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Ryan Kennedy is a dedicated partner at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, PLLC, focusing his practice on complex commercial and real estate litigation in the state and federal courts of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. With a keen understanding of the intricacies of real property law, Mr. Kennedy works closely with clients to navigate a wide range of real estate issues, including construction defects, title disputes, zoning matters, and landlord/tenant cases.

With a commitment to providing practical solutions, Mr. Kennedy advises individuals and entities involved in the real estate business on their contracting... practices, litigation risks, and regulatory compliance.

He has also represented business interests, large and small, in a variety of disputes with other businesses, vendors, consumers, or administrative agencies. Mr. Kennedy has assisted individuals and entities collect difficult accounts, resolve permit violations, or endure dissolution of the business itself.

Mr. Kennedy graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2006 before earning his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2009. Following his academic achievements, Mr. Kennedy served as a law clerk for the Honorable Maureen M. Lamasney in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County, gaining invaluable insights into the judicial process and courtroom dynamics. His legal experience in private practice is wide ranging, from complex commercial claims to criminal law.

Before joining Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, Mr. Kennedy worked as a solo practitioner with offices in Annapolis, Maryland, and Vienna, Virginia. During this time, he amassed extensive litigation experience in the Washington-Baltimore metro area, including jury trials, arbitrations, mediations, and complex motions practice. In addition to his time before a trial court, Mr. Kennedy has successfully handled multiple cases before the Court of Appeals of Maryland and local zoning authorities.

Throughout his career, Mr. Kennedy has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to serving his clients’ needs with efficiency, honesty, and professionalism. His approach emphasizes problem-solving without unnecessary litigation, often guiding clients towards alternative resolutions and averting the uncertainties of the courtroom.


  • Favorably settled a claim of inverse condemnation of commercial property related to the Purple Line construction in Maryland, after defeating the State’s Motion for Summary Judgment.
  • Secured reversal of a Maryland Circuit Court judgment finding a commercial tenant was not liable for costs to restore its premises on move-out.
  • Obtained a permanent injunction for a property owner, to prevent any further nuisance from their neighbor’s unreasonably bright exterior lighting.
  • Favorably settled an arbitration proceeding for a client who purchased a small business, but discovered multiple financial discrepancies and asserted an indemnification claim against the seller.
  • Prevailed on a Motion to Strike for a claim asserted by an unlicensed home improvement contractor, where the contractor was attempting to proceed under the license of an uninvolved third party.
  • Obtained Summary Judgment in favor of the sellers of a home in Loudoun County, where buyers failed to go to closing but refused to release their deposit.
  • Represented sellers of residential property and favorably resolved a claim of fraud by the purchaser related to allegedly concealed mold growth.


  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), B.A. in Political Science and Psychology


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia State Courts
  • Maryland State Courts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Virginia State Courts

Memberships &

  • Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Fairfax County Bar Association

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.