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Leveraging our presence across the Commonwealth

Each county in Virginia has its own circuit court. And no two circuit courts share the same rules. If you do not know what a demurrer is or plan to use deposition testimony in a summary judgment motion, you need experienced local counsel to guide you through these unusual Virginia procedural rules.

Our team of more than 30 lawyers barred in Virginia understands the quirks of practicing before Virginia circuit courts. We make it easy for you to get Virginia procedure right so your case can proceed to the merits.

Our experience serving as local counsel in Virginia Circuit Courts

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig appears in state courts across Virginia. Our team is ready to offer advice on complicated and nuanced Virginia court procedures as well as provide paralegal support, perform research, prepare for oral argument, and facilitate discovery. Our lawyers understand how critical it is to retain competent local counsel, and we work closely with large law firms, midsize firms, small practices, and solo practitioners.

Our law firm also offers visiting lawyers conference space, staff, document support, office space, and access to local e-filing and dockets.

What we do

  • Serve as local counsel in circuit courts throughout Virginia, including circuit courts in Alexandria, Arlington, Chesterfield, Fairfax, Fauquier, Hanover, Henrico, Loudoun, Prince William, and Richmond
  • Offer local access to electronic filing and dockets that are not available to the general public, such as the Online Scheduling System for Fairfax County courts, the Court Public Access Network (CPAN) for Fairfax County, and the Electronic Filing System for the Fairfax Circuit Court and the electronic records system for Loudoun County
  • Offer advice on procedural issues and timelines
  • Handle substantive legal work as requested
  • Accompany lead counsel to scheduling hearings, depositions, and other meetings before circuit courts
  • Enhance and preserve lead counsel’s relationship with clients



Ellis Bennett


Thomas Dunlap


William Flachsbart


Stephen Graeff


Michael La Porte


David Ludwig


Cortland Putbrese



Jason Witten

Of 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.