlement discussions and trial. We realize that a company’s business reputation and its customer relations can often be far more valuable than its actual assets, and defamatory remarks made by a competitor or a disgruntled customer can bring substantial harm to a company. Our litigation team constantly reevaluates our clients’ benefits and risks during litigation, reassessing settlement and litigation strategies as additional facts are discovered. We also understand that, particularly in the online context, removal of the libelous comments from the public eye can be as important as financial recovery.

What we do

  • Defend businesses that have been accused of defamation in litigation before federal and state courts
  • Represent clients who have been the target of libelous or slanderous statements
  • Advise clients on what qualifies as defamation and what remedies may be available
  • Conduct investigations of alleged libel and slander
  • Advise clients on settlement options and negotiate favorable settlements with opposing parties



Ellis Bennett


Alex Butterman


William Flachsbart


Bernard Goodman


Robert Greenspoon


Michael La Porte


David Ludwig


Cortland Putbrese



Sonya Hamlin

Of Counsel

David Trinnes

Senior Associate

Carolyn Williams

Senior Associate

Hyung Gyu (Leo) Sun



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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.