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Cortland C. Putbrese

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Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC

Meet the Attorney

Licensed In

West Virginia

Practice areas

Business, Estate Planning, Family & Personal

About

Hi, I’m Cortland. I strive to give each client I work with my undivided personal attention—all with a friendly attitude. My practice primarily focuses on complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, products liability, insurance coverage, employment, and political law matters. I also represent clients in nationwide alcohol beverage control licensing and regulatory matters.

During my eighteen years of practicing law, I have gained extensive experience representing and advising Fortune 500 companies in multimillion-dollar lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country. I am skilled in all aspects of the pretrial and trial stages of litigation, and have represented various foreign corporations, including companies in Japan, Germany, Canada, and Asia. In this capacity, I have worked with counsel around the globe. 

I am proud of my work as an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, where I taught first-year students for almost eight years. This experience was personally gratifying, as I was able to help shape the minds of young, eager, aspiring lawyers.

As an attorney and a former law professor, I have been able to hone my ability to explain complicated legal issues in a manner that is clear, concise, and easy to understand. Indeed, communication—whether it is communication with a client, another attorney, or the court—is critical to any lawyer’s success.

Why I Practice Law

I love to help others.

Fun Fact

When I am not practicing law, I enjoy reading and learning about history, as well as traveling with my family. I have been fortunate to visit many different countries and continents.

Professional Background

Education

Washington and Lee University

School of Law - J.D. in Law, 1998

University of Virginia

B.A. in Government, 1995

Experience

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC

Senior Counsel

2012–Present

University of Richmond School of Law

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law

2005–Present

McGuireWoods LLP

Associate

2000–2005

Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium

Contributing Editor, West Virginia chapter

2000

Associations

Republican Party of Virginia

General Counsel, Executive Committee

2013–Present

Board of Corrections, Virginia Department of Corrections

Member (appointed by the Governor of Virginia)

2013–Present

Republican Party of Virginia

Presidential Elector

2012

Capitol Square Preservation Council

Member-at-Large (appointed by the Governor of Virginia)

2011–Present

Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court

Member-at-Large, Executive Committee

2009–Present

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