Cortland C. Putbrese

Top rated intellectual property litigation attorney in Richmond, Virginia

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC
Cortland C. Putbrese
Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC

Practice Areas: Intellectual property litigation, Business litigation, Employment litigation view more

Licensed in Virginia since: 2001

Education: Washington and Lee University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC

8003 Franklin Farm Drive
Suite 220
Richmond, VA 23229 Visit website

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Attorney Cortland C. Putbrese is a partner with Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig PLLC law firm, which has law offices in Leesburg, Virginia, and Puerto Rico. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 30 years of total legal experience, Mr. Putbrese provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout Virginia, West Virginia and beyond who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Employment litigation
  • Political and election law
  • Commercial litigation
  • Alcohol Beverage Control Law
  • Patents and intellectual property
  • Product liability

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Putbrese has achieved remarkable success representing the rights and interests of numerous commercial clients in high-stakes, complex litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country as well as internationally. He has also represented numerous public figures, political parties, celebrities and others, and he has extensive experience helping to protect his clients from liability claims totaling millions of dollars in potential damages.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Putbrese has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America as well as listings in Marquis' Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in America. He has also received designation from AM Best as among the leading insurance defense lawyers in his region. Moreover, he has received Superb, 10 out of 10 client ratings on Avvo along with many testimonials and referrals from those he has served.

After graduating with high distinction from the University of Virginia in 1995, Mr. Putbrese attended Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1998. He holds his license to practice in Virginia and West Virginia, and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia, the Eastern Districts of Michigan and Texas, the District of Puerto Rico, and the District of Arkansas.

He also holds his admission to practice before the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, the Northern District of West Virginia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th and Federal Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Putbrese also serves as membership committee chair of the Virginia State Claims Association, and he is the former directory committee chair of the Richmond Claims Association. He has also served on the executive committee of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court, and he is a former member of the National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys.

Practice areas

Intellectual property litigation, Business litigation, Employment litigation: defense, Insurance coverage, Personal injury - products: plaintiff
  • 40% Intellectual property litigation
  • 30% Business litigation
  • 10% Employment litigation: defense
  • 10% Insurance coverage
  • 10% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1998, West Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://www.dbllawyers.com/attorney/cortland-putbrese/

