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Harrell v. Deluca: Fraud, Construction, Litigation, and the Intention to Perform

January 5, 2023  |  By: Ryan Kennedy On November 7, 2022, the United States District Court for the District of Virginia decided the case of Harrell v. Deluca, 1:20-cv-00087, which centered around a home builder and contractor who failed to successfully deliver on a major home renovation. The facts recited by the Court’s opinion bear an… Continue reading Harrell v. Deluca: Fraud, Construction, Litigation, and the Intention to Perform

Standing in Zoning Cases

By: Ryan Kennedy  [10/6/22] On a small peninsula extending into the Chesapeake Bay, a developer has applied for several variances. It seeks to allow the disturbance of steep slopes, exceed the maximum structure size for its lot, clear-cut old-growth trees, and disturb marshland. The developer’s lot is one of seven towards the end of a… Continue reading Standing in Zoning Cases

Liquidated Damages: The Earnest Money Deposit Disappearing Act

By: Ryan Kennedy   [9/6/22] Almost anyone who ever bought or sold a home, or has been involved with a home sale, knows that buyers typically pay a deposit at the time the contract is signed. These deposits are usually smaller sums, meant to show the good faith and seriousness of the buyer, and get credited… Continue reading Liquidated Damages: The Earnest Money Deposit Disappearing Act

Never too late? The Statute of Limitations and Arbitration in Maryland

By: Ryan Kennedy  [6/8/22] Many contracts, whether for consumer or commercial purposes contain an arbitration provision. Arbitration is a way for parties to have their dispute heard outside of the traditional judicial process. There is still an opportunity to present witnesses and exhibits, to cross-examine other witnesses, and to make opening and closing statements. While… Continue reading Never too late? The Statute of Limitations and Arbitration in Maryland

A Little About Water Law

By: Ryan Kennedy In 2018, Washington DC saw its wettest summer on record. [1] In October of this year, high tides and a massive storm surge brought some of the highest flood levels ever seen along waterfronts in the DC region. [2] Infamously, on July 8, 2019, more than 3.5 inches of rain fell in Northern Virginia… Continue reading A Little About Water Law

What to Expect at Your Deposition

By: Ryan Kennedy If you are reading this, you may have recently been asked to sit for a deposition. Do not be afraid. Unlike the courtroom dramas you may see depicted in movies or tv shows, most depositions can be rather dull, benign events; if you want them to be. There is no judge at… Continue reading What to Expect at Your Deposition

COVID-19 and Alternatives to the Civil Jury Trial

By: Ryan Kennedy In many jurisdictions, now that guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks are better understood, trial courts remain open to receive new cases. In the Circuit Courts of Maryland and Virginia, plaintiffs and defendants are filing motions, conducting discovery, and preparing for trial. There is just one little catch, in many jurisdictions,… Continue reading COVID-19 and Alternatives to the Civil Jury Trial

COVID-19 and Trends in Commercial Real Estate

By: Ryan Kennedy In January, the National Association of Realtors published its “Commercial Real Estate Trends & Outlook.” The summary of the report states, “the commercial real estate market continues to recover, but sales, leasing, and construction activity remain below year-ago levels. The recovery also remains uneven, with stronger investor interest for land, multifamily, and… Continue reading COVID-19 and Trends in Commercial Real Estate

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.