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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


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


Washington and Lee University

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

University of Virginia

B.A. in Government, 1995


Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC

Senior Counsel


University of Richmond School of Law

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law


McGuireWoods LLP



Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium

Contributing Editor, West Virginia chapter



Republican Party of Virginia

General Counsel, Executive Committee


Board of Corrections, Virginia Department of Corrections

Member (appointed by the Governor of Virginia)


Republican Party of Virginia

Presidential Elector


Capitol Square Preservation Council

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


Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court

Member-at-Large, Executive Committee



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