Honors/Awards:
  • Selected for inclusion in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • Appointed to serve as a Substitute Judge for the City of Richmond General District Court (13th Judicial District of Virginia), 2018-19
  • Rated “Superb” (10.0 out of 10.0) by Avvo (the highest level by this lawyer rating service), 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Law, Marquis Who’s Who, 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who, 2016
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Tucker Inn, President, 1997-98
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Best’s Insurance Law Digest, Contributor/Reviser, A.M. Best, 2018-present, http://www.ambest.com/legal/digest/virginia.pdf
  • “Conflicts of Interest When Representing Businesses: One Enterprise, Many Persons” (Continuing Legal Education course), Presenter, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, 2019
  • “Alcohol Licensing: Virginia Laws, the First Amendment, Litigation, and Tennessee Wine and Spirits” (Continuing Legal Education course), Presenter and Panelist, RNLA, 2019, https://www.rnla.org/vacle, Alcohol Industry
  • “Patent Venue Primer for 2019: The Patent Venue Landscape after TC Heartland,” Presenter, Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association, 2019, http://www.gripla.org/previous-events.html
  • U.S. State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, Contributor, International Trademark Association (INTA), 2017
  • Presenter and Author, “Complex State and Federal Licensing and Permitting Issues,” Advanced Winery and Vineyard Law (Continuing Legal Education course), National Business Institute (NBI), 2016, https://www.nbi-sems.com/ProductDetails/73119ER?N=0, Alcohol Industry
  • “2014 Virginia Election Law Training: Update Regarding Legislative and Regulatory Changes” (Continuing Legal Education course), Presenter, RNLA, 2014
  • “Promised Wages: Strategies that Work in Wage Collection,” Panelist, National Association of Government Labor Officials Annual Conference (Baltimore, Maryland), 2012
  • “Collection of Unpaid Wages under Virginia’s Payment of Wage Act,” Guest Commentator, Central Virginia Legal Aid Radio Show, WRIR 97.3 FM, 2012, http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/64973
  • Tort Law Desk Reference: A Fifty-State Compendium, Contributing Editor, Aspen Law & Business, 2000 edition
  • Virginia State Bar Environmental Law News, Co-Author: “Virginia’s Title V Operating Permit Program,” 1998
  • Washington and Lee Race and Ethnic Ancestry Law Journal, Articles Editor, 1997 - 1998, https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/crsj/
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Richmond Claims Association, Directory Committee Chair (2018-19), Member (2018-present)
  • U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Virginia State Claims Association, Membership Committee Chair (2020-present)
  • United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, 1998
  • Kanawha County Bar Association, Member (1999-2000)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2015
  • United States District Court, Western District of Virginia, 2014
  • United States Supreme Court, 2017
  • West Virginia, 1998
  • United States District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, 2003
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2006
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia, 2012
  • Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court, Executive Committee (2009-13), Member (2007-present)
  • Virginia, 2001
  • United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas, 2017
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2003
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 2012
  • Elected to serve on the Young Lawyers Executive Committee of the West Virginia State Bar, 1999-2000
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce, Selected for Leadership Charleston (2000)
  • Washington and Lee Alumni Association of Richmond, Chapter Advisory Board Member (2014-2016), Co-President (2007-08), Vice President (2007), Secretary (2005-07), Treasurer (2004-05)
  • Defense Research Institute, Member (2001-05)
  • The James Monroe Memorial Foundation, Development and Fundraising Committee, Member, 2006-08
  • OPUS Performing Arts Society, Inc., General Counsel, 2007-08
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • Fluor Corporation v. American International Specialty Lines Insurance Co., U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Marts v. Republican Party of Virginia, Inc., U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • State of West Virginia ex rel. One-Gateway Assocs., LLC v. Hon. Gary L. Johnson, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Maricco v. Meco Corp., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • SwimWays Corp. v. ZURU, Inc., No. 2:13-cv-00334-MSD-LRL, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia: Successfully defended an international toy company based in Asia that was named as a defendant in a multimillion-dollar patent infringement lawsuit. Drafted and filed a motion for summary judgment. Following a lengthy oral argument, the court entered summary judgment in the client’s favor, declared the plaintiff’s patent invalid in a 71 page opinion, and dismissed the case with prejudice. The judge also denied plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment. Plaintiff never appealed, 2014
  • In the Matter of Rave Cinemas, LLC, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board: Successfully defended the nation’s fifth largest cinema circuit against charges brought by the enforcement division of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The ABC alleged the client violated certain state alcoholic beverage control laws. Tried and won the case before an ABC administrative law judge. After the judge dismissed all charges against the client, the ABC Board upheld the judge’s decision, 2012
  • Tinnus Enterprises, LLC v. Telebrands Corporation, No. 6:16-cv-00033-RWS-JDL, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas: Represent plaintiffs (an inventor and a licensee) in a series of related multimillion-dollar patent infringement actions involving plaintiffs' Bunch O Balloons product, a top-selling toy in the United States. After obtaining a preliminary injunction against defendants in a related case pending in the same district (case no. 6:15-cv-00551-RC-JDL), defendant Telebrands introduced another competing product into the marketplace. Filed a new action against Telebrands and successfully obtained a second preliminary injunction, which prevented this company from selling its second-generation product. The court found that this second-generation product also likely infringed plaintiffs' patents that protected their Bunch O Balloons product. Subsequently obtained a third separate preliminary injunction against certain retailers that were selling defendants' enjoined product, 2016
  • Ferguson v. Republican Party of Virginia, Inc., No. CL14001188-00, Campbell County Circuit Court, Virginia: Represented a major statewide political party that was named as a defendant in a lawsuit involving complex constitutional law issues. The action arose out of an internal party dispute. Moved to dismiss the case on behalf of the defendant, and after a lengthy hearing, the court agreed with the statewide political party and entered a rare dismissal with prejudice of the entire lawsuit. In so doing, the judge noted that courts should not wade into internal political party disputes, particularly where, as here, the dispute centered on the party’s fundamental First Amendment association right. The action was never appealed, 2014
  • Tinnus Enterprises, LLC v. Telebrands Corporation, No. 6:15-cv-00551-RC-JDL, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas: Represent plaintiffs (an inventor and a licensee) in a series of related multimillion-dollar patent infringement actions involving plaintiffs' Bunch O Balloons product, a top-selling toy in the United States. Filed this first action and successfully obtained a rarely-granted preliminary injunction (the first of several) against defendants on the grounds that their first-generation competing product likely infringed plaintiffs' patent that protected the Bunch O Balloons product. On appeal, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court's decision to issue an injunction. See Tinnus Enters., LLC v. Telebrands Corp., 846 F.3d 1190 (Fed. Cir. 2017). In addition, the district court denied defendants' motion to transfer the case to another jurisdiction, which was also affirmed on appeal. See In re Telebrands Corp., 824 F.3d 982 (Fed. Cir. 2016), 2015
  • Income Tax School, Inc. v. Lopez, No. 3:12-cv-00334-JRS, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia: Represented defendants in a copyright infringement case and successfully secured an early dismissal of the lawsuit upon jurisdictional grounds, 2012
  • Hinkle v. ABB Process Analytics, Inc., No. 5:04-cv-00662, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia: Represented a corporate defendant in an ERISA class action lawsuit. Moved to dismiss the case on the grounds that plaintiffs had failed to exhaust their administrative remedies. The court granted the motion and dismissed the case, 2005
  • Tinnus Enterprises, LLC v. Telebrands Corporation, No. 6:17-cv-00170-RWS-JDL, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas: Represent plaintiffs (an inventor and a licensee) in a series of related multimillion-dollar patent infringement actions involving plaintiffs' Bunch O Balloons product, a top-selling toy in the United States. After obtaining various preliminary injunctions against defendants in the related cases (case nos. 6:15-cv-00551-RC-JDL and 6:16-cv-00033-RWS-JDL) in connection with their earlier sale of alleged infringing products, defendants introduced another competing product into the marketplace. Filed another action and successfully obtained yet another preliminary injunction against defendants, which prevented them from selling their third-generation product. This was the fourth injunction entered by the court in the related actions, 2017
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. Special Counsel. Appointed by the department’s Commissioner to collect private sector employees’ unpaid wages, 2012 - 2013
  • Virginia Department of Corrections, Board of Corrections. Member. Appointed by the Governor of Virginia to oversee and promulgate regulations for the state jail and prison system, 2013 - 2014
  • Capitol Square Preservation Council. Member-at-Large. Appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on this council, which plans projects affecting the state capitol, 2011 - 2014
  • University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, VA. Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, 2010-13, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, 2005-10. Taught yearlong Lawyering Skills course to first-year students. Instructed and graded students on legal writing, reasoning, and research skills. Also taught oral advocacy, negotiation, and ethics, 2005 - 2013
  • Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. Special Counsel, 2007-08. Appointed by the Attorney General to represent the Commonwealth in certain civil cases, 2007 - 2008
Educational Background:
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Bachelor of Arts, Graduated with High Distinction, 1995

Office location for Cortland C. Putbrese

8003 Franklin Farm Drive
Suite 220
Richmond, VA 23229

Phone: 800-846-0762

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3 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

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